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Maria Becerra inside 360 Magazine.

SPOTLIGHT ON MARÍA BECERRA

María Becerra is a tour de force. The Argentinian songstress, known as “la nena de Argentina” released her second EP in 2021, embracing and experimenting with hip-hop, reggaeton, trap, R&B, salsa, and more to craft her new sound. Described as a “leading voice in Argentina’s urban pop movement,” Becerra is a star on the rise. As the first Latin artist signed to indie American record label 300 Entertainment and with a Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist pending, it is clear despite her successes already, she is only just beginning. She sat down to answer a few questions for 360 Magazine including how she got her start in music, the story behind her nickname, her influences, and what to expect from her in 2022.

How would you describe your style of music?

I believe I have a very melodic and versatile musical style. In the studio, we always try to ensure that each song has a varied melodic line, with different degrees of nuances. Above all, we aspire to make a melody that sounds familiar and enjoyable to the public. I have experimented with several genres and in all of them, I was able to find how to make my own style fit within them. I hear they call me ‘the Queen of Weeping,” which makes me laugh. I have many songs that are for dogging and dancing, and others that are a bit sadder.

How did you first become interested in creating music?

From a very young age, art was important to me; I learned how to sing, act and dance as a child. In my home, we listened to a lot of music. For a while, I did covers of famous songs as I learned. I think I was absorbing different music and styles to the point where I felt the need to start expressing myself with my own works. Despite this desire, I was not 100% confident in my abilities yet and had many insecurities. I was afraid of how the public would receive my music and doubted if this was my true path. Luckily, things turned out in a positive way. Today, I have no doubts that yes, I was born to create music and it brings me a lot of joy.

Which songs are you most proud of?

Mm, they are all special to me and fill me with pride. It is difficult for me to pick just one. If I had to choose one, my first instinct is to say Ademas De Mi or Mi Debilidad, that song is very significant to me as an artist. I cried a lot while making it and recording the video.

You were a Youtuber before becoming a singer. How was the experience of transitioning from an influencer to an artist?

YouTube was a beautiful experience, and I am grateful that the opportunity was a positive one. The change in my life was progressive over time. Being on YouTube allowed me the chance for people to get to know me, while I gained confidence and worked on my own fears as a public person. Obviously, my life and my career are now on another path but having the experience of being a YouTuber served as the foundation for everything that has gone on to happen in my life.

What is your favorite fan moment?

My favorite moments are when my fans tell me everything in my music speaks to them. It’s amazing how something I pour so much love into in the studio can reach so many people and positively influence their lives. In live concerts, we would raise up different fans to speak with them, and at one performance a girl told us that with my song ‘Tell Me How I Do,’ she declared her love to her girlfriend. I found it beautiful. Those moments fill me with incredible happiness.

Maria Becerra by Christian Garfa 2

How does it feel to have reached this level of popularity so young?

It still doesn’t feel real. It is incredible to me, but I just try and take things one day at a time. I try to appreciate the small things and remain the humble girl I’ve always been because that’s still who I am. I surround myself a lot with my friends, my family, and my pets who are my rocks – they remind me of where I come from and who I am.

Why do you refer to yourself as the Girl from Argentina?

In general, it is known that many of the best discoveries occur accidentally, and this was no exception. When we recorded Animal with Cazzu, in the song’s lyrics I sing “Las Nenas de Argentina,” as if referring to the two of us. Apparently, when people listened, they heard “La nena de Argentina” and everyone loved that I referred to myself that way. From there, I started to use it as my brand, and I feel it gives me a special power for communicating to the world my music and I are made and from Argentina.

Who are your influences?

Wow, so many artists! I especially love and admire Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. They are very important role models to me. I watch their shows and videos a lot.

How did it feel to join a label as prestigious as 300 Entertainment?

I am honored and very happy to work with them. They have always been supportive, even affectionate, towards me. Unfortunately, their office is in Los Angeles, so we don’t have the opportunity to see each other that often, but when we do it’s always a special moment. I know the whole team at 300 takes care of me and wants the best for me, so I respect them and thank them very much.

Your most recent EP blended many different genres. Which genres would you like to experiment with in the future?

