BMI Latin Spotlight: REYNA

Posted in News on July 5, 2022
Photo: Ariel Kassulke

Before they were churning out glossy ‘80s-inspired electro-pop as REYNA, Milwaukee sisters Vic and Gabby Banuelos (formerly known as the duo Vic and Gab) were on the indie-pop fast track as one of the city’s fastest-rising independent bands. In 2015, they decided that it was finally time to graduate from their signature Vic and Gab sound, and the following year, REYNA—the Spanish word for “queen”—was born, ushering in a new and poppier era for the siblings under a regal name that “represented their culture, where they come from and, of course, powerful women,” according to Billboard’s Erica Russel. Since taking on their new moniker, the sisters have collaborated with producers Drew Pearson (Kesha, Lights), Simon Oscroft (The Aces), John Feldman, and Derek Furhmann and have independently released a series of singles including “Coachella,” “Lonely Girl,” and “7’11.” Their songs have garnered over 7.5M plays on Spotify alone, and the streamer has shown them significant support through prominent playlisting and a feature on the cover of the Latinx Indie Rising playlist. The duo has opened for CHVRCHES, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Naked and Famous, and have played festivals like Summerfest, Lincoln Calling, Middle of the Map, and Underground Music Showcase. Earlier this year, they played SXSW as official artists and released their debut EP, you could at least say goodbye.

Antes de que REYNA empezara a sacar electro-pop con influencias de los años ochenta, las hermanas Vic y Gabby Bañuelos de Milwaukee (anteriormente conocidas como el dúo Vic and Gab) ascendían en el entorno de indie-pop como uno de los grupos independientes cada vez más populares de esa ciudad. En 2015, decidieron que era hora de dejar atrás el típico sonido de Vic and Gab. El año siguiente nació REYNA, dando paso a una nueva era de más pop para las hermanas con un nombre de la realeza “alusivo a su cultura, su origen y, por supuesto, mujeres influyentes”, según Erica Russel de Billboard. Desde que adoptaron el nuevo nombre, las hermanas han colaborado con los productores Drew Pearson (Kesha, Lights), Simon Oscroft (The Aces), John Feldman y Derek Furhmann, y han sacado por su cuenta una serie de sencillos, entre ellos “Coachella”, “Lonely Girl” y “7’11”. Sus canciones se han tocado más de 7.5 millones de veces tan solo en Spotify, y este las ha respaldado mucho incluyéndolas en prominentes playlists y la portada de la lista Latinx Indie Rising. El dúo ha abierto para CHVRCHES, Death Cab for Cutie y The Naked and Famous, y se ha presentado en festivales como Summerfest, Lincoln Calling, Middle of the Map y Underground Music Showcase. Este año, fueron artistas oficiales en SXSW y sacaron su primer EP, you could at least say goodbye.


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