We had the chance to chat with Chilean-American singer, songwriter, producer and NBC’s Songland winner PipoBeats. PipoBeats won the competition with his songSway” he wrote for Luis Fonsi. In our interview, we chat about his newest single “Tocalo“, his experience on Songland, his creative process, and more. Check it out below!

 What was it like being on Songland? 

It was phenomenal! One of the best experiences of my life! It was a confirmation of believing in yourself. If you have a goal in life, you can accomplish anything as long as you put your heart and mind into it. I was around 15 years old when I first got started and was serious about music, I wanted to be a musician but I didn’t know how to write music. Against all odds and without having the proper tools or training, I taught myself. 

In the process of learning to write music, I wrote the names of artists I was interested in collaborating with and one of them was actually Luis Fonsi. Fast forward a few years later there I was singing my song “SWAY” to Luis Fonsi. It was unreal! The show was also an incredible learning experience– working with first-class musicians like Ryan Tedder helped me exponentially.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians? 

Be authentic to yourself and don’t try to be anyone but you. Love yourself and do what you love. We only have one life to live and it’s important to make the most of it.

What is your favorite song to perform live?

I like to perform ALL of my songs live. It’s a matter of experiencing that moment. Every time I sing one of my songs, I experience a different vibe depending on my fan’s reaction.  If I can make someone smile, sing, dance through any of my songs while I’m performing, I feel really accomplished.

Can you describe your creative process when you’re writing new music? 

 It switches up every time so I don’t really have set ways in writing music. My ideas usually begin with the beat. I could be playing a chord on the guitar or piano, get an idea and build on that. Then that night I may go to bed and another idea may spark and I will record it. I love the creative process and will sit down for hours writing a song. Writing music is my therapy and passion, I feel. like I’m almost always thinking about music.

What has been the best advice someone has given you about music? 

I received so much advice along the way, especially during my time on Songland and while working with other artists– the best being about individuality. Personally, I feel that remaining true to yourself is advice I not only relay to my music but my daily life as well.  

Which musician would you like to collaborate with in the future? 

I haven’t stopped manifesting artists I’d like to collaborate with, just as I wrote down Luis Fonsi’s name a few years ago, I still keep a list of artists that inspire me and my music. Right now the list includes James Taylor, Bad Bunny, Jay Balvin, Rauw Alejandro, Becky G and Camila Cabello.


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