#sabanudista – platicas sabatinas al desnudo con Ese Wey, Pablo Araiza y yo!

Hace algunos meses conocí a Ese Wey (si, así le dicen, si es que no lo conocen).

Ese Wey y yo!
Ese Wey y yo!

Nos conocimos afuera de un antro. El iba con un chavo (Pablo FUCKIN Araiza – así lo bautice) y yo con Pao Del Castillo. Pao y Pablo se conocen y por eso nos saludamos todos.

Desde que nos conocimos (Ese Wey y yo) nos llevamos increíble… Tan increíble que la segunda vez que nos vimos, se tardo unos minutos en recordar quien era yo. Hahahahahaha #StoryOfMyLife

El punto es que hace unas semanas me escribió Ese Wey preguntándome si quería hacer un programa para internet con el y Pablo (effin) Araiza, to which of course I said yes to!

Hablamos de TODO (música, películas, la vida, famosos, guapos, guapas, amigos, historias propias, política – yo no, pero los demás, si) y muchísimas cosas más!

Escuchen nuestro primer programa con nuestro primer invitado, Uili Damage, aquí!!!

Reseña de la tocada de Torreblanca ayer en Pata Negra.

Ayer, fui a la última tocada de Torreblanca en el D.F del 2015.

Torreblanca, 15 Diciembre 2015, Pata Negra.
Torreblanca, 15 Diciembre 2015, Pata Negra.

La tocada fue en Pata Nega – que por cierto, es un excelente venue y el chavo de seguridad (adentro, arriba) se porto un tipazo conmigo (no se como se llama, pero trabaja con Guerra de Chistes o algo así?!) Saludos!

No había visto a Torreblanca tocar en como dos años (desde que tocaron en un lugar precioso en el Centro de la Ciudad para ser exacta).

Conocí a todos hace como 4 años un día out of the blue, y desde que los vi, sentí una vibra increíble.

No me voy a meter demasiado en el tema de como, cuando y donde nos conocimos, pero lo que si quiero comentar es que son una banda super unida, dedicada, talentosa y apasionada.

Amistad o como se llame por aparte, siempre me gusto la banda, su música, letras, onda, y uniqueness!

Torreblanca tiene un EP (Defensa, 2010), y dos discos (Bella Época, 2011 y El Polvo en la Luz, 2014).

He tenido la oportunidad de escuchar todos los discos, pero Bella Época es mi favorito. Muchos recuerdos, sentimientos, literal, fue una Bella Época.

Tocaron canciones como Las Horas, Dejé de Ser Yo, Si, Roma, Hubo Valor, Defensa y varias más, hasta el cover que le hicieron a ¿Y qué? en el disco tributo a José José.

Juan Manuel invito a varios fans del público a subirse a cantar junto con el, mientras cantaban con la banda, tomaron video y fotos del momento, uno dio speech a su novia, y otro le pidió a las chavas que trabajan ahí que se acercaran mas porque se tuvo que salir del slam para ir por una chela.

Al final de la tocada, la banda se bajo y tomaron fotos con fans y platicaban con todos, bailaron un rato y se fueron.

Fue una noche muy bonito, excelente manera de cerrar este 2015.

Saludos a Alejandro y Fernando, los chavos que me salvaron de la selva que se volvió el lugar después de la tocada!

F.Y.I, tendrán un concierto en el Lunario en Febrero, no se lo pierdan!

Va mi canción favorita de la banda, Defensa.

Mi segunda canción favorita de Torreblanca; Nada Me Saca de la Cama con Ximena Sariñana.

Mexico City, chocolate covered popcorn and Nirvana

Last night, after an adventurous day out, going to see a “gig” at Bellas Artes (Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional), walking around the centre of Mexico, buying Gansito flavoured fancy chocolate that cost $22 pesos a piece, having to down a coffee because the restaurant called us telling us our table was ready way before the 40 minutes they said they were going to take – just to mention, at least 3 tables were empty when we arrived and asked for a table – eating chile en nogada with beef instead of pork (as I don’t eat pork), it tasted good; didn’t drive me wild to be honest, my favourite part of it was the pieces of pomegranate put on the chile in a white sauce as a topping…

After that very long and delightful lunch, I went on a mini tour or the Zocalo, went into the church of the centre/downtown for the first time; from what I remember, I think the organ is the biggest organ to work in all of Latin America. The church is beautiful, has a very pacific vibe to it, the smell is perfect, tourists having a peek, locals going to Sunday mass, others going to escape reality, others to face it; bliss.

