Leading producers celebrate their Hispanic and Latin roots through music

Latin music dominates every car, every radio, every club, every venue, and every chart, whether it’s the Billboard Hot 100 or Splice’s weekly top packs.

Through September to October, we celebrated Lineage, exploring historical, familial, cultural, and musical histories alongside the Latinx creators, artists, and sound designers who have made Latin music the powerhouse it has become. Hear each creator’s stories and watch them arrange tracks that pay homage to their roots below.

Eydrey celebrates the lively energy of Latin music

Eydrey is a singer-songwriter and producer who’s known for her powerful songs that seamlessly oscillate between Spanish and English.

“To celebrate Latin Heritage month, I wanted to create a song that pays homage to Latin music,” she tells us. “I created something lively, because that’s a word I would use to describe us Latinos.”

Watch Eydrey’s process and hear her resulting track here, and get the samples she used here.

Lo Artiz celebrates the inspiring sounds of salsa

Lo Artiz is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and producer who creates music that sits at the intersection of soul, R&B, and hip hop.

“When Splice asked me to make a track inspired by my lineage, I knew I wanted to make a salsa-inspired track,” she shares. “There were so many salsa samples to choose from—Splice made it so easy for me to tap into my roots musically.”

Watch Lo Artiz’ process and hear her resulting track here.

Monokromo celebrates his roots in Acapulco

Monokromo is a producer and DJ who’s known for his high-energy radio edits and remixes.

“When making music, my main inspiration is Acapulco, Mexico, the place where I was born,” Monokromo tells us. “To celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, I decided to make a song that incorporated sounds that represent where I come from.”

Watch Monokromo’s process and hear his resulting track here, and get the samples he used here.

William Nunez celebrates his favorite Latin sounds

William Nunez is a producer who blends vocal samples, sidechained drums, and introspective keys to create groovy beats.

“Super hyped to give you guys another exclusive Collection of samples in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month,” Nunez says. “I’ve compiled a variety of samples ranging from drums and melodies to hooks and effects to help add that Latin touch to your productions—let me show you how I use it.”

Watch William Nunez’ process and hear his resulting track here, and get the samples he used here.

NEV celebrates classic sounds while applying a modern twist

NEV is a singer-songwriter and producer who draws on her Cuban and Guatemalan heritage to create a unique fusion of Latin, alternative, and indie pop.

“To me, Latin Heritage Month is all about embracing ourselves and being unapologetically ourselves,” she shares. “I found a Boleros pack that has nostalgic Latin sounds, and infused it with a reggaeton beat. I love being able to honor classic genres while giving them a modern twist.”

Watch NEV’s process and hear her resulting track here, and get the samples she used here.

Maria Elisa Ayerbe celebrates the captivating sounds of Cumbia

Maria Elisa Ayerbe is a producer and engineer who has mixed tracks for the likes of Bomba Estéreo, Paula Arenas, and Petrona Martinez.

“I’ve always had a profound bond with Cumbia, Colombia’s genre that’s widely acclaimed across the globe,” she tells us. “Cumbia embodies the musical synergy between the African ancestors who journeyed to our nation and the indigenous tribes that once thrived on our lands.”

Watch Maria Elisa Ayerbe’s process and hear her resulting track here, and get the samples she used here.

EFKTO celebrates the intersection of salsa and rap

EFKTO is a Puerto Rican producer and vocalist who’s known for his high-energy tracks.

“Being from Carolina, Puerto Rico, salsa and rap were always part of my upbringing,” he shares. “That’s why I decided to merge the two rhythms to celebrate Latin Heritage Month.”

Watch EFKTO’ process and hear his resulting track here.

Ali Stone celebrates the sounds from her upbringing

Ali Stone is a Colombian multi-platinum producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and artist who has been named by Billboard as one of the greatest Latin Hitmakes of the last three years.

“I was born and raised in Bogotá, but my family’s all from Bucaramanga, Santander,” she shares. “So, I grew up listening to a lot of bambuco.”

