Proudly Saltillan Rodrigo Fernández, known by his stage name as Roi is a young composer and singer, who is preparing to appear at the Zapal Festival, a stage where he always wanted to be “it was always my dream to be on a stage like this”, says Roi in an interview with VANGUARDIA MX.
Although being only 22 years old, his history with music is long, since he was a child he learned to play the guitar,his childhood was spent playing with instruments that he built himself to play and sing, thus began what pFor him it was a hobby, but over the years it became something more professional.
“It was from the age of 6 when Santa brought me a guitar, that I started with music, my dad also played, then I saw him and copied what he did. And when I got to high school I had this dream of having a band. rocklater in high school I continued playing in musicals and that was my first more professional environment with music”, he mentions.
In his project, the interpreter of “Why Battles” presents his vision of modern Latin music, mixing rhythms that he ascribes to the neo-Latin genre, combining sounds and creating an original rhythm that makes them stand out from other reggaeton musiciansgenre in which he never imagined being.
“At first I didn’t like reggaeton, when I played that was a genre that was highly stigmatized, it was still accepted so much in popular culture, it was more misogynistic, there was not so much exponent that was innovating. And although you already saw Maluma or J Balvin doing different things, it was not a genre that he liked so much, “he said.
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“The more I think about it and the more I study the genres, I would say that it is an urban genre, because of the rhythms and the social context. in which this music is used, but the truth is that all my songs have influences from other places, I defined it as a neo-Latin genre, that what it tries to do is rescue the genres of Latin America, for example, the mambos, the bossa novas, Funck and Romantiqueo and mix it with influences from all over the world”, he pointed out.
Something that we can hear in most of their songs: “See you”, “Intoxicated”, “Why do you fight”, “Every day”, are some of them.
On the other hand, despite Roi studies in the United States, he always wants to return to his place of origin, Saltillo, the city of the serape. His music evolved here and the sound of the city and regionalisms are reflected in his songs. Playing at Zapal is one of his biggest dreams, one that he will be achieving in the coming month of October.
“Everything I learned about music, my teachers, my classmates, who taught me to play the guitar, the bass, the piano, the drums are from Saltillo, I think the city has its own sound and those influences shine in my songs, Saltillo is in my music, especially through the lyrics, all those regionalisms, for example, the pa ´what battles that are found in one of my songs, when I say “anger”, it is a very regional word from the north of Mexico”, he explained.
“For me it represents a lot to be able to participate in a festival like Zapal, since I started in this music it has always been my dream to perform on a local stage like this. Saltillo is my city and the place that has supported me the most, they have given me so much that with this concert I think I am giving something back to them,” she added.
Recently Roi signed with the London label Some Other Planet Records, reaching just over 42 thousand listeners, so he is planning a promotional tour throughout Mexico.