It is only once one of his songs is released that one can really say that summer has arrived. Alvaro Soler is the undisputed king of the summer hit: after El mismo sol and Sofia, here is La cintura, which is already regularly played on the radio. After live concerts in Italy – on 10 August at Melilli (Syracuse), 11 August at Valmontone (Rome) and on 12 August at Forte dei Marmi (Lucca) – his eagerly awaited album Mar de colores is released on 14 September.
How do you create these catchy hits?
La cintura was a random creation. I found the word sounded very good for the melody, and I used it as a refrain. I did not want that title to stick, but I left it to record the demo, and in the end, I did not change anything. It is an ironic song on the Latino world: it talks of people, who like, me cannot dance. Just learning the choreography of the video was a challenge.
Can you tell us anything about the new album Mar de colores?
There is Niño perdido, a ballade on the piano in which I talk about how success has changed my life: I feel like a child lost at a station, who does not know what direction to take. I have also had to say no to people in order to protect my private life.
Taking of which, your girlfriend is called Sofia, just like one of your hits.
You may not believe me, but I met her after I wrote the song. We have the same approach to life: she understands me because she is also a singer. She writes incredible words for her songs, and I find her amazing. I have to admire a person to love them, and with her, it is just so.
La cintura is an ironic song on the Latino world: it talks of people, who like me, cannot dance.
You have moved to Madrid for love…
We work hard on our relationship; going back to Spain was wonderful. I really love life in Madrid. In Berlin I missed the sun.
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