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Angelo Garcia - Pushes the Envelope But Remains True to Himself - From Menudo to Erotic Dancer to Delusions of Grandeur
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Angelo Garcia joins, undoubtedly, one of the biggest boy bands in the world, Menudo, at the age of 11 and performs around the world with Ricky Martin, Sergio Blass & Ruben Gomez, among others. Two years later, he leaves Menudo to become a solo artist and finds a lukewarm following. After completing his music contract, Angelo decides to go to the University of Central Florida to study Communications, but his passion for music is never far behind, returning to his hometown of New York after graduation to revive his music career. He begins to write music in Spanish and English. In 2005, a reunion of former Menudo members results in a Latin American tour called "Los Ultimos Heroes" (The Last Heroes). In 2006, Angelo releases a Spanish-language album titled "Cool."
2010, two months before Ricky Martin publicly comes out, is when Angelo decides to publicly come out as a gay man, although his family and friends already know, and he has been working as a stripper and erotic dancer to pay his way through college. Angelo poses semi-nude for Paragon Men, a gay erotica website and he also talks about living life as an open gay man. After his public coming out, he is asked several times about the sexuality of Menudo team member, Ricky Martin. Angelo, refusing to "out" anyone, evades the questions, however, a few weeks later Ricky Martin publicly comes out as well.
Angelo and Producer, William Luque reunite to bring us Delusions of Grandeur, a dance/pop single, which is sure to be an instant club hit! When we first heard the single, we couldn't stop listening to it. It has a little bit of everything, from the famous "thumpa-thumpa" of club beats, to the background rhythms of Latin beats, all in a well produced and packaged hit that makes you dance and feel the energy Angelo has put into this song. Delusions of Grandeur will physically move you, as well as emotionally remind you that you too can overcome heartbreak!
Connextions Magazine, recently caught up with Angelo Garcia, whose video for Delusions of Grandeur experienced almost 9,000 views on its first day on YouTube.
Connextions Magazine (CM): Where in the world have you traveled?
Angelo Garcia (AG): I have been all around the globe, I have not yet ventured to Asia or The Middle East. My next country to visit is Australia, I cant wait, I LOVE MY City NYC, I Love Madrid, I Love London, I love Aruba, Paris, Brazil, there are just too many amazing places on earth to just pick one. I lived in Germany for a year while recording my European music release in the early 2000's , I LOVE Holland and have been to Amsterdam many times. Its fun to go visit and experience the different cultures and the FOOD, YUMMY! :-)
CM: Tell us about your latest single – Delusions of Grandeur
AG: I wrote Delusions of Grandeur, because I love to write songs and be creative, it gives me life. The song talks about the last 2 weeks of a really tumultuous 4 year relationship I was In. It is a song about overcoming adversity and rising above the negativity. I wanted to tell my story and I felt that people could connect to it, love and breakups are universal themes and inspiring. It will give people strength to go on.
CM: We definitely feel your passion, anger, strength and acceptance in the song. We can "feel" it, specially when you say:
"You thought that I was weak, but I am STRONG,
You thought that I would crumble you were wrong,.....
You will never see me cry....
It's time for ME to let you go!"
CM: Tell us about the video, who's idea was it?
AG: The Idea was all me. I wanted it to be fun, edgy and racy. I like to push the envelope.
CM: You certainly pushed the envelope! We love the diversity of the cast. Who was in charge of wardrobe?
AG: I was in charge of the wardrobe. I used all my own clothing and I was mostly in swimsuits and underwear the entire video, I will flaunt my body while I have it! (proud smile)
CM: And a great body it is. You've worked really hard as a personal trainer to achieve the body that you have and you flaunt it with pride, do you get many "haters"? What is the worst comment anyone has made about you or your music?
AG: The Tragedies (Haters) always try to pull my sexuality into their insults, as if calling somebody "Gay" is a bad thing. I really hate when people underestimate my intelligence and think I can not see through backhanded compliments. SO backhanded compliments irk me the most. I feel if you have nothing nice to say do not say anything at all. But misery loves company, and I don't feed into the negativity because most of the feedback is positive. Most people tell me how I inspire them to be themselves and that they LOVE my music .
CM: Any words of wisdom to people looking to follow in your steps?
AG: Only because somebody says something bad, does not mean it is true, so when people are negative just shake it off and always believe you are capable and deserving of accomplishing anything you want. Stay true to yourself and always follow your gut. Keep your eye on the prize and do not let anybody discourage you from fighting for your dreams.
With over 150 videos on YouTube, Angelo keeps himself and his fans busy by constantly posting videos of cover songs, which his fans (The Soldiers - as they are known) love. Connextions Magazine wishes Angelo Garcia much success and don't forget to download the new single Delusions Of Grandeur on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3 and Spotify by simply entering Angelo Delusions of Grandeur,
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