Ricardo Montaner: “Being artists has brought us closer together in our family”

Ricardo Montaner He returns to Spain, maintaining himself as one of the great references to Ibero-American music. With a musical career of more than 30 years in which he has sold more than 25 million records thanks to great hits such as ‘Tan enamored’, ‘Let me cry’ and ‘Bésame’, among others’, the Argentine-Venezuelan artist will visit cities like Madrid (November 26 – Teatro Real), Barcelona (November 27 – Palau de la Música), Valencia (December 5 – Palau de les Arts) and A Coruña (December 7 – Opera House) on his next tour of our country.

In addition to preparing his next album, which will be released next year 2023, Montaner is also in the news after the premiere of ‘Los Montaner’, the docureality in which he shows the day-to-day life of a family of artists made up of great stars such as Mau, Ricky and Evalunaand their partners Stefi, Sara and Camilo. YOTELE He talks to Ricardo Montaner about his new tour, among other things.

How do you feel when you return to Spain with this new tour?

With great desire to sing to you with all my love these songs that I have been accumulating for more than 30 years. For me it is enormously satisfying, but let me stop for a bit in Catalonia. How much I love Barcelona, ​​how much I like it, how happy I am every time I walk through all those streets. I am in love with Barça. I have been to the Camp Nou several times.

I am in love with such a beautiful city. I’m going to enjoy it doubly because it’s a place that I really like and singing for you is going to be enormous and, apart from that, singing at the Palau de la Música Catalana, a very beautiful venue. I’m very happy

Telling me this, I imagine that you are excited about Barça this season, right?

I am always excited about Barça. It is a great team that I have been following for many years.

Going back to music, you have a great musical career in much of the world, but what does Spain mean to you?

I identify a lot, not only with the Spanish, but with the number of people who have had to emigrate for different reasons. Many Latino people live there. I identify a lot with the fact that my Galician grandmother always talked to me about her land and what life was like for her when she was little there, and one begins to grow fond of it. My grandmother with the last name Atrio always prepared us little things to eat that had to do with hers. That comes from the DNA of each of us who live in Latin America.

Recently, he released ‘I miss you’, a preview of his new album. Many people say that it is her return to the pop ballad, the genre in which she became known. What will your new album be like? Will it be complete in this style?

The album, due out next year, is preceded by a couple of singles first. The entire album is going to be practically dedicated to that spurned romantic love. It is filled with, on the one hand, sadness, and on the other hand, hope and nostalgia. It is a bit of the raw material with which I approached music from my beginnings.

When it is said that he returned to ballads, it is because I made an album of tangos in homage to my grandfather and my father first. I also released an album dedicated to the spirit, which is totally faith-based and is precisely titled like that. So, of course, after three years, I return to romantic songs, which are the ones that made me known in Latin America.

So is it a return to his musical roots?

For sure. It is a return to the beginning of my career, which has been founded on the foundations of romanticism and spite.

Throughout his career, he has sold a total of 25 million copies. When preparing a new album, does that mean more security or more pressure?

I understand that when you have been going through a career for so long, there are certain things that you count on, such as a public that has supported you, but that does not mean that you do not have the commitment to continue improving as time goes by.

This album must have some element that attracts people’s attention. It happened to me with the last album of ballads, which was called. It gave me infinite joy with my audience. So, it is precisely about, through the respect that one has for the public, going about doing things that mark a little the evolution that it can have. Keep in mind that times have been changing. The structure of the ballad has changed since the beginning of my beginnings. Before it was verse-chorus-chorus and the song died. Today there are elements such as pre-choirs. Obviously one has to evolve.

At the beginning of November, ‘Los Montaner’ premiered on Disney+, a docureality in which he shows the day-to-day life of his family with Ricky and Nau, Eva Luna, Camila, you and your wife Marlene Rodríguez. How did this idea come about and how did you manage to do it, since you are all artists and your schedules are difficult to balance?

We are all constantly up and down. As you said, it is very difficult to balance schedules, but we did it.

The idea began 18 years ago when my mother, Nona, was still living with us. Now, may she rest in peace, she is in heaven. She was of Italian descent. My grandmother was Sicilian and my grandfather Montaner was Catalan. She was very particular and funny without knowing it. She made us laugh a lot with everything, so much so that we said this thing should be recorded, and that’s how we started. We recorded things without her noticing and we laughed. This idea was transiting, waiting for the moment for it to happen. Now my children are grown. We have many more elements that can help the excuse of making a docureality. They all have their own career. Eva Luna, Camilo by her side, Mau & Ricky by theirs. My daughter-in-law, my wife, who has a wonderful career as a filmmaker and writer. Today there are more excuses and more reasons for us to do something like what we are doing.

Then, one day the people from Disney+ arrive and tell us that they want to be the window of this project. For us it has been an immense joy because I think there is no better way than through Disney+ to show our family’s day-to-day life.

Has being a family of artists united you even more?

I think so because there is a common denominator, apart from the immense love we have. There are common themes. My house was always a mess because you would go through a room and Mau was playing the drums. In the other, Ricky playing on his electric guitar. Me by my side, Eva Luna with her piano lessons. My house has always been very loud. Obviously, this has brought us much closer together.

You have been a coach of ‘La voz’ in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Would you like to be in the Spanish version? And jury in any other talent?

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I love these formats. I am in love with this genre. I love discovering and listening to new talents. I did ‘Idol’ at a time when it was very strong in America and I’ve already had 10 editions of ‘La voz’ between Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Also, as a producer that I am, I like to give them the opportunity, recording their first tracks. So of course. If it comes up, you’ll have me living over there. Any excuse is good to be in that beautiful land.

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Ricardo Montaner: “Being artists has brought us closer together in our family”