LatinoBuzz: Exclusive interview with Mexican Icon Alejandro Fernandez

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by Carlos Aguilar
September 25, 2013 3:30 PM
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Alejandro Fernandez making a donation to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles

The son of Vicente Fernandez, one of Mexico’s most beloved music personalities, Alejandro Fernandez has become an icon on his own merits. His musical career crosses borders as well as genres, and has also taken him to try his luck as an actor, most notably in the biopic Zapata, where he starred as the legendary Mexican hero. Alejandro Fernandez’s career expands over twenty years, in which he has become the poster child for Regional Mexican Music and has popularized the genre not only in Mexico, but also across Latin America and Spain.


His new album ‘Confidencias’ is his most successful release yet debuting at #1 in 19 countries. The singer will go on a U.S Tour from now until the end of the year, to then embark into his most ambitious World Tour to date.Recently at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Alejandro left his mark by making a donation to the museum, during the ceremony the Councilman for the City Los Angeles, Curren D. Price Jr., declared Septmeber 12th as Alejandro Fernandez Day.

Undoubtedly, Alejandro Fernandez is one of the most recognizable Mexican figures in the U.S, and is proof of the growing presence of Latino talent in the American market. Mr. Fernandez talked to LatinoBuzz about what it means for him to be Mexican, his favorite track in the album, and his latest tour.

Alejandro Fernandez's latest album 'Confidencias'

Carlos Aguilar: As Mexican artist working in diverse mediums (music/film) how important is for you to be as equally successful in the U.S?

Alejandro Fernandez: It is important for me to be successful wherever my fans are. In the United States there are many Latinos, and non-Latinos, who like Mexican music.

Aguilar: Would you ever like to try your luck in acting again, we haven’t seen you in the big screen since the film Zapata, is that something you would consider?

Fernandez: Yes, it is something I would consider, but at the moment I’m focused on my musical career. I’m completely booked with my new album and tour.

Aguilar: The film Hecho en Mexico, of which you were a part of, tried to highlight the richness of Mexican culture through its music. How do you think your music fits into that spectrum?

Fernandez : I have always sung our Mexican music. I’m very proud of being Mexican and I love our music.

Aguilar: On that same note, what would you say, for you, is the greatest quality of Mexicans as a people? Is it special in any way for you to perform here in the U.S for Mexican Independence Day?

Alejandro Fernandez and Councilman Curren D. Price Jr.

Fernandez: Mexico has many beautiful qualities that it is hard for me to choose. The culture, the music, the food, the landscape….To celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Las Vegas is a huge honor. I always keep in mind that I’m representing Mexico and Mexican culture, and it is something I take very seriously, and which makes me feel very proud. It is something I look forward to every year.

Aguilar:Your latest release “Confidencias”, what secrets or unheard things about love and romanticism does it have to tell the audience? Given that the title hints at things one only confides on a loved one.

Fernandez: The song “Me Olvide de Vivir” (I Forgot to Live) on this album is very meaningful to me. I relate a lot to the lyrics of the song, and I know my father does too. When we were recording it, it was something very emotional, because we both felt what the song says, which is that sometimes we are so busy or doing our own things and you forget about living and enjoying life’s moments. It is also very meaningful to me because it had been over 20 years, since my first album, that I had been in the recording studio with my father. It was a very fulfilling experience personally, artistically, and about family. I really enjoyed it in every aspect. The song turned out incredible.

Aguilar: You have been successful in both the Regional Mexican Music and Pop genres, how do these affect or influence each other? Which one gives more satisfaction?

Documentary Film 'Hecho en Mexico'

Fernandez: My roots and biggest influences come from Mexican music. Neither gives me more satisfaction, I enjoy both of them.

Aguilar: Lastly, what new places will this World Tour take you to? Are there any new countries you are visiting? How do you feel to be an iconic representation of Mexico around the world?

Fernandez: We are getting started in the U.S, and next year we will be in Central and South America, and Spain. I hope to visit many new cities and also reconnect with my audience.


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