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Ocean Drive Magazine Profiles JUANES In New April Issue COVER STORY

Ocean Drive Magazine Profiles JUANES In New April Issue COVER STORY 1

“Home is Where The Art Is: From his Key Biscayne home studio, Juanes simultaneously creates universally loved music and personal peace and harmony.”

 The Multiple GRAMMY & LATIN GRAMMY Winner “dishes on his process of creating music, his musical influences, children, upcoming television show, his love for Miami, playing with John Legend and much more:

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On his process for creating music: “I really love to be in the studio, I could lie in the studio for weeks. I spend most of the day here working. Sometimes I’ll come with an idea I already have, and then other times I come here with nothing and start to improvise. That’s how I like to work. From improvision, I find elements I really like and I start to build the song-like laying with Legos, putting things over others and changing one piece for another- and at the end of the day, you have a song. I really like the process of creating.”

On traveling to Eloy Detention Center in Arizona with John Legend: “It touched my heart in a very deep way. The first thing they told us was ‘You guys cannot speak with anyone here. If you speak with anyone, immediately we’ll cancel the [show].’ There are many people in jail who dream to have a different life. Music is a powerful weapon for peace. You can use music to send a message to society, and people can understand and learn more about these issues. It’s important to put the focus [on] these people who are mostly invisible in this country.”

On creating a new television show based on his rise to fame, Persiguiendo el Sol (Chasing the Sun), with producer Ben Silverman (Jane the Virgin and Ugly Betty): “It’s inspired from the part of my life from 18 to 25 years old, from when I was living in Medellín, Colombia, with my rock band, to when I moved here and all the things that happened throughout those years. There’s a lot of fiction, of course. It’s going to be very extreme.”

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On being an artist in the Latin community: “Once you get into the Latin world, you can find all different kinds of music-punk, metal, hip-hop, reggaeton, salsa, merengue-there are many sounds. When they invite me to these shows, I feel honored to be part of the experience, but I am not representing the Latin world. I’m just one of millions of Latin artists doing what we love, which is music.”

On why love is the important thing in his life: “The essence of [my songwriting] has always been this powerful energy, which is love. I feel today the same as I did 20 years ago, that the most important thing for me is love. What makes me feel alive and what makes me move every day is love. It’s the love I have for my kids, for my wife, for my friends, family, country, and also the difficult pains this world can give and [how that] affects me.”

On his children: “When you have a kid and you talk with them, they’re just so cute. It’s pure love. There’s nothing else. They teach you every day-just how to be a better person and a better man. That pureness of love is what they teach me every day. I see myself through my kids. I love to see my son taking his karate lessons, because he loves it. My girls go to volleyball, so I go to the games. That’s part of what makes me feel like I’m a dad. It makes me feel alive. I love my kids, and I love when I see them happy.”

Why Miami is the best for his career:  “I just go out of the studio and give a hug to my kids and say ‘I love you guys,’ and then I come back and I keep working. That for me in the best. That’s what Miami gives me a lot of tranquility and focus on my work and on my family.”

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Juanes is currently in the midst of studio recording sessions, for his eagerly awaited next album – expected later this year.  He also recently joined The Rolling Stones onstage in Colombia, as the only artist invited to perform onstage with the legendary rock group during their AMERICA LATINA OLÉ stadium tour.  With a string of extraordinary current events also unfolding in Cuba last week, The New York Times reflected on Juanes’ historic Paz Sin Fronteras Concert (still the largest ever held in Cuba), as a major step in music diplomacy.”

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