Q: Of all the Artists you have worked with, which Artists do you still stay in connection with on a personal basis? Not very many at all because everyone is so busy. But George LaMond and I speak every so often. He’s always been helpful whenever I have questions about anything, especially pertaining to the industry.
Q: For many, Salsa is a Genre that is fading into the past. With your unique style do you believe you can keep it alive? Absolutely! But I don’t see Salsa as something that’s a thing of the past. It’s only taken a “break” because new styles have emerged. I do believe that much of it has to do with Radio wanting to play Salsa from new artists. Everyone has to contribute to bring Salsa back to where it should be.
Q: Who are your top favorite Latin Artist? Wow. There are so many because each has a different style. Frankie Ruiz, Herman Oliveras, Cristian Castro, Marc Anthony, David Bisbal, El Gran Combo, Puerto Rican Power……..just to name a few.
Q: You have been in front of different large audiences around the world. What goes through your mind and how do you prepare for your shows? I pray for all the musical elements of the show to work. (hahaha!!) On the real, I always pray that God will give me the ability to give 150% vocally, mentally and spiritually prior to hitting the stage. Also, I try to do the least amount of talking possible to preserve my voice. Tea with honey does wonders as well.
Q: In this business we get very few days off. When you get time to get away what do you do on your time off? I’m a devoted father and love to spend time with my kids. Also, Baseball is my ultimate passion outside of music, so I play as much as I can.
Q: You worked as a backup singer in the past now you’re on the road of your solo career. What artist do you plan on working with in the future? I would love to work with Leslie Grace. I think we could really do a great duet together. Also, Carlos Santana.
Q: Many Salsa Groups and Solo artists come and go. What can you say makes you different? I incorporate a bit of R&B into the vocals, but I’m very adamant about the content of Salsa “Swing” in my music. So I tend to let my band show their stuff because without a band, there’s really no impact.
Q: Every artist has a dream/goal, such as having a sold out concert at Madison Square Garden. What is your dream/goal? Mine has two parts. Short term: to be able to achieve worldwide success. Long term: Longevity. I don’t want to fall in the “come and go” category. To be able to perform 10-20 years from now to a sell-out crowd would be a blessing.
Q: If you would have never followed you musical roots what else would you be doing besides working with music? I spent most of my “alternate” career in the corporate world, so I guess I would be doing that.
Q: We see a lot of potential in your work and how talented you are. Where do you see your music career going in a couple of years? I appreciate that very much. Hopefully, I will have recorded a few albums and become a household name in that time. It’s very important that the public remembers you and/or at least one song. That’s when you know you’ve made an impact.
Q: What do you like best about LaMezcla.com? That’s an easy one. LaMezcla.com introduces new artists (like Chris Alfinez J ) to the public in a direct and professional manner. It also creates the opportunity to get to know that artist on a more intimate and personal level as well as professionally.