At just 32 years of age, Romeo Santos' become a megastar in the genre of bachata. (Marvin Vasquez/Living Out Loud LA)
There’s no doubt whatsoever that Romeo Santos is Latin music’s fastest rising megastar.
The 32-year-old bachata singer-songwriter’s dubbed The King of Bachata, but he might as well be called the closest living thing to a real “Romeo.” Ever since his career got started with Aventura in 1995, Santos’ managed to remain intensely romantic, poetic and sexually playful in all the lyrics he’s written and sung. And that’s the case with his latest studio album, Formula, Vol. 2. It includes “Propuesta Indecente,” a track detailing an indecent proposal to a lady – one that Santos conquers rather easily.
The release, now No. 1 in over 15 countries, features an eclectic Santos alongside several acclaimed entities from the industry, including legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, salsa’s biggest act in Marc Anthony, popular rapper Drake, exuberant rapper and singer-songwriter Nicki Minaj, and reggaeton artist Tego Calderon. Heck, he even got comedian Kevin Hart to handle an intro on the album.
Living Out Loud: How was it working with Drake in ‘Odio’.?
Romeo Santos: It was truly an honor. I’m a huge fan of Drake’s music. I’ve been following his music for the past four years, maybe a little longer. When I work with these artists, the process, the creative process is pretty easy because it becomes a fun project rather than me overthinking anything. I’m familiar with their work so it is very organic.
LOL: Would you say the same with Nicki Minaj in ‘Animales’? And were you familiar with her work, too?
RS: Absolutely, I’m a fan of everyone that is on my album and in any project that I put out. I don’t like to work with artists that are just famous. I really like to connect with them. I love all these artists; I listen to their music. To me it’s just another stepping stone and taking it to another level in my genre.
LOL: You keep revolutionizing the genre of bachata and your following keeps growing. How does that make you feel?
RS: For playing myself The King of Bachata, that is a big responsibility. You can say I’m this and I’m that, but you gotta live up to it. To me [it’s] about stepping it up – revolutionizing your genre, your status, music, and speaking. To me, it’s just an honor. I’m really trying to keep growing and feeding my fans with great music.
LOL: You’ve worked extensively with AEG Live Latino when you are on tour. How’s the experience been working with them over the years?
RS: We’ve done a lot of events together. They’re a great company. I’ve worked with a lot of people, but they’re one of the good ones.
LOL: Anything else to add?
RS: Just wanna thank all the fans for the support I am getting with this album, which is No. 1 in 16 countries. If you don’t have the album, you need this in your life.