It’s been 10 years since Gerardo Ortiz descended with a bang onto the Latin music scene with his album Ni Hoy Ni Mañana. Young and brash, Ortiz sang hardcore corridos with abandon, and despite the content, managed to abundant airplay. By the end of 2010, he was the top-selling regional Mexican act in the market, and in 2011, he swept Billboard’s inaugural Billboard Mexican Music Awards -- taking home six honors, including Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
Now, Ortiz is celebrating his 10-year anniversary with the aptly titled Décimo Aniversario, an eclectic set that ranges from corridos like “Gente de Joaquín” and “El Perro,” which dwells on treacherous friends; to melodic rancheras to reflective tracks, like “La historia de ayer.” Set to banda, mariachi and norteño, the 11-track album highlights a versatile artist and songwriter who has transcended for a decade. Ortiz answered 20 questions about the album, past 10 years and more for Billboard.
1. What's one word that sums up the past 10 years?