Interview with our ReverbNation Winners, Florida’s Orchestra Fuego!

1. Who are you as an artist? What is your story?

My name is Marcus Hernandez, musical director and founder of Orchestra Fuego. We are a 12-piece Latin band from Tampa Florida and we perform a variety of Latin American music, which includes, Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Bolero and BachataWe debuted in 2014 and have recorded two albums titled, “Encendido and Salsa Brava.”

2.Who are some of your favorite artists and music influences?

Some of our favorite artist are, Marc Anthony, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Puerto Rican Power. We have similar tastes in music styles.

3.What is makes your music worth it?

We are a high-energy Salsa Band and we bring back the show into our performances. There are a lot of good bands out there, but have no showmanship to their performances. We engage our audiences and they feel a part of what we do on stage. To the world? Since we play a variety of Latin music, we cater to all types of audiences. To fans? In all our performances, we like to get the audience involved in our performances by having them sing along, dance with us and take photos and videos with us.

4.What is the future of music and the industry?

Salsa music in the USA is growing in unexpected demographic locations in Florida such a rural areas up north, and college towns. Salsa music and other Latin music thrives in countries like Colombia, Peru, and Dominican Republic.  With the aid of social media, I think Salsa will have a greater presence in the USA.

What surprises you the most about the music industry?

What surprises me most is the industry has not changed financially in 30 years. It’s still very difficult to make a living in Latin music in the USA.

6. How is your Art “your religion”?

I wouldn’t call it a religion but it’s our passion. We have a group of professional musicians who love performing together. That is evident in our live performances. We just feed off each other which makes our performances infectious!

7. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society?

Our songs inspire the audience to appreciate the Latin culture through it’s rhythm, lyrics, and movement. Our music pays tribute to Latin countries and icons.  Our music is contagious; even people who are not of Latin decent enjoy listening to us.

8. What is the message of your music?

Our message in our songs is that of having joy in spite of difficult circumstances and unity especially among the Latino community.

9. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the music industry so far? Tell us more:

We have been very blessed since our debut with meeting some great promoters and musicians alike. A promoter who was part of the Pink Floyd group recently discovered us on the web and he loves our energy and has booked us for several gigs. We also are very blessed to have some great writers and arrangers be part of our circle. Victor Romero who is our current producer, arranges a lot of our songs and we also have the distinct pleasure of having Arturo Ortiz the former musical director for Ricky Martin also arrange some of our songs.

10. What do you really think it takes to make it in the music industry? Tell us 3 keys.

First you need great writer and arrangers, second you need a good presence in Social Media these days; you need to try to always stand out from the rest of the pack, and third you have to believe in your music and stay true to your vision.

11. What is your main inspirational philosophy in life? Favorite quote?

We are not a Christian band, but we are all Christians and I like the quote from the Bible, Love your Neighbor as Yourself. In our case our neighbors are our fellow musicians and fans and we like to treat them with love and respect like they are part of our family. We deal honestly with each other and support each other.

12. What do you regret the most in your music and would have done differently?

Hum, no regrets so far; we enjoy every performance and likewise enjoy the company of the band members.

13. Where do you see your career going in five years? 10 years? Next year?

We’re working hard to bring some of our best music, we’re recording our 3rd album, making music videos, and playing live gigs.  We’d like to perform in different parts of the country.  

14. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music?

We want to be remembered as one of the best Latin bands on the planet. Long after we stop performing, we’d like to see that our albums are still being downloaded as some of the best music in the industry.

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