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Orchestra Fuego

Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it:

Yes, I recall the event as if it was yesterday. While I was attending college, there was a a band playing Salsa music at the student artist center. I was as if I was struck by lightning and just fell in love with the genre. Soon after, I started to listen to the big Salsa artists of the times, like Grammy winning pianists, Eddie Palmieri, Papo Lucca and Larry Harlow. I started taking lessons from a local Spanish pianist and he taught me how to write Salsa music. I was just fascinated with the art, and on my first album that I recorded in 1977 with the great Fania records, I wrote and arranged eight out of the ten songs on the album.

Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?

This was definitely one of the craziest moments while performing. We had three gigs on a Saturday, our first gig was at a block party, when we got back to our van, we had two flat tires and no spare! So we had to go to the nearest junk yard and get two tires, but the problem was they did not have the same size tires, so our van was hobbling all the way to our next two gigs. We laughed so hard.

What has been the high point of your music path?

Hollywood, CA, September 4, 2022 – Some of the best independent singers and bands from around the world hit the red-carpet during the 2022 Indie Music Channel Awards held at Sunset Gower Studios, the legendary film and TV studio in Hollywood. I was among those recognized for their outstanding achievements in music. My band won numerous awards during the event, including “Best Music Band” for our award-winning Salsa group, Orchestra Fuego, “Best Song of the Year” for “Con Ella Quiero Bailar” featuring Jose Alberto “El Canario”, and “Album of the Year” for our new production “Candela”.

Winning multiple awards in Hollywood is a feeling that's almost indescribable. Your emotions just swell up and, for me, it was a small piece of Heaven. It made all the blood, sweat, and tears all worth it. In 2021, I was also inducted into the Indie Music Hall of Fame.

So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?

I usually start with a theme; then I get together with one of my favorite songwriters Robert Requena Gonzalez. We talk about the idea and discuss what I would like the lyrics to say and then he takes it from there. Once I get a draft, we make some tweaks then get the song arranged.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?

The financial burden on an Indie artists to continue to self-produce and promote is the great challenge when in competition with artists who have the backing of mainstream radio and recording companies. Digital media is the main source for Indie artist to have their productions played for a large audience. However, they get less than pennies on a dollar for promoting their music. There is very little return from the digital media platforms for royalties such as Spotify for Indie artist and that needs to change. Most of the streaming plays or music purchases should go to the artist.

If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Orchestra Fuego have been super blessed to perform with some of the biggest Latin artists in the world; we have had the honor of performing with Victor Manuelle, Senora Poncena, Grupo Niche, Diego Gale and various other big Latin artists, but I would like to perform with Marc Anthony one day.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? I am a stickler about rehearsing, when we’re not performing, we rehearse. This way we are always prepared for the event. Our rehearsals are fun though, like a picnic. Our managers, Tony Delavora, of Daville Entertainment, Maria Caban and Dr. Sylvia Hernandez, take very good care of the band. They bring tons of food and when we take a break it’s party time.

Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! We recently produced a Salsa version of Mariah Carey’s Christmas song “All I Want for Christmas is You” and it was very challenging. We collaborated with the incredibly talented Lucy Grau from Miami and we wanted to make sure that the song was par with the original composition. I have to admit that it came out AWESOME!

What's coming up in the future? Orchestra Fuego is always in the creative mood. We have a big music video coming soon with a famous Salsa artist, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, we were super honored to produce a song and music video with this giant of Salsa music.

Tell us where fans can access your music. Best way to learn more about Orchestra Fuego is on our website. Follow us on: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter TikTok


About Orchestra Fuego

Orchestra Fuego is a sensational Salsa band that performs both original and familiar Latin songs with invigorating new arrangements. Based in Tampa Bay, Florida this twelve-piece live orchestra presents an ear pleasing and visually alluring performance that magnifies their impressive presentation style.

This seasoned group of musicians with over two decades of experience produce a sizzling show—and the band’s dynamic, high energy sound dominates every stage they play on. Orchestra Fuego delivers a vast and versatile repertoire of songs. Their hot Latin passion is on fire and can be felt through their expressive enthusiasm and high energy levels everywhere they perform.


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