Camilo talks about working with Camila Cabello and Alejandro Sanz, and how fatherhood inspired his new album, ‘De Adentro Pa Afuera’




		Camilo talks about working with Camila Cabello and Alejandro Sanz, and how fatherhood inspired his new album, 'De Adentro Pa Afuera'

Over the years, numerous albums have explored the joys and perils of being a father, and “De Adentro Pa Afuera”, the third album from the Colombian singer-songwriter and new father, is no exception Camilo.

“My father used to tell me: “The moment you become a father is the moment your heart really wakes up,” says Camilo Echeverry, known anonymously as Camilo, “And he was right! You can’t really figure it out until you have a baby.”

In addition to the birth of his daughter in early April, the five-time Latin Grammy winner is also celebrating his return to stages across the United States, with shows that draw families, teenagers and even grandparents to his generational mix of urban pop. .

“Most of my best ideas really feel like they’re coming from some outside source,” Camilo, 28, says of his songwriting. “It’s not even the illusion of any kind, I can really feel them coming.” [desde el exterior] and you can call it what you want – the universe, God, the creative and guiding energy, love – there is something that is writing a story and, as a composer, you can allow yourself to be completely involved there or not. And if I try to put my ego in the middle of anything, it doesn’t work.”

Although “De Adentro Pa Afuera” (which translates to “from the inside out”) relies on his trademark high voice and tender lyrics, it also boasts an impressive list of collaborators. new territory for both artists, while others like “Bebiendo Sola” make subtle use of reggaeton drum beats alongside Myke Towers. Featuring Spanish star Alejandro Sanz on the album’s eighth track, a flamenco-inspired ballad titled “NASA.” When the song was released as a single, Camilo announced his duet on Instagramcalling it a “dream come true” and posted a video that showed a clip of Sanz performing his songs “Corazón Partio” and “Cuando Nadie Me Ve” when he was 13 years old.

The song “Ambulance”, by Cabello, also came naturally, since Camilo and his wife were friends with the singer for a long time: “We always talked about doing a song together, but first it was pure friendship. Then. , the day I was at home, I started playing”, he remembers, crooning the first lines of the song. When he put pen to paper, Cabello already had in mind what he calls “a little bit of deconstructed bachata, I mean, it’s signature bachata, and I love it.”

To say that she lived up to expectations was an understatement: “When I was in the studio I would pause the rest of the production, leaving out Camila’s voice, just to listen to her. She’s so talented, her voice is so unique and I’m honored to be part of this album.”

The 11-song album also features the participation of Argentine rapper Nicki Nicole and Grupo Firme, which means that more than half of the songs were created with a guest singer. When asked what his recipe for strong collaboration is, Camilo pauses for a moment before answering.

“I try to find a way to say it without being weird,” he says, “but… the ways to get to know someone really and deeply are sexuality and creativity. It’s very difficult to feel connected to someone, for example, sexually, if you don’t feel a connection [emocional]. At the same time, true creativity is difficult if you are not closely related to the person you are creating with. For me, it is difficult to fully feel your cooperation without a close relationship, be it friendship, genuine respect for the person, or respect.”

At the time of this interview, Camilo had just given his first concert in North America, at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and premiered “Alaska”, his single with Grupo Firme. He admits to feeling nervous before performing the song: “Will people already know it? Will they like it and sing it, or not?” But his doubts were put to rest when a fan shouted along to the song’s opening lyrics: “.

Growing up, Camilo remembers that regional Mexican music was always played in his home, and although recording in that style was different, he only describes it as a challenge because of his respect for the traditional genre.

“Me personally, as a Colombian artist and singer-songwriter, it was so important and so meaningful to me that it was a great song. It’s a song that explores an emotion that I’ve never honestly explored in my music – well, at least not.” [fuera]forever [dentro]”, he explains. “It was also the excitement of that fan base, it went hand in hand with this tour in the United States, because there is a big Mexican community here, so it was a piece to be able to celebrate with them all. for me a very important part of this album.”

However, there is no doubting the album’s main inspiration. Long before he called any of his potential colleagues to join “De Adentro Pa Afuera”, Camilo was happy with the arrival of his daughter Indigo.

“This album was created while we were waiting for the biggest and most important part of my life: my daughter,” he says. “We were locked at home, that’s what it’s called,” he says, referring to the residence in Miami where his family endured the pandemic.

He and actress and singer Evaluna Montaner married in February 2020 and shortly after, the couple announced they were expecting their first child through a music video for “Indigo”, the t -last song of “De Adentro Pa’ Fuera”.

“When we were waiting for Indigo, I felt things that I had never felt before, and this album is evidence of that: It was a new love, new insecurities, so many things mixed in my heart and those caused songs.”

It was during that process that Camilo says he dug deeper than ever, tapping into the feeling or “knowing that there is something in me that wants to come out.”

“These songs are beautiful, but they only have meaning if they go out into the world,” he explains of the album’s title. “Happiness works the same way, the more we share it, the more it grows and multiplies, so that we have the opportunity to be on tour, and on a tour of this magnitude – especially after a season where we were all wondering if he would. to be able to reunite in places like this – it means the world.

Together with his wife and child, Camilo is currently on the North American leg of his international tour, which has already toured Mexico, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

The trip also gave Camilo the opportunity to reunite with his followers, aptly christened (the tribe): “Thousands of people, thousands of families singing at the same time, looking into each other’s eyes and smiling, dancing as if we were one.” he says enthusiastically, describing the atmosphere of his live performances.

Now, having shed the title of “rising star” for a long time, Camilo is still focused on his lifelong goal “which is to write songs, immortalize emotions and put a name to them so that others can relate to them. the best moment of my life, of my career, and I feel like I’m writing music that’s really honest about who I am.”

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