Well, after that I went to watch a movie at a friends place, ended up watching two movies, making popcorn – once piece of advice NEVER read instructions, popcorn gets burnt if you leave it in the microwave for 2 minutes 20 seconds, come to think of it, not one piece of popcorn got burnt, I did come across a piece of uncooked corn or two though… Hey, I’m human!
I then separated the popcorn into two; popcorn on its own in an acrylic bowl, and popcorn in the bag where I added a chocolate kind of spread, not the brand you’re thinking of with an N, but an amazing spread that my friend brought over from the States….

It was late and it had been an intense but wonderful day, time to go home; even though I always get a rush of blood to the head late at night and can’t sleep…. It was time to go.

The Uber driver picked me up, I didn’t know whether or not he wanted to talk as it was Sunday, around 1am, and well, he just might not have been in the mood to talk, tired or whatever, but he asked me what music I wanted to listen to, so I asked if he could put on 105.7 FM.

His first comment after me mentioning the radio station was: “So, you’re into rock?” (In Spanish)
I said: Yes, love it! I guess rock is like a classic, everyone has to love it. (In Spanish, too)

We started chatting about rock music, and I asked him who his favourite rock band is, he answered “Nirvana” without thinking about his answer twice…

I must say, I don’t like judging people by their appearance, and I don’t, but I do judge people to a certain point based on their music taste.

Nirvana is a very deep, dense, passionate part of existence… I admire the members still with us a hell of a lot, and admire Kurt Cobain (lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Nirvana) loads; No, I don’t say that to try and fit in, nor do I say it because I think it’s something cool people say, he did commit suicide, which is something I don’t understand nor applaud, but from what I’ve read up on Kurt, movies I’ve seen on him, what people say about him, interviews he did, gigs I’ve seen on the internet, the music he wrote and played, he was extremely passionate…

Being passionate has its pros and cons… It can be an extremely beautiful, lovely, exciting thing, but it is also very tiring, energy consuming and can destroy you…. And (in my mind), that is exactly what happened to Cobain.

I wanted to share this story with you all, I don’t think there has to be a reason to everything, and I have no conclusion to this post, I just wanted to share what I thought and felt with whoever clicked on this post.

Enjoy this song played at Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged gig back in 1993…

Something In The Way

This weeks recommendation: Sittin’ Pretty

As I mentioned a few days ago, I collaborate on a radio programme in Mexico City every Saturday from 6pm – 7pm on Reactor 105.7FM called Vigia.

I recommend upcoming/underground bands from the U.K – so please, if you have a band and/or know of someone in a band, let me know!

Sittin' Pretty

Jergas, the radio shows host put on some incredible tunes on Saturday such as Rudimental ft. Mahalia – We The Generation and Glass Animals – Haze.

Saturday 10th October 2015 recommendation: Sittin’ Pretty
– 5-piece blues rock band from Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.
– The bands influences are Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, Black Keys, White Stripes and The Doors.
– Their first EP called 24/7 will be released next month, don’t forget to check it out!
– Song I recommended: Dirty Side
Thanks to George (the bands bassist) for chatting with me and helping me out with info!
All the best guys!

Check out the show below!

Vigía #21: Glass Animals, Denver, Oberhofer, Miqui Brightside by Jergas on Mixcloud

URSS Bajo El Árbol le atinaron con Turista

URSS Bajo El Árbol se formo en el 2009.

Samuel, Javier, Exael, Rogelio, Jonathan y Christian forman la banda de la Ciudad de México que ya tiene un EP y un disco; un EP llamado Lineas Mentales que salió en el 2009, y el disco llamado 7, lanzado en el 2013.

Hace poco sacaron su último sencillo Turista que estará en su más reciente disco, que por cierto, están lanzando canción por canción; así que no hay disco físico aún.

