growing up in a pandemic, a romance that was not and the music that unites the world

From a studio in Miami, Tini Stoessel and Manuel Turizo they are sitting next to each other – she, with a casual and sensual style; he with a Caribbean and charismatic look- they converse with Clarion about Damn picture, the single that brought them together and which has been available on digital platforms since last August 19.

The picture of a scene from the video clip, in which they are about to kiss, is the only set of the stage that they chose for the interview. Before the questions, zero divism. Distracted, he invites her to answer first and she proposes to answer “miti y miti”.

The focus is on spreading the word about it and wanting it to “like it.” Warm, fresh and relaxed, both convey the joy for the goal accomplished.

Pure chemistry; Tini Stoessel and Manuel Turizo squander sympathy and good vibes between the two. Photo Capture Zoom

Damn picture It is a song that they recorded together. Tini invited Manuel, he accepted and they agreed. “We record here, which is where I live,” says the Colombian artist, who lives in the US. “It’s been a couple of months since we made the video,” Tini reviews. “So I came, I recorded, I went back to Buenos Aires and now I’ve been in Miami again for very few days,” he adds.

“Twenty-four hours seems like a century without you”, sings Tini at the beginning of Damn picture. “If you keep dancing like this, I’ll move to Argentina”Manuel intones. The phenomenon of young singers collaborating on someone else’s album or releasing songs as a duet is a trend that started long ago and continues to happen; this is how local and foreign artists intersect, and that add so that the international projection grows.

“She was the genius”, is the immediate response that Manuel gives to the question about who had the idea of ​​making this song and having it recorded in a duet. “This song was born in February and when I already had it, Manuel’s voice came to my head”, Says Tini. “We have been wanting something to happen for a long time,” she continues and he agrees to everything.

"She was the genie"says Turizo, who credits Tini with the idea of ​​recording together.  Photo Capture Zoom

“She was the genius,” says Turizo, who credits Tini with the idea of ​​recording together. Photo Capture Zoom

-How was the proposal? Did they know each other?

Teen: I sent him a message and said: “Che, I don’t know; I have a song. Tell me if you like it or you don’t like it. If not, I’ll send you another option ”. At the touch he told me: “I love it.” And we move on.

Manuel: We met recording the video. Obviously, I already knew who Tini was. And Tini knew who I was. But we had never seen each other. Yes we had exchanged messages.

Teen: And we get along very well. There was a nice chemistry and I think we transmitted a nice energy together.

-Do you mind being pigeonholed into certain musical genres?

Teen: The thing about my music is that it can have a reggaeton base; but with Lie to Me -the theme he recorded with María Becerra-, I fused cumbia with reggaeton. I believe that there are no prejudices regarding that. And if there are, it doesn’t matter to me either, because I do what I feel.

Damn picture It is reggaeton, but it has something of a Latin pop ballad; it’s a mix. Today in music a little bit of everything is combined and that is something recontra cute. I have no prejudices. There are days when I feel like doing something super electronic or suddenly I want to do a ballad …

Manuel: I think that when you’re making music, you don’t even think about it; it is simply what comes out. I don’t stop to think what genre I’m doing. I do bachata, I wrote salsa songs … I like to make music in general.

Teen: I grew up with pop a lot and I’m very melodic, so even though I’m singing reggaeton my voice sounds poppy. The combination is good.

-And your followers accept that unprejudiced way of combining genres?

Manuel: It seems to me that the game, nowadays, is to evolve all the time and show the public fresh and different things, you know?

Tini Stoessel and Manuel Turizo met for the recording of the video clip, and the connection worked fully.  Photo Courtesy Sony Music / Diego Cadavid

Tini Stoessel and Manuel Turizo met for the recording of the video clip, and the connection worked fully. Photo Courtesy Sony Music / Diego Cadavid

Teen: Yes; until people are waiting to see what we will do or what are we going to surprise them with.

Manuel: To be successful in music you don’t need a song to be perfect, you don’t need a perfect progression, it doesn’t go on that note. If it sounded good, people like it and sing it, what else matters? It is music and music is that, what people sing, feel and make it vibrate.

– The important thing would be that the music does well.

Teen: Yes, music is welcome when human beings can feel free, do you understand me? In everything, in life choices, at work, in what you want to do, the important thing is freedom.

Manuel: And in art there are no rules.

“To be successful in music you don’t need a song to be perfect, you don’t need a perfect progression, it doesn’t go on that note. If it sounded good, people like it and sing it, what else matters? “

-The context of the pandemic, did it favor musical production?

Manuel: I think so. Obviously so much confinement gave us free time to do things that when we were touring we did not. But I missed doing concerts.

Teen: It had been a long time since I slept in the same bed for so long; almost as long as I can remember … It allowed me to connect with a lot of things personally, that I feel were necessary. It was a year of great growth. Beyond music, I took it for myself.

