Concert of the Colombian rock band Aterciopelados
Aterciopelados has been considered one of the most important latin rock bands in history. Photo: @aterciopelados

Aterciopelados and 'Tropiplop' at the 2021 Latin Grammys

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One of the most iconic rock bands in Colombia, founded in 1993 and led by singer Andrea Echeverri and bassist Héctor Buitrago, has been nominated again in this edition of the Latin Grammy, in the categories of 'Best Alternative Music Album,' with Tropiplop, and 'Best Alternative Song' with “Antidiva.”

Aterciopelados, nominated multiple times for Grammy Awards and three-time Latin Grammy winners, is one of the leading Spanish-language rock groups of all time. "Aterciopelados' true skill lies in its ability to take styles from the musical north-of-the-border ... and breathe new life into them, while giving them a distinctly Colombian glow," Time magazine noted in 2006, considering it one of the most important rock band in Colombia.

For the ceremony, the two most representative members of the band, Andrea and Héctor, could not be in Las Vegas, but main guitarist, Leonardo Castiblanco Herrera will be in attendance. Herrera was a producer on the album by being part of the creation of several songs, including “Antidiva,” the song nominated for 'Best Alternative Song.'

Herrera, who turned 30 this year, spoke with AL DÍA News hours before the start of the ceremony — a very special event for him — not only because he carried the weight of representing the beloved Colombian band, but also with the pride of seeing himself become a true and successful music producer.

International debut as a producer

“The story begins in March 2020, when Andrea asks me to make a demo for a song called 'Quinceañera.' I did the production in my living room, with the resources I had up to that moment, and she loved it. She told me to make another one, called 'Paz y Amor,' which she also liked a lot and they were selected to be part of the latest album," said Herrera. "With that impulse, I made the production of a third song, 'Antidiva,' which today is nominated for 'Best Alternative Song.'"

Leonardo Castiblanco Herrera, guitarrista y productor de Aterciopelados, banda colombiana de rock, en los Latin Grammy 2021

For the guitarist and producer, the recognition became the push he needed to dive full-on into music production, especially when he saw how the album was nominated at the Grammy Awards, as well as one of the songs he worked on.

Regardless of whether he returns to Colombia with the statuette or not, for Leonardo it is very important.

"For me it is already incredible because it is the first full studio album that I produce, so for me being here is one of the best experiences of my life,” he said.

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