El video de Turista es muy conmovedora, y la canción está increíble! Cuando lo escuché por primera vez, me sentí tan rara, como que sentí la misma pasión y emoción que sentían los chavos al tocarlo… No se como explicarlo…. Algo verdaderamente indescriptible!

Les recomiendo mucho seguir a esta banda, porque aparte de ser súper talentosos, son buenísima onda, muy buena vibra!

El disco fue grabada en Punch House Studios y el ingeniero fue mi queridísimo Casta! Saludos y excelente trabajo 🙂

El sexteto se estarán presentando el 31 de Octubre en el Foro Indie Rocks de la Ciudad de México, no se lo pierdan!

Disclosure and Sam Smith’s latest song, Omen, was filmed in Mexico City

A few weeks ago I saw pics of people that had bumped into Sam Smith in Mexico City, but I had no idea what he was here for, because he didn’t come to perform… Until I recently came across Disclosure‘s latest song Omen ft. Smith!

Sam Smith filmed the video for Omen in Mexico City in a beautiful theatre called Fru Fru (located in the City Centre).

A few of the scenes are filmed on the streets of this beautiful City too.

Have a look and listen to Omen here!

Disclosure release video for Holding On (filmed in Mexico City)

Electronic duo Disclosure consists of Howard and Guy Lawrence.

The brothers grew up in Surrey, England and at their young age, they have performed at several music festivals and many countries all over the world.

They recently launched their latest tune Holding On, but only a few hours ago they released the official music video for the first song off their second album Caracal.

The song features Gregory Porter and the video was filmed in Mexico City <3

I’m positive the boys have nailed it once again with this album….

Good job, homeboys!

Alabama Shakes interview by @nic_thebrit (me) – English & Spanish

Interview with Steve Johnson from Alabama Shakes for Mixup Mexico.

Entrevista hecho y publicado en Mixup Mexico.

First in English, then in Spanish!

A few weeks ago I interviewed Steve, drummer of Alabama Shakes and we spoke about their latest album Sound & Color (their second album) which came out last month (April). Steve and I spoke about how, where and what they started out playing, how the song Hold On became a world wide phenomenon and lots of other things.

Nicole: Where are you at at the moment?
Steve: I’m at home, in Alabama.
N: That was something I wanted to ask you, do you all live in Alabama?
S: Yes, myself, Brittany, and Zac, we all live in Alabama.
N: Are you guys planning on moving because of music and all that?
S: Yeh… I don’t know… I’ve got a lot of family here in Alabama, and maybe one day, but I don’t see myself moving outside of Alabama for a number of years really, because I’ve got a few kids and one of them has already started school and another one is starting school this year , so I don’t really want to just pull them out, them to make friends all over again.
N: Coming from a small town myself, I think that moving to a big city is a massive change… Traffic, noise and all that…
S: Right, right… We get a little used to it cause we travel to those cities a lot, we play a lot of shows in those towns, so we’re very used to being in cities, I’m not saying I’d never want to own property in a big city, but as far as where the majority of my time is spent, I’ve got to have a little bit of a yard.
N: I guess you’ve got the best of both worlds, you go to a city full of restaurants, people, bars, clubs and all that, and then you can go back home, where it’s quiet, and tranquil…
S: Yeh…

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

N: So, I wanted to congratulate you and the band on your new CD, Sound & Color…
S: Thanks!
N: Why is it called that?
S: Well, one of the songs was called Sound & Color, and when we were tracking it, we had talked about making that the first track on the album, it was a very inviting song, it sounded cool, it had a cool intro and that kind of stuff, but then when we started doing like album design and mockups, and stuff that would eventually be the cover, we had to have like a working title, so, Sound & Color was one of the working titles and then we had another one but when we got all of the design back and everything, Sound & Color was just like a unanimous decision between ourselves and other people that had been involved in designing it and stuff like that… So, it just sounded cool (laughs)….
N: It’s a very catchy name, because the first CD is called Boys & Girls, so its got the & in it, and a word before it and a word after it….
S: (laughs) Yeh, yeh… Somebody had asked us if we’re going to continue that with the third album and just have like “Something & Something”…
N: I think it could be like your trademark…
S: (laughs)… Yeh.

