The king of reggaeton, Daddy Yankee, is a hit both with his latest album, King Daddy II, and as a coach on La Voz Kids.

Why did you decide to join La Voz Kids?

I decided to because I wanted to look for something new in my career, something that would present me with a challenge. And that is exactly what it has been.

And what is your coaching style?

I think of myself as a producer because that’s just who I am. I think of it as though I were in a studio directing the talent, in terms of hitting the notes, connecting and identifying with the song, overcoming their fear of being vulnerable, and just owning the stage. My own personal experiences have also helped me.

What do you think about the difficult times when someone is not chosen?

That is the show’s true challenge. How can you motivate someone by saying “no” to them? When someone tells you no, you get discouraged. But at times we need it so that it can help us to improve our lives. It helped me when I was a kid. I used to play sports, and when I made mistakes the coaches didn’t judge me, but instead they corrected me in order to encourage me. Perhaps that experience that I had as a kid is what I am doing now with all of the talent on La Voz Kids.

You have three kids with your wife Mireddys González: Yamilet, Jeremy and Jesairi. Does being a dad help you to motivate kids as well?

Most definitely. I specifically see the kids as my children and I see the teenagers like my little brothers and sisters. This family thing helps me to give them tips and advice.

How would you describe the coaches Natalia and Pedro?

I love Natalia and when people talk about her I feel they are talking about one of my family members, about a great colleague. I feel a real soft spot for her, as though she were my sister. As for Pedro, I just met him. And the way he seems on television is how he is behind the camera too. A really upfront person, he’s good people.

DaddyYankee_second_imageAnd what is the dynamic like between the three of you?

The dynamic has been really spontaneous, natural and organic. We all get along incredibly well and people are going to see that on the show. We always have a good time… we’re always messing around, both on and off camera. I think that when you already have respect and support among colleagues, you can do really big things and in this case it means being good coaches on La Voz Kids.

What is the best part of being on La Voz Kids?

As an artist and as a music producer, I love seeing the way new artists emerge at all ages. How music has no limits, and how artists just keep popping up from all genres of music including tango, ranchera, rock, tropical, ballads, and so on. The range of talent out there is incredible, and it makes me proud that there is so much Latino talent, from children to teenagers. That gives me the energy to keep on working.

And what is the worst part of it?

It’s when you see a kid’s tears, in some way you also feel that pain. But at the same time, that opens up a window for you to connect with him or her. It turns the worst moments into the best ones.

Tell us about your new album, King Daddy II.

This album is completely different from the first one. King Daddy was like a mixtape and this is a true album. Expect to see the real colors of Daddy Yankee now, the global sound that people really love. It brings urban music to amazing levels.

What inspires you when writing your songs?

I am inspired by everything. The people who know me know that I am always creating. It’s like Natalia tells me, “this Yankee guy is a total machine. You say something to him and out of a single word he busts out an encyclopedia.” I love creativity. And I am in touch with all walks of life; to me there is no black or white.

And what about your single “Sígueme y Te Sigo”?

I was inspired by Instagram because “Follow me and I’ll follow you back” is the most popular phrase on Instagram and I said, alright, I’ve got to do something with this phrase.

What is the secret of your success?

I’m sure that, as we say in Puerto Rico, it’s the fact that I’m a “fiebrú,” a complete zealot. That means being totally passionate about what you do, and I’m totally passionate about music. It’s something that runs through my veins, 24/7. And when you are in that mode, I think that you somehow transmit an energy that touches everyone.

You have a family and you have your career. How do you stay so balanced?

By seeking balance with my defects, my vulnerability and my weaknesses, and always trying to become stronger. I always say…God, family and respect, those are my priorities. My family is the focal point of my life, and above the family there is God whom you always honor. The third is respect, because respect for the whole world is going to really take you far.

La Voz Kids

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