A report by Jessica Roiz for Vix.
Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.
Kat DeLuna is the person to blame for your favorite summer song: Whine Up.It’s only been haunting us for the past 10 years and we’re totally OK with that because it makes our parties, girl night outs, and road trips, all the better!
It was this song that opened the doors to a then 19-year-old DeLuna at a worldwide level. Since, she recorded with artists such as Busta Rhymes andDon Omar, and dropped three studio albums, one of which became the #1 album overseas in 2016.
As the 29-year-old Dominican songstress celebrates the success of Whine Up,she’s preparing new music. VIX had a one-on-one with DeLuna and here’s everything she’s been up to.
VIX: You made a bombastic debut with “Whine Up,” did you ever think this song was going to be as successful as it is today?
KAT: I knew that it was a dope song when I was recording it in the studio. My whole team was just having fun but from one day to another it became a monster. I didn’t think it was going to be that big but it was a movement. Everyone who worked in this song gained success from it. It was a new sound that opened many doors for me and other Latino artists. It’s categorized in the pop genre, but there’s a lot of influences from world music, reggae, and Latin music. It’s amazing and I’m very thankful for this hit.
VIX: In the music video, you’re flaunting your #PlatanoPower, whether with the color of your clothes, the flags, your jewelry, how important was it for you to show your Dominican pride in the clip?
KAT: Before I got signed I was a community singer in New York and New Jersey. I opened up concerts for Marc Anthony and La India. As a Latina, it was very important for me to represent. I took a trip to the Dominican Republic and sang for my people and they were so happy. The support they gave me was incredible. When I got signed, the label told me that I was the first international Dominican pop artist in the world. It’s important to remember that whoever you are, wherever you’re from, your background is that makes you, you.
VIX: I also heard you’re working on new music. What can your DeLunatics expect?
KAT: I’ve been working on my new music for a long time. I also started doing things overseas. A lot of people would be surprised to know that my albumLoading was the #1 Album in Japan last year. That’s why I lived over there for three months in 2016. I’ve been building the sound that I wanted to release and I’m excited for the world to see who I am now. I am so excited and thankful for my fans who have stayed with me.
VIX: Throughout your career, you’ve collaborated with Elephant Man, Don Omar, and Busta Rhymes. What new artists would you like to work with in the future?
KAT: I love Ozuna, Byant Myers, and J Quiles. I’m into trap and reggaeton. I would like to work with a girl too, it doesn’t matter who, but I think it’s important for women in music to collaborate together. There’s also a Nigerian singer that I’m digging, his name is Tekno, you should check him out!
On the 10th anniversary of ‘Whine Up,’ Kat DeLuna reflects on the Latino pop paradise of the 2000s
Julyssa Lopez, Remezcla, August 7, 2017
Live interview by Sin Filtro [in Spanish]
X 96.3 FM, August 7, 2017