N: How do you guys feel about the new CD? Cause you’ve been very busy touring, on TV shows, playing at festivals etc.
S: I think we’re all very proud of it, I think we’re all very excited for it to come out, I think everyone is excited to play it live, so there’s just a lot of confidence working behind it right now, there’s a lot of enthusiasm, like everybody is just really pumped to finally be able to put it out so that people have something new to listen to. I know how it is when you get into a band and they’re just not putting out material fast enough for you to get in to and so when that album is about to drop, you’re just like waiting on it, waiting on the record store to open so you can go down there and get it, or download it or whatever, but, I know that feeling…

N: Congrats on Lollapalooza! It was just announced this morning that you guys are playing this year in Chicago!
S: Oh! Ok, cool, yeh…. I didn’t know for sure, but I kind of had an idea, I kind of had hopes that we’d be playing it cause the last time we were scheduled, we got rained out, we didn’t get a chance to, we did do Lolla in South America, but we didn’t get to play in Chicago, so that’s exciting!

N: In your upcoming shows and performances, will you be playing a lot of the new stuff, or old stuff too?
S: I would say we’re definitely going to be playing a lot of the new stuff, maybe even all of it, because our sets have be running about 90 minutes and I think the new album is around 45, so then we still have around 45 more minutes to fill up. So we’ve been running into 18, 19 songs sets, so there’s a good chunk of old and new.
N: I think that’s very important though… Because when you bring out a new CD, even though you want everyone to hear the new stuff, it’s very important to play like the classic songs, or the ones that people want to hear, the typical stuff.
S: (laughs) Yeh, but, I don’t know… There have been bands that we’ve gone to see before and you would expect them to play that hit song, and sometimes they never do, they’re just like moving on, like, the new material is like so good they don’t even feel like the old material holds up anymore, and we’ve run into that situation a couple of times where somebody will request “please play Hold On…”
N: I think that song is fantastic, but if it was me, I’d love to hear other stuff apart from that, it’s the trademark song and its incredible, but there are many other really good songs on the album too…
S: Right, right… I mean, I think we feel a little bit of the same way, I think that we played Hold On so much that somewhere along the line we lost the enjoying behind it, you know? But that song like, you can get drowned out on playing something over and over and over again, till the point where you’re not really playing it with any emotion anymore… But then, if you’re playing to a crowd and it’s evident that the band isn’t really enjoying what they’re doing, then the crowds not going to enjoy what they’re doing, and we want to have a good time and want to play songs that we feel like playing, so, anytime we play a set and we don’t play Hold On or something, it’s not because we hate the song….
N: No, no…. I understand what you’re saying, and I think as like a fan, I think it’s very understandable that a band doesn’t play THE song… Because if the band are not feeling it, the crowd can feel that…
S: Totally, and I don’t want to do that, that’s like cheating, you know? I think that’s when you can tell that a band maybe in it for the wrong reasons or something, you know? Because we’re playing songs, it may not be what you want to hear but we’re enjoying playing it and it was tough for us to create this and it’s what we’re in to, so we want that to show and everything and hopefully in the near future we’ll want to play more of the older songs, we still play a bunch of them like, Heartbreaker, Be Mine, You Ain’t Alone, but a couple of the other ones they just like wore on like playing them over and over again, and that was what was expected and everything, there’s more that we are capable of than just that than just that one song and we want to show people that.

N: And what do the lyrics mean and what are the stories behind the songs on the new CD?
S: not really, I mean I can on a little bit, but, words are very in the air when it comes to deciphering them and trying to find out what the underline seem is, because a lot of the times from what I’ve heard Brittany say, she doesn’t even know what she’s writing of talking about. Some of it is subconscious to her, some of its just a dream, some of it’s storytelling, some of it’s from personal experience, some it’s from other peoples experiences that they’ve told her about it that she’s written it, so it’s really hard to find out what she’s talking about, but the single right now is Don’t Want To Fight, I think is easily relatable to on a broader scale because it’s hard to misconstrue what a fight means, I think it’s pretty evident what it means and I think that a lot of people can relate to that, because I don’t know, I know a handful of people, but out of all the people I know, there’s not many of them that would want to fight or argue or carry on that way, so that ones easily relatable to for me, but at the same time when Brittany was writing that song or when we were working on that one in the studio, lyrics were the last thing to come because the music came first on that track and with the way that Brittany writes, Brittany usually writes to accompany lyrics, the melody usually I think comes first or something, but that one, the lyrics came later and when I first heard it I think she was talking about us (laughs), I think she was talking about her band members that she didn’t want to fight with us or anything like that, and I was like what would we possibly fight about, we might have a conversation about it, but I don’t know that we would fight, so she was like no man, the song’s just about struggling life, and I was like oh, I do that anyways, so I can easily relate to that song.
N: I think a lot of us can relate to it, it can be about a relationship ourselves, and I was actually listening to an interview you guys did before and I heard Brittany say that she wants to grow, which I think is something a lot of us want to do, like you guys have done absolutely amazing, and it happened very very fast, but still, we always want more, so it’s like a fight between like me and what I want and you guys and what you want.