At just 24 years old, Tini has a prolific career and more than 15 million followers on Instagram. She sings, composes, acts, dances, she was a partner of Sebastián Yatra, she is Argentine and well-known, from her character Violetta (in the Disney series).

Tini reveals that she was never able to sleep for as long in the same bed as during the pandemic.  Photo Courtesy Sony Music / Diego Cadavid

Tini reveals that she was never able to sleep for as long in the same bed as during the pandemic. Photo Courtesy Sony Music / Diego Cadavid

His third album, Tini Tini Tini It was launched in December of last year and includes entries from Alejandro Sanz, Yatra, Mau & Ricky, Khea and others. Among other titles, she was named Artist of the Year last year, for Billboard Argentina. Soon he will travel to Madrid, to participate in a festival.

“I always went anywhere and it was the girl,” Tini remembers what happened not long ago. Now, opens the way for artists younger than her. “It’s something that comes to everyone,” he says about the passage of time. “I’m always attentive to new artists,” she adds, and Manuel jokes that “she gives herself away; says she feels old”.

Manuel turned just 21; He speaks with an accent that is almost musical, he is dating Joselina Sorza, promoting his album Dopamine and fully enjoy their present. In a few days a tour will start. The song that gave him popularity was A lady like you, and among the songs he recorded is Love in a coma, with his compatriot Maluma.

Tini Stoessel and Manuel Turizo shared the recording of "damn picture" and they got to talk.  Photo Courtesy Sony Music / Diego Cadavid

Tini Stoessel and Manuel Turizo shared the recording of “damn photo” and they had something to talk about. Photo Courtesy Sony Music / Diego Cadavid

Days before the launch of Damn picture, Tini and Manuel posted photos together on their social networks, which they woke up the rumor of a romance; But later it became known that those posts were part of the promotion of the work they did together.

“The first post was ‘we’re not going to say anything, let’s see what’s up’”, Confides Tini. “Anyway, people knew a bit, because Manu had already told something,” he adds. And Manuel recognizes it. “I opened my mouth before time”, resigns.

-What does the tendency to sing in collaboration with other artists respond to? To a personal wish or do they do it because it works well?

Manuel: It goes from side to side. There is a wish, but It is no secret to anyone that it is a great business. On the side of desire, we are singers, but we are fans of many singers as well and obviously I would like to make a collaboration with all the artists that I follow and that I like.

And on the other hand, I know that my audience likes that I have done Damn picture with Tini. Collaborations open opportunities, which allow making iconic songs.

Teen: It’s a mix of everything. Years ago it was not so much that artists could share the music. I like this to generate a message that there is space for everyone and for everyone, it is a beautiful message for the new generations. It is about generosity, I help you and you help me.

I like that two artists from different countries or cultures, who sometimes don’t even speak the same language, share the music. Music unites the world. When an artist invites or invites me, I see him from that place.

“I like this to generate a message that there is space for everyone and for everyone, it is a beautiful message for the new generations. It’s about generosity, I help you and you help me. “

“Damn photo, which reminds me that there is no us”, the song says. Do you personally have any “damn photos”?

Manuel: No, I delete them all. I don’t like it, then you see them and whip yourself.

Teen: Me I am one of those who do not erase memories. I’ve had my reel since I was super little.

They don’t break photos; they erase them. Sign of the time in which they were born and live. Youth, divine treasure …

A shoot under strict personal brand

“Be careful they are not a couple”, clarify from the record company, as if it were not possible for two artists to come together to record a song and a video -with a lot of skin in contact- without ending up recreating the story of Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes or… Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper? Although surely a movie gives more time to “get attached”.

But the truth is that only Tini and Manuel showed a duo, the versions that between the two there was something more than an artistic alliance multiplied. Only, unlike what seems to have happened during the filming of Camila and Shawn, or even Gaga and Cooper, the two referents of Latin pop they had little room for maneuver to try any approach.

The filming of the video clip of "Damn picture" He was under the strict supervision of Turizo's girlfriend.  Photo Capture Video

The filming of the video clip for “Maldita foto” was under the strict supervision of Turizo’s girlfriend. Photo Capture Video

In fact, according to the witnesses of the recording, things were quite tense behind the cameras, from where the Colombian’s girlfriend, Josefina Sorza, was alert to any possibility that the romance of fiction would become reality, without hiding the bad mood that the situation produced.

According to journalist Rodrigo Lussich, who revealed details of the moment, Tini never lost focus; instead the singer seems to have dispersed a bit with so much contact. “Joselina stopped and kept making a personal mark because Turizo is a danger. Tini was doing her job perfectly because she is a professional, but he is a scoundrel, ”she revealed.

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growing up in a pandemic, a romance that was not and the music that unites the world