El Guincho

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El Guincho
El Guincho in 2017
El Guincho in 2017
Background information
Birth namePablo Díaz-Reixa
Born (1983-11-17) 17 November 1983 (age 38)
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • Musician
  • singer
  • record producer
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

Pablo Díaz-Reixa (born 17 November 1983), better known by his stage name El Guincho, is a Spanish musician, singer and record producer.[1]

Also a member of Coconot, Díaz-Reixa rose to prominence with his 2008 album, Alegranza!.[2] His musical style relies heavily on the use of sampling and incorporates elements of Afrobeat, dub, tropicália and rock and roll. Díaz-Reixa achieves what he's described as a kind of "space-age exotica".[3] He utilizes a Roland SP-404.

Early life[edit]

Díaz-Reixa was born as an only child in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. After finishing high school, he moved to Barcelona, Spain for college, where he majored in media studies. While in the city, he started to make music and was a member of the band Coconot.[4]


Beginnings and first two albums: 2006–2014[edit]

He released his first album Folías independently in 2006. The next year he released his breakthrough album Alegranza!, which was well received by critics, earning him a "Best New Music" by Pitchfork. He would spend the next two years touring worldwide.

He released Pop Negro in September 2010, under British independent label Young Turks. The album includes the now popular single "Bombay". Notably, he worked in the remix series of Björk's 2011 album Biophilia. Previously, in 2008, he remixed her on Enjoyed: A Tribute to Björk's Post.[5]

HiperAsia and producing for Rosalía: 2014–present[edit]

While temporarily living in his hometown of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, El Guincho started working on what would be his new album, HiperAsia. With a departure from his more tropical sound, the album takes influences from trap and electronic music, and employs heavy use of Vocoder and Autotune. It was released in 2016.[6]

El Guincho (right) performing with his band in Lima, Peru, 2016.

Around 2016, El Guincho saw Spanish singer Rosalia live, and fascinated by her sound he contacted her through social media looking to do a collaboration.[7] He would end up as the sole producer of her sophomore album El Mal Querer, released in 2018. The album received critical acclaim. At the 19th Latin Grammy Awards, the single "Malamente" was nominated for five awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Urban Fusion Performance and Best Alternative Song, winning the latter two, and at the next year's ceremony, the album won for Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album and Best Recording Package, while the song "Pienso en tu mirá" was nominated for Best Pop Song.[8][9] El Guincho personally won a Best Engineered Album. The album also won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.[10]

In 2019, he co-produced and featured in the successful single "Con Altura" with Rosalia and J Balvin. In 2020, his work for artists like Rosalia, Aitana or Paloma Mami earned him a Latin Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Díaz-Reixa resides in Barcelona since 2002.[7] He is of partly Cuban descent through his grandmother, which he says was an inspiration on the Tropicalia influences on his earlier works.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Details
  • Released: 2008
  • Label: Young Turks
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
Pop Negro
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Young
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Everlasting, CANADA
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

List of Extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
Piratas de Sudamérica, Vol. 1
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Young
  • Format: Digital download

As producer[edit]

Year Title Artist Production Songwriting Technical
2018 "Malamente" (S) Rosalía checkY checkY checkY
"Pienso en tu mirá" (S) checkY checkY
El Mal Querer (A) checkY checkY checkY
Espejo (A) Javiera Mena checkY
Worldwide Angel (A) Bad Gyal checkY
2019 Spoiler (A) Aitana checkY checkY
"Con Altura" (A) Rosalía featuring J Balvin and El Guincho checkY checkY
"Aute Cuture" (S) Rosalía checkY checkY checkY
"Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi" (S) Rosalía and Ozuna checkY checkY
"A Palé" (S) Rosalía checkY checkY
2020 "Dolerme" (S) checkY
"Juro Que" (S) checkY checkY
Gore (A) Lous and the Yakuza checkY
"TKN" (S) Rosalía and Travis Scott checkY checkY checkY
"Sum Bout You" (S) 645AR featuring FKA twigs checkY
2021 Warm Up (A) Bad Gyal checkY checkY
"Lo Vas a Olvidar" (S) Billie Eilish checkY
"Goteo" (S) Paloma Mami checkY checkY

(A) Album, (S) Single.[12][13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Artist Result Ref.
2020 Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album "El Mal Querer" (as producer and engineer) Rosalía Won [10]

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Artist Result Ref.
2018 Record of the Year "Malamente" (as producer and engineer/songwriter) Rosalía Nominated [8]
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Alternative Song Won
2019 Record of the Year "Aute Cuture" (as producer) Nominated [9]
Album of the Year El Mal Querer (as producer and engineer) Won
Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album Won
Best Engineered Album Won
Best Pop Song "Pienso en tu mirá" (as songwriter) Nominated
Best Urban Song "Con Altura" (as songwriter) Rosalía and J Balvin featuring El Guincho Won
2020 "Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi" (as songwriter) Rosalía and Ozuna Won [11]
Best Pop/Rock Song "Dolerme" (as songwriter) Rosalía Nominated
Producer of the Year El Guincho Nominated

Other awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 UK Music Video Awards Best Indie/Rock Video - International "Bombay" Nominated [14]
2019 MTV Video Music Awards Best Latin "Con Altura" (with Rosalía and J Balvin) Won [15]
Best Choreography Won
Song of the Summer Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Video Nominated [16]
Best Collaboration Won
2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards Latin Pop Song of the Year Nominated [17]


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  2. ^ Hughes, Josiah (November 2008). ""El Guincho's Tropical Sampling"". Exclaim!. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Kharas, Kev (February 26, 2008). "DiScover: el Guincho / In Depth // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Archived from the original on July 26, 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Sancho, Xavi (March 27, 2008). "Pronto sabrás quién es El Guincho". El País. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Battan, Carrie (March 6, 2012). "Death Grips, These New Puritans, Matthew Herbert, El Guincho, Hudson Mohawke on Björk Remix Series". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  6. ^ Avilés, Luis (February 11, 2016). "El Guincho - Hiperasia". Indie Rocks (in Spanish). Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Hernández, Nuria (November 18, 2020). "EL GUINCHO, EL MÚSICO CANARIO DETRÁS DEL ÉXITO DE ROSALÍA DE LA QUE SE 'ENAMORÓ' EN UN TABLAO FLAMENCO". Vanity Fair (magazine) España (in Spanish). Retrieved September 8, 2021.
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  9. ^ a b "19th Latin Grammy Awards Nominations" (PDF). latingrammy.com. 21 September 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Rosalía". Grammys. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Huston, Marysabel (September 29, 2020). "Latin Grammy: J Balvin lidera la lista de nominaciones con 13, le sigue Bad Bunny con 9". CNN (in Spanish). Retrieved September 8, 2021.
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  13. ^ "El Guincho is a songwriter". Spotify. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  14. ^ Gottlieb, Steven (October 12, 2011). "NEWS: 2011 UK Music Video Award Nominees". VideoStatic. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  15. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 26, 2019). "MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Jonas Brothers, Cardi B Among Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  17. ^ Magazine, Billboard (February 5, 2020). "Billboard Latin Music Awards 2020 Finalists: The Full List". E! Online. Retrieved September 5, 2020.

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