I like Bachata, and I think more songs like this are coming from me. Yet as I said before, I don’t want to pigeonhole myself. I love to experiment with different genres and different sounds, and that is what is important to me as I create music today. So, in 2022 you and all my fans can be surprised with what I come out with next.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I feel like 2022 is going to be a great year. My team and I are working hard to make it so. I’m locked in the studio, and many of the songs we are currently working on are tremendous. I am already anxious for people to listen to them. This year, a new album is coming, as well as trips and several shows in Argentina and Europe. We hope to reach many places and have everyone dance and sing to my music.

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Photos: Christian Garfa

CASPER MÁGICO, ZION & LENNOX, NIO GARCIA’S NEW SONG

CASPER MÁGICO, ZION & LENNOX, NIO GARCIA, AND FLOW LA MOVIE TEAM UP FOR PROVOCATIVE SONG “DARTE”

Today, Casper Mágico, Zion & Lennox, Nio Garcia, and Flow La Movie released their new single and music video Darte distributed by GLAD Empire.

Darte is a very sexy, straightforward reggaeton that talks about a woman and a man being in agreement that their relationship is fun and casual with no strings attached, and the best time they’ve both had.

“Of course, every time I leave I think about you // The times I can’t sleep its because of you // I don’t know if you also think about me // But dont get it wrong because all I wanna do is”, Zion begins the song, leading the way to the catchy chorus.

The music video, directed by Gus, shows Casper Mágico, Zion & Lennox, and Nio Garcia in their finest fits, singing and bopping to the song, surrounded by scantily clad dancers showing off their best moves.

“I’m ready for everyone to enjoy this song the same way we enjoyed making it. You’ll hear a little bit of each one of us, in a reggaeton that feels fresh, new, and provocative so youll want to get down”. Casper Mágico said.

It was truly an honor to have collaborated with the legends Zion & Lennox, in a master production by Flow La Movie and with a partner like Casper. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, and I think people will notice how amazingly we vibe once they hear this song”, added Nio Garcia.

This song comes ahead of the Latin Billboards next week, where all of the artists are nominated. Casper Mágico, Nio Garcia, and Flow La Movie for Tropical Song of the Year with Travesuras, and Zion & Lennox for Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year (Duo or Group).

Music Notes by Mina Tocalini for use by 360 Magazine

Ozuna Announces Bahamas Festival

Latin Grammy winning reggaetón singer and songwriter Ozuna has announced the details for his newest travel experience, Ozuna Fest Bahamas. Following the blowout success of the upcoming sold-out Ozuna Cancun Fest, he has again partnered with leading travel experience company Pollen Presents to bring a four day getaway to Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Taking place December 2-6, 2021, Ozuna Fest Bahamas welcomes performances by some of his favorite artists plus beachside events and tropical activities, full resort accommodations, pool parties, exclusive club events, high end food & drink selections, and much more.

The event’s centerpiece will be a headlining performance from Ozuna himself. Ozuna has also curated a lineup of fan-favorite talent, collaborators, and close friends to join him at Atlantis Bahamas. This includes the world-renowned Diplo led group Major Lazer Sound System, Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Jhay Cortez, Panamanian singer Sech, Puerto Rican singer and rapper Lunay, Colombian-born DJ and radio personality Alex Sensation, Puerto Rican reggaetón and trap artist Mora, rising Argentine hip-hop artist Tiago PZK, Panamanian DJ and producer Dimelo Flow, Puerto Rican electronic DJ and performer Caleb Calloway, Argentine vocalist and dancer Emilia, rising performer DJ Adoni, Colombian singer and rapper Blessd, and a special guest to be announced.

Ozuna has rapidly ascended to become one of the world’s most electrifying Latin acts. In 2018, he took home a record-setting 11 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has also won two Latin Grammy Awards, along with having nine videos on YouTube with over a billion views. Ozuna has also proven himself as an in-demand collaborator, having worked with many of the industry’s most distinguished acts including J Balvin, Karol G, Bad Bunny, Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and several others.

The demand for this burgeoning talent became even more clear following Ozuna Cancun’s rapid sell out of 4,500 people in only 30 minutes.

