TIDAL Rising: Manuel Medrano

TIDAL Rising: Manuel Medrano

Colombian artist Manuel Medrano began writing songs at 16, eventually establishing himself in the Bogota music scene.

In 2014 he began to gain wider attention in Colombia while using YouTube to reach an even broader audience. Medrano credits a diverse set of musical influences in helping him to create guitar and vocal-driven pop ballads, such as recent singles like “Una y otra vez,” “Cómo hacer para olvidarte” and “Si pudiera.”

With his self-titled debut album, Medrano was propelled to breakout stardom, earning him a 2016 Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and leading to a run of tour dates alongside Ed Sheeran.

Below we got to know the rising Latin star a little better.

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For the people who don’t know you, who is Manuel Medrano?

Well, Manuel Medrano is a Colombian with an immense passion for music, and for writing songs, for singing and discovering the world through its music.

How did you get your start in music?

Well, when I was little I was very passionate about basketball and rollerskating, but one Christmas I was given a guitar, and that was how it began. I completely abandoned all sports, and everything else I was doing, and I completely dedicated myself to music.

Your music is incredible, and your voice unique. How would you describe your music? What did you get inspired by for your album?

I describe my music as something new. When I started writing songs, I wanted people to find something different from what we have always listened to, and I wanted to present my own version. So from the name I defined as “Pop-fundido,” I try to make it a bit different, even in the form of singing and writing.

I get inspired to write my songs by the love of everything that happens to me daily, and the people. People inspire me, and at the end of the day the goal of every song is try to give something to every person that listens. I think music cures, so I like curing people’s wounded hearts with my music, and giving refuge from difficult moments.

Your career has had a meteoric rise this year. What has been the most incredible thing that has happened to you?

Everything that has happened this past year has been incredible, well, every thing that has happened all my life has been very special. This last year has been full of marvelous things, surprising things, things that have helped me grow as an artist, and as a human being.

I couldn’t single out one thing that has been amazing, because in reality everything that happens every day is spectacular: the recognition of people, people learning the lyrics, being nominated for awards, and, the most surprising, that all of this happened after my first album.

How does it feel to be nominated for the Latin Grammys? Where were you, and what did you do when you found out?

I think that in this moment, I wouldn’t exactly be able to describe the feeling, but clearly it was a really happy one – some of the greatest news that I have received in my life. That’s something magical, because it’s possible that even if you make music and you work very hard to achieve certain recognition, you may never know if it’s going to come.Tthen when it does arrive it surprises you and really impacts you.

Being nominated for a Latin Grammy for my first album is something magical, something incredible. What was I doing when I knew? I cannot tell! I’m kidding. Really, I am very grateful. When I listened to the first nomination I was in a car, I hugged everybody in that car, and we were extremely happy. Then when I learned about the next two, we had already parked, and we were in a building. I remember I screamed out of happiness. Everybody turned around looking at me, it was a bit embarrassing, but I didn’t care.

If you could collaborate with any artist who would you choose?

Well, from the ones that are still living, there are a lot in reality. I would love to have the opportunity to share the stage and make music with Juanes, Robi Draco, Juan Luis Guerra, Concha Buika. There are a lot of artists with whom I would like to work with. And with the ones that unfortunately are not with us, I would have loved to do something with Juan Gabriel or Gustavo Cerati. That would have been a dream.

Looking toward the future, what’s next for Manuel Medrano?

Continue dreaming, doing what I like the most, and that is writing songs, playing concerts, discovering the world. I want to keep working to bring music to many more places, to more hearts, and keep having fun with it.

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