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Camilo talks his official World Cup song, performing barefoot, and more

The song will premiere at the Billbaord Latin Music Awards

Jovita Trujillo
Jovita Trujillo - Los Angeles
Senior WriterLos Angeles
SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 2:37 PM EDT

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is coming soon and it’s been revealed that Telemundo partnered with Grammy Award winner Camilo to produce the network’s official song. Fans will get a chance to listen to the premiere of his song “Aeropuerto” at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo on Sept. 29. HOLA! USA had the opportunity to talk to the famous Colombian and his iconic mustache ahead of the news to hear about what the collaboration means to him, the release of his album De Adentro Pa Afuera, why he performs barefoot, and more. Read the special interview below.

Telemundo World Cup key art© Telemundo

Tell me about this collaboration with Telemundo Deportes for the World Cup.

Well, I’m very happy because my song is going to be the official 2022 FIFA World Cup song for the Telemundo broadcast. And my song is going to be a flag of celebration for so many soccer-loving people, like myself. So it’s a cause for celebration for me.

When you think about previous World Cup anthems, which one has been the most memorable for you?

For me, it has been [Shakira’s] Waka Waka. Without a doubt. I loved that song. I never danced to it because at the time I didn’t have the skills to dance to it. But I loved it a lot.

And tell me a little bit about your relationship with soccer. Did you ever play when you were little? Do you have a favorite team or player?

Well, when I was little, I played in school. I was a defender on my team, and I was really bad, actually. But then I kind of gave up playing soccer and dedicated myself to just watching it, because I always loved watching the Colombia National Team games. I loved them. This year sadly we are not going to the World Cup, but watching Colombia National Team matches was a joy for me and for my family. But then, when I grew up, I started playing soccer again and I fell in love with soccer again. And I’m still there. I still love to play. I play with my friends every now and then and I love it.

And are you going to the World Cup?

I don’t know if I’m going to go (laughs). I’ll be watching it from a distance on Telemundo.

Camilo "De Adentro Pa Afuera" Tour   Miami, FL© GettyImages

How do you feel now that your album De Adentro Pa Afuera has been released?

It makes me feel very proud. I love this album so much and to be able to share it in the middle of my tour while I’m traveling on a plane all over the United States. It’s something that fills me with a lot of excitement and a lot of fuel because I get to meet the tribe, I get to see what these songs mean in their lives, and it gives me a lot of joy that an album that meant so much to me, that meant so much in the process of making it, is meaning so much in so many people’s lives.

And you’ve collaborated with so many artists. I can only imagine how crazy it was recording with them. Do you have any favorite memory your can share?

Well, Grupo Firme and I met outside of a hotel room at one of these awards. I don’t know where it was, but we met outside in between interviews, and we said, ‘we have to do a song together someday.’ And we said it there. And when I had the opportunity to get into my house to write my album De Adentro Pa Afuera, one of those days, the first idea for this song was born and I sent it by WhatsApp to Eduin from Grupo Firme. And that’s when we started working on it together. It’s not a song that’s just my sound but sounds a lot like them too. So to be sharing it together is a joy because I’m a fan of theirs.

I love that you do your shows barefoot, what is the significance of that preference?

Well, first of all, I grew up barefoot in my house. Being barefoot was the law. I mean, if you’re not barefoot, it’s not your house. It’s like the norm in my family. My parents, both of them always invited us to be barefoot everywhere. So I grew up like that. But other than that, it’s like it’s easier for me to be barefoot. It’s easier connecting with people and connecting with where I am. Connecting with the present, with the present moment. It’s like the image of when Moses was told to take off his sandals because he was stepping on the Holy Land. I thought that idea of being aware of the sacredness of the place where you are and taking off your shoes to be able to feel it, was beautiful. It’s something symbolic, but it’s very grounding for me.

And 2022 is coming to an end. What are you most proud of that you have achieved this year?

The birth of my daughter. Without a doubt, my daughter is my daughter. It has been the most immense thing that has happened this year. The most immense thing being in quotation marks because she is tiny, but she has been. I am a person devoted to creativity and undoubtedly my greatest creation has been her.

And what are your manifestations for 2023?

Well, I really don’t know. I haven’t really sat down to do them yet. I’m so focused on the present, on today, that I’m not really setting my eyes on next year yet. There will be a time for me to reflect on my intentions rather than makes plans or set goals. I think it’s more of an intentions thing.

So you’re on a big tour right now, what do you enjoy most when you’re traveling?

Being with family. Traveling with my family is my favorite thing. Traveling with my team, which is my family too. Getting to know beautiful places, connecting with the people of each place, listening to the different accents, and eating, are my favorite thing about that travels in my life.

And are there places you’re going to, that you’ve never been?

A lot. A lot. On this U.S. tour, there are a lot of cities I’ve never been to. A lot. In Texas, there are several cities I’ve never been to. In Florida and California, there are several cities that I’ve never been to either. So, to tell you the truth, I’m most excited about that.