Here are the highlights of Mann’s radio interview.
Host: Today we are with Mann, a mexican who is now canadian ’cause he lives in Vancouver. How is it over there? You were saying you guys have a lot of water.
Mann: Yep, we do have lots of water, and the second best sushi in the world. I have to admit, we don’t have good Mexican food, I’m eating tacos every day here in Mexico, I swear.
Host: Well, and how have you been treated over there? What are the challenges of your music career in Canada?
Mann: Luckily I am one of the few Latin American artists over there, so that makes things easier. The Independent talent in Vancouver is mind-blowing, though. Because I don’t have a huge Latin community to support me over there I have to write music thinking in Canada more than Mexico sometimes.
Host: Well, you do have some spanish songs like “Olvidado”, which did pretty well on radio, right? Why not sticking to the English or the Spanish?
Mann: I would love a whole spanish album. The problem is connecting with people through lyrics in Canada, because of the language barrier. I have the accent going, but they can still get the idea of my music if I keep it in English. I do keep as my authenticity the “spanglish”, I love using awkward phrases in English that would make Canadians think twice about what I just said.
Host: Well, you have three albums out, how do you feel about that?
Mann: “Ecstasy” is the new baby. It’s a great feeling making it this far. I mean, I’ve been working for four years now, and I’m blessed for having the chance of continue making music. That’s mainly because of the fans. They are the ones who keep me alive.
Host: What is the difference in between “Ecstasy” and the previous albums?
Mann: Well, basically the name comes out of a moment of great pleasure… musically speaking of course. The first two albums were more personal and a fusion of different sounds. “Ecstasy” goes for an edgier electro rock. But still my music keeps always simplicity as a current element, which defines my sound in a way.
Host: Are the songs of “Ecstasy” based on your life experiences?
Mann: Not at all. The song “Karma” might be the exception, but all the songs are short stories. Actually amazing talent, both Canadian and Mexican, wrote stories based on the songs for the release of the album. The idea is trying to combine the music with other artistic areas as well.
Host: What is “Karma” about, then?
Mann: Well, back in the day I used to have a great friend who started dating the girl I really liked. The song talks about how the way you treat people might hit you back later in life. It’s about this whole metaphor we have in Canada called Karma is a bitch.
Host: Ouch, so you people out there: don’t steal bff girlfriends!
Mann: Yeah, you might get a song about you later in life.
Host: So you said your album fusions other artistic areas, do you do anything else besides music? We heard that you’ve written fifteen novels and scripts!
Mann: I have. I can’t just do one thing. I’ve written tons of stories, my biggest one is a series of five seasons called “Twin Souls.” I wrote over a hundred episodes for that show. I also work in the film industry, both in front and behind cameras.
Host: That story sounds amazing! What is the style of your stories?
Mann: Usually magic realism. I like to set everyday characters dealing with supernatural situations, which exaggerate a social issue.
Host: That’s amazing Mann. Good for you! And tell me, what is the story told in one of your new songs?
“Forever” for example is a story about a hopeful young woman who is told by her boyfriend, which is a sailor, that he’ll come back for her. The song covers different stages as she slowly turns her emotions of love into complete hate, and yet she stays in the beach waiting for him, but he never comes back.
Host: That’s quite sad. It’s a neat idea. Well Mann, where can we find this album?
Mann: Right now is on sale in every internet store, like itunes. You can visit my website mannofficial.com or follow me on twitter at manuelcuevas.
Host: Mann we wish you lots of success, thanks for coming!
Mann: Thank you for having me here!
Mann has an important announcement regarding the future of his music career:
To all my fans:
First of all I’m blessed by having all of your support and love, and continue to be by my side on this adventure. To me an artist needs to reinvent and challenge himself in order to survive. After years of working hard in the Independent music industry I’ve come to a point in which the direction of my music and my goals as a recording artist are different from my starting point, and that’s part of the deal.
I’m proud of the three albums I have released and thankful with all of the people that have helped me in any way to keep going with my music. After four years of service and fulfilling my contract with Aedon Records, an extraordinary label full of talented people, I have decided to close a chapter in my career and to start a new one independently. Keeping the Aedon legacy I am now in charge of my own record label in Canada, partnered with CEO Mr. Nurivan Reyes.
This change, and this new label called Aedon Canada allows me to be in complete control of my musical direction and frees me of any obstacle for my career choices. Moreover, it will allow me to support emerging talent in Canada and Latin Americans around the world.
I am extremely excited to be now in charge of my career and I’m sure that this change is for the better. The promotion of my third album Ecstasy continues. I have big surprises coming up, so this doesn’t mean my career is over.
On the contrary, I can proudly say that my career starts now.
Thanks for the love,
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Mann got published in Mexican’s newspaper Publimetro. Here’s a translation:
To continue the promotion of his musical career, the canadian singer Mann (who was born in Mexico) will have two shows in Mexico City this weekend. His new album “Ecstasy” shows his evolution as an artist.
“I’m back in Mexico with my third studio album called “Ecstasy”, which is now in online stores. We’re promoting the first single “Lights””, he said in an interview with Notimex.
Mann started to win over the Mexican market after years of working. “I’m slowly growing as an artist. It’s been four years since I got signed to an Independent label and I feel I am more mature now.”
He mentioned the opportunities that both Canada and Mexico have offered him during his career are one of the reasons of his success. “I’m one of the few Latin American artists in Canada and that certainly helps , this new record “Ecstasy” is getting to a point of musical maturity as well.”
Mann said that the evolution is not only personal but also musical “I started in an Electro-pop direction and now I’m incorporating rock . I wrote short stories for the lyrics of each song, actually other guest writers created their own interpretation of the songs.”
According to the artist, those stories will be published over time on the internet, and give a different meaning to each of the songs. “I am totally involved in the development of both the stories and the music. I got the chance to work with talented producers; they helped me giving a meaning to each of the songs.”
Mann invited the audience to come to his shows during this weekend. The one on Saturday, in a musical venue in the South of Mexico City, will include a line-up of other talented independent artists. “My goal is to penetrate on the radio in both countries, the challenge is that the markets of Canada and Mexico are extremely different.”
He concluded saying visiting Mexico is not easy for him because he moved to Canada years ago, “I have considered creating music that would work only in Canada’s market, but I’m getting to a point in which I prefer to keep the essence of my roots and my Mexican culture and share it with my people when I come to Mexico.”
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