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Healing Powers of Reggaeton

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Influencer Robby Arroyo Smith shares how dancing alone and “throwing ass” can help you with your mental health.
Show transcript
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Hey, are you depressed?
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Well, we have the perfect person here with us to help
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you through this. We have Robbie Arroyo.
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Thank you. I'm good.
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Thank you for having me.
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Thank you for coming on.
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So I wanted to ask what is the best music to dance
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to when dealing with depression?
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Well, I honestly think that reggaeton is probably my favorite.
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Shake it all off.
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Shake it. You have to,
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you know, the viole,
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you know, other than that,
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you know, we have,
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we also have to,
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you know, some pop music,
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we have some afrobeats as well.
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That's true. A little ass shaking can really make me like
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absolutely. So you said on tiktok that you use
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reggaeton as therapy? What do you think makes reggaeton so
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healing, I think.
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Well, first of all,
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I grew up in Puerto Rico.
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So like growing up,
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that's all I listen to.
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So it, it's not only a nostalgic but also something
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that like is fun.
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Like you said, you,
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you gotta throw some mass here and there,
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you gotta throw some mass here and there.
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And so that's something that like,
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I don't know, like putting on your headphones on your home
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alone and you just let go and you're just like,
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OK, I just felt coffee is not that serious or hey
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I just did,
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this is not that serious.
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Like you just kind of like re center and it's just,
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I think sometimes we take ourselves too seriously and sometimes you just
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gotta let loose and that is so true.
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Sometimes you gotta let loose and shake your ass.
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I'm gonna definitely use that.
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So when did you start dancing alone in your room?
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And is it a memory from like your childhood or something you
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started doing later in life?
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That's a good question.
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So I think growing up,
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I was like this like shy kid outside but like in my
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room, I had a TV and I was like fully into
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Tumblr, fully into like listen to music videos.
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So like, I would watch like reggaeton videos,
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but I would also watch like Beyonce videos just like we had
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like this huge mirror that my grandma had and we would just
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I would just dance and it would like,
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I would close my door and it would be like my moment
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of peace and yeah,
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and they still did it like it was something that was like
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therapeutic to this day that I love that too because a lot
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of people don't know but there's dance therapy.
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Do you know? Did you see I have heard of it
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since my doing tiktok.
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But before that, I was like,
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I just thought I was a weird person in my room.
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No, no, no,
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no. There's actual like dance therapy sessions.
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I remember when I went to Colorado to visit my cousin,
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she was like, hey,
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we're gonna go to dance therapy.
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Like, what is that?
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I just landed, I want from a red eye and you
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want me to do dance therapy and,
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and we went in this like circle and there was all these
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people and they're like just dance,
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feel it and and people were crying and just dancing,
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there was no cry like it was just whatever you felt,
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you know, it was like the music,
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anything they would put anything.
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So I mean, it,
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it's funny that you mentioned that and I can totally see that
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And have you tried to get any of your relatives to
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treat their mental health through dance or music?
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I, I have but not intentionally.
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It's just been through kind of,
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you know, me posting and then reposting it and then kind
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of going, going to visit them and realizing like they wanna
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go out dancing or like I see my little niece like,
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like she's assuming and like from the videos she's seen.
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So I, I feel like it's been like a not intentional
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but I love that it's,
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it's bleeding into everyone's life because I think it's a beautiful thing
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as like dance and expression is,
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is, is lovely.
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It is and give us a new,
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like give us new song recommendations like,
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like Sad Pero songs or I don't know if I can give
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you s well, is there,
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there is there. But I feel like right now I've been
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listening to at the gym is the call Cheese New or like
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the whole album is just like 10 out of 10.
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Like I can listen to that like on repeat,
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literally, just like I literally had in the house just like
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the album on repeat.
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And my partner was there and I was like,
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OK, I think we,
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we get it and I'm like,
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you know, we can play it a few more times like
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I still can hear it.
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Yeah, I love,
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I love Kelly. She's amazing.
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So you've watched Beyonce Live?
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Yeah. Oh, no,
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you're fine. Like,
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what is your favorite concert you've been to?
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I, I will have to say it was between,
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I have actually, I have to say Beyonce,
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Beyonce and I grew up listening to her my whole life and
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you'd think someone who's like 40 would give you like a good
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show but like nothing that you're gonna like,
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remember. But it was one of the shows that I think
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it was like our best concert in like my lifetime,
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I think, not just hype,
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it's genuinely like her vocal ability,
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dancing all of it.
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But then I would also say I went to Rosalia.
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I saw her three times within like a few months because
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she's also someone who performs and kills it,
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kills it, dancing and singing,
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vocally unreal. And I think like,
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music is something that's like,
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not only like, it helps me get through things,
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but it also inspires me for new things and like what the
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world can be or what things can be.
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So, yeah, I agree.
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I definitely agree. It plays a very important part in all
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our lives. Yeah,
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thank you so much,
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Robbie. We appreciate you talking about how,
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how music can help with your mental health and just make
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things better all around.
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So, thank you for coming by.
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Thank you for having me.
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Of course, I'll talk about this.
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You're like always talk about this.