“Paving the way for other Latin artists. Salsa music has been dead too long and time to revitalize Salsa music. “
Band Name: Orchestra Fuego
Person Interviewing: Marcus Hernandez
Orchestra Fuego is a sensational Salsa band that performs both original and familiar Latin songs with invigorating new arrangements. Based in Tampa Bay, Florida this twelve-piece live orchestra presents an ear-pleasing and visually alluring performance that magnifies their impressive presentation style — and the band’s dynamic, high energy sound dominates every stage they play on.
Composer, pianist, and Salsa aficionado, Marcus Hernandez was born with an affinity for Latin music that can surely be traced to the very molecules of his DNA. Growing up in the boroughs of New York City, he was heavily influenced by two local Latin greats: the Grammy Award-winning pianist Eddie Palmieri and Puerto Rican Salsa legend Willie Rosario. Their distinct styles cultivated his love for Salsa which led him to learn how to master the piano at a young age.
Song name: Pa’l Barrio Yo Me Voy
Music Genre:: Latin
Pa’l Barrio Yo Me Voy (going back to the Hood) is recalling the days growing up in my Hood.
I live in Land O Lakes, FL and spend most of my time promoting my band and creating new songs.
Who have been the most influential in your music?
Willie Rosario; this guy had a very tight sounding band back in the 70’s though 80’s and at 80 years old, he still performs from time to time. I love how he kept the band very well organized and always had the musicians dressed. And one of my favorite Pianist was Papo Lucca; this guy was a Julliard Grad and his piano playing was far above what the others guys did. I enjoyed watching him perform with his band, which was also very tight.
When did you know that this was the right path for you?
I started performing during the late 70’s and just had a tremendous passion for performing Salsa music. I tried other Genre’s of music, Jazz, Gospel, but always came back to my love of Salsa music
What do you like most about what you do?
Performing my music in front of my fans is definitely on the top of my list. It’s just a very satisfying feeling watching people enjoy themselves with our music. And of course, winning awards is super cool. Winning 2018 and 2019 Latin song of the year and also winning 2019 best Latin Music video is a great feeling. Hopefully, win a Grammy or Latin Grammy one day.
What do you most hope to accomplish with your influence?
Pave the way for other Latin artists. Salsa music has been dead too long and time to revitalize Salsa music
What is the biggest obstacle you have faced in your career?
Music business is still a cut-throat business and seems like the very people that want Latin music to excel are the ones holding back the growth by accepting fees way below the norm; just to get the gig. If we stick to universal pricing, then we can all work.
What do you want people to remember most about you and your career?
I want people to remember our songs and the message they bring out. Most of our songs are Salsa love songs. I want people to play our songs at weddings, social events, and even Bar mitzvah, lol
What are you most looking forward to this next month?
Promoting our new album is on top of the list to do. We had the amazing fortune to have a famous singer from Puerto Rico, Osvaldo Roman do a song on our new album. When I released my album, the next day I got over 11,000 hits for his song.
Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/orchestrafuego