While you're here jamming to Latin hits such as Bailando and Despacito, Abraham Mateo is building his empire overseas.
Born Abraham Mateo Chamorro in Cádiz, Spain, Mateo is one of Spain's promising young artist. He's a pretty big deal in the Latin music scene, and if you can't fathom it, just ask one of his 2.1 million followers on Instagram.
The 19-year-old pop/urban singer and actor is known for his powerhouse vocals and killer dance moves. I mean, with four studio albums out and tons of awards up his sleeves, this kid is the whole package.
His recent single, Loco Enamorado featuring Farruko and Christian Daniel, put his career in the forefront at an international level. Now, he's about to debut Hablame Bajito, featuring none other than 50 Cent and Austin Mahone. #goals.
We talked to Mateo about his upcoming collab premiering Fri. December 8th and future projects. Check it out below.
VIX: You have been working non-stop since you released Loco Enamorado... how has this song opened doors for you?
Abraham Mateo: This is a song that has opened many doors for me in the industry. One of them was a collaboration with 50 Cent. I have a lot of expectations with this song and I'm hoping a lot of people hear it. It's a bit more daring and mature than my other songs. I also had the opportunity to work with Pitbull, he's someone I've looked up to. A lot of big artists have believed in my music.
VIX: Now you are about to drop your single "Hablame Bajito" with 50 Cent and Austin Mahone. How did this collaboration happen?
AM: This was thanks to my management team. We sent both of them the song and they liked it. They believed in the track and they believed in me.
VIX: We've seen Justin Bieber do it when he collaborated with Luis Fonsi and Beyonce also with J Balvin, do any of them sing or rap in Spanish?
AM: There's a part of the song where Austin sings in Spanish, towards the ending of the song. We even hung out in his house to teach him how to pronounce the words correctly. 50 Cent raps his part in English.
VIX: On Instagram, you recalled the time you sang one of 50 Cent's songs in a show in Cadiz, can you take us back?
AM: I was 7 years old. My brother and I joined a Hip Hop dance competition and we performed 50 Cent's Candy Shop. It was a very cool moment. Because of that song, I began to have an interest in music. It was a shocker to me to know that I'm now collaborating with him.
VIX: You've been teasing your fans with snippets of the video, but what can you tell us about the production?
AM: It's directed by Mike Ho, the same director of Loco Enamorado. We get along great and I really admire him as a professional. We filmed in Los Angeles with Austin and then in New York with 50. The video is different. It's hot and sexy, I think my fans will be surprised when they see this side of me.
VIX: You have sung in both Spanish and English, in fact, in your albums, there is at least one English track. Why is it important for you to include songs of both languages?
AM: Each language gives me something very different. When I sing in Spanish, I can express my feelings. Whereas, singing in English gives me a different flow, especially when I'm composing. I grew up speaking both languages and I love to combine them in my music.
VIX: So, when is the new album coming?
AM: Soon, I promise. Hopefully in February or March. But I can tell you that it will have many collaborations like with Jennifer Lopez. We're talking to Enrique Iglesias, Prince Royce, and Chris Brown for possible collaborations as well.
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