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Meet Michael Brun, J Balvin's 'Vibras' Tour Opening Act
J Balvin's motto has always been to unite different cultures through music. For example, "Mi Gente" with Willy William and Beyonce unite the French, American and Colombian cultures. The same happened with his song "Machika" with Jeon (from Aruba) and Anitta (Brazil).
On this occasion, Balvin is demonstrating his support in a different way. Now, he is supporting the Haitian culture inviting Michael Brun to be his opening act on his Vibras tour in the United States.
To learn more about the story, Billboard spoke with the 25-year-old producer, who gave details of how his friendship with Balvin and how the idea of being the opening act for the tour both came about.
How did you meet J Balvin?
We worked together on the song "Positivo," which was Telemundo's official theme to celebrate the 2018 World Cup. J Balvin really liked my work, music and style, so we exchanged numbers and that's how our friendship began.
Tell us about your background.
I was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, and my style fuses traditional Haitian rhythms with modern pop and electronic beats. My sound is, like, Caribbean-style. I do play guitar and piano, but I discovered EDM and I just love to produce music.
Why are you a great fit for J Balvin's opening act?
As we know, J Balvin wants to unite cultures, and that’s the reason why he gives so many opportunities to non-Latin talent. For him, it was a good idea to have me on his tour, because it supports his purpose in music.
Since you are performing for a new market that does not primarily speak your native language, have you thought about learning Spanish?
Yes. I speak Creole, English and Portuguese, but with this opportunity I decided to learn Spanish. I want to be able to communicate with the audience during this amazing opportunity.