Hector El Father (formerly known as El Bambino) is one of the main exponents in the reggeaton genre, he could be considered the P Diddy or Dr. Dre of reggeaton. Despite his young age, Hector has had an extensive music career.
During the mid 90's Hector came to fame as part of the duet Hector and Tito. Both became the first reggeaton artists to sell out a massive concert in Puerto Rico, opening the path to other artists such as Tego Calderon, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Wisin y Yandel. As a duet both captured the world's attention and made reggeaton a popular genre, won important awards such as the Latin Billboard Award and reached the top of the charts in several countries. After 12 years of continuous success, Hector and Tito decided to go separate ways.
Hector, who is also Don Omar's mentor and producer, has produced a variety of artists. In 2004 he founded his own record label Gold Star Music, and positioned his group TREBOL CLAN among audience's favorites with over 100 thousand copies sold of Los Bacatranes, their first album under his label.
In 2005 Hector El Bambino started his solo career debuting in Pasto, Colombia, in front of 60 thousand people. Several of his songs became big hits across Latin America and the U.S: "Noche de Travesuras", "Los Rompe Discotecas" "Vamos pa la calle", "Noche de Terror" and "Mirandonos" are some of them.
His compilation album titled LOS ANORMALES, released under his own label, broke all record sales in Puerto Rico when 130,000 copies were sold in just two days. This album features the most important reggaeton artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Trebol Clan, Divino, Zion and the duet Alexis y Fido. The album has gone to sell over 200,000 units.
In February, Hector performed in the Canary Islands during their big Carnival festivities. His performance was a sold out success. His song "Morena", which Hector produced for Hector y Tito, is one of the most air played songs in this Spanish territory.
Hector has soon positioned himself as a solo artist. He has toured around the U.S. cities with great Hispanic concentrations such as New York, Miami, Orlando, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Houston and Los Angeles.
After 9 months of a successful solo career Hector officially changed his name to El Father. The name coincided with a new stage in his life and his musical career, a more mature and professional edge as an artist.
By August 2005 Hector launched a new compilation album titled Sangre Nueva, co produced with his friend and partner Naldo. The record supporting fresh new reggaeton talent debuted in the peak positions of the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and appeared in the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
In September Hector broke an attendance record with his concert The Bad Boy at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot with over 15,000 fans. The young rapper was honored with a statuette certifying his mark on top of other acts such as Usher, Daddy Yankee, Juan Luis Guerra, Juanes and Robi Rosa. Thousands of youngsters were left out of the venue, but they got their chance when a new date was added with the same success as the first. Both shows established The Bad Boy - El Concierto as the most attended concert in Puerto Rico.
El Father has proven his talent for business as well, besides his record label he also owns a popular dance club in his native island of Puerto Rico.
In the middle of 2005 "El Father" signed a very important agreement with hip hop super star JAY Z. The contract will launch Hector's career in the anglo market. Both performers will produce a compilation album under the Island Def Jam label, propriety of JAY Z, due next year. The album titled "Rompe Discotecas" will feature top of the line artists both from Anglo hip hop and Spanish reggaeton and will include 4 new tracks produced and performed by Hector.
Additionally, the artist became the Hispanic image for Jay Z's clothing line Roc-A Wear. The advertising campaign including his image will be featured in TV spots, print, and billboards. The agreement also states that Roc-A Wear will sponsor Hector's own clothing designs under the label Bambino. At the same time Hector's designed tennis shoes will form part of the JAY Z's "S. Carter Collection" by Reebok.
Hector is also preparing his first solo album "The Bad Boy" due March 2006, and as a producer he is working in the compilation album "The Godfather 2" and a new CD for Trebol Clan.