Christian Nodal continues making the rounds with his third studio album AyAyAy! (Deluxe), which flaunts his experimental fusions including cumbia, salsa, ‘70s rock, and more.
“I want to take Regional Mexican to the next level,” he previously told Billboard.
At 21 years old, Nodal, who’s a three-time finalist at the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards airing Oct. 21 on Telemundo, keeps proving himself as a versatile and innovative artist.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and in celebration of his achievements, Billboard asked Nodal 20 questions, from his Mexican heritage to the movie that always makes him cry and beyond.
In one word, describe your new single/album: Fire.
The tattoo that best represents me is: Me Deje Llevar on my neck because I always let myself go.
Three best things to do in Caborca? Take a trip to El Viejo, splash in the river, and eat the food there.
What do you love the most about being Mexican? We have a great variety of culture, very beautiful women, and we have the best food. All the food my mom makes is my favorite.
What song best defines your Mexican heritage? Cielito Lindo
What’s the first piece of music that you bought for yourself, and what was the medium? They were a couple of CDs that my dad gave me including Linkin Park and Prince Royce.
What was the first concert you saw? My parents had a group and they would take me to their shows. I was about four or five years old.
What did your parents do for a living when you were a kid? They would spend a lot of time working in the music industry. My mom was a singer and my dad played the trumpet.
Who made you realize you could be an artist full-time? When I would read the comments on social media and I noticed a lot of support from people all over the world.
What’s at the top of your professional bucket list? I would like to release music in different genres but that will be later on in my career.
How did your hometown/city shape who you are? Where I’m from, people are hardworking, sincere, and very humble. I think that defines me.
What’s the last song you listened to? “Granada” by Vice Menta. They make cool music.
If you could see any artist in concert, dead or alive, who would it be? Ariel Camacho, Mac Miller, Linkin Park when Chester was in the group.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen happen in the crowd of one of your sets? There was a guy who was very drunk at one of my shows and he wanted to buy my necklace. He took out $100 and then took out a stack of bills and was asking me to sell him my necklace. I didn’t sell it to him but it was very weird.
What’s your karaoke go-to? I really like all of the ones by Juan Gabriel and Selena’s “Carcacha.”
What movie, or song, always makes you cry? Almost every animated movie makes me cry but the one that always gets to me is Click. I watch it and I spend the entire day feeling sad. I even call my parents to let them know that I love them.
What TV series have you watched all the way through multiple times? Malcolm in the Middle, that’s my forever favorite.
What’s one thing that even your most devoted fans don’t know about you? I won’t be able to tell you because then I would have to kill you and all the people reading this.
If you were not a musician, what would you be? I’d be producing music.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self? Don’t get desperate your moment will come. Continue at your pace, enjoy every stage of your life. Don’t smoke. Take care of your surroundings. Don’t eat tacos from Tijuana because they’ll make you ill.