This week’s COREnered features some latin flava with Tunecore’s own Jesus Murio (not only an Artist Relations oficionado, but an artist himself). Murio fuses latin hip-hop with reggaeton spice. Ay, que sabroso! What more does he have to say on some of the thought patterns and meaning behind his music? Check out the following Q&A we had with him to find out!
- What is your first musical memory?
My first musical memory took place when I was about 6 or 7 years old. My dad taught me my first song and we performed it for a Christmas party. The song was called ” Diente De Oro,” by El Ciego De Nagua. I still remember those lyrics today.
- What was the first concert you ever went to?
My first concert was in Shea Stadium in Queens for Merengue Night. I saw some of the Dominican Republic’s best artists perform that night! Just the crowd jumping and screaming were more than enough to make me want to lead a life in music.
- What or whom do you go to for musical inspiration?
I have to say my dad, first and foremost. He was always into music and there were always instruments lying around the house. We would listen to vinyls and my dad would show me how to sing along with the vinyls and play the instruments. One of the best things about that is the first time he showed me a vinyl with him and his old merengue band on it. That made me want to pursue this dream, really.
- Without using the words “alternative,” “pop,” or “rock,” describe your sound.
I would say realistic, soulful and from the heart with a little urban feel. I think my music displays a sense of struggle and hunger to succeed along with real life experiences that molded me into the ambitious man I am today.
- Notorious B.I.G. or 2Pac?
B.I.G.! Not just because I’m a Brooklyn native do I say Biggie, but also because he was just a major part in my evolution as a writer and an artist. His flows, word play and themes are amazing. Not too many people can relate, but I definitely can, since I grew up in Bushwick, BK. You can actually see what B.I.G. is talking about on a day-to-day basis.
- What’s your dream collaboration?
I would love to record a track with Wisin & Yandel. I feel they’ve been on the top of their game ever since they first came out, and I just love their music! It’s filled with energy and attitude and thatfits in well with my characteristics as well as with the music I make.
- Do you find the song or does the song find you?
I let the music find me. When I write or create a song, it’s usually based on something going on in my personal life. Usually when something is really bothering me, I let it escape through my pen and pad.
- How do you discover new music?
Music blogs, Youtube and radio stations. Basically anywhere music is played. I also go to clubs and feel out the crowd. I like to see what makes people go crazy and what they respond to.
Check out Jesus Murio’s new single, Sola available now on iTunes!