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What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
Music has always been a language I feel comfortable using, and one that opened my heart since I was a kid. Always had a special connection with it and so I knew quite soon that I wanted it to be a part of my life and career.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I was born in Barcelona at the time of the big international immigration wave, so I grew up with a sudden explosion of sounds and cultures in the city, which shaped me a lot when it came to musical inspiration. I played in a Reggae band back in Barcelona for 4 years before I decided to move to London and become a music producer.
Name me your 3 favourite Albums?
Three albums that changed my life in different ways would be “Built on Glass” by Chet Faker, “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” by The 1975 and “22, A Million” by Bon Iver. I find these 3 albums especially unique in their own way due to incredible production and songwriting. Each came at a different time of my life but all made me even more certain that music was my path to follow.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
The first song that I remember triggering a creative impulse in me was “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters, the raw power in that track just made me wanna scream and make such powerful music. I soon realised my vocal chords don’t seem to be too keen on screaming like that but it left a lingering feeling of creation in me.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
I think it’s like any industry, with hard work, dedication and good critical awareness you just have to keep going. We depend more than usual on public opinion and reception but as long as you project that love for the craft people just respond to it. I’ve been a professional music producer for the last 2 years and I’m just happy I get to work with people that inspire me and push me to always create something new.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
It’s a very disappointing issue as a society that this is still a pressing matter on the 21st century. There is an initiative that is very prominent in Barcelona which I’m surprised I haven’t seen in any other places, we call it the purple dot. Serves as a safe spot for anyone to go and report if they are feeling harassed or aggressed to take immediate action, it gives a sense of safety to know there is a place you can go if you feel unsafe.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Well, that’s the struggle I guess, getting new ears into your music, as much as most people say they don’t like it my only tip would be to be creative on socials and very consistent.
Whats your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
It definitely has become an unfair model in terms of the division of money in the industry, Spotify and big labels got a very solid business partnership in their favour, but at the same time the good still outweighs the bad. The incredibly easy access to Spotify as an artist lets a lot of independent artists be discovered way faster than years ago, it has democratised the music industry a lot, I guess it just needs adjustment on the money flows to make it actually fair.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
I love conspiracy theories because they show how incredibly imaginative humans are sometimes, but I don’t think I believe in any at the moment. I just think they are the most elaborate and well made fanfictions of reality.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
I think I behaved nicely, got some extra gear that I maybe didn’t quite need at the time but came in handy later on. I can tell you the things I could barely buy in London and those were toilet paper and pasta, someone must have thrown a wild party with those two.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Being on a high fever and sick on stage for a whole 2 hour set was definitely the worst experience I had, thought I was not gonna make it all the way. Would have been quite a romantic death for any music fan.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
Something I never understood about myself is that even if English was never my first language it has always been the one I related to the most when expressing myself in any context. Which is rather weird given that I speak 3 languages.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I’m someone quite undefined as a human being, I like exploring all the dimensions of my identity and my heritage, which leads to me being quite self aware about different issues that surround me. I always look for a spin in the narrative of my songs, trying to bring engaging stories to the table that could still be relatable even if weird sometimes.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
Yes, the first single Roll Over is finally out, it’s the start a first chapter EP called Sour Kisses & Goodbyes, exploring the inner conflicts that we make in our heads in different moments of our life. Always looking for a contrast between joy and fear.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
Roll Over happened as a jam to some chords I had in mind some months ago. I had the image in my head of a couple in bed, where one of them is massively overthinking, riddled with doubt and fear. Something rather classic at the start of a relationship.
What was the recording process like?
Being a producer I have easy access to recording in my studio so with the help of a couple friends we flowed through the song in a very easy way, always doing what felt most natural and fitting to the easy and smooth nature of the beat .
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Being the first song that I put out myself, there was a big learning curve on letting go and knowing when to stop my perfectionism. I’m used to taking artist’s satisfaction as a milestone to stop being obsessed with a track, but as this time it was all within me I had to learn when it was good enough.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I’m sure if I sit down and focus I would find a hundred things I would wanna maybe try but I think the track speaks for itself at the moment, it needs its own life and cycle away from me, so I wouldn’t change a thing.