Watch Ali Stones’ process and hear her resulting track here.

Csndra celebrates her pride in being Puerto Rican

Csndra is a singer-songwriter, designer, and animator whose eclectic sound ranges from indie to alternative.

“I’ve always been proud of being Puerto Rican, but I was just always so shy in school because kids would make fun of me because I wasn’t enough of this or that, or I didn’t look like this or sound like that,” Csndra recalls. “I wish I grew up feeling more confident and not caring about what others thought of me. But, as I grow into a beautiful woman, I’m proud to continue to embrace my roots and not care what others think. I know I’m not alone in this feeling, so I share this opportunity with everyone else who has felt like this—cheers to being ourselves and embracing our culture, however that looks.”

Watch Csndra’s process and hear her resulting track here, and get the samples she used here.

Andria Rose celebrates her bolero influences

Andria Rose is a Latin dream pop vocalist and producer from San Antonio, Texas.

“I’ve always been really inspired by the sounds of bolero and Cumbia. Having grew up in South Texas, my mother would always play Eydie Gormé and Los Panchos, and of course Selena. I think it really inspired the kind of artist I am today, making Latin dream pop.”

Watch Andria Rose’s process and hear her resulting track here.

Jay For The Record celebrates the origins of reggaeton

Jay For The Record is a veteran producer and engineer who specializes in trap and Latin reggaeton.

“I remember my mom asked me what I wanted for my first CD, and I was like, ‘Man, there’s this one called Barrio Fino… It had ‘Rompe,’ ‘Gasolina’—I was listening to it every time I was going to school. So, for Latin Heritage Month, I’m going to show you how reggaeton is made.

Watch Jay For The Record’s process and hear his resulting track here, and get the samples he used here.

Luny Tunes speak on producing Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina”

Speaking of “Gasolina,” we also had the unique opportunity to hear the story behind the smash hit’s production from none other than Luny Tunes themselves—check out the story here.

Incorporate Latin influences into your own productions

If you’re interested in incorporating Latin influences into your own productions, there’s an expansive array of sounds available on Splice Sounds to explore. The many Collections put together by the producers above are a great place to start, and in addition, Lao Ra and Ali Stone also tell us about their own packs, which are among the most beloved releases on Splice.

Lao Ra on the LAO RA Sample Pack

“My creative goal for my sample pack was to make something that sounded original but relatable,” Lao Ra reflects. “Something that other producers could use in their own way, but still sounded like nothing else on Splice. I think the most fun sounds were the weird words in Spanish—it was just so funny to record them, and sometimes I would just burst into laughter and had to stop the recording. Even though it was challenging coming up with all the sounds, it was definitely a fun process.”

“I still get many producers contacting me about the pack, wanting to collaborate after using it. I’m always surprised about how limitless creativity is. Some of the ways they use the vocal pack, I would have never imagined myself.”

Ali Stone on Ali Stone Sounds

“My creative goal with this pack was to make sounds I would definitely use in my own songs,” Ali Stone recalls. “That’s why it has a lot of one-shot foley stuff that I usually use as percussion, many guitar sounds, instruments from my parent’s house, electronic sounds, etc. It’s a collection of what I sound like. I remember there were some sounds I made for the pack out of regular objects—I made percussion one-shots from cherries, celery, cutting boards, and fire matches. I then processed each sound, adding distortion, reverb, and compression so they transformed into something sonically pleasing and usable.”

“A couple days ago, a friend was telling me he used the castañuelas from my pack. I love whenever people show me how they’ve used those sounds, especially in ways where the samples take their own space and form in the song. It’s exciting to hear how people bring them into their own perspective.”

Stay tuned for more

And there you have it! We hope these sounds and stories inspired you to create something new—share your thoughts with the creators we featured in this article on Instagram, and make sure you follow us to hear more stories, insights, and beats from leading producers.

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October 26, 2023

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.