N: You guys are like a rock and roll band, with a lot of soul influence and there’s a lot of bickering going on with what genre you guys are… I think at the end of the day you guys are a rock and roll band with a lot of soul influence.
S: Yeh.
N: And when you started the band, you started doing covers and would do 4 hour sets, how did you choose what covers you were going to do and how did you define what genre you guys were going to be, whatever the genre is that you are?
S: Oh man, I don’t know how we defined that. We were all picking covers that we were in to, so like Zac would usually tend to pick a lot more RnB tracks, or soulful/ballad type songs, I remember he picked like some James Brown tunes, an Otis Redding tune, Spirit in the Sky Greenball, so he would pick a lot of like RnB style songs like that and you would get like Heath would pick some newer tunes, he wouldn’t necessarily pick like old stuff, he would pick like Black Keys or My Morning Jacket or Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Brittany seemed to be like, she wanted to do explosive songs that were like really hard, so she would pick like Black Sabbath or Led Zeppellin or Deep Purple  and then I was usually on board to play whatever because I like all of that stuff, so it was pretty challenging for me to learn a Deep Purple song, that song is crazy hard, Space Truckin’ – so, we would have this set that would be like a mix of all that stuff and I guess when you look at it like even the rock and roll songs that we would play, they were really explosive like playing AC/DC songs or Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin, those songs were really explosive and having a singer who could actually sing them helped and then the RnB stuff that we would do was much more groovier in a Deep Pocket or something like that, so I think that maybe that helped.
N: I think it’s a very interesting mix, because all of you are into different stuff, and fusioning all those different things to make something totally new, because I don’t think you have to generalized as X genre, you can just be you, you’ve got a bit of rock, a bit of soul, a bit of RnB, etc, this is what it is.
S: Yeh, and it’s apparent in our playing, like what the influences are, I mean, you hear a song like Heavy Shevy and it immediately sounds like a 50’s/60’s rock and roll standard, I don’t know, but it’s like very high paced energy and everything and to me that’s like punk/rock or something, so, I’m playing it with that kind of energy, but Heath on guitar is playing it like an old school guitar rock song, so you get these 2 influences jammed together and.. I don’t know…
N: I think that’s what makes you guys so unique and I think that’s the important thing nowadays, because there is so much music, and you guys have something completely different to offer the world.
S: I can dig that!

N: What did you guys learn, live and change as a band from recording the first album to recording this second album?
S: I feel between the first and the second album we got even more tasteful with what we were trying to do, like I know that in a lot of situations you get a song that’s wrote and musicians for the most part just want to show off their song sometimes, like, look what I can do, like I can really whale on guitar or I can really whale on drums or piano or whatever, and I think with this band everybody understands that we’re all good but in our own ways, like we’re not necessarily like all monster musicians that can just get up there and rip solos or anything like that, so we really have to play our parts, what am I trying to say here? We know what we’re good at and where we excel at, we know where we need to work at, stuff like that, so really trying to like play the best of our abilities to the song, like anytime you hear a song for the first time there’s something going on in your head, like, I hear this,  I think the drums should do this and everybody starts trying out different ideas until you eventually settle on which one I guess does it the mostfully, it’s like a combination of what you hear in your head, what you can actually pull off and what sounds good with what everybody else is doing, so, a lot of different things…

