Michael Brun Talks Working with J Balvin on Vibras Tour

Photo Credit: Steve Baboun

Michael Brun may not be Latino, but J Balvin believed in his music so much that he tasked the Haitian musician with opening his Vibras Tour. That's the thing about Balvin and Brun, they believe in unifyling the world through music, and we're here for that! 

Brun took a break from performing to chat with Latina.com about what it's been like working on the tour and how his unique sound caught the eye of one of the world's biggest stars.

Tell me about what it means to you to be opening up for J Balvin!

Honestly It’s a dream come true. He’s given me a platform to share my music and culture with his fans and the world. I’ve been learning a lot from him on this tour and I’m grateful to also be performing with the amazingly talented Mr Eazi.

Balvin loves incorporating new sounds into his music. What does your music add to the Vibras tour?

When we worked together on Positivo, I realized how similar is approach to music is to mine. We both want to take local sounds and make them global, and while keeping respect for the source. I think when people come to the show or listen to my music, they will learn something about Haiti and my culture.

Musicians often learn from each other, especially when working so close together. Have you learned anything from working with him and has he learned anything from you?

Just doing what you love and being yourself. He’s one of the biggest artists in the world right now, but also one of the realest, most down to earth people I’ve ever met. I think that’s part of the reason for why he’s found so much success. I think he also learned a bit more about closely linked Haiti is to the Latin Americas through our music.

When did you first fall in love with music? Who are some of the sounds/artists that inspired you to persue this professionally?

I’ve loved music since before I could even walk. My dad had a studio and I used to spend a lot of time there. And I was also searching for new songs and influences, I felt like it helped me travel around the world. So everything from Haitian legends like Tabou Combo to international superstars like Daddy Yankee, Dr Dre and Daft Punk were big influences. Latin music has always had a huge presence in Haiti since we share an island with the Dominican Republic, and I think the rhythms are influenced by each other.

When you headline your first solo arena tour, what will you look for in an opening act?

People who are pushing culture forward through both their music and their character. I want to promote positivity and community in this world