I recently had the honor and privilege of briefly chatting with two-time GRAMMY Award-winning, ten-time Latin GRAMMY Award-winning singer, composer, actor, music pioneer, and one of Latin music’s most iconic, trailblazing, and important figures, Carlos Vives in person [through interpreter Edissa Santay] shortly before he took the stage at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Friday, September 25th, 2015, where he was sharing co-headliner duties with yet another iconic music superstar, two-time GRAMMY Award-winning and five-time Latin GRAMMY Award-winning Marc Anthony on their UNIDO2 Tour.
Carlos Vives, by all accounts, along with just a handful of the peers of his day, has had a direct influence on many of the popular artists of the generations that have followed. At Allstate Arena, Vives delivered a high-energy, powerful, standout performance leaving many in the venue sweaty, out-of-breath, physically spent and wanting more. There was a unique sensation, seemingly a musical thread magically woven intelligently by Vives into the hearts of his adoring fans; one of devotion and of pure fondness. He was receiving an overabundance of affection, reverence and love in return. Completely warranted, the respect Vives receives…as he has a sincere love of his profession and a complete dedication to and passion for his craft.
William Kelly Milionis: Thank you so very much for taking a moment to chat before you take the stage here at Allstate Arena…
Carlos Vives: Thank you.
WKM: and, congratulations on a tremendous career to date…
CV: Gracias. Gracias. Thank you. Thank you.
WKM: How is your UNIDO2 tour going?
CV: Muy bien, Muy bien! He’s very happy that Marc [Anthony] asked him to join this tour. He’s glad to be back to the cities he hasn’t been in a while. It’s a great opportunity to be back.
WKM: Many in Chicago really wanted to see you perform live. How does it feel to have such appeal and influence?
CV: Si. Yes. About twenty years ago he met Marc at a stadium performance. Marc goes on and he sings “La Tierra del Olvido” but they didn’t know each other. When it was his turn to go on, he sang a couple different songs.
WKM: What’s next for Carlos Vives?
CV: There’s lots to do. The path that they chose to perform to a Hispanic crowd it was very large so they have a lot to do and he’s looking forward to do more. The diversity of their culture gives him the opportunity to discover new things and have new ideas.
WKM: Your singing and songwriting would do well in the English market. Would you consider doing an English album?
CV: Why not?! [chuckling] my English is very bad [more chuckling] but, yes, yes…why not! My music is more happy…more Caribbean style…
WKM: yes, but it translates well in the US market…
CV: He has not really thought about it, but he will.
WKM: Thank you so very much for this interview. Congratulations again and I wish you much continued success.
CV: Thank you for coming. I appreciate it.