Régulo Caro Dissects 6 Tracks From His New Album 'En Estos Días'
After dedicating two years of his life to the making of his new album En Estos Días, Mexican regional singer Régulo Caro is counting down the days to be able to share the work with his fans.
"It took us two years to make it because I really wanted to dedicate all my attention to this new album. I wanted every part of the album to be well-planned, from the song choice to the flow of the tracks," the "Cicatriiices" singer tells Billboard exclusively during a visit to the offices in Los Angeles.
En Estos Días includes many firsts in Régulo's musical career. It's the first time Régulo has recorded an album from beginning to end with his personal band -- the one he actually tours with. "That was something I had never done. Because I'm a soloist, I usually record in the studio with a band that I have never even played with. I think it's important that the fans hear the same sound onstage and in the album."
It's also the first time he'll be including a song penned by a woman. "Cicatriiices," co-written by Fernanda Díaz, was released as the album's first single, and charted in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot Latin Songs. Another first: finally getting to record a song written by up-and-coming singer/songwriter Joss Favela, whom Régulo had wanted to work with in the past.
In a candid conversation with Billboard, Régulo dissects six of his personal favorite tracks from En Estos Días, due out this Friday (Oct. 7).
"Vox Populi (El circo)"
This is probably my favorite track in the whole album. In all of my songs, I always try to add a little bit of my rock/punk influences. That's kind of my thing, and people can already identify my songs because of that fusion of sounds. The intro of this track includes electric guitars, a very rockero sound, and then it becomes a corrido. It's a politically charged song where I sing about the Mexican government and corruption. The title of this song in Latin means the voice of the pueblo, and it was originally going to be the title of the album. But at the end it didn't feel right, because I didn't think the rest of the songs in the album sent out a political message.
We wrote this song around three years ago and it was supposed to be part of the last album but it didn't make it on there. I co-wrote it with Luciano Luna and Omar Tarazón, who are great friends of mine [that I've] worked with before. The song was written after having some drinks, and this is what came out of that session. We think people will relate to this track, because who hasn't had their heart broken?
This track was co-written by Tarazón and Díaz. I hadn't met Díaz yet, we had only connected through Instagram, but I had heard about her from other colleagues. One day she reached out to introduce herself and to offer me one of her tracks for my new album. I replied back with a couple of ideas I had in mind and what I was looking for. I asked her to send me a couple of songs she already had written, so she sent me "Cicatriiices" and it caught my attention. The next day, I called her and asked her for permission to include it in my new album. It's the first time a woman [has written] one of my songs, and I think she's one of the best right now in our generation, and the Mexican regional genre.
I co-wrote this song with Daniel Niebla, a good friend of mine from Sinaloa and a master when it comes to writing corridos. Even though it's a corrido, it's probably one of the songs that has the most rock beat to it in the whole album. It's a simple and catchy song.
I really love this track, because it's the first time I do a cumbia. The tune also has a ska and reggae sound to it. The song was originally a ranchera, but it was one of the last songs I added to the album and we thought we could add a more fun beat to it.
"Sería un error"
This norteña song was also one of the last ones to be added to the album. It's written by Favela, who has become one of [my] favorites in the industry. We had been wanting to record one of his songs, and we just couldn't coordinate. This time around, I personally called him and asked him for a song, and he wrote a new one specifically for this album. It's a very romantic and special song.