On their new set, the band — comprising Vinnie Caruana micheal kors (vocals), Brandon Swanson (guitar), John Oliva (bass) and Romnes – return to a deep well. They draw energy from those recording problems, and from Caruana’s health issues, moments of rock bottom, and a brutal act of God — Hurricane Sandy.Wolverines was cut at The Barber Shop Studios in Lake Hopatcong, a studio built into an old church from the 1800s and set right on the shore of Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey. The recording process was a really laid-back environment with positive vibes the entire way through, Caruana tells Billboard. We worked every day from around 11 a.m. until about 1 a.m. We basically had an array of snacks, coconut water, beer and whiskey around us to keep us in a creative, party zone. Wolverines is an album with claws. There are works that tackle the pain Hurricane Sandy dealt to Caruana’s hometown (Where Were You?), and the hurt done to Caruana when he suffered a life-affecting spine injury (The Shape I’m In.) Indeed, all of the lyrics were written in Caruana’s bedroom in Long Beach, NY, looking out the window at the devastation from Hurricane Sandy. We celebrated the conclusion of tracking by sprinting down the dock and jumping in the lake, he says. The standout song on the album, notes Caruana, is Two Runaways. We see it as quite an achievement in terms of how we’ve progressed as a band.
Ironically, this shift is partly due to a noted rock producer — Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Killers), who was hired at the suggestion of Juanes’ manager, Rebecca Leon, also vp Latin talent at AEG/Goldenvoice.Lillywhite had one, immediate request: to see Juanes perform in his native Colombia. I thought, ‘This is fantastic, because if you go to Medellin and you see me perform in my hometown, you will get it,’ says Juanes. You will get me as a person and as a musician. At the performance back home, Juanes played acoustically. When the time came to record, Lillywhite said, ‘Don’t bring your electric guitar,’ recalls Juanes. I said, ‘Come on, Steve. I’ve been playing acoustic for two years and I wrote the songs with electric. And he said, ‘No, just trust me.’ Juanes is married to actress Karen Martinez, with whom he has three children — Paloma, Luna and Dante. He’s also in a happy business relationship with manager Leon, who took over after beats by dre cheap his highly publicized, acrimonious split with Fernan Martinez in 2011. The good vibes informed much of Loco de Amor. I need to be in the right state of mind when I write; that came before the album, otherwise I couldn’t have made these songs, says Juanes. When you’re not emotionally healthy, it’s hard to make good music.
And everything on this album has to do with how we live our relationships. It’s about how we experience love. Juanes catapulted to solo fame in 2000 with Fijate Bien, his debut after a long stint as frontman for Colombian rock band Ekhymosis. Colombia was in the midst of a particularly violent era and the album, which reflected the country’s malaise, struck a chord with critics and audiences alike. Juanes won best new artist that year at the Latin Grammys, and his mixture of rock, pop and Colombian beats has proved durable. To date, he’s sold close to 2 million albums in the United States and Puerto Rico, according to Nielsen SoundScan, including 731,000 of 2007′s Mi Sangre, which included global hit La Camisa Negra. Juanes’ last two albums haven’t fared as well in the United States: 2010′s P.A.R.C.E. sold 42,000 copies while 2012′s Tr3s Presents Juanes micheal kors handbags MTV Unplugged has moved only 40,000 copies (although the label says both albums sold many times that worldwide). But even if Juanes’ album sales are in a slump, his stock has risen in other ways.
He’s become a favorite for major brands eager for a Latin brand ambassador — Loco de Amor arrives backed by TV campaigns from Target and Dodge Ram. It was very important to create a specific persona for this brand — Ram is about credibility, work ethic, toughness, says Chrysler chief marketing officer Olivier Francois. So when it comes to addressing the Hispanic target, we asked, ‘Is there someone out there who shares the same set of attributes?’ Francois answered the question with Juanes in 2012; the singer has been included in several Spanish-language TV spots since. The most recent, launched in March, features Juanes and Loco de Amor’s first single, La Luz, which leaps 11-1 on the Latin Airplay chart dated March 15. A billingual version of the song featuring R&B singer Miguel will also be released. The international collaboration is one of many Juanes has recorded, although he demurs when asked whether he’s planning to release any English material beats by dre uk soon. I speak the language much better now, he concedes.