Daniel Patiño won Second Place in the International Songwriting Competition for the Latin Music category with his song “Paquita Linda.” I had the privilege of interviewing Daniel about his inspiration for the song that won him second place, his musical career and his plans for the future.
Where are you originally from? Where are you located now?
Originally from San José, Costa Rica. I'm currently located in Oxford, UK.
When did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career as a musician?
After finishing my degree in graphic design I worked a couple of years full time at an advertising agency. At that same time I was starting to play more shows and write more music and realized that I wanted to focus all of my energy on my music.
Who is your biggest influence/inspiration to become a musician?
It changes constantly. When I was in high school it was probably Pink Floyd. Right now I would say that latin roots music such as Buena Vista Social Club or any Fania artist inspire me a lot.
What genre of music do you consider yourself to be?
Latin Roots Music
What was your inspiration for writing the song that you submitted for the International Songwriting Competition?
That song is for my great grandmother. It's a song that my great grandfather always wanted to write for her but never could. My great grandfather was an amazing singer, one of the first orchestra singers in Costa Rica. But he would tell me that he always wanted to write his own songs, but he never could. He told me about one time he wrote something for my great grandmother but did not like how it came out. So this song is a way of making that wish a reality for him and for my family.
What do you hope for listeners to take away after listening to your song/music?
Hopefully some stories about latin american idiosyncrasy.
What is your favorite song that you’ve released and why?
That's like asking which one of your children is your favorite haha. It's usually the latest song I've released. So right now it’s one called "Pupilas.”
Who were your favorite musicians growing up? Do you feel that they played a role in influencing your music today?
Definitely played a role. My first favorite band was Pink Floyd. I got that whole conceptuality and mysticism from them, I think. I also listened to a lot of punk rock bands such as NOFX and Bad Religion. I got my rebellious nature from them. I also second hand listened to a lot of my mom's music like Gloria Estefan and Luis Miguel. I got the boleros and latin roots from them. I wish latin music would've been considered cool music when I was growing up. But we were so influenced and almost brainwashed by american culture, music and television that we saw latin expressions of art as tacky and old fashioned. I find that to be a shame and I'm trying to make up for lost time right now.
If you could collaborate with any musician throughout history, who would you choose and why?
I would love to make a song with Café Tacvba.
Do you have any new projects that you are working on?
I have a couple more singles to release in 2021 and I'm planning on writing an album to be released in 2022.
Are you planning on touring/performing any shows in the near future?
I'm really excited to play my first live show in London on July 23rd. It has been a while since I've played a show with a live audience, plus it's my first time performing in the UK.