Travel experiences for Ozuna Bahamas will include a four day, four night stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, access to all pool parties and live performances, special beach activities, 141-acre Aquaventure water park and Rapids River access, and club nights. Monthly payment plans are available in the lead up to the event with a $99 deposit and at no additional interest. Pollen Presents also offers a COVID-19 Money Back Guarantee making the event 100% refundable if it is cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID-19.

More information on rooms and prices can be found on the Pollen Presents website.

About Pollen

Pollen is a leading travel company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Members immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on pollen.co and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched bespoke mini-breaks with mega stars like J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch and Ozuna.

Artist List (A – Z)

Alex Sensation

Blessd

Caleb Calloway

Dimelo Flow

DJ Adoni

Emilia

Jhay Cortez

Lunay

Major Lazer Sound System

Mora

Ozuna

Sech

Tiago PZK

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Rising Puerto Rican Star, Babywine

Puerto Rican rising star Babywine continues to position herself as one of the top figures in the industry. The young artist has taken guaracha, and has given it a 2021 twist, creating a trendy sound that has fans and followers hooked.

Babywine saw a massive rise to fame thanks to her mentor DJ Nelson, who included her as a featured artist in his viral song “Papi” along with Jose De Las Heras and Alejandro Armes, that has over 10 million streams across digital platforms, over 8 million views on YouTube, and exploded on TikTok, becoming the number one used sound with more than 800 thousand videos.

Following the success of “Papi,” Babywine joined DJ Nelson and Alejandro Armes once again to release “Noche De Entierro,” a fun reggaeton about letting loose and enjoying a night out from a woman’s perspective that has already amassed over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

Next up in Babywine’s promising career is the highly anticipated remix to “Mojito,” another one of DJ Nelson’s certified hits, that will be dropping very soon.

Babywine was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and ever since she was a little girl she was drawn to music and started taking lessons. As a teenager, she joined a rock band and toured all over Puerto Rico, making herself known in the local scene.

When she decided to pursue a solo career, she did it guided by famed producer Noriega, quickly positioning herself within the Puerto Rican urban scene. Her constant hustle has led her to work with and find support in artists such as J Alvarez, Nio Garcia, Lelo y Jazzy, Turra Medina, and most recently, the people who have become her mentors and are guiding her as she becomes internationally known: DJ Nelson and Pablo Casals.

With DJ Nelson and Pablo Casals, Babywine’s sound has evolved, going beyond the typical Latin urban and adding a more unique sound with guaracha, thus becoming one of the most important exponents of that genre today. Besides the uber viral “Papi” and “Noche de Entierro,” Babywine has found success with her previous hits  “Rompecorazones.”

Insuficiente by Sael and Beele cover art from Black Koi Entertainment via NV Marketing and Public Relations, LLC by Nini Veras for use by 360 Magazine

Sael and Beele – Insuficiente

Sael and Beele join their talents for the release of “Insuficiente”

Available on all digital platforms

Argentina and Colombia come together to give life to “Insuficiente.” The voices of Sael and Beele make the perfect match to this song that brings a positive message into today’s society and is now available on all digital platforms.

Inspired by female empowerment, Sael and Beele wrote this song for all women who, at some point in their lives, have felt “insufficient” next to their partners.

The song was born under the wings of the record label Black Koi Entertainment, with the production of Sael and Taiko and the co-production of Sky Rompiendo. “Insuficiente” begins as a sensual urban ballad that later becomes a powerful reggaeton, with a dynamic and commercial rhythm.

The song premieres with its official music video, shot in the beautiful city of Medellín, Colombia, under the lens of filmmakers Film by Dave and Lucas Emiliani.

Sael is part of the new generation of urban music interpreters. He is currently receiving great support from his fans, allowing him to make his born-country Argentina proud of his talents. So far, Sael has more than 45 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel and his music videos collect millions of views.

Insuficiente by Sael and Beele cover art from Black Koi Entertainment via NV Marketing and Public Relations, LLC by Nini Veras for use by 360 Magazine

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ZION & LENNOX – EL SISTEMA

ZION & LENNOX CELEBRATE THEIR 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW ALBUM “EL SISTEMA” FEATURING ICONIC COLLABORATIONS WITH MYKE TOWERS, RAUW ALEJANDRO, SECH, AND MORE

Legendary reggaetón duo Zion & Lennox released their fourth studio album called EL SISTEMA, while celebrating the 20th anniversary since they became a musical act.

