Juanes (Juan Esteban Aristizabal Vasques) is a Colombian musician.
Juan was born on August 13, 1972, in Carolina del Principe, Columbia. The boy’s relatives called him Juanes, from a combination of two names Juan and Esteban. Later this combination became a stage name.
He was the youngest of six children in the family. Juan’s father and elder brothers taught the 5-year-old boy how to play the guitar. When he was just seven years old, Juanes decided to become a musician.
When Juanes was a teenager, he admired Carlos Gardel, Los Visconti, Los Tangos, Metallica, and Soda Stereo. The 14-years old boy discovered heavy metal, electric guitar, and drums. His family was very religious and didn't support the kid's passion.
Despite it, his interest developed further. When Juanes was 16 years old, he organized the band Ekhymosis, where he was a singer and guitarist. The teenagers found the band's name, which translates as bruise, in a medical vocabulary.