Juan Wauters will release his latest, Introducing Juan Pablo, on at the end of this month, May 31st via Captured Tracks. Wauters had previously worked with Matthew Volz on the video of El Hombre de la Calle and has just released Dos from the album. Juan spoke with The Fountain about the new LP and his touring plans for the year.
TF: You’ve a new album out, what can we expect from that?
Hi. This is an album with recordings from a specific time in my life. After touring Who, Me? (2015) I came to a realisation. I wanted something different from my relationship with music as a full time activity. What I did in order to take time and think this through was to step away from stages for a bit and record as much as possible. I wanted to record without thinking about making an album. I just wanted to record songs. During this time (2015/2016), I also got into the idea of recording on the road. Putting together a studio that I could take places with me. I recorded a lot during this time. I was pushing myself to do recordings that were different from what I have been doing. From all these recording sessions I gathered a lot of recordings. When it came to come up with a cohesive group of songs to group them as an album, this collection arose. What can be expected from this album is a group of recordings that are different from each other but make sense together as a whole. It’s pretty much a “Greatest Hits” of mine from that specific time in my life.
TF: What inspired you to title it Introducing Juan Pablo?
I wanted to step away from what my relationship with music was turning into so I thought about creating a name that will go along with this change. Since this was such a personal change, I thought using Juan Pablo in the title was appropriate. Juan Pablo Wauters is my full name.
TF: And will you be promoting it with a list of touring dates?
Yes. I just finished nine dates through Mexico and in a couple of days I go through Colombia. After that I will go to Europe. Then we will tour the States and then South America. This year will be full of touring luckily.
TF: Where has been your favourite gig to date?
My favorite show so far was the first time I played Montevideo, the city where I was born. It happened in 2016. I have a feeling it will be the most special show in my life. I won’t be able to top that. It was special because it proved to me that following your passion pays off in the most gratifying ways.
TF: What was it like working with Matthew Volz on your latest video for El Hombre de la Calle?
It was a really fun experience. I love filming videos in NY. Matthew and I know each other from the neighborhood in Queens and we share a deep love for New York. I think we make a good team when it come to portraying NY in it’s real state.
Introducing Juan Pablo is out on 31st May, via Captured Tracks, pre-order here. He will be performing in Glasgow’s Nice n Sleazys in November.