De La Cruz

De La Cruz

Grammy-nominated Puerto Rican producer De La Cruz has achieved a level of success any producer would dream of. Having worked with practically all of the biggest names in modern Latin music, he’s joined an exclusive club of producers whose music has achieved many billions of plays. That tends to happen when you work with artists like Bad Bunny, J. Balvin, and Jhay Cortez (Jhayco). Having used FL Studio from the beginning, we’re excited to welcome De La Cruz to the FL Studio Power User family.

Jhay Cortez, Anuel AA, J. Balvin – Medusa (co-prod. by De La Cruz)

Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.

I am from Carolina, Puerto Rico, and I come from a family of musicians. Music always had my attention since I was young, and I always saw my brother (fellow Power User Nely el Arma Secreta) producing and creating from early on. This all motivated me to learn as well and create my own sound.

How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?

I started using FL Studio in 2014 when I made my first tracks. The stock plugins and a simple library were enough to set up my first ideas. Initially, I was intrigued by the look of its interface, and when I started using it, I found it comfortable to learn step by step everything that I have taken advantage of until today. FL Studio has allowed me to explore various genres with ease, and this has enriched my creative process.

Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.

I have produced songs for Jhayco, Tainy, Myke Towers, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, J Balvin, Anuel AA, Becky G, Ñejo, and many more.

Jhay Cortez, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny – No Me Conoce (Remix) (co-prod. by De La Cruz)

Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.

I always work from my laptop. I like being able to create from anywhere at any time, and this gives me the ease to do it with headphones, in the studio, or even using the laptop’s speakers, along with a MIDI controller or using the laptop keyboard as a piano. I structure and program note by note until I find the sound or the color I am looking for. Depending on the scenario, I use different VSTs and sometimes analog synthesizers. Additionally, I have a sound library that I’ve refined over time, which literally has everything I need: kits, snares, hi-hats, percs, one-shots, random sounds, etc., and samples from various genres and musical styles. These resources can inspire and motivate me when I begin working.

De La Cruz’s Studio

What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?

For those starting with FL Studio, my main advice is to focus on three key aspects. First, dedicate time to learning keyboard shortcuts. This will simplify and speed up your workflow. Second, take advantage of available resources such as YouTube tutorials. Don’t just watch these videos, but also actively apply what you learn in your own productions. Constant practice is essential. Finally, develop the habit of making regular backups of your projects, preferably in Zip format. This ensures you won’t lose your work and allows you to keep a secure copy of your creations.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

I thank God for the opportunity He has given me to make my dreams and ideas a reality. I never imagined being able to become a Power User alongside my brother, who is one of my biggest inspirations. Everything is possible if you believe in it.

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