Orchestra Fuego - Interview
Salsa band extraordinaire, Orchestra Fuego ( based out of Tampa, Florida), records and performs original and familiar Latin songs. Winners of 'Best Latin Song of the Year' at the Elite Entertainment Music Awards and the Akademia Music Awards and 'Best Latin Music Video' on the Telly Music Awards, the band is on fire. Directed by front-man, Marcus Hernandez, the twelve-piece live orchestra boast musically invigorating performances highlighted by a visually arresting show. In addition to performing live shows, Orchestra Fuego has released four albums Encendido, Salsa Brava, Quemando La Pista, and their newest release, Vengan Todos A Bailar and are currently shooting their new music video. Their first album, Encendio, received world-wide download coverage including on the domestic U.S. scene, internationally in the European market, and spanning the Pacific to the far reaches of Singapore.
What got you into music?
I was first exposed to Salsa music while attending Baruch College in NYC during the 70's; the music just mesmerized me and I began to buy LP’s, yes LP's, lol of famous Latin artist like Eddie Palmieri, Sonora Ponceña and Willie Rosario. I took piano lessons and soon started to perform with some local artists, before starting in my own band in 1977 called Fuego ’77. Moved to Florida in 2005, in 2015 started my new band called Orchestra Fuego, with the idea of doing something different, by arranging and producing original music.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why. I love performing for our fans; it gives me such a thrill to watch people dance to our songs.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
Because recording is so expensive we built from ground up our own recording studio and we do all our recording from our studio. Love going to the studio to lay down tracks. Having our own recording studio gives us the flexibility of recording basically anytime we want. We have been at the studio to wee hours of the morning, recording new music. It's an awesome feeling to record your own music. Four albums later we are loving it. Working on our fifth album.
As a songwriter or musician, are there any obstacles you have had to overcome or obstacles that you are facing right now in your career?
One of the big obstacles is getting any kind of support to record and produce albums. It's very costly for Independent artist to record albums and do music videos. We have been extremely blessed to find sponsors who believe in what we do.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
I love to see when other musicians support each other, especially with the scarcity of events. I have been fortunate to meet some great musicians in Florida that support each other.
To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us?
Vegan Todos A Bailar from our fourth album is one of my favorites; it has been playing on some big radio stations like Puerto Rico's number one Salsa FM station ZETA 93; you have to have something good to be on their program. This songs has won us best Salsa Song of 2019 on a few major music platforms.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
We are currently working on our fifth album and new music video. With the current issues with the virus, everything is on hold, but we're confident that we will be back on the road in a couple of months.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
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