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 solo career, Llandel Veguilla Malavé (AKA Yandel) has never stopped striving to become a legend. Or as he might say, un leyenda. But that doesn't mean he can't be caught off guard.
"I just woke up," laughs el reggaetonero when he answered Crossfade's phone call 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 that he's 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. And actually, it seems Yandel can't get enough of Miami.
"I'm very impressed by the people of Miami," he admits. "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."
But even if his frequent vacations to our sandy shores might indicate otherwise, the past year has been a big, sometimes stressful gamble for Yandel. Obviously, touring and making music is nothing new for him. However, going solo after belonging to the biggest reggaeton duo on the planet was a serious risk.
He'd actually already tried and failed to strike out on his own. About four years after their debut, 2000's Los Reyes del Nuevo Milenio, Wisin spent some alone time in the recording studio working on El Sobreviviente, while Yandel dedicated hours to Quien Contra Mí.
But not gaining the success that 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."