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Mexican pop group Matisse eager to release new album after Latin Grammy win

By Jacob Sanchez

Mexico City, Dec 5 (EFE).- Mexican pop group Matisse, who are back in their homeland with a Latin Grammy in hand, said in an interview with Efe they are planning a new album that will feature fusions of different genres and collaborations with other artists.

The members of the band – Melissa Robles (vocals, ukelele), Roman Torres (vocals, guitar) and Pablo Preciado (vocals, guitar, piano) – said after winning the award for “Best Regional Mexican Song” for the single “Como lo hice yo” in Las Vegas last month that they have returned home “very inspired and with a lot of desire to make music.”

“We want to write an unprecedented … pop-regional Mexican mixture, fusion, and also see who we can collaborate with,” Robles said.

Matisse plans on beginning a new creative process during a five-day stay in the northwestern Mexican city of Hermosillo before giving a series of concerts in February in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey as part of their “Despues del fin del mundo” (After the End of the World) tour.

After all the tickets were sold for Matisse’s Feb. 11 show in Mexico City at the 10,000-seat National Auditorium, a second show was announced for the following day.

The Mexican band, which formed in 2014 in the northwestern border city of Mexicali, said they plan on releasing their new album next year and even hope to have a few singles ready for the concerts in February.

The members of Matisse also said they want to continue innovating and looking to branch out into new rhythms and to collaborate with singers in urban genres, salsa, Mexican regional and pop, as well as on ballads like those that appeared on their 2015 debut album “Sube” (Upload).

“We want to do a lot more music with free rein, no longer thinking about what genre … letting it flow, but definitely we’re going to have new music at the start of the year and also be presenting it at the National Auditorium and also at the events we have in Guadalajara and Monterrey,” Robles said.

“If you don’t have the urge to keep doing new and different things, well then you’re already dead,” Torres said.

Preciado added that it is very important for creative people and artists to get out of their comfort zone so “the candle doesn’t go out.”

But the Mexican trio said they want to come up with the songs first and then determine which artists could best collaborate on those tracks.

“The truth is that we want to have a lot of material (and then) start to imagine who we can do what with,” Robles added.

Besides the Latin Grammy win, the band also is celebrating the success of their most recent single “Te vale madre,” a collaboration with Eden Muñoz that has registered more than 3.3 million reproductions on Spotify since its global launch on Nov. 10. EFE


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