Latin Grammys 2018
Willy William on His Hot 100 Debut & How 'Mi Gente' With J Balvin Became a 'Global Hit'
“Mi Gente” is a remix of your track “Voodoo Song.” Was the beat easy to construct?
I made this track in two hours. I’m not really used to producing this way -- just looking for different sounds. All of this was done almost by accident. That’s why everything about this song [being] on the charts is really crazy.
What did you learn from working with J Balvin on “Mi Gente”?
My vocabulary in Spanish is limited. We worked together on the melody in Miami one night in March, and he [suggested], “Why don’t you write some lyrics in Spanish? I think it’s better.” J Balvin helped me write my Spanish verse, and I did my best with the melody.
Why has “Mi Gente” been able to connect despite the language barrier?
I make music for the world, and I’m happy that I produced and performed on a song with such a meaningful title. We call it “Mi Gente” [“My People”] because it is for everybody, no matter what language you speak. It is a collaboration between a French and Colombian artist. It’s global.