Legendary musician Rubén Blades sat down with Gabriel Abaroa, president and CEO of The Latin Recording Academy to discuss his life and career during the Latin Alternative Music Conference from 9 July to 13 July in New York City. He is a Grammy and Latin Grammy award winning Panamanian salsa singer and songwriter. His salsa record, ‘Siembra’, became the best-selling salsa record in history. More than 25 million copies sold worldwide. Blades is best known for the albums like Buscando America and hit songs like “Pedro Navaia”.
After the introductions, guests had the opportunity to ask questions about his career and sacrifices that he made, along with advice about making it in the music industry and future plans.
The answers provided from Blades gave not only advice, but deeper insight into his life beyond his successful music career. A tip he gave about singing was to have diction, get plenty of sleep and to get into the diaphragm so that people can understand you. Another tip was to not lose faith in the fans of your music; they ultimately make the album successful and for the songs to hit outside the United States. Like every artist, the biggest sacrifice that Blades has made was being apart from his family. Because his profession is not 9am to 5pm, the separation becomes the norm. You can find out more information at http://www.rubenblades.com/.