AXS was backstage at Staples Center in LA for Calibash 2018 on Jan. 20. Mega 96.3 FM, SBS and LaMusica app brought together today's biggest Latin music stars onto one stage. As the event's official ticketing outlet, AXS was on hand to interview some of the artists backstage.
Becky G, the woman behind the smash hit "Mayores" featuring Bad Bunny, warmed up the cold crowd outside with an acapella version of the song during a pre-show event. Inside the venue she had a few words about the follow-up to "Mayores." Becky G wants to keep blending the urban and pop vibes while "always keeping it hot."
J Balvin turned up at Calibash to perform his hits along with his brand new single "Machika" featuring Anitta and Jeon. Backstage he ran into veteran reggaetonero Yandel, formerly of Wisin y Yandel, and the two shared a moment. When asked what "Machika" means, Balvin confirmed with hand-signs and all that it means to "smash." He's certainly got another one of those on his hands.
Natti Natasha is burning up the Latin music charts with her single "Criminal" with fellow Calibash headliner Ozuna. As a woman in reggaeton music, she is holding it down for the females in a genre dominated by men. "I think it's amazing being able to speak for women," Natasha said. "Being able to be the face for women, it's a privilege."
Moroccan-American rapper French Montana has been making moves on the Latin music front, collaborating with many of the genre's top acts like Daddy Yankee, J Balvin and Maluma. He revealed another collab is coming this week with Ozuna. Speaking about his appreciation of those artists, Montana said, "I love all ya'll culture. I love the support." He added, "I look forward to learning more Spanish."
Reykon is making some noise in the Latin music scene with his single "El Chisme." He has a new album coming out soon with many surprise collaborations. One person Reykon hasn't worked with yet that he would like to is Marc Anthony, the ex-husband of Calibash headliner Jennifer Lopez.
Bad Bunny is one of the brightest stars in music right now and a go-to guy for hot features. Enrique Iglesias recently tapped the rapper for his new single "El Baño." Having taken over Latin America, Bad Bunny is setting his sights next on the U.S. with La Nueva Religion Tour, his first headlining trek in the country. The 23-year-old said he's very happy to be kicking off the tour in March.