Colombian crooner Pipe Bueno is shaking up the Latin music scene in an unheard of way. He's making himself known on both the ranchera and reggaeton music fronts thanks to his unique sound that blends both genres. Over the past 10 years, Bueno has worked with reggaetoneros like Maluma, J Balvin and Wisin while staying true to ranchera music, which originates traditionally from Mexico. As his star continues to rise, he's one more artist to add to the mix that's putting his country of Colombia on the map. Bueno talked to us about his new single "Cupido Falló" (Cupid Failed), who he wants to collaborate with next and his chance encounter with media maven Paris Hilton.
AXS: One of your biggest songs is "La Invitación" (The Invitation) with Maluma. How was it working with him?
Pipe Bueno: "La Invitación" is an amazing song because it was my first time as an author writing a song for the people. It's a little bit strange and weird because I love regional Mexican music, but my first song was in reggaeton. It's urban music so it's like something strange. The people made this song a hit. I had the pleasure of being in Mexico during the entire tour of Maluma's as a special guest. We also sang this song. The people love it. It's the first song that introduced me to the urban world and then I was thinking, "I have to make more music of this of genre." That's what I'm doing right now. I play both types of music.
AXS: Yeah, I was going to ask you how did you come up with the idea of mixing regional ranchera with reggaeton music?
PB: I know there's not too many people doing that, but I think that's positive. I'm just trying to make a bet to [mix] two types of music that are the biggest genres to Spanish people in the world. When you mix them, I think that only positive things are a result of that hard work. I love the idea that maybe in one year, two years, the people can say Pipe Bueno created a new genre in music that is mixing ranchera with urban music. I hope it's gonna be the biggest achievement that I have in my career.
AXS: You've worked with Maluma and J Balvin before. Who do you want to work with next?
PB: There are too many artists that I want to work with them. In ranchera, I have a dream to work with anyone in the Fernández family. It could be Alex, the new one. He's the son of Alejandro. Maybe Alejandro. And of course, why not Vicente Fernández, who is like the biggest artist in this type of music. But if we talk about urban music, I already did something with Maluma, with Wisin, with J Alvarez, but I want to do something with Daddy Yankee. For me, I raised up with his music. It's like the biggest artist I have really, really in my heart and all the memories when I was so young in Medellín.
AXS: What is the message of your new song "Cupido Falló"?
PB: "Cupido Falló" is a song for the people that have a broken heart. The people that don't believe anymore in love [...] because they don't find their soul mate. An example of that is me. I have one year that I'm single. I have to be honest. I was looking or searching, trying to find something that you don't find it when you're trying to find it. "Cupido Falló" is for the people who are desperate for looking for somebody and they don't get it.
AXS: It's like when you're looking for love and don't find it.
PB: Yeah, you have to be like relaxed, living your life and love is coming. That's it.
AXS: Is there going to be a new album soon?
PB: I think so because I have only two albums in my entire career. I have a lot of singles outside but they are not a part of a new album. For this year, I am wondering to have an album. Maybe one album only of ranchera, regional Mexican music and another one of urban music. But maybe it could only be one with the two genres. It could be different and make some news and some noise because it's the first album to have these two types of music in only one album.
AXS: Colombia is home to the most successful artists right now in Latin music like Maluma and J Balvin. How do you feel to represent your country?
PB: For real I am so, so happy that Colombia today is like one of the most important countries in the world. When we're talking about talented people, singers and there are a lot of people also in sports. They are doing their thing. We're in the best moment and we have to take that moment into a positive way for us. Everybody is looking at the Colombian people. It's so funny because of the accent. All the girls for example in Mexico, every time that I'm in an interview, they are like saying, "Oh, can you repeat what you're saying because I love your accent." They love everything about Colombia. It's very positive for us in this moment.
AXS: You've been in the music industry for more than 10 years. What have you learned in that time?
PB: A lot of things. One of those things is to be not afraid about what people can say. Not people, [I mean] the bad people that are only trying to put obstacles in your path in your career. When you are successful, the first thing that happens is that. There are a lot of people that appear to say bad things and trying to say that you can't do it or you can't do this. The real thing is that if you believe in you and you believe that you can do it, the result is that you can do it. That's the most important thing I have learned in those 10 years.
AXS: You have a lot of fans in the U.S. Are you going to have any concerts here soon?
PB: I'm in a moment that I want to have concerts, but I prefer to work hard in my music so that I have new songs to sing to the people. And then do a tour in the entire United States in good venues for all my fans. But maybe this year I'm gonna make two or three concerts in Miami. But you have to check my social media, my Instagram that I'm gonna be maybe confirming all the shows I'm going to have in the United States.
AXS: You were at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and met Paris Hilton. How was that experience?
PB: It was amazing. I didn't know that Paris was so humble and noble with everybody. She was with us like chilling and relaxing. She didn't have any bodyguards behind. She was like another person more in the Ultra [Music Festival]. Then we go to a space because she wants to go to a space. She like invited us and I was like, "Really, this is a dream." And then Diplo arrived to the VIP with her. And in a moment we were talking, the Mexican friends of mine and Diplo and Paris Hilton, and I just say, "This can't be real." Of course, it was a real thing. It made me so happy because she's an example of how the stars have to be when they are in that place.
AXS: Yeah, very successful.
PB: Yeah, they have to be humble and noble with the people.
AXS: From seeing the EDM festival and Diplo, is it going to be like ranchera and electronic music for you soon?
PB: [Laughs] I don't think so, but we have to start with something. Maybe urban mixing with ranchera can work and then we can think that maybe Diplo makes something different with ranchera music. But that's going to be like in some years. Maybe in the future.