Alejo Talks About The Evolution Of His Artistry, New Album ‘El Favorito De Las Nenas’ and More
Latin artist Alejo has just released his newest album, “El Favorito De Las Nenas,” which he describes as a reflection of his growth, both as an artist and a person. The album is full of reggaeton, which Alejo believes is the mainstay of his sound. Alejo is grateful for his fans’ support and feels that his connection with them is unique, as he pays attention to their likes and dislikes. His connection with his fans is genuine and has been instrumental in shaping his music.
Alejo’s first album was a reflection of a young artist trying to find his sound, while his new album, “El Favorito De Las Nenas,” is the result of his years of experience and hard work. His love for music and determination to make a mark in the industry is evident from the success he has had with his latest album. “That was a very young Alejo trying to find out what his flow was and what he wanted to do.” He says, “So for this album, I already know what I want to do and what I’m good at.”
One of Alejo’s biggest hits, “Pantysito,” was a viral sensation last year, and it helped him to connect with his fans on a deeper level. Alejo says that the song defines his flow and what he does, and it will always be special to him. Pantysito has a special place in my heart, and it has been crucial for my fanbase and for anyone who knows me. For my flow, that song specifically defines all my flow and what Alejo does.” He is grateful for his fans’ support and is conscious of what they like and dislike when he creates his music.
Alejo’s success has been a motivating factor for him, and he is thrilled about his first nomination and presentation in Premios Juventud. He feels that these milestones came at the right time and provided him with the motivation he needed to continue his work. His creative process has been affected positively by these achievements, and he is excited to see where his music will take him next.
Alejo’s new album is diverse and full of different flows and flavors of reggaeton. Although he does not have a favorite track, he admits that his top three tracks on the album are “305,” “Tu Gatito,” and “Coco Bongo.” He loves these tracks because they define his music and the energy he gives in every song.
This incredible artist has shown significant growth throughout his career, and is in tune with his sound and mind, and his genuine connection with his fans has been instrumental in shaping his music. With the release of his new album, “El Favorito De Las Nenas,” it is clear that the sky is the limit for this talented Latin artist.
Read the full interview by Contrast’s Editor-in-Chief, Michael D. Monroe below.
Congratulations on the release of your new album, “El Favorito De Las Nenas.” What was the inspiration behind this project? First of all, thank you for congratulating me. I love this album. I think the inspo behind it was just putting out what I wanted to do with my music. I wanted people to know who Alejo is. So, I did a lot of reggaeton and I think that’s what people love about me, Alejo, whatever you want to call me. So, that was the vision of this album.
“Pantysito” was a viral hit last year. How did you feel about the song’s success and its impact on your career? Pantysito is what made people know who I am, so [the song] is going to always be special to me. I’ve always loved the song since the moment I did it without knowing how big it was going to be. So, Pantysito has a special place in my heart, and it has been crucial for my fanbase and for anyone who knows me. For my flow, that song specifically defines all my flow and what Alejo does.
You’ve mentioned that this album is a reflection of your growth as an artist and a person. Can you expand on that? This album defines what I want for Alejo and what I think Alejo is for the public. I feel like I’ve [worked on] a lot of projects in my career, but I’ve never really done one about reggaeton and I think that’s what people love about Alejo. I did Full Discoteka and it was a full EDM and house project. I did 32 de Diciembre and it was very experimental. It has trap, dancehall, and everything. But it didn’t really have reggaeton. Neither did Full Discoteka; it only had two songs. So El Favorito De Las Nenas is full of reggaeton. It has a different flow and flavors, as I call it, from reggaeton. But that’s the main thing from the album. So, I think that’s what defines me.
How does it feel to have such a strong connection with your fans? I feel like the connection I have with my fans is very unique because I feel like I’m different from the rest of the artists. It’s not that they don’t listen to their fans or the public, I just feel like I pay attention to what they like and what they don’t like, so when I go to the studio and make music, I’m really conscious about it. So, I think that’s the difference between me and other artists. I’m just really paying attention.
