Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Explained | The Process | GQ

  • Published on:  Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • On this episode of “The Process,” Luis Fonsi explains how he wrote the smash hit “Despacito.” The chorus of “Despacito” came to Puerto Rican superstar Luis Fonsi one morning after waking up. That afternoon, he had a hit waiting to be heard. He co-wrote the song with Panamanian singer and songwriter Erika Ender.

    “Despacito” was the best-selling and most-streamed single of 2017 in the US and is certified 8x Platinum. The remix featuring vocals from Justin Bieber was nominated for three Grammys, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The original production with Daddy Yankee won four awards at the Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban Fusion/Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video.

    Luis Fonsi explains the process of writing the song lyrics, the influences in the beat, and the story behind the album art. Find out how Justin Bieber came to be featured on the remix and what it was like shooting the music video in Puerto Rico.

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