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

N: Any last words before we go?
S: I just know we’re all really excited for it to come out, cant wait to play all the new songs and for everybody to see and experience them how they sound and how they look live and everything. We’re all very excited for the upcoming shows and I know its going to be a long tour cycle because everybody is putting their best foot forward like we feel like we’ve accomplished something with the second album even more so maybe than with Boys & Girls that we’re really going push it, so we’ll be out touring a lot, playing a lot, I think everyone’s excited for it.
N: It’s amazing, and I wish you guys the best and hope you come back to Mexico soon.
S: Oh yeh!
N: I think you guys really enjoy coming, don’t you?
S: Yeh! I think the interviews we’re doing right now with preparations for coming down there and playing some shows and everything. I mean, I love the culture, I love the food, I love the people, so anything just to come down there, plus it’s warmer, I can dig that! I’m not a cold weathered person.

Tuve la oportunidad de platicar con Steve, baterista de Alabama Shakes acerca de su próximo álbum Sound & Color que sale este mes. Es el segundo álbum de los chicos de Alabama y nos cuenta Steve como empezaron a tocar, sobre el éxito de Hold On y muchas otras cosas!

Nicole: Hola! Donde andas?
Steve: Mi casa, en Alabama.
N: Eso es algo que te quería preguntar; ¿Todos viven en Alabama?
S: Si, yo, Brittany y Zac vivimos en Alabama.

N: Están planeando mudarse de Alabama, por la música y todo eso?
S: Si, no se… Tengo una familia aquí en Alabama, y a lo mejor y si algún día, pero no me veo mudando fuera de Alabama en algún futuro cercano para ser honesto, porque tengo varios hijos, y uno ya empezó la escuela, otro empezará la escuela este año, entonces no los quiero sacar así de la escuela, hacer amigos desde cero…

N: Viniendo de un lugar también chico (Manchester), mudarte a una ciudad grande es un cambio enorme… Tráfico, ruido y todo eso…
S: Exacto, si… No acostumbramos un poco porque viajamos mucho a esos ciudades seguido, tocamos mucho en ciudades así, entonces estamos muy acostumbrados de estar en ciudades, no estoy diciendo que no me gustaría comprar una propiedad en una ciudad grande, pero en cuanto a donde pasaría la mayor parte de mi tiempo, tengo que tener un poco de patio.

N: Supongo que tienes lo mejor de los dos mundos… Puedes irte a una ciudad lleno de restaurantes, gente, bares, antros y todo eso, y luego puedes regresar a tu casa donde es tranquilo y silencioso…
S: Si….

N: Quería felicitarlos por su nuevo disco, Sound & Color.
S: Gracias!
N: ¿Porque lo llamaron así?
S: Bueno, una de las canciones se llama Sound & Color, y cuando lo estábamos trackeando, hablamos sobre esa canción siendo la primera canción del álbum, era una canción muy atrayente, sonaba cool, tenía un intro cool y ese tipo de cosas, pero cuando empezamos a hacer el diseño del álbum y los bosquejos, y cosas que eventualmente serían la portada, teníamos que tener un título, entonces, Sound & Color fue una de los títulos de trabajo y luego tuvimos otro pero cuando nos llegaron los diseños y todo eso, Sound & Color era como una decisión unánime entre nosotros y otras personas que habían participado en el diseño del disco y cosas por el estilo… Así que, simplemente sonaba cool (ríe).

Alabama Shakes – Don’t Wanna Fight (Live on SNL)

N: Es un nombre muy pegajoso, porque el primer disco se llama Boys & Girls, entonces tiene la “&” y una palabra antes y después de eso…
S: (ríe), Si, si… Alguien nos pregunto si vamos a seguir con eso para nuestro tercer álbum y tener algo como “Alguna cosa & Alguna cosa”…
N: Creo que podría ser como su trademark
S: (ríe)… Si….
N: ¿Cómo se sienten con el nuevo disco? Porque han estado muy ocupados de gira, en programas de tele, tocando en festivales etc.
S: Creo que todos estamos muy orgullosos de el, creo que todos estamos muy emocionados para que salga, creo que todos estamos muy emocionados de tocarlo en vivo, entonces hay mucha confianza trabajando detrás de el en este momento, hay mucho entusiasmo, como que todos estamos muy emocionados de por fin poder lanzarlo para que la gente tenga algo nuevo que escuchar. Yo se como se siente cuando te gusta una banda y que no saquen material nuevo suficientemente rápido para que te envuelves y cuando está el nuevo álbum a punto de lanzarse, lo estas esperando con ansias, esperando a que abra la tienda de discos para ir y comprarlo, descargarlo o lo que sea, pero yo se como se siente….

