I arranger I programmer I songwriter I musician
Miami and Los Angeles based producer and writer/arranger Lulo Perez is what you'd call versatile and gifted musician. As
an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (Trumpet, Flugelhorn and keyboards),
he works with artists and bands to create timeless albums.
Produced (as well as played keyboards & MD'd) for Spanish alternative
Quijano's Extraordinaria Paradoja del Sonido released in 2000.
That album became the group's first platinum record. "This
was an experimental record where the band combines rock with well-known
Latin rhythms such as rumba, guaracha, son, and mambo," says
Perez. He has also produced a track on Platinum Rhythm for Madonna's
label Maverick with its release through WEA International.
Lulo has brought his musicianship to numerous releases -- Alex
Ubago's Que Pides Tu (2003) Emmanuel's
Sentirme Vivo (1999) & Emmanuel Presenta... (2003)
Amigo's Ciudad de Las Ideas (2002), Ana
Belen's Peces de Ciudad (2001) , Rosa's Rosa (2002); Joaquin
Sabina's 19 Dias Y 500 Noches (1999) to name a few.
Lulo's collaboration with the Grammy winning singer/songwriter
began when Lulo played horn on the superstar's '97 release "Mas"
and arranged and played Trumpet on Sanz' 2000
multi-Grammy winning "El Alma Al Aire. Sanz-MTV Unplugged"
(2001) won three Latin Grammys and garnered critical raves from
around the world for the Spanish singer/songwriter.
Perez and Sanz co-produced "No Es Lo Mismo"
with Lulo arranging and playing on selected tracks. It won
the Best Latin Pop Album at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards and also
won four Grammys at the 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards - Record
of the Year, Album of the Year, Song Of The Year for the producers
and Alejandro also took the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Album.
Additionally, honors for Best Engineered Album went to Rafa Sardina
and Mick Guzauski.
Alejandro Sanz swept the Fifth Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2006 with No
Es Lo Mismo which sold near one million copies in its first week
of release. The album, which earned Song Of The Year, Best Male
Pop Vocal Album, Record Of The Year and Album Of The Year, and torn
up Latin charts worldwide was co-produced by Sanz and Perez. The
disc even won Best Latin Pop Album at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards.
Alejandro also won Song Of the Year and the honors for Best Engineer
went to Rafa Sardina and Mick Guzauski. "We
had a blast working with some of the most amazing msucians in the
world," says Perez. They include: Alejandro Sanz (vocals, Flamenco
guitar, tres); Michael Landau (acoustic & electric guitar);
Jose Antonio Rodriguez (Flamenco guitar); Paco De Lucia (Spanish
guitar); Hamadi Bayard (tenor saxophone); Carlos Martin (trombone);
Anthony Jackson (bass); Vinnie Colauita, Horacio Hernandez (drums);
Luis Conte (percussion); Raul Midon, Javier Valverde, Lena Perez,
Maria Antonia (background vocals) and Lulo Perez (various instruments).
What is most compelling about NO ES LO MISMO is the way Sanz and
his co-producer, the Cuban born Lulo Perez, have synthesized these
separate yet complementary elements into one purely individual style.
In NO ES LO MISMO Sanz has crafted an album that, while it hews
to his Spanish roots, has its eyes set firmly on the US charts.
album is a fusion of cultures, from Andalucia to Havana, from Mexico
to Madrid. It's an artistic groundbreaking effort with strong flamenco
flavors. Writing, arranging and producing songs with some of the
most soulful contemporary artists of all-time like Alejandro Sanz
is truly a thrill for me. When the artists get recognition for the
album we've made together, that's simply sweet," says Perez.
Current credit: Most recently Perez completed arranging and
producing 14 songs with Sanz. The first single, A
La Primera Persona (To the First Person)" was released worldwide
on September 25 and has already set a record for digital sales.
After only 24 hours, the song held the first position of downloaded
songs on mobile phones and it debuted at number one on the iTunes
single charts. Great start, in aticipation of Sanz' new album from
Warner Intl, El Tren De Los Momentos (The Train of Moments), due
out on Nov 7. Guest stars on the album include: Juanes, Antonio
Carmona, Alex Conzales (Maná) Shakira and Calle 13.
A La Primera
Persona tells a story of torn love, the usual Sanz theme woven
in rich and sophisticated arrangements by Sanz and his coproducer
Lulo Perez who offers evocative synth arrangements and urban beats
and plays piano, trumpet, electric guitar, percussion, synth bass
and Hammond on the album. Most of the material was recorded at Alejandro's
own home studio with mixes for bonus digital tracks done at After
Hours in Los Angeles and Criteria in Miami. Engineers and mixers
10-time Grammy winner, Rafa
Sardina (Macy Gray, Stevie Wonder, Dr Dre) and Thom Russo (Michael
Jackson, Eric Clapton, Maná).
Sanz has sold
over 21 million albums worldwide and amassed 200 platinum discs,
15 Latin and 1 Grammy Awards, as well as other major international
recognitions, including having the hit single, La Tortura
Perez also produced four tracks on Pedazos
de Mi for Universal artist Amaury
He arranged and played various instruments in addition to mixing
and programming three contemporary pop ballads with lush keyboard
and horn arrangements on "Solo Quisiera," "No Me
Pongas Condiciones", "A Muerte Con Tu Amor" and the
more funky and rhythmic sounds on "Que te esta Pasando?"
It all comes down to preserving the artists identity,"
By The Sea
A ccepting Grammy Awards for Alejandro Sanz at 5th Annual Latin
copyright 2004 studioexpresso