No matter how you spin it, 2017 was a standout year for Latinos in the mainstream music industry. The runaway success of chart-topping hits like “Mi Gente” and “Despacito” brought renewed mainstream visibility for Latinos in the U.S. pop market. To build on that momentum, we launched Remezcla Studios in late 2017, a creative music studio and artist getaway where emerging and established Latino musicians could collaborate on new music. Last week, we brought Remezcla Studios back for the 20th anniversary of the Latin Billboard Awards – and we did it big.
This year, we partnered with Buchanan’s to take over a luxe Las Vegas villa for two days, featuring a pop-up recording studio, a refinery, and artist lounge. Hosted by producer and Transcendent founder DVLP, artists streamed in and out of the studio over the course of the two-day event to work on new material.
We officially kicked off the celebration with a welcome pool party on Day 1, followed by an exclusive listening session with Universal sub-labels Transcendent and Broke Kids, who shared a sneak peek at an upcoming collaborative EP with R&B singer Jesse Baez and trap en español pioneer Fuego. Justin Quiles, a top-tier songwriter who’s worked with everyone from J Balvin to Yandel, also played his solo La Trilogía series and got the crowd hype.
On Day 2, we came back in full force for Buchanan’s Es Nuestro Momento event, a celebration of the industry OGs making crossover moves this year. Spiff TV, the legendary A&R, producer, and music video director, shared clips of his upcoming hip-hop & reggaeton crossover album The Union, which already boasts a jaw-dropping list of features, like Future, Arcángel, Bad Bunny, and more. To close out the night, Play N’ Skillz toasted to the future of Latinos in pop. Even Bad Bunny and J Balvin rolled through for the function, yellow visor and shiny grillz in tow.
Check out some highlights from the two-day event below, and stay tuned for the next Remezcla Studios soon.