Yandel on His Solo Career: "I'm Happy Making My Own Music, It's Refreshing"
From his early days cutting hair and trimming beards as a barber en la isla del encanto, to global reggaeton dominance and Billboard Latin Award-winning success with Wisin y Yandel, to his now solo career, Llandel Veguilla Malavé AKA Yandel, is working his way up De Líder a Leyenda.
"I just woke up," laughs el reggaetonero as he chatted up a storm with Crossfade last week. "This is hard. I'm on my way to Washington. Yesterday, I was in Chicago. I've already done like eight shows. I've been running around a lot and thank God it's been very successful."
And on Friday, Yandel will be "Moviendo Caderas" at the Fillmore Miami Beach as he closes off his first solo tour in the Magic City.
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This isn't the first time one-half of the shade-bearing Extraterrestres have brought el baile to the 305. Back in April, Yandel rocked the sandy shores of SoBe at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for the BleauLive Concert Series. From the looks of it, though, Yandel can't get enough of Miami.
"I'm very impressed by the people of Miami," he proudly states. "They're very special and love my music to the max. This time I'm more excited because I'm closing off the tour and I want to finish with gold."
Obviously, touring and making music is not a new concept to Yandel, but neither is working solo.
About four years after their reggaeton debut in 2000 with Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio, Juan Luis Morera Luna, or Wisin, spent some alone time in the recording studio working on El Sobreviviente, while Yandel dedicated hours to Quien Contra Mí.
Not gaining the success they had hoped for, the two got back together, started WY Records, and in 2005, released what's become their most successful album to date, Pa'l Mundo, which includes some of their biggest hits like "Rakata," "Llamé Pa' Verte (Bailando Sexy)," and "Pam Pam."
This year, they won two Billboard Latin Music Awards for Latin Rhythm Album of the Year for Líderes and Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.