Ricardo Montaner has released his 24th studio album, Montaner. In the set, the Argentine-Venezuelan singer-songwriter explores new sounds and lets creativity take over his romanticism.
The 10-track album was co-produced by Camilo Echeverry, Jon Leone and Richy López (Julka Bros), Mau y Ricky, among others, and for the first time, Montaner collaborates with an urban artist, Farruko.
In an interview with Billboard, Montaner talks about the process of working with a new generation of songwriters and how he found a way to fit in the collaboration world without giving up his essence, lyrically.
How does Ricardo Montaner prepare to launch a new album?
Good as you should imagine — I bought new clothes, I’m going to cut my hair this afternoon, I’m trying to tan between interviews to be beautiful by Friday. [Laughs] As you know, in December we launched my first single that was “Qué vas a hacer?,” a song that gives introduction to why this album is so special to me with a new sound. And two weeks ago, the new single called “No me hagas mas daño.” And now, I’m very excited and very happy about how the album turned out. I’m thrilled to know that I get to share it.
You found a way to merge with urban singers without having to record an urban song: You have J Balvin and Nicky Jam as part of your music videos. How did that idea came along?
That idea came in such a natural way. I did not want people to think that I needed to change style to follow the path I started more than 30 years ago. Urban is nothing than the new pop that was born more than 30 years ago. And obviously I keep the ballads and I combined it with a more electronic sound. You will be able to notice when you listen to the entire album.
Was it difficult to find that balance, musically speaking?
No, because I live with that balance. I have five children, four grandchildren. In my house, you breathe music when you get up until you lie down. I do not feel that I have had any work that I have been worried to prepare for this album; everything was born in a very, very fluid way. I have next to me young people who make me listen to all kinds of music, and I make them want to listen to all kinds of music. From Tango to Balvin, Nicky Jam, Farruko and, of course, Mau and Ricky, Evaluna, Camilo.
Speaking of your children, do Evaluna or her boyfriend, Camilo Echeverry, have any participation in the Montaner album?
All the songs on my album are written by all of us — Mau and Ricky, Camilo, Yasmil Marrufo. And, of course, respecting my lyrical style.
What did you learn from this process by working with new generations?
What I learned is that you never finish learning and that when you are a musician, you have to have an open mind constantly to not stay stuck.