EL SISTEMA consists of 13 songs and an introduction, including the previously released “No Me Llama” with Myke Towers (18 million views), “Te Mueves” featuring Natti Natasha, “Gota Gota” together with El Alfa (10 million views), and “Sistema” (15 million views).

The tracklist is as follows:

00- Intro: A quick compilation of 20 years of hits giving you the perfect introduction to what you can expect from the album. Some of the samples used include “Pierdo La Cabeza,” “Zun Da Da,” “Guayo,” “Fantasma,” “Yo Tengo Una Gata,” “Yo Voy,” and many more, setting the tone for a whole album full of new bangers like what we’re used to from Zion & Lennox.

01- Estrella: a reggaetón in the very recognizable Zion & Lennox sound that talks about a beautiful woman that looks like a star (estrella) and the length they’re willing to go to make her feel like the queen she is.

02- Entendemos: an exquisite collaboration with Panamanian sensation Sech that touches on relationships that might not seem perfect to the outside world, but in reality, the two parties get each other and have unbelievable chemistry and make it work despite what people might say.

03- Loco: We’ve all been there: we end a relationship but end up going “Loco” (crazy) because you’re still not over that person and keep reminding yourself all the ways you could’ve saved that relationship. That’s what “Loco” is all about paired with a slow reggaetón that makes it the perfect song to dedicate.

04- No Me Llama: Countless times we’ve heard the female side: a guy leads her on and ends up using her to get into bed. This time around, in “No Me Llama,” Zion & Lennox together with superstar Myke Towers flip the script and share their experience as the guys who end up being used by women.

05- Enchuletiao: This is the perfect hype-up song to get ready to go out and feel yourself! “Enchuletiao” is that song you dedicate to the haters who wanted to see you fail, but you pulled through and are living your best life against all odds with an unmatched swag.

06- Perla: It’s not all about perreo for Zion & Lennox, and with “Perla” they show their softer, more romantic side and showing their most vulnerable side in a beautiful downtempo reggaetón with tropical guitars intertwined in the beat.

07- Destino: On “Destino,” Zion & Lennox team up with another OG, De La Ghetto, for a track that recounts those times you’re in the club and send drinks to a woman that caught your attention although she’s doing her own thing, but that doesn’t stop you from creating a whole fantasy in your head.
08- Diosa: “Diosa” is the perfect song to describe a woman by calling her a goddess. Zion & Lennox’s unique style matches perfectly with Rauw Alejandro’s freshness creating an explosive collaboration that not only has a catchy rhythm, but also has very appealing lyrics.

09- Te Mueves: We all remember the viral “Te Mueves” challenge that took over social media last year. It was only fair that this hit by Zion & Lennox featuring one of the biggest female reggaetón stars, Natti Natasha, found its home as part of El Sistema.

10- Sistema: The track that gives name to this album, “Sistema” is a song that makes you want to dance no matter what with its infectious beat and lyrics that will make you want to create your own “Sistema” (system) for when you go out partying with your friends.

11- Cinturita: Time to get sexy with “Cinturita” featuring Lenny Tavárez and Darell, the perfect song to grind all the way while vibing to the lyrics that are a bit more provocative than what we’re used to hearing from Zion & Lennox.

12- Gota Gota: Versatility is the name of the game with “Gota Gota” featuring Dominican dembow sensation El Alfa. The song is composed of the highly danceable and popular elements of urban music which is infused with a strong Dominican dembow influence.

13- No Más: To round up this iconic new album by Zion & Lennox, we get the feel-good “No Más,” a track you can’t help but to move to, while repeating the super easy-to-sing chorus with its captivating melody.

Together with the album, Zion & Lennox also released the music video for their next single, “Estrella,” which features the pair having fun in a beautiful mansion in Santo Domingo complete with an infinity pool and waterfalls, surrounded by scantily-clad women dancing along to the song, although none of them are the real “estrella” (star), who at first seems unattainable, but as the video progresses, she makes her way into the party.

