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INTERVIEW: Rene Lopez

Hi Rene, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Still a bit sad about Prince passing away but grateful for all I have in my life.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Vibration”?

Well it explores my funk and jazz background with a message of love. I don’t let peoples bad energy bring me down. I tend to look toward the positive not the negative and try to see the best in people. So I give good vibes and if it’s not accepted I move on with a smile on my face.. That’s the song..

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I would say there were many events that lead me to write the tune.. I think I’ve gotten a bit smarter in my forties and can easily cut the fat out of my life when necessary. I just  don’t let people’s bullshit weigh me down anymore. Don’t have time for it. I’m a lover not a fighter but if you corner me the kid from the Bronx makes an appearance..

Any plans to release a video for the single or any other track on this record?

I would like to at least do one video for one of the songs.

How was the recording and writing process?

It’s always fun for me and on going. I don’t stop writing and recording. I have my own little studio in Brooklyn that I go to five days a week. After I drop my kids off to school i head to my spot, lock the door and let the jams flow.

How has your upbringing influence your sound?

Well I was born in the Bronx and my father was part of the latin scene in the 70’s playing trumpet with Ray Barretto and Tipica 73. When we moved out of the Bronx to West Haverstraw in Rockland County I was introduced to Zeppelin , Rush, ACDC and listened to a lot of jazz fusion. Then in Middle School in 1982 I found Prince and that changed everything. My father supported what ever type of music I was listening to and also added to it through his great record collection. So yeah my upbringing definitely influenced my sound because it was very diverse just like my music.

Does NYC plays a role in your music?

For sure. It’s in my blood. I’m a city boy who loves his town and I feed off of it for inspiration. If you have your eyes and ears open while walking from the Westside to the East you can write a new song just from what you see and hear. Problem is most people are looking down at their phones and not paying attention.

How has your previous musical projects and collaborations influenced this new solo project or would you call this a departure?

I’ve been a solo artist now for 13 years with some breaks playing in a couple different bands. I’m always doing something a little different album to album and with my Jam of the Month I’m just tapping in to my roots of when i lead my funk band The Authority in the early 90’s.

What led you to do this Jam of the Month series?

Just wanted to do something fresh. Keep my creative muscle in shape and put out something new every month. These days most people only listen to  music on their phones skipping around from artist to artist, song to song.. Listeners are using popular Spotify playlist as their new radio. I’m just going with the flow. Im looking at it as going back to the Motown days when they just dropped singles..

So no plans to release a new album this year?

I’m just into the process of releasing singles right now. That might change by next year and work on something completely different. I’m very lucky that I have the freedom to do whatever I want.

Any plans to hit the road?

I really hope so. I would like to find a bigger artist to open for so I can get in front of a good crowd and win them over..

What else is happening next in Rene Lopez’s world?

Well I have two kids. Cosimo who just turned 11 and Ara who is 8. They keep me very busy and I give them a lot of attention because they are great kids who deserve the best in me.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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