Alcover: “Being nominated for the Latin Grammy boosts your career”

Alcover is a native artist, composer and producer from La Vega who emigrated to the United States as a child with his parents in search of better opportunities.

In a self-taught way, he ventured into the world of production and has worked with artists such as Don Omar, Gloria Trevi, Tito El Bambino and Nacho.

In the Dominican Republic, in the midst of promoting his single with the Creole urban artist Mozart la Para entitled “El barrio” he found out about his Latin Grammy nomination, which will be held on November 18.

His happiness increases because he competes as an artist for the song “El amor es una moda”, which he recorded together with Puerto Rican Don Omar and with Spanish artist Juan Magán.

As a producer he had already been nominated five other times and won a statuette, but this is the first time that he has been included as a singer in the Best Urban Fusion / Performance category.

In the category are “Tattoo” (remix) by Rauw Alejandro and Camilo; Nathy Peluso and Bizarrap with their “Bzrp music sessions, vol.36”, “Diplomático” by Major Lazer and Guaynaa, and Hawaii (remix), the hit by Maluma and The Weeknd.

In a meeting with journalists held in a restaurant in the capital, Alcover spoke of his beginnings and his current position in urban music along with his new nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards. Alcover spoke with DL about how the valuation of an artist increases since they take him into account and to be a winner in the Latin Recording Academy awards, for which he called on urban Dominicans to sign up.

“When that nomination came out, my Spotify jumped, my YouTube jumped, my social networks jumped, the rate … is highly respected because at the Grammys those who vote are musicians. It’s for the quality, sound, lyrics. Besides that it helps in your career and drives you, it is something that remains in history, ”said the singer-songwriter who lives in Miami.

Beginnings and support of Don Omar

He narrated that he was signed with Don Omar’s label from 2009 to 2011. After that, they continued working together with a beautiful friendship. At that time he met Natti Natasha and produced several songs for her.

At the moment he is working on the new album of the “Angelito” interpreter.

The hits Danza Kuduro and Taboo were co-produced by Alcover.

The producer said that in his music catalog he has more than 365 songs. Among them “Meet the Orphans I and II” by Don Omar and in an album by the Mexican singer Gloria Trevi. He also made the song “Qué me duela” by Mónica Naranjo.

His work with Gloria Trevi has not stopped. He produced the last performance of the interpreter of “Cinco Minutes” at the 2021 Premios Juventud and a collaboration is coming together called “Bomba”.

In addition, on the album “Formula 1” by Romeo Santos he produced the song “Hallelujah” with rapper Pitbull, which was made for the Wallmart network.

Alcover dabbled in music with another producer named Ecstasy while he was in high school at the age of 17 and together they formed A&X, a name that Don Omar constantly mentioned on the album “El orfanato”.

The singer received training from the musician Pedro Valdez, who taught him to play piano, chords, among others. “From there I start producing local artists in New York,” he said.

Produce meringue

During the meeting with journalists from different media, Alcover commented that he recorded a song with the Rosario Brothers and wishes to continue contributing to the native rhythms. “I wanted to keep their sound, which I love, and I sent it here (RD) to assemble all of their musicians,” he revealed.

He said he grew up listening to Sergio Vargas, Rubby Pérez and the Coco Band. Of the group led by Pochy Familia, he highlighted that they changed the merengue, in addition to Fernando Villalona, ​​”which for me is the top.”

He indicated that he would like to work new meringues with these artists, from composition, arrangements and production. “I keep working. What I like is creating, ”he says.

Alcover seeks to help new local talents. Among his plans is to make an alliance with the Ministry of Culture, to train new talents in production and composition.

For new and established artists he leaves a piece of advice given by Don Omar and that applies it: “If you want more, work more.”

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Alcover: “Being nominated for the Latin Grammy boosts your career”

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