Name of band members: Robert (Vocals), Milo (Guitars), Daniel (Bass) and Angelo (Drums)
Type of music: Pop/Rock En Espanol
Location: Miami, FL
Age: Robert (19), Milo (20), Daniel (20) and Angelo (19)
Birth Place: Robert (Cuba), Milo (Colombia), Daniel (Colombia) and Angelo (Mexico)
ArenAzul (www.arenazul.com) is a pop/rock band out of Miami, FL that has a lot going for them. First of all, their music is great! It’s insightful, inspirational, and above all, it’s a fresh take on music as a whole. Pop/Rock is a breed of music that has been dying out for the past few years, mostly because of all the bands that have flooded the market. ArenAzul is a band that can (and has) really taken this kind of music back to its roots! The dream of this band is not to just make a living doing what they love, although that is always nice! They want to inspire people, and show the world of today what Latin music is all about. Somehow, Latin music has been lost in translation for a lot of people. ArenAzul is the band that can show you what it’s really all about, and that is truly refreshing!
Q: How old were you, when you got started in the Music Industry?
A: Robert: I was 18 years old, so close to two years ago. Angelo: It has been two years for me, I am 19 now. Daniel: I have been involved with music as an art form since I was around 5, but I only decided a couple of years ago, at 18, that I could do this as a career. Milo: I was about four or five years old. Daniel: You were four or five when you started in the music business? Milo: Well, I was four when I decided this is what I want to do for a living… haha
Q: What got you started making music?
A: Milo: My dad, he was a musician. Angelo: Listening to my parents’ record collection and all the different styles of music they love. Robert: Wanting to write songs, to communicate through song. Daniel: The way you can write a song and say a thousand things in one sentence; connecting with people and letting them know what you really think and who you are as a person.
Q: Who are some of the other artists and musicians that you like to listen to?
A: Angelo: I can easily say that Maná is one of the bands that made me really enjoy music. On the English side, band’s like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime. Robert: I am going to go with Maná as well, and I love listening to Luis Fonsi, and Juanes. In English, I like Coldplay, Maroon5, and The All American Rejects. Daniel: Ricardo Arjona, Juanes, Sin Bandera, our label-mates Origen, Reik and Camila are some of my favorites. Milo: I am just discovering all those artists the guys mentioned right now; for me it’s Jazz guitarists, pianists and sax players.
Q: What are some hobbies of yours that you do in your spare time?
A: Milo: Weightlifting. Robert: I enjoy working out, playing basketball, and writing music. Angelo: Ah not weightlifting, though I am now hitting the gym more often with these guys. Aside from listening to music all the time, a cool hobby of mine would be skydiving. Daniel: Wow, that is a good one Mex; for me it’s riding motorcycles.
Q: How do you come up with new music? What is your inspiration?
A: Robert: I just pick up the guitar, and whatever I am thinking about at that moment, I write it down. The magic just happens haha… Daniel: Oh, nice Robert, but he is right in a way. I never try to force it. Music just has to flow naturally I think. A song is born in a certain place, at a certain time, and it will shape it’s own story, you just have to let it happen. Milo: For me, anything from a new girlfriend to a bad day, to just a musical idea or melody. Angelo: Every time I have a new musical idea in my head that stays there for a while, I know it’s a good sign. When it comes to lyrics, they are usually about personal experiences or stories that I have heard from friends and family.
Q: Which song that you have written is your favorite, and why? What is the meaning behind it?
A: Milo: I pretty much like all the songs I have written the same. Daniel: “Culpables Somos Los Dos”, (in English “We Are Both to Blame”) is one of my favorite songs. Like in all relationships, there are ups and downs. This is one of those songs that hits you when you are down. It’s a song that is supposed to make you stop and act differently. Like the song says, everyone has a different point of view, which for them makes sense. Robert: One of my favorite songs that I have written is in English actually. It’s called “Higher Grounds”. It was the first song I ever wrote by myself and was written about an ex-girlfriend that I was really in love with. I messed that one up, but ArenAzul fans might get to hear it someday. Angelo: I am going with “Mal Dia” (in English “Bad Day”), which is one of our singles, and it’s about just having a really really bad day, the worst. It’s funny, though, that I actually had so much fun writing that song. I think that’s important, really enjoying what you do.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to get started in the music industry?
A: Milo: Ah, seek psychiatric assistance! Daniel: Haha… what Milo means is, it’s a tough business. You really need to believe in what you are doing, and try to be as friendly and open-minded as possible. Robert: Be creative and practice, practice, practice! Angelo: Get really involved in all aspects of the music business, educate yourself. Follow your heart, and be open to all opportunities that might come your way.
Q: Were your family and friends supportive of your music and your choices to get into the music industry?
A: Daniel: Yes, thank God. They are very supportive. This is a dream come true for all of us, not just me, but all of my family as well. Robert: My family supports me 100%. My abuelita (grandma) was a singer in Cuba. My aunt was also a singer, and my mother always wanted to be a professional dancer. That’s why I think they support me, because they are living their dreams through me. Angelo: Well, I am lucky, because my family is very passionate about music and they are very supportive of my music as well… Milo: Depends on the day. Generally my family is supportive, but sometimes they just are not. That’s life, right?
Q: Where do you see yourself in the next few years?
A: Daniel: I see myself with my family, the band, and surrounded by many, many people that appreciate what we are doing. Milo: Touring, hopefully! Robert: Yes, touring, working really hard and performing with ArenAzul at huge stadiums all over the world. Angelo: They say you can never predict the future, but I have such a good vibe from what is going on right now that I am sure ArenAzul will be very involved in the music business in the next few years. So remember the name dear reader: ArenAzul.
Q: What is the overall goal or dream that you want to achieve with your music?
A: Robert: To make a decent living doing what we love. Milo: World-domination! Getting our message out to the world! Angelo: I think the best gift I can give is to inspire people, like the big talented musicians inspired me and gave me the confidence to fight for my dream. Daniel: To leave a mark in the world, to be recognized in a positive way, to put a smile on peoples’ faces, and to be happy doing what we really love to do, which is making excellent music. On behalf of all the band, thank you for this opportunity and for supporting Latin artists.