Malpica is the artistic project of Colombian Pablo Quintero, a musician and producer who at a very young age discovered his innate talent for playing instruments and replicating the melodies of songs he listened to with his family. His personality is outgoing and spontaneous, always carrying a message of awareness and gratitude for the planet through concerts and creations. He finds the inspiration to compose in daily life and personal experiences, yearning to have a project that transcends and is not ephemeral.
«The intention of my proposal seeks not to fit into a single genre but to be open to all sound possibilities. As a musician I was always influenced by traditional Latin American music and contemporary music made in North America and Europe. This has allowed me to have more versatility and be constantly learning”, says Pablo.
Over the years, Malpica has been part of several musical projects such as Quinta 26, Afrofrequency, Los Jitters and La Matilda. As a solo artist, he began to compose songs during the pandemic, recounting his experiences as a human being and relationships with people. Moving to Northern California, one of the most important states in the music industry, he awakens his creativity and begins to play in vineyards and private parties, genuinely connecting with his audience. Currently, he is producing his first album as a soloist with the current Latin Grammy nominee Juan Sebastián Valencia ‘One Sebastián’. It will be an album of ten songs in English and Spanish in order to show his versatility and spontaneity.
«I like to tell anecdotes of everyday life and carry a message of awareness of how to learn from life itself. I love having good and bad experiences because in the end they are experiences that inspire me and enrich my project. I would love for people to become aware of how beautiful it is to be part of this beautiful planet, but above all that they are grateful for what the earth offers us, “adds Quintero.
as a producer
Pablo Quintero began his career as a producer in Ecuador looking for projects that, beyond a monetary value, had talent and creativity to satisfy him and put him to the test. He always assumes a listener or fan perspective, trying to get as far away from his perspective as a professional musician and producer in order to be objective and not involve his ego. His outgoing personality always leads him to connect with the artists he works with, in such a way that a good energy is born in the inspirational environment. He considers that his sensitivity when producing allows him to create segments, cuts, arrangements, harmonies, risky and innovative melodies in the songs.
«My career as a producer began in 2012 when I recorded the debut album of my current band La Matilda, in 2014 Sophya Ramírez contacted me to work on the EP ‘Canto a tierra’ and in 2015 again with La Matilda we released ‘Creo en mi gente’ . I also participated as a musician and co-producer on the album ‘Nostrabamus’ by the group Los Jitters released in 2020 and in 2021 with La Matilda we re-released the album ‘Aquí en mi pueblo’ where I was as co-producer, composer and musician”, adds the artist .
Recently, Malpica was part of ‘Masters en parranda’, an album that compiles Colombian songs from the first decade of the 2000s performed by Carlos Vives in the company of artists and projects such as Sin Ánimo de Lucro, Gusi, Llane, Alejandro González, Lalo Ebratt, Jerau , Nacho, Lucas Arnau, Emilia, Yera, Tuti, among others.
«Since I can remember I have listened to the music of Carlos Vives. He is an artist in every sense of the word. Juan Sebastián Valencia called me to participate as a guitarist in the song ‘El Parrandero Remake’, nominated for a Latin Grammy, and thanks to the fact that I was part of the generation that danced tropipop, it was easier for me to record the song. ‘Masters en parranda’ was recorded remotely from California and I participated in 3 of the 5 songs on the EP: ‘El parrandero’, ‘Te doy mi vida’ and ‘Conquista’”, emphasizes Malpica.
Thanks to its alliance with One Sebastian (Producer of Masters en Parranda), Malpica has had the opportunity to record and co-produce Colombian talents such as JBot & Tuti, NOE, Carlos Vindel, Juanse Laverde, Sin Ánimo de Lucro and Arévalo, the latter with ‘Backstage Sessions’, a 9-song album based on ‘unplugged’ acoustic adaptations of songs by Arévalo.
«My personal challenge is to continue learning and growing daily making music with passion and from the heart. I dream of winning a Grammy award as a composer, producer or musician and I would like that when future generations listen to Malpica they think and feel the same admiration and respect that I had with the artists who have influenced me. I have the dream of being able to generate awareness in people through the music that I compose and produce. As a producer, I would like talented artists to seek me out because my sensitivity allows me to connect with their music on another level”, concludes Malpica.