Labán is a Mexican singer-songwriter who is based out of Tijuana in Mexico City. Labán credits his upbringing for his passion for humanism and social entrepreneurship; his parents, both social activists and a graphic artist, instilled a sense of social responsibility early on. From the age of 3, Labán showed a great interest in music and began studying the violin. Today, he is a songwriter, musician and producerl. This combination of passions – social justice and art – are heard in his upcoming debut album, Todos Somos Dueños de Aquí. The first single "Dueños de Aquí "is "a protest song about corruption, impunity, extreme income inequality and violence". The second single, "Quién da Más", is a song about the frustrations of pursuing happiness in a world with walls.
Quién da Más translates to “Who offers the most.” Immediately, the production work sounds smooth and tight with a nice lift on two and four. The guitar work performed by John Prentice (Nashville) combined with light percussion creates a laid-back groove. Labán enters singing, “Cada vez que demando el porqué Tú quién eres y quién vas a ser." This translates to the question: “Every time I ask, who are you and who are you going to be?” Labán’s pitch-perfect vocals are smooth, warm and inviting making the pensive and intelligent lyrics easy to absorb. The track moves forward through the verses forming a mesmerizing groove. Vocal harmonies add a blanket of softness over the vocals. Towards the end of the track, there’s a moment of reflection where John takes center stage on guitar; his fluid guitar solos offer a nice texture and change-up. The lyrics of Quién da Más paint a conflict. The choice is between feeling trapped dsociety’s plan and feeling trapped or being free to pursue a course that makes a difference. “En subasta, bien ya veremos quién da más Y mientras tanto me veo esclavo de Los que dictan las imágenes de lo es bello y que Pasando de problemas que valen la pena Y lo que me queda” This basically translates to “And meanwhile, I see myself as a slave of what is beautiful for them while ignoring the problems that are worth our time.”
In Quién da Más Labán offers an intimate and stirring look at inner conflict that plaques many of us in today’s modern world. How do you live the life you were meant to live, as an artist and a human being who deeply cares about the world, while there is so much about society that makes this hard to do? Labán answers this in his music by giving us his authentic self through a well-crafted, moving song that helps us stop and think and perhaps change as well. In art, there is no greater compliment or gift than being able to communicate, inspire and change through great music.
For more information on Labán, please visit his website.