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  • Vamo’ a arrancarlo con altura.”

  • Hola.”

  • Hello.”

  • Hey.”

  • Hola que tal?”

  • “I smell hits, man.

  • I do.”

  • Is there any way that you can call me back in two minutes?”

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.

  • You brushing your teeth?”

  • Yeah, I’m brushing my teeth.”

  • Were going to start this, but in a, like,

  • on the level, you know?”

  • [singing’]

  • Spanish music is just

  • having this beautiful moment that artists like me

  • I’m from Barcelona.

  • It’s a blessing that I can share my music with so

  • many people around the world.”

  • [singing]

  • What do you remember about the sessions forCon Altura

  • and how that started?”

  • Yeah, I remember that I said I wanted

  • to do a song that has this classic reggaeton vibe,

  • like Daddy Yankee.

  • It feels like they are rapping.

  • But it’s not rapping because it has melody, you know?

  • And I love that.”

  • When youre making a sound for her,

  • she knows exactly what sound she wants.

  • That to me, is like, I don’t know,

  • that’s Rick Rubin [expletive], you know what I mean?”

  • So I was thinking, O.K., I would

  • like to do a session with Pablo and with Frank Dukes.”

  • You know, her kind of having this really, like, unique

  • approach to pop music was, like, super exciting for me.”

  • Frank pulled, like, little different, like,

  • samples, loops.

  • The ear he has for sound design,

  • like, his stuff always sounds special.”

  • My friend Teo had made the little voice loop,

  • and it was way slower.”

  • [music]

  • And I’d sped it up.”

  • [music]

  • “I just had this vision for Rose

  • to do something like super hypnotic.”

  • [singing]

  • This melody was sick.

  • I was just like, O.K., O.K., let’s do something with this.

  • And I proposed Pablo to create percussion.”

  • It was just like that boom, tap-boom, tap-boom.

  • Tap-boom, tap.”

  • [music]

  • Just like a reggaeton beat, like, everywhere in the world

  • kind of like understand

  • that is a reggaeton beat.”

  • Whenever I was making the drums,

  • Rosalía was looking for samples.”

  • “I was just digging on the internet.

  • I was just digging, digging, digging, digging, digging.”

  • We love to look on YouTube for stuff and just,

  • like, have fun and laugh.”

  • And I found it, and I was like, O.K.,

  • this is something amazing —”

  • “… arrancarlo con altura —”

  • “I remember her playing something,

  • and then Pablo being like, ‘Oh that.’”

  • Vamo’ a arrancarlo con altura.”

  • Con altura, like that.”

  • So Pablo just started [expletive] —

  • [expletive] with it, do you say that,

  • you know?”

  • Con altura.

  • Con altura.

  • Con altura.”

  • Hello.”

  • Yeah, what’s up?”

  • Fresh teeth.”

  • Yeah.”

  • Tell me a little bit about the phrasecon altura.’

  • Where did it come from?

  • What does it mean?”

  • Con altura is with style, with, you know

  • with elegance.”

  • “I was, O.K., this is like —”

  • We all just started to kind of, like, freestyling,

  • writing melodies and rhythms to it.

  • But me, just using my ears phonetically

  • to be like, ‘Oh, that sounds good’ — because obviously

  • I don’t know.

  • I don’t speak Spanish.”

  • [singing]

  • Some people, I think they hear camaron,

  • and they think it’s shrimp or something.

  • But that’s alsothat’s a flamenco musician, right?”

  • Yes.

  • When I was 13-years-old, I discovered

  • Camarón de la Isla.”

  • He just changed, completely, my perspective

  • of expression, art.

  • It just changed my life, you know?”

  • She contacted me and invited me to one of her shows.

  • It was like a little, little show.

  • But the way she pulled it off, I thought, she’s a star.

  • She may not know it, but she’s a star.”

  • When I just finished the show, I just met him,

  • and then he told me, ‘Youre a gangster.’

  • He told me that.

  • I think we are an amazing team, producing together,

  • composing together, and making music in general together,

  • you know?”

  • [singing]

  • And is it your voice on the hook?”

  • Yeah, yeah, it’s my voice on the hook.”

  • So you originally recorded it, thinking

  • somebody else would come in and fill in those parts?”

  • Yep.”

  • We wanted to have Tego Calderón.”

  • For whatever reason, it didn’t work out.

  • But, like, regardless of what happened, it’s just like

  • it just sounded really [expletive] good

  • with Pablo on it.”

  • “I was excited about the song.

  • And I was proud of it.

  • I just started thinking about who I would

  • like to have in this song.”

  • Hola, José.”

  • Hey, como estas?”

  • The hair’s fire right now.”

  • Thank you, my G, you know.”

  • Balvin is a good friend of mine.

  • So I just sent the song by WhatsApp,

  • and he just replied to me like, ‘What

  • que es esto?’”

  • “I loved it.

  • I wasn’t expecting that when she

  • when she sent me the song, you know?

  • It’s not that I wasn’t expecting something good

  • from her.

  • But I wasn’t expecting it was like a straight-up,

  • pure reggaeton.

  • I was like, ‘Wow, this is fire.

  • Let’s do it.’”

  • He was, like, very excited with the song, too.

  • So in less than 24 hours, he just

  • sent me his bars.”

  • [singing]

  • Right away, next day, she sent me that.

  • I did it right away.”

  • You know, he just did it.

  • And it was amazing

  • I loved it.”

  • [singing]

  • Was any part of you nervous about making a reggaeton song?

  • Youre from Spain.

  • It’s not necessarily what people would

  • imagine you would do next.”

  • “I mean, I guess that I always do something

  • that nobody expects, honestly, because for me, that’s

  • what makes sense and that’s the point of being

  • a musician.”

  • [singing]

  • Were you guys really on a plane, or was it a set?”

  • It’s a set.

  • It’s a set.

  • Yeah.

  • No, I don’t know how fly a plane.”

  • Just making sure.”

  • [singing]

Vamo’ a arrancarlo con altura.”

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