N: ¡Felicidades de lo de Lollapalooza! Fue anunciado justo hoy en la mañana que ustedes van a tocar en el festival en Chicago este año.
S: Oh, cool, si… No sabía si era seguro, pero tenía un idea, por un lado tenía la esperanza de que tocáramos porque la última vez que estuvimos programados para tocar, nos llovió, no tuvimos la oportunidad de tocar, fuimos a Lollapalooza en Sudamérica, pero no pudimos tocar en Chicago, así que eso está increíble!

N: En sus próximos conciertos y actuaciones, ¿Van a tocar mucho de lo nuevo de Alabama Shakes, o cosas viejas también?
S: Yo diría que definitivamente vamos a tocar mucho de lo nuevo, probablemente todo lo nuevo, porque nuestros sets han sido de como 90 minutos y creo que el nuevo álbum dura alrededor de 45 minutos, entonces, tenemos como 45 minutos mas para llenar, así que hemos estado tocando sets de 18/19 rolas, así que hay un buen pedazo de lo viejo y lo nuevo.
N: Creo que eso es muy importante… Porque cuando sacas un disco nuevo, aunque quieras que todos escuchen lo nuevo, es muy importante tocar las clásicas, o las canciones que sabes que la gente quiere escuchar, lo típico…
S: (ríe) Si, pero… no se… Hemos ido a ver a algunas bandas y esperas que tocan “el éxito”, y a veces nunca lo hacen, solo están siguiendo hacía adelante, como que el material nuevo es tan bueno que no sienten que lo viejo es necesario para sostenerlos, y lo hemos visto varias veces cuando alguien nos dice “Please tocan Hold On…”.
N: Creo que esa rola es excelente, pero si fuera yo, me gustaría escuchar otras cosas aparte de eso, es como su trademark rola y es buenísima, pero hay muchas otras rolas muy buenas en el álbum también…
S: Exacto, exacto… Digo, creo que nosotros sentimos igual, creo que tocamos Hold On tantas veces que en algún punto perdimos ese sensación de emoción de tocarlo, ¿sabes? Pero esa canción, puedes como ahogarte tocando la misma rola una y otra vez, hasta el punto de ya tocarlo sin algún sentimiento.. Pero al mismo tiempo, si estas tocando enfrente de mucha gente y es evidente que la banda no están felices haciendo lo que están haciendo, la gente no va a disfrutar lo que están haciendo, y queremos pasarlo bien y tocar rolas que queremos tocar, entonces, cada vez que tocamos un set y no tocamos Hold On o algo, no es porque odiamos la canción…
N: No, no… Entiendo perfectamente bien lo que estas diciendo, y creo que como fan, es entendible que la banda no toque ESA rola… Porque si la banda no lo esta sintiendo, el público siente lo mismo…
S: Totalmente, y no quiero hacer eso, es como engañar, ¿ya sabes? Es en ese tipo de momentos cuando ves que la banda esta ahí por las razones equivocadas o algo por el estilo, ¿ya sabes? Porque estamos tocando canciones, a lo mejor no es lo que quieres escuchar pero nosotros estamos felices de tocarlas y fue difícil para nosotras crear esto y es lo que nosotros sentimos, entonces queremos que eso se note y ojala y algún futuro cercano queremos tocar más canciones viejos, aun tocamos un buen cacho como Heartbreaker, Be Mine, You Ain’t Alone, pero algunos otros como que nos aburrieron de tocar una y otra vez, y es lo que todos esperaban y todo eso, somos capaces de mucho más que esa canción en particular y eso es lo que queremos enseñar al mundo.

