It is never too late to start over. Salsa singer Angie Chávez, 29, is determined to build her path in music as a soloist after being one of the pioneers of the group Son Tentación.
After almost a decade with Paula Arias, leader of the salsa group and now her friend, the interpreter has premiered her first solo song, “No te realas”, which is now available on all digital platforms.
– How do you feel in this new facet of your life?
I am loaded with many emotions, I have nerves and a lot of expectation of what is going to happen. It is not an easy career, sometimes you have to have a little contacts, there is a lot of investment. It is not something that is easily achieved, but I have faith that my talent will help me climb steps. Here in Peru it is quite difficult to be an artist.
– You have been in Son Tentación for nine years, when do you feel the desire to separate from the group?
We all have goals. I had thought about it before, but I have great affection for Paula. Thinking about leaving was feeling like I was leaving her and I didn’t want her to feel that either. Yahaira, Daniela, then Amy and Kate left, I said ‘this is not the time to go’.
It is understood because everyone wants to emerge, earn their money and not work for others. There came a time when I felt that I gave it my all and I couldn’t grow any more within the group, I reached the top and wanted to take a different course. The love for Paula is always there, she knows it.
– What was it that finally motivated you?
Some opportunities presented themselves. If he didn’t do it now, he never would.
– What would you say to those who say that you are starting a little late, because of your age and because you already have a family?
It happened to me. I doubted it myself, I felt that if I left, it was too late. But to show your talent there is no ageThose are suggestions that people make, I take it in a good way.
– What is the best teaching that Son Tentación has given you?
Son Temptation has been my source of everything, financial, emotional, work, it was what sustained my home, just like my husband because he also worked there, where we met. It has taught me respect for the public, love for what we do.
Paula has taught me to be more professional, I was struck when I was late. There are many very talented artists, but discipline is half your career. Without discipline you cannot exercise that talent.
– Do you consider it important to have a partner who motivates you to fulfill your dreams?
I feel like we don’t need anyone. We have that inner strength to do it. I am a mother and I have my daughters, that is reason enough to get ahead. But in this case, I have him, who drives me and supports me and that is nice, you have to make the most of it. We are growing this dream together. We open a production company and we dedicate ourselves to streaming.
– You have done some ‘arrangements’, how do you feel?
I filed the bone in my nose, did a small fat transfer and increased the size of my breasts. I decided to do it because it was something I wanted to do for a long time. I feel super happy. I feel like I’m in a good time. Time, age and children, nothing is an excuse. I know that I will be able to do it little by little.
– For a singer to be successful in music, do you think she should sell her voice or her physical appearance more?
All my life I have disagreed on that. Sometimes a lot of people would tell me ‘it doesn’t look good’. If a woman decides to make a change, it is for herself. It is not fundamental.
It is true that the image matters and you have to fix it, but it is not the most important thing. It is useless to look good, if you are not going to have talent and humility, what people are looking for. There are also people who do not sing incredible, but have a pull with the public. It is a set of many things.
– The music producer Sergio George said that “the salsa market no longer exists”, some salseros have already spoken out against it. What is your opinion?
I couldn’t disagree with someone who knows so much about music. But i think the sauce has not died nor will it ever die. He is seeing a way to merge in the case of Yahaira (Plasencia) because it is what is fashionable now, but salsa is not going to die. In Peru, the salsa industry is very strong. I think it has not been expressed in the right way, it would be necessary to listen to it better.
Would you like to venture into other musical genres, such as reggaeton or cumbia?
I started singing Creole music, I did ranchera, I love cumbia, tex-mex, Argentine cumbia. I thought that if I don’t do well in salsa, I will go to another genre and I will try until I feel that I am at the height of my career and say ‘here I stay’. I am willing and I like to sing about everything.
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