Latin Grammys 2018

Andres Saavedra on Producing 16 Songs for Telemundo's New Series 'Guerra de Idolos'

Gonzalo Valmont
Andres Saavedra

Colombian songwriter/producer Andres Saavedra never thought that one day he would work outside of his comfort zone.  But then, Telemundo’s new musical series Guerra de Idolos (War of Idols) knocked on his door, ending with him producing sixteen wide-ranging songs for the show -- from pop to Regional Mexican, with Yoel Henriquez and Edgar Barrera.

The story behind Telemundo’s scripted drama is based on the Latin musical taste of the U.S. population as seen through different stories, which reveal the struggles of many acts who are determined to make their dreams come true, regardless. "Basically, every song has each character‘s DNA," Saavedra told Billboard, adding, "Maybe at first, the character is light and then enters into a dark environment. Then, the music was also made for each moment."

The Grammy-winning producer is characterized by his work in urban genres, but on this occasion he had to work with genres he had never produced before, like Regional Mexican. "Regional music, and especially the 'corridos,' has a strong language," he says. Suddenly, I understood that the genre has a lot of art and I joined people with experience to be able to work on it."

Guerra de Idolos, the first-ever scripted drama music series on U.S. Spanish-language television, premieres on Monday, April 24th at 8pm ET, and features Pedro Capo (Sony Music recording artist), Christian Pagan (Universal Music), and Luis Figueroa (discovered by Marc Anthony and signed to Magnus Media Group) as part of the cast. Nicky Jam, Recoditos and Pepe Aguilar will also participate in the series.

Watch the show's trailer below: