What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
It was because of rock music and guitarists like Hendrix or Frusciante that I decided learning to play guitar. I kept playing for years trying to improve but never (or almost never) felt confident enough to start composing my own songs.
It was when I got into Post-Rock and Ambient music, that I bought some pedal effects for my electric guitar and started jamming with much more freedom and I eventually begun experimenting with my own creativity, instead of just doing song covers.
A couple of years ago I decided to study Music Production in order to be able to put all of those ideas together and transform them into songs. After two years I felt encouraged enough to start doing so, experimenting with all these tools that software brings you nowadays. Whenever I feel inspired, I try to plug my guitar and just let myself go, trying to drive that inspiration into something tangible and beautiful like a song.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
My latest and also my first release is the Blue EP, which is formed by two instrumental songs. Together they try to tell the story of a sailor who gets lost into the sea following the singing of a mermaid.
The first one is inspired by the moment he hears her singing and follows her into the deepest waters, hoping to keep hearing them and eventually get to see her.
The second song starts once he realizes he is lost there and he will perish, so his mind is drowned by thoughts of terror by the only idea of dying but, at the same time, he also feels joy and gratitude for the good moments he has had along his entire life.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
My main influence as a guitarist would probably be Jimi Hendrix. I’ve always admired his way of playing and his creativity. He was capable of playing the most beautiful and delicate melodies, along with the powerful ones.
As a musician, a lot of genres, artists and bands have influenced me. Related to the music I make though, I would say Mogwai is a very strong influence for me because they always get to take me somewhere else by their sounds and compositions. They are so unique in my opinion. Other bands like This Will Destroy You, Explosions In The Sky, Hammock, EF, Inspirative, The American Dollar, the list is endless… also have a deep influence in me. I think that any track that I’ve listened that inspired me any sort of beautifulness, no matter the genre, has influenced me over the years.
And as for my non-music-wise influences… I don’t think I have any in particular. I guess that the person I am today has been self-made, always trying to be able to think by myself and create my own opinions and thoughts about the world we live in and our reality. And also trying to be surrounded by my family and dearest friends when possible, who help me to grow as an individual by sharing with me their thoughts, feelings, laughter, tears and love.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as atmospheric and relaxing, with lots of guitar and pads, and tones of effects like reverbs or delays. I always try to find the right tone or timber in order to communicate the different thoughts or emotions that get to my mind when playing. As a self-produced artist, I’m responsible for the whole process from the composition, to recording, to mixing stages. And I think that’s what would make my music kind of unique, since all the sounds that have place in my tracks have been selected, played and putted together by me, guided by my own taste and feelings.
Why should anybody listen to my music? Well, I guess I don’t have a clear answer to that. There’s a lot of great bands nowadays that make music of the highest quality, bands that I admire and listen to them every day because I like their work or the feelings I get when I listen to them. And that’s precisely what I hope to achieve with some people, for them to like my songs and choose to hear them once in a while just because I made them feel the way I feel listening to those great artists.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
This Will Destroy You – S/T
The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St.
Apparat – Walls
Pulp Fiction, Ex Machina, Memento
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I guess that right now I don’t have any other choice rather than studio because I play most of the instruments on my tracks, currently. Apart from the drums, which were played by Jeff Martin, the father of a classmate of mine, the rest was both played or programmed by myself.
I would love the idea of being part of a band someday, and playing live, but at the moment just studio, or playing the guitar for my closest friends.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Can’t think of any funny story related with music about myself, but certainly could think about a unique one, and I guess that any other artists could relate to it. And that’s simply when bands or artists that you’ve been listening for years and that you admire so much, somehow follow you on Instagram or just listen to your songs on Spotify, and then they tell you that they loved your songs and talk a little bit with you about what did they find interesting in them, what could you improve on your next releases…
It might seem a little bit dumb or cheesy but, certainly, having this kind of feedback from bands like Efterklang or Flyingdeadman, for example, really made my day. I think that any artist that’s just starting his or her career could understand.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I would point the second song of the EP, “My Lungs Are Filled With Sailor Songs”, as the most special for me because, even being the hardest one to compose (it was a real headache at the beginning), it was the one with which I enjoyed the most when going deep into the chord progression, trying to come with melodies that would fit and, somehow, travel along the whole song letting my creativity flow. Every time I listen to it, it takes me back to that night where I spent hours and hours playing over it.
Some people have told me that they liked more the first one, or this second one, but for me would be definitely this one. This is the one that makes me feel more and, plus, I personally find it more beautiful.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Currently I’m studying Popular Music Production in Solent University (Southampton), so right now I’m just focused in finishing the course and make a good work with my projects because I’m in the final year. Hopefully, some of the things I get to produce these next weeks will be good enough to continue working on and to eventually release them. I actually have a couple of ideas or demos, which I will love to work on, but right now I must keep focused on these projects.
After that, I will for sure invest a huge amount of time into keep learning, composing, producing and sharing my creations so that everyone that wants to hear them can do so.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Sorry, I couldn’t really think about any other question.
Photo credits: Joel Ripoll
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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