This Spring Colombian-American singer-songwriter ¿Téo? will release his new album Luna and today he drops another taste of the LP via a new single, the trap-leaning hip-hop “Final Step.” He says, “This song is the final step before the album Luna — pun intended. People ask me, ‘why ¿Téo? with the question marks?’ A big aspect of it is the concept of totality. I’ve described the album to be a journey through many of the different sceneries/scenarios someone could experience while the moon is out. This song/chapter (‘Final Step’) embodies the energy of letting go and turning up. A time to feel more and think less. It’s definitely me leaning more into my Atlanta energy and embracing chaos.”
On Friday night ¿Téo? played to a sold-out room at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg and tonight he continues his headline North American “Sol & Luna” tour with a stop in Montreal for a show at Bar Le Ritz. The tour concludes in San Francisco on March 29 with a sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop. In April ¿Téo? will play both weekends of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival where he is one of the few Latin artists confirmed this yearl. At Coachella, he will also be part of a bill featuring longtime friend Willow Smith, with whose brother Jaden he is the co-founder of the clothing company MSFTSrep along with his own brother and creative director Moises Arias. Tickets for “Sol & Luna” are here and all dates are listed below.
¿Téo? previously shared “A Mi Cama” which was produced by Colombia-based producer, Golden and executive producer Blanda and “In The Essence” which thrilled fans with its reggaetón feel and positive message. Both tracks also appear on the forthcoming Luna, which sonically aims to be the soundtrack of any nighttime happening, from a wild party to a tender moment with a loved one, or reflective time alone. As a sister album to his previously released and critically acclaimed Sol, Luna aims to bridge the Americas with intentional mixtures of American and Spanish cultures.
Born in Atlanta, GA, Mateo Arias is the son of Colombian parents and was brought up in a bilingual world. He spent years of his young life acting in major television shows and films, so it’s no surprise that he views the music he makes as ¿Téo? with a highly cinematic eye. For Arias, the energy, and even the sounds themselves, come to him as colors, and the emotions always come straight from the heart.
Drawing from a vast well that includes hip-hop, alternative, reggaetón, and even Brazilian bossa nova, ¿Téo? has organically developed a unique, neo-American sound ever since the release of his 2017 debut single, “Uno Dos,” which featured longtime friend and collaborator Jaden Smith. With its hypnotizing vocals, cutting-edge production techniques, and vintage song structures and instrumentation, ¿Téo?’s music is modern yet nostalgic, enveloping the listener in a cloud of familiar warmth.
Photo Courtesy: Moises Arias