With over 200 hits under their belt, Zion & Lennox have captivated fans worldwide and have been a fundamental influence in reggaetón culture and what it’s become today. Their last album, Motivan2, debuted at #1 on iTunes in the US and Latin America. The album included international smash hit, “Otra Vez,”  featuring J Balvin, which garnered over a billion views on YouTube and landed them on Spotify’s coveted “Global Top 50” chart. Zion & Lennox’s follow-up single, “Hola,” closed out 2018 at #1 on US Radio Airplay.

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Sael’s “Me enseaste”

The young singer-songwriter and producer from Argentina: Sael, presents his new single “Me enseaste”, a song that the artist himself defines as “romantic reggaeton”, and which will be released together with its official music video.

“Me enseaste” was born under the record label of Black Koi Entertainment, an initiative of the musical genius Sky Rompiendo, responsible for many of the great musical successes of J Balvin’s career, and who today has his focus on the success of his artist Sael. The song was written and produced by Sael himself, with “Mosty” as a mixing and mastering engineer.

The official music video for “Me enseaste” has a true feeling of nostalgia, “sponsored” by the cold weather and the characteristic white snowfalls during this time of the year in Argentina.

In the audiovisual piece, Sael unloads his feelings in a lonely reflection, longing for a lost love and, at the same time, makes very clear to his audience his great vocal range and the versatility that he enjoys in his voice.

Sael’s most recent single Verificada has more than 1.8 million views on YouTube and as the artist states, I’m ready to sing live and enjoy all this work we’ve been doing in the studio and show my supporters that I have much more to give.

Listen to “Me enseaste” on your favorite digital platform.

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Pollen Presents Takes J Balvin NEON Experience Global

Four Days in Punta Cana (Dec 8-12) with J Balvin, Rauw Alejandro, Sech, Arcángel, Nio Garcia, Mariah Angeliq, Zion & Lennox, Cazzu, and More

Follows Three Sell Out J Balvin NEON Shows in Las Vegas

Pollen Presents has announced the first international J Balvin NEON experience in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which will take place from December 8-12, 2021, at the Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort. NEON’s international expansion follows the sellout of three much anticipated J Balvin NEON weekends in Las Vegas this September.

J Balvin NEON, a Pollen Presents experience, is a multi-day musical journey curated by Balvin himself and will include performances from some of his favorite acts, representing some of the most influential voices in global music. This will include performances by Puerto Rican rapper and singer Rauw Alejandro, Panamanian vocalist Sech, reggaeton and latin trap artist Arcángel, Latin dancer and world-class choreographer turned rapper and film actor Nio Garcia, Miami-born American singer Mariah Angeliq, Puerto Rican musical duo Zion & Lennox, Argentinan singer Cazzu, and much more. 

The Punta Cana experience will provide an incredible backdrop for NEON, as the weekend programming unfolds around pool parties, night swims, after parties, and a headlining show from J Balvin on the beach on the final night.

J Balvin NEON Punta Cana will take place at the beautiful beach-side adults-only Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort starting Wednesday, December 8th and concluding on December 12, with all food and drinks included in ticket packages along with access to headlining performances on the beach, club nights, and more.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale on Wednesday, July 14th. Additional details can be found here, and those interested in receiving updates can sign-up on the site.

About Pollen
Pollen is a leading travel company building, curating, and delivering the best experiences for members all over the world. Members enjoy these experiences together with the people they love, creating stronger relationships and unforgettable memories. Members immerse themselves in multi-day itineraries that combine live entertainment, parties, and relaxation time in more than 50 popular destinations. Members can discover and book these experiences exclusively on the official website and the Pollen app. Pollen has already launched bespoke mini-breaks with mega stars like J Balvin, Marshawn Lynch and Ozuna.

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DADDY YANKEE RECEIVES AGENT OF CHANGE AWARD

“Premios Juventud” Honors Global Super Star Daddy Yankee with the “Agent of Change” Award

The King of Reggaeton Will Receive the Prestigious Recognition for His Fight Against World Hunger

Summer’s Most Awaited Celebration Will Air on Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m. ET on Univision

Renowned for recognizing artists who are using their star power to drive change in the world, Univision’s “Premios Juventud” (PJ / Youth Awards) today announced it will honor global superstar Daddy Yankee with its prestigious “Agent of Change” award. The 18th edition of summer’s most awaited celebration will air on Thursday, July 22, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Univision.

