One month after winning two Latin Grammy Awards, Juanjo Monserrat Gifts more than friends (Blau Produccions, 2022), a “very personal” album, produced in 2019, marked by past love affairs and dressed musically in different styles, such as soul, funk, ballads and above all pop. In total, eleven songs were performed in Catalan, along with Vic Mirallas, Maggie Garcias, Tomeo Peña, Los Angeles, Victoria Quingliese, Julia Obrador, Tony Bloom, or the group Saxophobia, of which he was a guitarist in the past.
“more than friends It’s a very personal work in which I recount my experiences, especially those in 2019. The year I left a very long relationship, I traveled to LA for the first time, I was in Japan, and I started touring with Rels B – with the one who continues to perform, as a performer Guitar – and I started making this recording. It was the best year of my life” Monserrate admits.
He records and produces among his own home and Palma’s Mono Boost studio, which was co-produced and mixed by Thuni Bloom. The album opens with the song that gives the album its title, and is dedicated to “someone who finally chose not to be friends or more than friends or anything at all, and closes with The longest sadeo in the worldrecorded live at the Teatre Ireneu in Palma.
between pieces like Testio“the jewel in the crown”, in Monserrate’s words, a song composed with Tomeu Penya “in a playful and summery style, in a very retro but straightforward voice”; Isn’t it enough?With L.A., “the soundtrack of my life,” he admits; also Carpentrya theme he salvaged from his first EP, Poemari in J Minorpublished in 2016 with music to texts by María Merci Marsal, Joanne Maragall, Joanne Alcover, Pierre Coart, and Enrique Casasis.
26 year old boy
“is an album defined by everyday life, with songs that tell of the adventures of a boy who was 26 at the time and that takes place in Palma”, the city he changes to Madrid, where he plans to enjoy Christmas parties and, above all, disconnect: “I need to slow down and think more about myself and take care of my personal relationships. I want moments of peace and relaxation. This past year has been a rage. I’ve come to fly four times to Los Angeles,” he sighs.
Monserrate made this more than friends Today in the Xocolat store after weeks of winning Two Latin Grammy Awards one to share in dharmaBest Pop Vocal Album, and the other for his work as a composer and producer red high heels, Best Pop Song co-written with Sebastian Yatra. “My Grammy hasn’t changed my life,” he says. In any case, he adds, “I hope they help me get more recognition and that more people notice my work.”
Composer of the new song by David Bisbal
Since 2019, Juanjo Monserrat’s work has doubled. One of his most recent compositions, apart from the album more than friends, is the new single by David Bisbal, of which he is also a producer, soon to be released by Universal. “I like being a total managerget into any style, produce or play the keyboard or the otamatone [el instrumento japonés para niños con el que sorprendió el pasado mes de marzo en Got Talent]. I want to make the best music possible. I’m not into music for the sake of business,” he asserts.
Recently, Monserrat has also worked with Reals B, three months on tour Latin america. “It gives a lot of draws. He’s already in the first division and I’ve learned from his professionalism, from his perseverance, not to give up. You always have to add, I’m ready for anything. I don’t know what the future holds for me.”