Whenever I have attended your shows, I am always impressed with the energy you
show, I have wondered how you can always give your best & not go crazy. Is
every concert the same or do you always find different ways as not to play by
Waldo: The truth is that among the love,
respect & compromise I feel for the music, my partners, the artist as well
as the energy from the audience, there is no other way but to play like
that. The audience that comes to see the show, deserve the best that we
can offer. Some nights you are more tired than others, but it can't stop you
from giving 100% to produce a successful show that is full of magic. I believe
that we need to maintain a certain standard from good to excellent and no less.
Of course I don't play by inertia.
Raquel: There is no doubt that when
travelling your mind opens to take in so many cultures and differences
among people. Living in such a high standard and among so many talented
musicians etc.. Do you think that you can be distant from the real world and
Waldo: You are right in some areas and there are
times when you can be isolated from the real world, but it is bound to happen
when you are playing in a different country everyday. As you are only a few
hours in each place, you tend to create your own universe to keep balanced. I
try to see the world that surrounds me without prejudice. I never arrive
somewhere to take the negative side of it. I just try to have an open mind &
learn as much as I can about that country and its people so that way I always
take nice memories with me.
Raquel: This is a common question for all the band.
Why do you think that Latin music has grown so much in the anglo market? Latinos
have been here for a long time like Julio Iglesias, Feliciano, Santana, Xavier
Cugat etc.. However I wonder if this success or "discovery" is a
positive thing for the music industry or for the latin community to stop
discrimination to the latin people. I personally thing that this success
has nothing to do with the real situation. So you think it will last?
Waldo: Yes it is true that the latin community has
always been present in the arts and worldwide fashions. But I think that this
huge recent phenomenon is due to the efforts of so many people like Ricky
Martin. I think that people needed something different and fresh to get
fulfilment. What could be better than that energy, flavour, sensuality and
our way of embracing life? However I don't think it will last. I hope I am
wrong. The way I see it is that most people don't understand where we are
coming from. Sometimes we are seen like a puppet of entertainment. The positive
thing is that many people will learn & be influenced by our culture. But I
don't think this is enough. If we discriminate and disrespect each other, how do
we pretend to get others to respect us? I don't mean to sound pessimistic but
that is my opinion.
Raquel: What makes you wake up each morning with
the energy to go on & play music to so many people? What motivates Waldo
Waldo: Before I had plenty of reasons in my mind,
however now there is just one major one ... my son Nicolás. He is the biggest
reason why I do anything in my life right now and everyday that passes I am even
more convinced of this. I would never of imagined it.
Raquel: Would you ever place your career before
anything in your life?
Waldo: Definantly not. There are much more
important things for me, especially my son.
Raquel: Travelling with Ricky Martin you have felt
a thousand feelings & experiences. What has impressed you the most about
yourself & the rest of your partners along the years?
Waldo: No that it surprises me at all. But
it does make me especially happy and draws my attention, the respect, loyalty
and the ability to forgive that has always existed between all of us. And I mean
those that have remained or who are no longer here as well. I hope this never
changes, it's a very positive thing.
Raquel: How do you maintain balance in your
life & job? Don't you go crazy sometimes?
Waldo: No ... on the contrary!. The love,
support and understanding that I receive from my family is what keeps me
balanced. If they weren't there then everything would make no sense to me.
Raquel: I have had the chance to see how
Ricky works. The positive & the negative style of his way of life and to be
honest with you, I wouldn't want to swap places with him. It is a very
sacrificed life and no money could compensate for the lack of love and time away
from family. Would you swap places with him?
Never! That is one of the reasons why I respect & admire him so much. He had
to make a very hard decision between courier life or family life a long
time ago. And positive or negative he has never stop. I couldn't do it.
Raquel: What are you solo projects? Will you go on
with Ricky or with Arjona?
Waldo: I'd love to release a second solo
album as soon as possible, although i have no spare time right now. I am writing
some songs. I also have asked for Arturo Ortiz and some friends to write some
songs for me. Concerning Ricky & Arjona, I would love to play with both of
them, but I am pledged with Ricky. It is now 10 years since I first played for
him. We certainly grew up together on stage. When I started touring with Arjona
I cleared up things with Ricky & his managment. I want to be there on the
next tour. I also want to keep a good relationship with Arjona & work
with him again in the future.
Raquel: What do you feel when you are on stage in
front of thousands of people screaming & enjoying your music? I can't
imagine it!. I don't know if you feel like me when I use to play in the theatre.
I was always scared of forgetting my lines or stumbling, but whenever I stepped
onto the stage I forgot about the audience. It was like they weren't even there.
It's a very strange feeling. What is that you feel?
Waldo: In my case, I pay a lot of attention
to the audience and I am still concentrated on what I am doing. I use adrenaline
as energy. I'm very lucky & thank God for giving me the chance to be part of
it. For giving me the ability to speak this universal language...MUSIC!
Raquel: Have you ever regretted being a musician? I
don't know, maybe you might of wished to be a Lawyer or a Doctor so you could of
lived a more stable life & spent more time with your family.
Waldo: No, never. I have never regretted
this. I can't picture my life without music. I respect a lot of those jobs but
none would bring me as much satisfaction as music has. I think the people who
love me also couldn't even imagine me doing anything else. It's part of me.
English: Raquel Ortiz & Waldo Madera