Llane, whose real name is Juan David Castaño, announced his departure from Piso 21 on Feb. 3. "I would like to tell you that after 12 years [with Piso 21], I feel in my heart and my soul that I really want to start my own way," he said in a video.
Piso 21 is a Colombian band that recently hit it big with the "Me Llamas" (Call Me) remix featuring Maluma and "Déjala Que Vuelva" (Let Her Come Back) featuring another Colombian act, Manuel Turizo. With the Llane's departure, the other three members, Pablito, El Profe and Dim, will still carry on as Piso 21. The guys have already gotten a new fourth member, Lorduy.
Despite the split, Llane and Piso 21 still have a lot of love for each other. After the recent passing of Llane's mother, his old bandmates sent their condolences on Instagram. In honor of his mom, Llane recorded an emotional cover of the late Juan Gabriel's "Abrázame Muy Fuerte" (Embrace Me Tightly) with Colombian social media star Luisa Fernanda W, who recently lost her boyfriend Legarda after he was shot and killed in their country.
As Llane admitted that he is "nervous" about going solo, many of his friends in the music industry posted videos in support of his decision. "I support you 100 percent," said J Balvin. "Make your dream a reality." Maluma added, "Much success and blessings to your new project." Yatra, Colombian producers Sky and Ovy on the Drums, Turizo and his older brother, Julian Turizo, and Venezuelan-born siblings Mau y Ricky also wished Llane well.
Llane will be Piso 21's labelmate on Warner Music. "I'm happy to continue with my Warner Music family in this new chapter of my life," he wrote.