The closest I've come to knowing myself is in losing myself. That's why I loved football before I loved music. I could lose myself in it.
I never thought of having platinum albums and winning awards. I just wanted to write songs and sing when I started out in the music business.
I spoke English at school and Spanish at home, and I'm always eating Dominican food, listening to Dominican music.
The 'music industry' is not a term I use. I tend to concentrate on music, and the music business is something different.
I need music. It's like my heartbeat, so to speak. It keeps me going no matter what's going on - bad games, press, whatever!
Music feels so environmental to me, especially the process of working with synths or mixing. I started thinking about music as a psychological landscape as well. It's a landscape of the mind.
Like most kids growing up, I had a very wide interest. I was interested in everything. I tried to take advantage of everything, from the sciences to music to writing to literature.
Everyone loves the Beatles, but if you really dig into their music, they were actually speaking on things. When you have such a following, you can influence all these people, not only older people, but the younger people. That's where the change starts.
Between November 23, 2002, and January 11, 2003, al-Qahtani was interrogated for 48 days at Guantanamo more or less continuously, kept awake for much of that time by loud music being blasted when he was falling asleep, doused with water and subjected to cold temperatures, kept naked and forced to perform tricks as if he were a dog.
I was bringing the whole music, hip-hop, art, break dancing and urban cultural thing to the downtown table.
You can't make just foot-tapping numbers or take inspiration from Western music. Such songs won't work.
I'm thrilled to have Corona join me on my 'X100PRE' Tour to give my fans a taste of Corona Estereo Beach and showcase their support of Latin music. It's not solely about the music - it's about the culture, creativity, and contributing to the movement that connects us all together.
As long as it's making you happy and you're enjoying it, then you should never stop writing music. Whether it's going to take you somewhere, viewed by other people, or it's literally you in a bedroom at home, it should be something that you do for yourself.
What is American music? The most satisfying answer I've come across is that it was a kind of natural comfort with the vernacular which is diverse and regional; it's not one particular set of sounds.
They use all of the music that I did in the '50s, '60s and the '70s behind people like Tupac and LL Cool J. I'm into all that stuff.
I grew up with singers. My father's mother sang opera. My dad was a big band singer. I can't remember a time there wasn't music in the house, so I grew up listening to great songwriters - George Gershwin, Cole Porter - and my grandma was playing opera for me before I was 3.
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