A week after releasing his first album Portals (Warner Music Latina/Grand Move Records), Tiago PZK is gearing up for two consecutive sold-out concerts at the Movistar Arena in Argentina. “After manifesting it for so long, this is my dream show,” he said. Billboard during an Instagram Live Thursday, July 28. “It’s an amazing show and I’m very proud of myself.”
During his tour, which includes 35 dates in more than 10 countries, Tiago will perform songs from his first-year studio album, which took him about two years to create.
He named him portals, or Portals, due to the experimental nature of the 15-track set. “I wanted to get out of the artist’s classification of ‘you’re a reggaetonero’, ‘you’re a trap artist’, and break away from that a bit,” he explains. “I wanted to do what I loved, that’s why the album is very varied and each song is a new portal.”
On set, the Argentinian singer-songwriter navigates between catchy reggaeton (“Salimo de Noche”), driving punk rock (“Noche de Soledad”), soulful R&B (“Entre Nosotros”) and even funk. Brazilian (“Electrica”), to name a few.
“It was tough, but that’s the best part about making an experimental album,” he says. “I wanted to play with something that I had never done before. Each genre has its own essence and style.
The single “Sex & Love” in collaboration with Jamaican producer RVSSIAN is proof of this. “It was difficult at first because I didn’t speak English. I felt pressured because I was meeting him for the first time and I’m shy,” he notes. “Nobody in the studio spoke Spanish, but he ended up being a very cool guy. It’s one of my favorite songs of my career and I chose it as the main track because I thought it was a hit.
As for what he hopes to accomplish with his career and his new album, he wants to motivate dreamers like himself.
“I will always push the dreamers who have no motivation or opportunities presented to them,” he said. “They have to encourage themselves and work a lot for themselves because they are the masters of their future.”
To listen Portals and watch the entire IG Live with Billboard Latin below: