Wendy Sulca did not have a “lucky break” as her critics say: “It was the result of my parents’ work” | INTERVIEW | Evolution FARANDULA RMMN | LIGHTS

The Peruvian singer Wendy Sulca He achieved great notoriety in the music scene for his videos on the YouTube platform, specifically for songs like “La Tetita” and “Cerveza Cerveza”; that to date accumulate millions of reproductions. Contrary to those who seek to minimize his fame to a simple “lucky stroke” of the internet age; it is actually the fruit of hard work. She, after all, builds her career since she was six years old.

Time has passed and very little remains of the shy girl who conquered the Peruvian and international public with her sticky huaynos. Recently, she turned 26 and released her album “Evolución”, where she not only sings, but also composes; with which she evidences her musical maturity.

As part of this musical launch, the singer spoke with El Comercio and told little-known facts about her life: her admiration for the Pxndx group, her connection with Rubén Albarrán from Café Tacvba and the true meaning of her name.

Wendy Sulca

—All of Peru knows that you became popular for your videos on YouTube, but very few know that your name is Wendy for Wendy Janet, from the series “Patacláun”. Tell us this story?

I discovered it recently. I just met an aunt last year — my dad’s sister — and she told me that he liked “Patacláun” a lot and told him that when he had a daughter, he was going to call her Wendy (after Wendy Janet, one of the characters). Everything makes sense because my dad went to sign me alone and he named me Wendy without my mom. So, I was always intrigued because my mom told me that she wanted to call me Ana Paola, but I thank my dad for signing me up that way, because I don’t like Ana Paola.

“And do you identify with Wendy Janet?”

I think we are similar in the nerd, in the innocent, and because we are very applied to the rules. Sometimes I feel very that way. For example, at school and at the university everyone copied and I don’t like it because I feel it’s very disloyal.

Publisher’s note: Wendy Sulca was born in 1996, but “Pataclaun” premiered on Latina in 1997. However, Wendy Ramos, interpreter of Wendy Janet, was part of the group in its theatrical origins since 1991.

Wendy Sulca's father named her after Wendy Janet from the series "Pataclaun".  (Photo: @wensulca/Latina).
Wendy Sulca’s father named her after Wendy Janet from the series “Pataclaún”. (Photo: @wensulca/Latina).

—You definitely learned these values ​​from your parents. What can you tell us about your deceased father?

My dad was my great mentor. He was the musician in the family and gave me a lot of confidence. I am still standing in this difficult artistic world thanks to his teachings. I remember that the first time I went on stage I was very nervous, but he was always very risky and he told me that if he had already started something I had to finish it. His great advice was always that the stage does not beat the artist, the artist beats the stage. His phrase was very marked and I always remember it.

—And how did your mother get involved in your career?

At the beginning, my mother did not dedicate herself much to music, she was a housewife and a businessman. My father was the one who became more involved in music and had his contacts in the huayno because it was the genre that I sang. He was practically my manager, but when my dad passed away, that’s when my mom told me to quit music, but I wanted to continue because it was my dad’s dream. At first my mom refused because she was afraid. She knew that it was a very frivolous world for a girl, but when she heard me sing, she was there, she just decided to support me because she saw that she had talent. Since then, she supports me in everything and she is my support.

—Did your mother write “La Tetita”?

Yes, of course, after my dad died, she took over my career. I owe a lot to my mom and she continues to support me until now. Now it is not as present as before because I am working with a new team —Gustavo de la Torre Casal and Gonzalo Calmet— but I’m always checking everything.

Wendy Sulca with her mother, Mrs. Lidia Quispe.  On the left, a photo of her late father, musician Franklin Sulca.  (Photo: @wensulca).
Wendy Sulca with her mother, Mrs. Lidia Quispe. On the left, a photo of her late father, musician Franklin Sulca. (Photo: @wensulca).

“Do you think your success was a stroke of luck?”

Not at all and I would like to clarify that. The videos that went viral on YouTube are of the songs from my first album and that was the result of the work that my parents did. This first work hit a lot in the mountains and in the jungle of Peru, the result was so great that it won a Gold Record for high sales. Before, the folkloric world was managed with DVD discs and that is why the videos were made. Later YouTube came out and my mom was advised to upload the videos to that “new” platform. It’s more, my mom was charged for uploading the videos and when they went viral I was already about 12 years old and in the clips I am much smaller. Over the years, we saw the fruits.

—Thanks to your videos you got new fans abroad. Such has been the acceptance, that Rubén Albarrán from Café Tacvba declared himself your follower. What connection do you have with him?

Thanks to him I found out that Residente de Calle 13 was also my fan. I’ll tell you, I was on a tour of Ayacucho and they called me from a television program (“Día D” of ATV) to do a report and they told me that the guys from Calle 13 had declared themselves my fans after Rubén Albarrán told them showed my music. Later I was part of a music video for Residente and I even did a collaboration with Ruben Albarran. It was all very unreal, but at the same time very incredible.

—What song do you have with Rubén Albarrán?

The collaboration is part of my album “Evolución” and it’s called “Always we can dance”. It is a beautiful and peaceful song, where we do fusion, that is the basis of my project, where we can fuse Peruvian sounds with current and modern genres.

—How did you meet Rubén Albarrán?

I met him thanks to my manager (Gustavo de la Torre Casal) because he had previously made a video for Café Tacvba. So we already had the contact to finalize the song “We can always dance”. We mailed him the letter and he loved it. He finally told me ‘let’s do it’. I loved collaborating with him because Café Tacvba has a song called “Olita Del Altamar” and I always connected with this song, it was the clear reference of what I wanted to do with my music.

You have a rock heart. You like Pxndx right?

At first I didn’t like them. I remember that I had some neighbors who were dying for them and that made me like them and finally they became my favorite band. I went to all their concerts when they came to Lima, but now they have disintegrated and they don’t release new music, but I have their songbooks somewhere.

—But you didn’t just go to their concerts, you met them personally. Where was that?

Oh yes! I met them at the 2014 MTV Millennial Awards. They invited me to that edition and Pxndx had a presentation. I managed to meet them on the red carpet and until now I have contact with the drummer. I remember we talked backstage and I treasure those moments.

Sulca and the renowned group PXNDX at the MTV Millennial Awards.  (Facebook Wendy Sulca)
Sulca and the renowned group PXNDX at the MTV Millennial Awards. (Facebook Wendy Sulca)

—Perhaps many do not remember, but you were part of the reality show “El Dorado”. How was your experience in that reality show?

They contacted my manager and when they proposed the project to me, I did like it from the beginning because it was about traveling through Peru and I liked that a lot. I felt that it wasn’t the same as the other reality shows and that’s why I was encouraged because I felt that it was a little more cultural. The experience was unique.

—Who did you meet in “El Dorado”?

I remember there was Daniela Sarfati, Diego Val, renowned chefs, actresses like Vanessa Terkes and even George Forsyth.

—You witnessed how the love between Vanessa Terkes and George Forsyth was born. Was that crush genuine?

Yes of course. I was there and I saw them very much in love. I even went to his wedding. It was definitely a real love because we all experienced it firsthand. It made me sad that they ended.

—”El Dorado” was not your only experience on the small screen, you acted in the Peruvian version of ‘La rosa de Guadalupe’. How are you?

I would like to take up that project again because I loved the experience. I haven’t acted in a long time, precisely my last role was there’. It was my first leading role and I felt the acceptance of the public. It was nice to do it and I wouldn’t hesitate to play another character.

—Is it true that Caracol Television offered you to do a biographical series?

I remember that when I traveled to Colombia the tickets for my show were sold out and I was very well received by the press in that country. When I returned to Peru, a producer from Caracol Television sent me an email to offer me a biographical series and obviously my mother and I were excited because we believe we have a great story to convey. However, time passed and the producer who offered me the project was no longer part of Caracol. That complicated things and the series never materialized. The mere fact that they proposed it to me was shocking and with that I stay.

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Wendy Sulca He does not stop and continues to meet new challenges in his career. Recently, her song “If you want to have me” was included in the playlist Equal Global, a leading Spotify space, focused on promoting equality for women in audio and celebrating their contributions.

The national artist fulfilled her dream of playing on national radio and His song “Mi Ángel” —his first composition— is in the ranking of Ritmo Romántica (93.1 FM). Wendy Sulca fans can request the song HERE.

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