Describe your sound in 3 words
My sound is
A. uplifting B. soulful C. honest.
Tell us a few things about your new work “Will You Be Mine”.
“Will you be mine” is a story of love and how it gets deeper and richer with time. But don’t take yourself too seriously, you need to have fun and laugh!!!
What is the story behind your name?
My Name is Juan Luis and my family calls me JL because there were so many Juan’s is the family. Which during the time I sang salsa, folks called me Juanele. So with this project I made a hybrid of the two names, thus J. Ele.
Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?
Donny Hathaway, James Brown, D’ Angelo, J. Dilla, Oscar de Leon, Alain Perez, Carlos Santana, Mana, Pink Floyd, Credence Clearwater revival, Nirvana, and Gospel music are among many of my musical influences/inspirations
What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an artist so far?
Balancing family and artistic inspiration and the blending of the two. Children inspire but keep you humble. You have to keep you ear to the pavement because inspiration doesn’t always come during your office hours!
When not writing music, how do you spend your time?
Hanging with the family, jamming with my wife and my kids!
When was the last time you danced?
We have regular dance parties and let me tell you the rugs get cut out here!!!