How has your music evolved since your first album? Since the release of [my first album], I think there’s a big difference between this album and my first album. I still love it though and the fans love it too. They post songs from that album all the time, so I’m very grateful for that, but I feel that there’s a very big difference in who Alejo was there. That was a very young Alejo trying to find out what his flow was and what he wanted to do. So for this album, I already know what I want to do and what I’m good at, so I think that’s the difference.
You’ve had a very successful year with several milestones, including your first nomination and presentation in Premios Juventud. How has that affected your music and your creative process? The nominations and milestones were kind of a shock to me because they all happened too fast and all happened in one year, and I think that was the motivation I needed at that time. Prior to Pantysito, I wasn’t struggling because I loved what I do and I knew that I loved music and I wanted to do reggaeton, but I was just feel like I wasn’t doing much. Then after Pantysito [came out] and all of this crazy stuff happened, then the nominations and I started going everywhere and singing Pantysito and everyone went crazy when I sang it. All those collaborations with Jay Wheeler, all that stuff. I needed that motivation. Maybe not for Alejo, but for myself. Like, ‘Bro you go it. You’re good at it. Just keep doing it.’ So I’m just happy it happened.
Do you have a favorite track from the album? If so, which one and why? I feel like I don’t have a favorite track. I love all the songs, honestly. Not because it’s my album, but because it’s so diverse and flows. I do have a top three. I love 305, that’s like the main track from the album. I love it. The same as Pantysito, I think it defines my flow and the energy I give in every song. Tu Gatito, I love that song. I’m a very big fan of Brray, so I’m just happy he’s in the album and on one of the top songs. I feel not only for me but for the public. Coco Bongo too, I feel, is a very good song. It has surprised me because I liked it but I didn’t think the public would like it too, but it has been one of their favorites. I think that’s my top 3 from the album. I love it and I think they all define [my music].
Looking back at your career so far, what advice would you give to your younger self when you first started in the industry? I think the advice I would tell [my younger self] is to keep doing what you’re doing. I think I’ve made mistakes but never did something wrong. I always knew what I wanted to do. I was focused all the time and recorded every day. Still do. [Laughs] I used to hit it every day with my friends. I was always thinking about [music] and what I wanted to do, what to become with my music. So, I would just tell myself ‘Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re doing good. Be patient. It’s going to happen.’
What can fans expect from you next? It’s a lot of music. My fans know I release a lot of music. Last year I released almost 30 songs. There’s a lot of music that hasn’t been released but it’s going to be released soon but after the album. There are a lot of remixes in mind too. Keep in mind that there’s a lot of remixes but a lot of new flows too, so a lot of music.
The definition of Contrast is “to be strikingly different.” What makes Alejo strikingly different? I think the difference between me and a lot of other artists is I do the music because I like it. I mean, I do keep my fans in mine. I love you guys. You’re the guys who make Alejo who he is, so I’m always thinking about you guys. But I feel like when I’m in the studio and I’m making the songs, I just do what I love, and when it comes from the heart. It’s not that I’m making romantic songs or anything like that but it comes out of me. That’s what I love and when I hear them, I can hear them 1,000 times. That’s what I think makes me different. It comes from the heart.
Alejo is a rising star in the urban music genre, known for his unique sound and collaborations with other great artists such as Karol G, Feid, and Wisin. His songs “Pantysito,” “Un Viaje,” “Se Enamoró de un Reggaetonero,” and “La Pelikula” have become viral hits, and his second EP, “Full Discoteka,” released in 2022, further strengthened his career. In the same year, he received his first nomination for Premios Juventud 2022 in the category, “The New Generation-Male,” and performed at the awards show alongside Feid and Robi. Apple Music named him as part of their predictions for Latin Artists in 2023, and he continues to be an artist to watch in the Latin music industry.