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Exclusive Q and A: Sohanny Talks Tr3s, 'Step Up,' Collaborations

Latin artist Sohanny knows what it’s like to be on the grind. While she puts in hours of songwriting, singing, dancing, rehearsing, and promoting, it all seems almost effortless to the talented Dominican songstress. This past summer, her collaboration with Vein, “Get Loose,” was featured on the Step Up Revolution soundtrack, and she is currently working on her first English album. Though Sohanny is poised on the threshold of huge crossover success, she doesn’t forget where she came from. This month, she’s teaming up with OurStage to be the celebrity judge for the Tr3s “El Headliner” competition and to give back to up-and-coming artists who are looking to hit it big.  We caught up with Sohanny to chat collaboration, inspiration, and hard work.

OS: Your music has a lot of different influences that work together.  How would you describe it for somebody who has never listened to you before?

Sohanny: I’d say Tropical.  Tropical fusion with a little bit of urban pop for sure.  I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and also the US so it’s a mix of my roots together with what I grew up listening to.

OS: You also embrace newer electronic sounds like Moombahton as well.  What do you like about newer styles like that?

S: To a lot of people who are listening to it now it’s a recent thing, but it’s so underground. In most of what I do there are a lot of original sounds that came from the streets, like my first single that had a bit of Perico Ripiao, which is more of an upbeat mambo. Moombahton has been happening as well in Puerto Rico for a while now, but now all these Latin sounds are starting to come back and it’s a lot of the underground stuff that people loved but that was never really commercialized in the US. I’m very proud to be one of the pioneers to bring out the fusion of sounds from my country. (more…)