Meet Gotay, a young artist whose perseverance and desire to succeed have been the key ingredients to the blessed career that he has today.
Gotay grew up in Bayamón, Puerto Rico where he studied to become the sound engineer who combined his degree and talent to walk the road of a recording artist.
His hits include Yo Estoy Pa' Ti, Hasta Otro Mundo and Tiempo Perdido (a duo with Kelmitt) and Lo de Nosotros (featuring Arcangel) to name a few.
Bionica: Where did the name Gotay come from?
Gotay: Well, Alexis Gotay Perez is my given name. Gotay is my last name and since it's a little different, I decided to use it as my artistic name.
Bionica: It worked out pretty well.
Bionica: What's the best advice that you have received in your career as a musician?
Gotay: The best advice that I have received in my career is to be patient. You see, as you're starting, you want to reach the top quickly but you have to take one step at a time to get to where you want to be.
Bionica: What did you do before becoming a recording artist?
Gotay: I've worked in almost everything! As a kid, I worked as a paper boy and then a waiter...I'm always on the move and hustle and bustle when I need to.
I used to help my dad sell tires on the street and then Lord blessed me with the opportunity to have a career in music for which I am so thankful!
I've got an angel up there that looks out and protects us.
You already know, we're putting our best foot forward!
Bionica: Praise the Lord!
Bionica: Tell me, what are some of the challenges that you have faced as an artist.
Gotay: The challenges... I really think that the main challenge is being organized. It's something crucial in order to have success because if everything is chaotic, when you arrive somewhere, things are just too hectic that you don't even know where to begin and get yourself together. I think that was definitely my biggest challenge.
Bionica: If you weren't a singer, what would you be?
Gotay: If I weren't a singer, I would be a producer. I'm a sound engineer–as my career began, I went knocking on some doors... When you're new, not everyone will lend you a hand and my impatience is what helped me. I was motivated to study and became an engineer and was able to do my own recordings.
Bionica: Besides the urban genre, what other type of music do you like?
Gotay: I listen to a little bit of everything, especially salsa. My dad was into salsa his whole life and would take me to school to the beat of salsa. It's what I had to work with.
Bionica: That's pretty cool.
Bionica: Who is your favorite designer?
Gotay: Wow. Now, I have quite a few. Before, not so many. I have a few things in mind by Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton...
When you can, you want to indulge in a little luxury, only when you can of course. If it were up to me, forget it, I would wear a white shirt and black pants everyday .
Bionica: Classic, black & white. Can you tell me who you're wearing today?
Gotay: NY Mets!