Flex and the Rise of
10/21/10 - LatinRapper.com exclusive interview by Dante (en Español)
Félix Danilo Gómez, better
known to Latin music fans as Flex, started his music career
over a decade ago in Panama. A number of hits made Flex
a popular name throughout Central America, but it wasn't until
he dropped his album "Te Quiero" that his popularity exploded
throughout the world. That year alone, Flex sold
out hundreds of shows, introducing fans to his trademark sound
known as "Romantic Style." While preparing for the
nationwide Machete Music tour, the platinum-selling artist
spoke to LatinRapper.com in this exclusive interview.
LatinRapper.com: Do you live in Panama now, or the United
In Panama, in the Republic of Panama.
You have an original sound to your music, what's your
personal definition of "Romantic Style?"
Romantic Style is the fusion of Jamaican reggae from the
movement that we have within our urban genre here in Panama.
The fusion of of reggae with pop ballads, or Latin pop, and
from that was designated Romantic Style, or romantic reggae.
Are you recording an album right now?
As a matter of fact, we have a new production that we're
calling Romantic Style Part 3, it's the new album we have.
But we've also already assembled it, that is to say, already
from the creativity that there is going to be a fourth Flex album
for next year, 2011. We worked together with the
producers Predicador and Echo, putting together what will be
next year's Romantic Style Number 4.
Where have you been going on tour?
Well, we've been all over Latin America, different countries
in Latin America such as Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El
Salvador, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Argentina,
Mexico, Puerto Rico.
How did you get involved with the Machete Music Tour?
Like the majority of artists, we were offered an invitation,
and we said of course that we're going to be present on the
tour that's coming up. Much of the urban Latin genre,
and I think that it's convenient that all of the artists
united will lend our talent, and that the genre will keep
growing as it's very important. And because of that, I
decided to accept the invitation from Machete Music Group.
In what cities are you going on tour with Machete?
Well, we're going to be in Los Angeles, El Paso, Charlotte,
New York. Also more cities there like Dallas and
You spent 10 years in music, but within the last year or
two went platinum and have become internationally famous. Had
you ever expected your new international fame?
Never, I never imagined it. The truth is that I always
was a local artist in Panama, my dream was to be heard on the
radio station here in Panama like the majority of Spanish
reggae artists here.
However, I now have the
opportunity to leave my country thanks in part to the album
"Te Quiero" that was a Latin American phenomenon, and I give
thanks to God for that, and for turning me into an
international artist with what is Romantic Style.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
To all my fans, I love you a lot, and thanks for the
opportunity to come inside your heart and continue supporting
and giving us the opportunity to continue our talent.
And thanks to them, we continue in this music, growing day by
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