At “How I Wrote That Song,” presented by Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) along with the Apollo Theater Education Program, five songwriters all came together in an effort to teach to the general public how they became successful and how they got their start in songwriting.
In attendance were Chris Hierro, Eunel Torres (Nueva Era), Gregorio Uribe, Vein, and Stefano Vieni, who all talked about their starts and the songs that made them big.
Carolina Arenas, from BMI, moderated the panel discussion which was part of the Apollo Theater Education Career Panel series, which offered the public free admittance to learn about Latin music songwriting from the writers themselves.
The songwriters were all enthusiastic to share their experiences and how they came to write the songs. Torres spoke about writing while driving his car. Vein spoke about working with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull.
Each had their own story and genre to cover. Vein worked on “11:59” with Pitbull. He performed that song during his debut performance on camera on New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Chris Hierro was inspired by his father. Gregorio Uribe spoke of his collaboration with Ruben Blades and Eunel Torres spoke about his bachata hits, all the while Stefano Vieni spoke about working with Kalimba.
The Apollo Theater has more upcoming events that are sure to inspire the audience and all the more to look forward to, including “Family Showtime” on November 21 at 2 p.m. and “School Day Live Performances” on November 20 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Leading Photo: Gregorio Uribe, Stefano Vieni, Vein, Chris Hierro, Eunel Torres, and BMI’s Carolina Arena.