Today, Juan Wauters shares his new video and interpretation of “El Hombre de la Calle“. Juan explains, “the song is originally by Jaime Roos, one of the most popular Uruguayan musicians from the past 50 years. I recorded my version of the song because it became a favorite among the audience at my concerts.” Juan and director Matthew Volz – both of whom greatly admire Roos – wanted to deliver a video and visual that did right by the legend. Volz curiously captures Wauters wondering through the main lobby of NYC’s Grand Central station, depicting different characters of your everyday man on the street. Catch the debut over at FLOOD here.
On the heels of 2019’s La Onda de Juan Pablo LP, Wauters is set to release his new album, Introducing Juan Pablo, out on May 31 via Captured Tracks. La Onda de Juan Pablo, allowed Wauters to reinvent himself and Introducing Juan Pablo serves as both a companion and prequel to that story. It’s a bit timeless: at the time the album was made, Wauters left it on stand-by. That’s why its title emphasizes it origin: to present Juan Pablo and, simultaneously, to reveal his inner journey.
Traveling continues to leave a mark on Wauters. His previous album, with its folkloric airs and its Latin roots, made that clear. Introducing Juan Pablo also embraces that spirit, although his main journey is internal. Introducing… exposes Wauters two worlds, his two languages, and his day-to-day life in the neighborhood and his life as an artist. Though Juan was born in Uruguay, he has lived in New York for a long time. “At first, I wanted to show another musical face for this series of records. For me, Juan Pablo is part of a more personal search. And that has to do with migration: when you move to the United States, the second name ceases to exist. Since I moved here, I’m just Juan. But in Uruguay I’m Juan Pablo Wauters. I felt it was significant to retake my middle name.”
His immigrant’s side. His sense of belonging. His social life and his use of language. His need to work. And the even stronger need that his work doesn’t become monotonous. His dream of another possible world: a world where all worlds fit. Juan Wauters went through all this to introduce us to Juan Pablo. They are the same person: one among the whole crowd. He is here to share his songs, his field recordings, his videos and his live performances. Everything comes from the same creative head. Everything springs up with the same intention – not intentional at all – to express himself freely.
Pre-order Link for Introducing Juan Pablo HERE