Conversation with Potty
It is a great honor for us to announce that we have spoken with the talented and prodigious Colombian singer and songwriter Potty Lozano, better known as Lozano, who had the kindness of spending a few minutes of his time to talk about his story, his former groups, his release as a solo artist, his current projects and much more.
Here are the most important details of the nice chat we had about the most interesting aspects of his career.
Arrival in the United States
Potty has been living in the United States for over 30 years to further advance his career, which began in his native Colombia. That same year in which she came to the United States, the Kambaro Orchestra, a group where she participated, won the ”Congo de Oro” prize in the category of ”New Orchestra Of The Year”. The aforementioned award is one of the most important in Colombia and is given as part of of the world famous Carnivals of Barranquilla.
The reason why he left his native country is that he wanted to look for new airs and go international as a romantic salsa artist, something that would be extremely complicated if he continued to live in the same place. Thanks to the hard work of the artist, he managed to sign with the record label FONOVISA/MUSIVISA and turn his situation around.
It was the beginning of very successful years, touring Mexico and across the entire European Union and constant professional growth as time progressed.
When did you decide to go solo?
Lozano has said that it was precisely the award he won with the Kambaro Orchestra which motivated him to make progress in other areas of the music field. Another of his main motivations was the success of his song with the Cachaco Orchestra ”Si Tú Supieras”, which led him to continue making romantic salsa for a few more years under the label FONOVISA until the cessation of his contract with this record company. ”That’s when I decided to make some changes in my independent musical life with my own style, have the power to decide, choose songs to please myself and be free to make fusions between Latin Jazz, Bosa, Bolero Jazz and some Caribbean fusions” said the artist.
When asked about the best time for an artist to pursue a solo career, he replied that artists gradually mature both musically and personally, leadings them to the point where they feel ready to take that important step and decide that there is a high probability of success. ”There is a click or reset in your senses and you do what you think you have to do, but the important thing is to get it right”, he added.
Differences between commercial salsa and non-commercial salsa
Regarding this important issue, the singer-songwriter replied as follows: ”I love traditional salsa and it is the basis of everything that follows. I am from that generation, but I also grew up in an atmosphere of jazz, bosa, bolero, Colombian street genres and a lot of American pop music, so my brain mixes all that set of rhythms and fuses them in several ideas presented in workshops with my music producers. That’s why I don’t make COMMERCIAL radio music, which every day is more disposable and meaningless, my target has always been cultural, music with soul, harmony, intelligence and possitive messages and effects, but above all, pleasant the ear as music should be”.
He also pointed out that he mixes these genres according to his own musical tastes and the music he listened to when he was a child. All of this with the support from the members of his work team, who are on the same page, although they contribute their own ideas.
”Aquel Loco Miami”
In terms of his latest single ”Aquel Loco Miami”, he told us that ”it is the preamble to a CD in which we are working on, whch is also full of melting pots and rhythms such as salsa jazz, a little conventional salsa with fused touches and more modern salsa using fusions”.
Aquel Loco Miami is a song penned by BRAULIO, a famous Spanish singer and songwriter who is allowing me to record several of his songs. It is a chachachá song where there is no apology to the crime or what happened in Miami in the 70s/80s/90s. It’s just to remind the new generations that negativity can also bring positive things and Miami was in his time the Mecca of Rumba and enjoyment and, despite the violence there was space room for fun”-