Talented Latin-pop artist Miguel Sandre, was born in Massachusetts, USA and raised in Jayuya, Puerto Rico. Coming from a musically inclined family, he spent his childhood surrounded by music. From learning to play El Cuatro Puertorriqueño, a Puerto Rican folkloric instrument, to the self-taught guitar, Miguel is a truly independent, self-made artist. Although he played in a rock band called Bandoleon in highschool, Miguel Sandre ultimately decided that a career as a solo artist would be more suited to his passion.
One of Miguel’s release this year include the Latin-flavored track “Conformista”. The song comes through as fusing the melodic and bright elements of mainstream pop with a notably more industrial and partly dance-hall like production style. The result is something that hits hard and utilizes a relentless pace with an equally intense level of musicality. All of which helps make this a quickly recognizable Latin-pop track, one that will work the hardest for you when played at volume. A few fairly simple building blocks are all that’s needed to give this release character. That hook makes sure to weave its way into your mind, as do these various flickers of melodies and riffs that fire up intermittently throughout the track. The rhythm is great, and to be honest the various sections work well in crafting an easy-access anthem that fans of the genre will get hyped about each time it reappears!
Listen to “Conformista” here and check out our interview with Miguel Sandre below!
Hey Miguel Sandre, it’s such a pleasure to be featuring your music to our BuzzMusic community! How did you get originally started in the music industry? Was there a specific event/person in your life that made you get into music/ start recording your material?
I appreciate so much the opportunity to be here with you. I come from a family where almost every member is a musician or does something related to music and art. I grew up in an environment where I saw them sing, play instruments and have a great time. My dad and my uncle (Miguel Serrano and René Serrano) used to sing in a Merengue group together when they were teenagers. The group was called “Compañía 12”. So I’ve kind of have music running in my veins.
I started writing my own songs and singing covers when I was in high school but I never published anything official out at the time. I met a producer in my hometown and that’s where I began recording with him and learning the basics of producing. One day I decided I wanted to produce my own music to be able to experiment with new music styles on my own and that’s basically where my journey as an independent musician began.
We immediately found that ''Conformista'' captured an alluring melody with hypnotizing vocals! It's what caught, and ultimately kept our attention! What was the overall mood you wanted to set for listeners in this particular track?
Conformista is a song that talks about a guy that went on a date with some girl. After the date, she never called back and that’s when he realized that she was dating another guy at the same time she was with him. The girl is the type of girl that likes to date more than one guy at the same time and that’s kind of the theme of the song. I’ve always been attracted to minor chords, sad moody songs and most of the time when I brainstorm a song I start with “A Minor”. I wanted to get out of that box and push myself to write something on a major scale. The intent was to provide a tropical feeling, something that the listener can feel open and energized, that’s why I went with the Reggaeton drums and chord progressions from a major scale instead of a minor scale.
In terms of the vocals, if you listen to old reggaeton, most of those songs only have melodic vocals on the intro and chorus, maybe on a bridge. The rest is simply rapping. Most of the new reggaeton songs are more melodic from start to finish and that’s what I wanted to deliver.
How did the songwriting and recording process execute for ''Conformista''? Did you fall into any creative slumps while initially writing the track, or does the curation process flow naturally for you?
It depends. Some songs take more time for me to write and others simply come as a moment inspiration and I can write them in a short amount of time. For this song, in particular, I actually started with the chorus as an initial idea. I started making the beat on FL Studio 20 just for the chorus and as I was composing the beat, new ideas came to mind. I immediately recorded the vocal melodies on my iPhones voice memo app and after that, I added the lyrics to the melody.
The whole process of writing, composing, producing, recording and mixing took about a month and a half to complete because I’m also a college student and I work with music in my free time.
Tell our readers more about your definitive aspirations as an artist! What would you say is the ultimate goal, artistic wise?
All I want is to create as much as I can and have fun in the process. Doesn’t matter if it’s an original song, a cover song or simply an instrumental. If it’s a cover song, I’ll do my best to make a version that identifies me as Miguel Sandre. If it’s an original, I’ll give all my energy to deliver a song that people can identify with as I display to them a story in the format of a song. But my ultimate goal is to create music that people can simply enjoy or identify with. Inspire others to create music as well. Doesn’t matter if you have a full-time job or are enrolled in college, you can make music whenever you want and however you want. All you need is an inspiration, creativity, and something to place your ideas, which could be a computer with a DAW or even an iPhone with GarageBand app.
Thanks for sharing your recent music here on BuzzMusic! A pleasure to have you here Miguel Sandre! Any parting words for the BuzzMusic readers?
Keep creating, and as I said before, it doesn’t matter if it’s an original song or a cover song. Just create and bring your own flavor to the table. It doesn’t matter who or where you come from… there’s always someone out there waiting to listen to your creation. The most beautiful thing about music is that you can create whatever you like, just treat it as a canvas where a painter makes his masterpiece. Your DAW is your canvas and your masterpiece is whatever you make in your DAW.