At this level in his life, Camilo might personal any automobile he needs: a Lamborghini, a Bugatti, perhaps a McLaren — all autos of selection amongst Latin music stars.
As an alternative, Camilo has Romerito. The phrase is the diminutive of the Spanish romero, which suggests “rosemary.” However Camilo has used it to call his automobile. “Due to the colour,” he says with a smile, affectionately patting the entrance door of the olive inexperienced 1975 Ford Bronco with a beige roof that’s parked in entrance of Sony Music’s recording studios in Miami.
Romerito could look retro on the skin, however inside he’s been fastidiously restored, from the motor to the electrical system, an costly labor of affection that took months. However Camilo had no thought how a lot ardour it might awaken in others. In Miami, the place the singer-songwriter lives along with his spouse Evaluna Montaner and daughter Indigo, and the place driving the most costly automobile doable is the order of the day, Romerito stands out — a lot that Camilo needed to learn up on the historical past of the Ford Bronco to be able to reply relentless questions from fellow drivers.
Like Romerito, Camilo has turned heads by advantage of what he isn’t. The songwriter wears a Dali-like moustache and silver chains as a substitute of diamond necklaces. His melodic songs — boasting easy, but shifting and poetic lyrics — are constructed on guitar chords as a substitute of laptop beats. Within the period of reggaetón and express sexual content material in Latin music, songs like his “Pegao,” a romantic cumbia (“Caught, with no air between your physique and mine; caught, like my tongue on a frozen glass”), defy each expectation of how a younger act with seven No. 1s on Billboard’s Prime Latin Airplay chart and three prime 10s on the Pop Albums chart ought to sound. On Sept. 20, Camilo acquired six Latin Grammy nominations, together with one for report of the yr (“Pegao”) and two for music of the yr (“Baloncito Viejo” and “Índigo,” collaborations with Carlos Vives and Evaluna Montaner, respectively).
“Firstly of my profession, I advised my tribe, ‘Individuals, the one factor I promise you is honesty,’ ” says Camilo, talking of his shut circle which he affectionately calls his tribu, a time period he additionally makes use of to check with his followers. “From that time onward, I apologize for what could come behind that door of honesty. However I’m an sincere individual, related with my craft and my creativity. And the day my guitar takes me down completely different paths, I promise I’ll share that with you as nicely.”