Orchestra Fuego is a twelve-piece Salsa band consisting of three singers, percussionists, brass musicians, pianist, and a bass guitarist. The group’s sound has maintained the integrity of what is referred to as “Old School Salsa
But with a fresh twist it has a similar vibe to bands such as Willie Rosario and Marc Anthony. The blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with Nuyorican flavor sets the dance floor on fire. They perform original songs and some familiar songs with invigorating new arrangements. While the group’s main passion is for Salsa, they also perform a wide variety of other Latin music including Merengue, Bolero, Bachata and Cha-cha.
Orchestra Fuego started when Marcus Hernandez, piano player, and lead singer, Luis “Torpedo” Aponte, reunited in Florida several years after moving down from New York. The two performed together in the New York City scene in the late 70’s and 80’s when Salsa was at its peak. Fueled by their mutual interest in Salsa, they started performing together with other members of the original band also living in Florida. “After playing a few gigs,’’ says Marcus, “It became evident early on that the time was ripe to revive the classic Salsa sound.”
Since their debut in 2014, Orchestra Fuego has ignited all types of dance floors throughout Florida with their upbeat; high energy performances. Their albums have been downloaded from Miami to Denmark and even Singapore.” They have three albums, Encendido, Salsa Brava, and their newest, “Quemando La Pista.”
Orchestra Fuego was also recently contacted by the producers of the Latin GRAMMY® and have submitted our third album for nomination for Best Salsa Album of the Year. Orchestra Fuego was nominated for best Latin Album and Latin Song of the Year Award for the 2018 Independent Music Awards in New York City. The song, “Esta Navidad,” won 2016 Latin Christmas Song of The Year from Jango Radio.com
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
We're a high energy Salsa Band and although our main passion is Salsa Music, we play a variety of Latin American music such as Cha Cha, Merengue and Bachata
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I was a musician back in the last 70's through 80's in New York City when Salsa was huge. I created a band called Fuego '77. I had left the music scene for many years, when I started the band back up in 2014 I wanted to use a name that would define who we are and Orchestra Fuego seem to fit our style. We're a show stopping band with lots of energy.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My musical influences over the years have been Willie Rosario, Puerto Rican Power and Marc Anthony
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We’re in the planning stages of recording our fourth album, and also working on producing a new music video.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Our ultimate goal is to hopefully be part of a big record company like Sony Records or Atlantic Records to assist us in promoting us all over the world. We would love the opportunity to do some tours in Europe and South America. We have a huge fan base and hopefully that will get us in front of the big recording companies
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Hum, that's a hard one; I hand pick all of our songs and since we do most of our own composing and arranging I kind of like many of the songs we perform, but if I had to pick one of the cuff it would one of our new songs that we dedicated to the Colombian people titled "Fuego Colombiano." This tune really swings and we also have a music video that goes with this song
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
One of the biggest obstacles in the Latin music industry is the availability of venues; there aren't many clubs in Tampa that can accommodate a 12-piece band. But we have been extremely fortunate to be performing at least once a month and sometimes, three times in a month due to our increasing popularity. One of the other obstacles is getting on mainstream Radio; but I'm confident that will be only a matter of time before our music is heard on mainstream radio.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I am the one who usually come up with a topic to write about, I then contact my singers and we start putting the idea into words. I have also had the pleasure of meeting and now working with an awesome composer Pedro Jesus and this guy can write about a pencil and make it sound great. We then get a few of our band members together and start the process of arranging the song. Seems like a long process but we get songs done in no time.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media is a must for artist these days. If you're an independent artist you need to be on a Social Media Platform and a few of them, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I use this religiously to promote our music and music videos
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I like listening to Marc Anthony, Puerto Rican Power and Victor Manuelle and most recently Gente De Zona
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Well I was a professional musician back in the late 70's through 80's, then became a CPA and have had my own practice for over 30 years and now back into the music business
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Stay true to your vision and no matter how many obstacles you hit, keep on going and believe in what you do. In these days music takes a while to get any momentum, but at some point you will get noticed. Bands need to make rehearsals a priority. Doesn't matter whether your a Julliard graduate or a self-taught musician if you don't make it a point to practice you're going to be like every other garage band out there.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would do more scouting to bring some awesome talent recognized. There are plenty of great artist out there with literally no support
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I strongly believe in originality; 99% of our songs are original compositions. Even the covers we perform and record have been re-arranged to better fit our style of play. If you want to stand out from the rest, you need to be original with your songs.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?:
In 2018 we have received many accolades; for starters we won best Latin group on Reverb Nation; out of 16000 entries we got top prize and that is just an awesome blessings. We also just won best Latin song on the Atlas Elite Entertainment awards. I have appeared live on ABC Action News and Telemundo speaking about the band and our nomination for a Latin Grammy. There's also a promoter in Chicago that's planning a small tour up north.
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