Orchestra Fuego - Exclusive Interview
Orchestra Fuego is an acclaimed Salsa band based in Tampa Bay, Florida. They won 'Best Latin Song of the Yea' at the Elite Entertainment Music and the Akademia Music Awards, and they won 'Best Latin Music Video' on the Telly Music Awards. The twelve-piece live orchestra plays original and cover songs of captivating Latin songs. The band is directed by front-man Marcus Hernandez who is a veteran of the New York City Salsa and Latin music scene. Orchestra Fuego's first album, Encendido, has world-wide download coverage including on the domestic U.S. scene, internationally in the European market, and spanning the Pacific to the far reaches of Singapore. In addition to performing live shows, Orchestra Fuego has released four albums Encendido, Salsa Brava, Quemando La Pista, and their newest release, Vengan Todos A Bailar and are currently shooting their new music video.
For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!
We are a show stopping, energetic Latin Orchestra. Our front singers are dancing in the front and our band is constantly moving; it's an ear and eye pleasing experience.
When you are writing a song, where do you draw inspiration from? Or what topics do you like to sing about?
I'm from NYC where Salsa was born and my experience with Salsa music has been that old-school style NYC Salsa. So today, my inspiration comes from that style of music. Salsa for the Dancer. I love writing songs of Love, Happiness and things that make people happy.
Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?
Love spending time with my family. My wife and I are foster parents and have even adopted two boys from the foster care system. We have five boys altogether. My wife and I also like going on mission trips.
Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?
Wow; we have a load of songs that are emotional, at least to me. One particular that come to mind is Almas Gemelas from our fourth album, it's about meeting your soul mate.
What was the first song or piece you ever wrote!?
This is way back in 1977, I wrote and arranged the title to our first album, Diferente (Different), this is song that got us noticed and got us a recording contract in 1977.
What is your dream gig? Is there a gig that you really want that would be the ultimate show for you?
Our dreams are actually coming true, we recently got picked up by a management team of Deville Entertainment and we have been performing on some of the biggest stages in Florida. We performed in February 2020 at the Orlando House of Blues and you have to be a top act to get into the House of Blues. Performing to over 2400 fans was quite an experience. We are now scheduled to do a tour to NY, NJ, CT and DC. However, with all the issues of the virus, those tours are on hold, but hopefully we'll resume soon.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Working on our fifth album and new music video
Tell us where fans can access your music.
You can hear our music at