The LP takes Juanes back to his roots with guasca-inspired beats while also experimenting with new rhythms and his first-ever English song. "This album did a lot for me as a musician," he explains. "Vocals were very important for this record and we wanted to recuperate that sweetness to my voice from previous albums like Un día normal. We made sure my voice was in a comfortable state; we dedicated a lot of time to that. The album reunites previous experiences from my past albums."
Juanes tapped hitmakers Sky, Mosty and Bull Nene, frequent J Balvin collaborators, for production and songwriting. "The first song we wrote was 'Sola,' but it's actually not included on the album. We wrote about 40 songs and then we did a sort of process of elimination to get to the ones included in the record."
Below, Juanes breaks down five songs from Mis Planes Son Amarte:
It's a song I wrote with Sky and Mosty and it has a lot of my DNA, because when I was writing this track in particular, I was thinking a lot about guasca music which is a genre from my hometown Medellín, Colombia. I grew up with that type of music and it's the type of beat I used in previous songs like "La camisa negra" and "A Dios le pido." The musical inspiration for "Fuego" comes from those previous songs and guasca rhythms. On the lyrical side, it's a song that talks about a woman's sexuality from a very erotic point of vew.
"Goodbye for Now"
It's my first song in English that I co-wrote with Sky, Mosty, Bull Nene and Poo Bear in a studio in Los Angeles. I didn't know what was going to happen with this song but when we were in the studio, there was such great chemistry. I fell in love with this song and we decided to include it in the album. I met Poo Bear thanks to my manager, but I always thought he was a very talented person and thought what he had done with other artists like Justin Bieber was incredible. Last year we met up in L.A. and four hours later we had "Goodbye for Now." And, not only did we write "Goodbye for Now" during that session, we also created "Bendecido," which is also one of my favorites on the album because it's very experimental.
The song is inspired in Colombian cumbia from the 70s, more traditional than anything. The result is a mix of African and indigenous culture from our region. This song, even though has an electronic touch to it, its origin is very Colombian. The lyrics touch on heartbreak and "ingrata" refers to someone that you love so much but has done so much harm to you. The songs that I write may be about heartbreak but they also always have an optimistic spirit.
This is one of my favorite songs on the record because it has some punk elements in there and it's very guitar-driven. For the track, we wanted to combine the sound of an actual drum player and a pre-recorded drum beat. The end result is very cool. I've always liked mixing organic elements with pre-recorded sounds. This album is all about that, the fusion of sounds.
First of all, this song was supposed to be another song, but when we were in the studio I showed it to Sky, Mosty and Bull Nene in its early stages and it was completely transformed. It became a song about peace and spreading mutual love. Also, "Actitud" is very special to me because my kids recorded part of the chorus, it was something very emotional.