A.CHAL has officially made his way from buzzing, underground SoundCloud artist to being praised as one of the most talented Latin artists in the States. With his record “Love N Hennessy” gaining him recognition on a global scale, the Peruvian singer/songwriter averages an impressive 1.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Read more…
Putting on for the Latin community, A.CHAL’s sound is one-of-a-kind. With this hybrid of R&B, EDM, and hip-hop comes influences from his own Spanish roots, flexing his bilingual capabilities through his lyrics and rhymes. Now he celebrates a new deal with Epic Records and a fire remix to “Love N Hennessy” featuring 2 Chainz and Nicky Jam.
For those who don’t know, who is A.CHAL?
A.CHAL is that Peruvian papi living in Los Angeles singing that bilingual music. If you got problems with your girl, if you wanna make love to your girl, or if you wanna get real spiritual and psychedelic, listen to me.
Where do you fit in the realm of R&B and Hip Hop?
I’m bigger than R&B and hip-hop, but I fit. I feel like being a Latino growing up in the States, growing up to rap music and R&B music, that’s naturally what I wanted to do. And I got to this point. But because I’m also bilingual and grew up on Latin music, I try to pick from all of that and give people a new sound that hopefully pushes culture and opens the door for future Latin artists as well.
You’re based in LA, how important is it for up and coming artists to come here for their career.
I think LA is a great place to make music because a lot of the top artists and songwriters are out here making music. There’s a competitive spirit in the air. When you go to the studios and run into people, everyone’s trying to make the next big hit. So I recommend LA.
Last year you released your project, On Gaz. What do you want fans to get from your story?
I want people to know from On Gaz that it’s about staying motivated. It’s about staying uplifted. Not letting things knock you down. Me being a Spanish dude growing up in different neighborhoods where there wasn’t no Spanish, I had to go through a whole a lot. Me coming to the music industry not looking like the average person doing this kind of music, I had to go through a lot. I just want people — whatever they’re going through, whatever obstacles they’re facing — to just surpass it and to go to the light.
Congrats on signing to Epic records, how’s that journey been?
That journey’s been crazy. It’s definitely been a monumental moment for me because I’ve been independent for so long building my team Gazi. And we’ve done everything thus far independently with our own money, and now we have a chance to collaborate with a machine who sees global super stardom for me. And we’re excited to bring Gazi and take it to that part.
What’s your end goal?
My end goal is leave with love.
What’s a normal day in the life?
I don’t try to spend too much time just working. I try to spend a lot of time living, and then going and writing about it. So I try to live, love, and cry every day.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music?
If I wasn’t doing music, I’d probably be a Narco.
What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a fan?
I met this one fan who told me because he was a brown skin Mexican —he was going to a school with mostly white kids — that he felt a bit down. And that the things that he was trying to do, he couldn’t really fit in. Then he said that my music, because of who I am and what I represent, he would listen to that everyday before he went to school. And he would push through the day and not let them things knock him down. And that he’s been great ever since. I mean, this is why I do this. I think that’s crazy.
Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Héctor Lavoe. He’s a salsa artist — someone new. I’m not gonna lie, I listen to Bob Marley a lot. I feel like Bob Marley is one of the few artists that no matter what you’re going through, no matter how fucked up shit is, you put on that Bob Marley song, and you just realize life is great. Life is good.