As the year begins to wind down, most people are preparing to take some time off to spend with their families but singer/songwriter Juanes is preparing to kick-off a nine-city tour around his native Colombia that wraps up just in time for the holidays.
The 19-time Latin Grammy winner has been keeping busy promoting his platinum selling album, “Juanes: MTV Unplugged”, working on a monthly radio show, and performing with musical great Carlos Santana.
We had the chance to catch-up with Juanes in Las Vegas to talk about his new show on XM Radio “Juanes: Fijate Bien”, what he’s been playing with on his X-Box, and what his plans are for the Christmas holiday.
During the 2012 Latin Grammys, you realized a dream by performing one of your songs with Carlos Santana. What was that like?
Performing with Santana was a dream come true. I’ve been a longtime fan so I was even excited ahead of our first rehearsal! He really brought the energy from his guitar to my song, “Fijate Bien. We make a great pair [on stage] and [our collaboration] took our music to the next level.
To celebrate the return of Formula 1 to the United States you performed at Austin City Limits. Are you a fan of Formula 1?
I love playing Formula One on my X-Box 360! I go really fast, it's great.
The concert aired during your exclusive show on SiriusXM, “Juanes: Fijate Bien.” What can you tell us about it?
I'm really excited that fans were able to listen to the concert live via SiriusXM. What we are doing with the show is a different concept since we are only doing live music. The show airs one hour every month and what we do is invite special guests to come play guitar, sing and play piano and we record it live. Neither Pro Tools, nor any professional studio editing or anything extra is used on the music.
Right before Christmas you have a series of concerts taking place in Colombia. Will it be a huge production in stadiums or will you go with something more intimate?
I am doing a more intimate tour to focus more on the music itself. As musicians I think sometimes we need to disconnect ourselves from the strong elements and sounds that come from the drums and electric guitar.
I’m bringing more of a Colombian element, still powerful, but featuring more of a percussion feel with the piano, banjo, and guitar.
You’ve been touring for most of the year and you show no signs of slowing down. What keeps you motivated?
What keeps me motivated is the music itself and of course the love from the fans. When I’m playing a concert and I see a fan dancing and smiling that motivates me.
After so much work I hope you have time to relax with your family during the holidays. What do you have planned?
We are ending our last concert on December 16th so I plan on relaxing at home under the Christmas tree with gifts, food and at least a whiskey or two.