Interviews

Justin Quiles Is Miami's Own Reggaeton Expert

Justin Quiles
Justin Quiles Courtesy of Nevarez PR
Justin Quiles has played a major role in the rise of reggaeton through his own music as well as songs he has written for other artists that have hit the charts. You might know him from his releases such as "Si Ella Quisiera," off his successful 2016 album, La Promesa, or his most recent hit, "No Quiero Amarte," which features famed reggaeton duo Zion & Lennox. However, if you dig deep, you'll notice Quiles has earned a reputation as a songwriter of hits such as Maluma's "Recuerdame" and Anitta's "Downtown," featuring J Balvin, a hit that received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Urban Song.

Quiles has been writing music since he was 12 years old. "I've been growing my music for years," he says. He was born in Connecticut but spent many years living in Puerto Rico and now resides in the Magic City. He's signed to Rich Music, a famed urban label located in Wynwood, and he releases his music through Warner Music Latina.

"Reggaeton is in one of its best moments right now," Quiles declares. He believes all of the collaborations and support among reggaeton artists have helped the genre rise to the top. Born in 1990, Quiles grew up in Puerto Rico listening to artists such as Don Omar, Daddy Yankee, and Tego Calderón. "These legends have made a path for us to follow," he says. Although the genre has grown and developed since its beginnings, Quiles believes the roots of the genre live in the variety of artists making music today.

"I'm working on a new album and some new singles," he says. He has spent much of 2018 recording music, performing throughout Europe, and releasing the three-track La Trilogia. The EP includes "Pendiente de Usted" and the slowed-down R&B hit "Monstruo," which led to the release of the popular single "No Quiero Amarte."

Every October since 2016 during National Domestic Violence Awareness month, Quiles has campaigned for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "I'm always supporting through social media and doing what I can to help." When he was a child, he says, he witnessed the abuse of his mother and understands he has to be a part in creating awareness for an issue that has affected his family deeply.


His most recent tours have included a full band, something he wanted to implement to enhance the experience for fans at his shows. Quiles, along with surprise guests, will perform at the Fillmore Miami Beach Saturday, October 20. The show marks his first solo performance at a major venue in Miami — a testament to his rise to the top of reggaeton.

Justin Quiles. 8 p.m. Saturday. October 20, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $48 to $68 via livenation.com.
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Catherine Toruño is a music and arts writer from West Kendall. She enjoys sustainable fashion, attending local music shows, and exploring Miami on her bike.