“At ‘Premios Juventud,’ we have celebrated Daddy Yankee for his enormous contributions to Latin Music as a global icon. This year, we are proud to honor his exemplary role as a humanitarian driving change in our community and the world,” said Ignacio Meyer, SVP of Music, Nonfiction, and Development at Univision. “His outstanding work helping the most vulnerable, whether it is with Daddy’s House or supporting other initiatives, makes him an inspiration to our youth and one of this year’s recipients of our prestigious ‘Agent of Change’ award.”

Daddy Yankee is the first artist announced to receive an “Agent of Change” award in this year’s show. His efforts to combat world hunger include Daddy’s House, an organization he founded in the Dominican Republic, dedicated to feeding kids daily. In addition, the king of reggaeton has participated in various initiatives with Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos, and Red Cross.

As previously announced, live from the Watsco Center in Miami, Alejandra Espinoza will host summer’s most awaited celebration, along with other hosts scheduled to be announced at a later date. Borja Voces will be the backstage host, bringing fans the latest news. “PJ Takeover,” the popular one-hour pre-show, will be hosted by Gabriel Coronel, Jomari Goyso, Roberto Hernández, Clarissa Molina, and Fátima Molina.

For the complete list of nominees and to vote for their favorite artists and influencers, fans can visit PremiosJuventud.com as well as the Uforia app. The voting period ends on Monday, June 28.

For more information on voting and the latest news and updates, fans can visit PremiosJuventud.com. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #PremiosJuventud and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Visit corporate.univision.com for more information on Univision and follow @UnivisionPRTeam on Twitter and Instagram.

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Omar Apollo Announces North American Tour

Tickets on sale Friday, June 18th.

Today, Omar Apollo announces a Fall North American tour which will include a stop at Los Angeles Shrine Expo Hall on Saturday, October 23. He’ll be joined by Maye and Niko Rubio. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 18th at 10 am via AXS.com.

The tour announcement arrives ahead of Omar Apollo’s forthcoming single coming July 8th. The track is his first taste of new music since his project Apolonio released last year and follows the launch of his hot sauce, Disha Hot, out now. Purchase it at dishahot.com.

Buy tickets and listen to Apolonio above, see full tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Omar Apollo coming soon.

What the press is saying about Omar Apollo:

“sleek, soulful, heartache-infused love songs” – NPR

“A triple threat of an artist with plenty to offer” – Pitchfork

“lovelorn songs that reconcile the sultry sounds of D’Angelo, Prince, and Frank Ocean with Mexican soul and traditional corridos” – Rolling Stone

About Omar Apollo:

Omar Apollo is one of R&B’s most exciting shape-shifters. As the 23-year-old singer/songwriter prepares his debut album, he’s holding close to music that feels inventive, experimental, and true to his wide-ranging passion. R&B remains the foundation, but Apollo is branching out with a bilingual fusion of funk, pop, electronic, hip-hop, reggaeton, and corridos. Apollo has been a transformative but linear journey, from listening to Brandy and Stevie as a kid, to plucking away at a guitar at 11, to self-releasing a pair of EPs as a young man like 2018’s album Stereo and 2019’s Friends, which established his signature bedroom soul style and earned him love from fans and press (Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, FADER, et al.). As unique as his sound is, Apollo has gotten as much attention for his lyrics and themes of romantic yearning and self-improvement swirled up with expressions of cultural heritage and identity. Now, he is leaning even more into all of it, making music that feels closer to his heart than ever. In 2020, he released his quarantine project Apolonio. But as he finishes up his LP, he’s dreaming bigger, bringing in collaborators, and pushing himself harder than ever before. He’s more self-assured and wants the rest of the world to catch up to what his fans have been seeing from the beginning. “I used to think I wasn’t built for this because I’m just a kid from Indiana,” says Apollo. “But that thought is gone now. I know what to do. Everything just feels right.”

About Maye:

Singer/Songwriter born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Miami. Her first single, “My Love” received critical acclaim. Her lyrics reflect the romantic nostalgia of Billie Holiday, hints of Sade, and a sultry pop sound that references Miami heat.