Rising reggaetón star RMAND is used to doing all the pieces on his personal. Back in the Dominican Republic, he’d write his songs alone, report by himself, and e-book exhibits independently. But now, RMAND (pronounced awr-mand) has a military, led by Tainy and Lex Borrero’s NEON16 label, “wanting to elevate” all the pieces he does.
In 2021, he launched the observe “Diskreto,” which went viral on TikTook. RMAND’s profession shortly launched to excessive gear after he competed on Netflix’s La Firma earlier this 12 months. The present, judged by Nicki Nicole and Rauw Alejandro, wanted the subsequent huge factor in reggeatón. Even although he didn’t win the competitors, he got here out of the present with a report cope with NEON16.
“I’ve at all times admired these guys [Borrero and Tainy] and to be on their staff may be very particular,” he tells Rolling Stone
Last month, RMAND dropped De Vuelta al Mundo, a “attractive R&B”-infused four-track EP. The reggaeton songs shut out the chapter of his “outer house sound” EP En Otro Mundo, which dropped late final 12 months.
“I wished individuals who heard the final one to join the two. It’s aterrizando in what I’m doing now. I don’t restrict myself,” he says of his new sound. “I simply need to let folks know that I’m not afraid of displaying any aspect of me artistically. I used to be a bit scared as a result of I’m by no means express in my songs, however I gotta present folks I can do all the pieces.” (He lately launched a dwell session of his observe “Xplicit Content.”)
RMAND was born in Manhattan, however moved to the Dominican Republic along with his household as a toddler. He lived along with his grandmother all through his childhood and attended church each Sunday, the place he was entranced by the prédica’s music. “I used to love watching the drummer at church and that’s the place my love for music was born,” he says.
After church, he’d hang around with the drummer and learn the way to play from him. He liked the instrument a lot that his mother and father acquired him his first drum package. (It didn’t final too lengthy, as a result of he was banging the toms too arduous, he remembers with amusing. His grandpa had to make him a makeshift drumkit out of home items as an alternative.) “I noticed that is what I would like to do,” he says. “I wished folks to hear my voice.”
RMAND discovered success in 2021 when he posted a verse to a Jhayco and Yandel track, which ended up turning into a completely recorded track titled “Diskreto.” The track has garnered practically 13 million streams on Spotify.
Lately, RMAND has additionally been spending plenty of time with different huge urbano artists akin to Zion & Lennox and Rauw Alejandro, writing for their very own tasks. “When you’re employed for different artists, you see music from a unique perspective and also you be taught loads from that,” he says. “I can see with my very own eyes how they do issues and the way they assume.”
RMAND wrote three songs for Playa Saturno, together with “Hoy Aquí” and standout “Cuando Baje El Sol.” “I keep in mind listening to Rauw since these SoundCloud occasions with Lyanno,” he says. “To be right here and say I’ve written for him is a large factor for me… It makes me understand I’m on the proper path.”
The subsequent undertaking he’s engaged on is “means totally different” from the music he’s launched up to now and it includes a bunch of huge collaborations that he says are “prime secret.” He additionally hopes to report some salsa data in the future.
His objective, he says, is to “convey the Dominican Republic to the subsequent stage.” “People solely see us for dembow,” he says. “I would like folks to know that we make plenty of totally different music and it deserves an opportunity too.”