Monday, September 27, 2021

Alex Gargolas: From Poetry to “Underground”

Declare poetry was one of the experiences that most fascinated Rafael Alexis Quils Hernandez while growing up. But as time went on, life’s opportunities made him one of the pioneers of the urban genre, until he became known as producer Alex Gargolas.

“To be honest, I always loved poetry in school, I won my awards in public speaking, in speeches, in storytelling and all things. I’ve loved music since I was little, but I never thought was that I was going to be an executive producer, because obviously, when underground I was one of the first in Puerto Rico”.

While his first studio album was Gargoyles: The Commando Attacks (1998), the fact that they began collaborating in previous musical productions. Recognized exponents such as Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Hector y Tito and Alberto Styles were some who performed under his musical touch in their early days. “What started as a Hobby It turned into something much bigger”, he reflected when he remembered his origins. my first album underground it was called the most wanted. That was my first CD I made under the BM Records label.

The series had volumes 2 to 5 after the 1998 album. gargoyles, then to begin a 14-year hiatus that ended with the release of their most recent record production, gargoyles forever.

“My last album was for 2007, which was Gargoyles: The Next Generation. After that it comes to the closure of most record companies, ”he recalled. “I remained sober for two years without doing anything, by which time I had the opportunity to sign this guy for seven years. manager, which became Faroko. We travel almost all over the world, ”he said proudly of a successful urban artist.

The record label Rimas Music showed interest in putting their talents to a new breed of urban exponents.

“I’m separating Solo that they have put platinum and multiplatinum, gold, thank god”, highlighted the producer, who has worked on songs by Liano, Eladio Carrion and Raw Alejandro. “There came a time when the record label told me ‘You have to release your album now.’

The global crisis due to COVID-19 delayed plans and brought some complexity to the dynamics of working on each song that makes up the new album, so its launch celebrates it in a big way.

“We endured four, five months of doing nothing because we didn’t know what we were facing. The artists didn’t dare to record. The studios were closed. Basically nothing was working. We I waited for the restrictions to pass somewhat and I began renting Airbnb very carefully, to let the artists go on recordings”.

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forever a legacy

In collaboration with Alex Rose, Bray, Darrell, de la Gato, Eladio Carrion, Farruco, Liano, Rov Alejandro, Mora, Big Soto, Joyce Santana, Juanca, the effort resulted in the release of an 18-song album, which they released in August this year. Released in An introduction with the voices of announcer El Coyote, along with Lure La El and Carlos Arroyo, among many others.

“I already had an idea of ​​what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to do the reggaeton that’s usually done. I wanted to make an album that would last for many years. So I put in AlwaysWith a trajectory of more than three decades, said the producer. “We have a lot of influence World green. It’s an album that all kinds of audiences can listen to and you say ‘but it ain’t reggaeton’. i went well Whole world on each subject”.

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Within an interest in integrating old and new school exponents of the urban style, Alex Gargolas shares his criteria when choosing interpreters.

“I was interested in them being versatile, and I wanted them to be in line with the concept of the album, with the wish that it would take you to different cities when you listen to each song.”

promotion is one of the cuts by city, with the voice of the Archangel.

“He’s a fusion of retro with new, and the archangel is a very versatile person. It was based on a theme that I put together. I was struck by the one line and a very strange concept that I have today. The album can’t be classified as reggaeton, or if it’s pop. That’s why I say it is Whole world, world green”, he explained happily.

“I knew I was going to like it, but not to the extent that it happened. It was a surprise to me, as was Liano’s (poisonous love) and Eladio Carrion (Promise)”, added the producer, who admitted with humor that although reggaeton has a special place in his life, it is a rhythm he does not hear often today.

“In my house I listen to everything except reggaeton,” he confessed. “I listen to Brazilian music, Lounge. On Sundays, believe it or not, they play Radio Oro (92.5 FM) in my house because it’s a custom. When I was little my grandparents grew me listening to trio music, as I listen to it as part of the ritual on Sundays”.


Alex Gargolas: From Poetry to "Underground"
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