MACHETE Sound exclusive interview with Muzique Magazine
How did you come by your stage name?
The machete is a big part of Caribbean culture. It is an ode to my indigenous roots as a Puerto Rican artist. It is traditionally used as a multipurpose tool to cut, dig, shape, gather food, and as a weapon as well. The sound a machete makes as it travels through the air, to strike an object is both swift and sharp.
That is representative of my personal artistic style: direct and decisive. So I put the two together MACHETE Sound to represent myself as someone whose goal is to stay sharp in whatever I set my mind to accomplish in life and to illustrate the correlation between intent and consequence.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I grew up the youngest of a musical family where I have exposed too reggae music in both English and Spanish, reggaeton, rap, bomba y plena, and salsa. Altho I started out as a drummer and bassist in different reggae bands. I didn’t start putting my own music out as Machete Sound until March of 2019 when I dropped my first single called “Drive”. I just wanted to inspire others to make art and create fearlessly.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
Bob Marley, Vaughn Benjamin, Hector Lavoe, Bounty Killer, Merciless, Barrington Levy, Big Pun, Eazy E, Bone Thugs & Harmony & it was an artist like Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, Baby Rasta, those OGs inspired me in a real way.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Natty Watching You is a multi-faceted idea. The name of the album/title track is actually named after a song also titled “Natty Watching You” which was released by the reggae band Midnite in the 1990s. The song resonated with me so much and I had the pleasure of watching the band perform the song live when they came to the states.
The singer Vaughn Benjamin passed away in November of 2019 so this album is a tribute to all of the & his band’s work. The album artwork is symbolic and represents our current time frame here in America as we are facing the pandemic and also have been experiencing a high volume of protesting and marching through all of 2020. These are all moments in time I wanted to capture and incorporate into this project both sonically and visually.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
When you are on your destined path, as an artist or an individual, that is when you experience the most resistance. It is in those moments when your will is truly tested. It is in those moments when you must choose to push forward in spite, or perhaps spite the naysayers. It is challenging because the closer you get to your destiny, the more difficult it becomes, the more obstacles you have to overcome, the more negativity you have to slice through.
That’s why I am MACHETE, I cut through the negativity, I triumph over my challenges. It has never been easy, But it has always been worth it. The Sound is my story, the MACHETE is my instrument. And staying true to that has been both my greatest adversary and my greatest blessing. As far as my work ethic is concerned, I have always been a dreamer. I am relentless when it comes to my passions, and will not be detoured. Perseverance is an understatement.
This is not only my livelihood, but it’s also my livity. Alignment is everything. Authenticity allows me to stay connected to my soul’s purpose in the midst of apparent chaos. It isn’t easy, but it is necessary especially in today’s competitive climate in this particular industry.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
What are your plans for the near future?
To continue to learn, apply & grow unapologetically.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Yes, first of all, my lovely family, my beautiful wife, and my daughter. Also, my little brother Kelly, my team at MAD Studios. And then lastly my community for their continued love and support.
How can fans find you?
Check out the website www.machetesound.com and sign up for the mailing list for exclusive content and updates.
Follow me on IG @macheteklat
Follow me on FB @Machete Sound
Follow me on youtube “Machete Sound Vevo”