When Julio Voltio met up with the Puerto Rican press this week to promote his new album En lo claro, the reggaeton singer dished on more than just music. The artist didn’t hesitate to share his opinions about the controversy surrounding Calle 13’s two Latin GRAMMY wins.
“I respect the opinion of Ivy Queen, but they’re just doing their job. I knew that Calle 13 would win because they did a song for immigrants, and 52 percent of the population in the United States is made up of immigrants. It was an international strategy. You’ve got to work to take care of yourself,” the 30-year-old singer told Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Día.
Voltio, who has collaborated with artists the likes of Ricky Martin, Beyoncé, Tego Calderón and Andy Montañez, among others, also chatted about his new album. “We prepared the disc strategically…I want to show my talent on this disc. I’ve included other genres and social themes,” the artist said while talking about “Perdóname,” a song with an anti-domestic violence message. “With this album, I don’t just want to touch the hearts of people in mypueblo, but in the entire world.”
Voltio, who spent time in prison when he was still an adolescent and was arrested for alleged drug possession two years ago in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, has included a DVD of the concert he gave to jail inmates in San Juan. The video is a preview of a documentary the singer is currently producing. “It’s my story, then and now. The moral of this is that people can change their destiny and leave bad habits behind. I dedicate it respectfully to prisoners, ex-convicts and those on their way as well. It’s a serious and strong project,” Voltio said of the documentary.