N: Y que significan las letras y cuales son las historias detrás de las canciones en el nuevo disco?
S: Si puedo contarles un poco, palabras están en el aire cuando llega el momento de descifrarlos y averiguar que significan exactamente, porque muchas veces (de lo que he escuchado a Brittany decir es que), no sabe de lo que esta escribiendo o de lo que esta hablando. A veces es su inconsciente, algunas cosas son solo un sueño, narración de cuentos, algunas cosas son de experiencias personales, otras cosas son de experiencias de otras personas que le han contado a Brittany y ella lo escribe; así que es muy difícil averiguar de lo que esta hablando, el sencillo de ahorita es Don’t Want To Fight, y creo que es entendible de lo que trata de una manera mas amplio porque es difícil malinterpretar que significa pelear, creo que es muy evidente de que trata y creo que mucha gente puede relacionarse con eso, porque conozco a mucha gente pero de la gente que conozco hay muy pocos que quisieran vivir peleándose, así que esa rola es muy obvio, pero al mismo tiempo, cuando Brittany estaba escribiendo esa canción o cuando trabajamos en el estudio en esa canción, la letra era lo último en llegar porque la música llego primero y así trabaja Brittany a veces, Brittany generalmente escribe la música y luego agrega la letra, pero en esta canción, la letra llego después de la música y cuando escuche la letra por primera vez, pensé que hablaba de nosotros, (ríe), pensé que hablaba de los integrantes de la banda y que no se quería pelear con nosotros o algo así, y pensé, ¿de que podríamos pelearnos?! Hablamos las cosas, pero no creo que nos pelearíamos, y me dijo que no, que la canción trataba de la lucha diaria, y entendí y dije, pues hago eso diario así que puedo relacionarme con la canción.
N: Creo que muchos de nosotros podemos relacionarnos con eso, puede tratarse de nosotros, una relación, y hace rato estaba escuchando una entrevista que hicieron y escuche a Brittany decir que quiere crecer, y creo que es algo que mucho queremos hacer… Le ha ido de maravilla a Alabama Shakes, paso todo muy muy rápido, pero siempre queremos más, entonces es una lucha entre yo y lo que quiero, y ustedes y lo que quieren…

N: Ustedes son una especie de banda de Rock n Roll, con mucha influencia soul, y hay mucha platica de la gente y medios tratando de definir que genero son… Creo que al final del día son una mezcla de diferentes géneros incluyendo rock & roll, soul y más cosas…
S: Si….
N: Cuando empezaron la banda, empezaron hacienda covers y tocadas que duraban 4 horas, como decidían que covers iban a hacer y como definieron que genero iban a tocar, sea el genero que sean?
S: Caray, no se como definimos eso. Escogíamos covers que nos gustaban, por ejemplo, Zac escogía cosas mas onda RnB, o canciones con más soul o baladas, me acuerdo que escogía rolas de James Brown, una de Otis Redding, Spirit in the Sky de Norman Greenbaum; Heath escogía canciones más modernas, tipo the Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, o Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings; Brittany quería tocar canciones más explosivas que eran súper difíciles, escogía tipo Black Sabbath o Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple o yo generalmente estaba dispuesto a tocar lo que sea porque me gusta de todo, si fue un reto aprender a tocar Deep Purple, esa rola es bastante difícil – Space Truckin’ – así que teníamos un set que tenía una mezcla de cosas, y cuando lo ves de afuera, hasta las canciones de Rock que tocábamos eran súper explosivos como tocar AC/DC, Black Sabbath o Led Zeppelin, y tener una cantante que podía cantarlas realmente increíble ayudo mucho, y luego las rolas mas RnB que tocábamos era una onda mucho más groovy como Deep Pocket o algo parecido, entonces creo que todo eso ayudo mucho.

N: Creo que tienen una mezcla muy interesante, porque a todos los integrantes les gusta diferentes cosas, y fusionar todas esas cosas para crear algo totalmente nuevo, porque no creo que tienen que ser categorizados como X genero, pueden ser ustedes, son lo que son…
S: Si, y es evidente cuales son nuestras influencias cuando tocamos, tipo, escuchas una canción como Heavy Chevy y de inmediato suena como rock n roll de los años 50/60, no se, como que tiene un ritmo de mucha energía y para mi eso es como punk/rock, entonces lo toco con esa energía, pero Heath está tocando la guitarra como si fuera una canción de rock onda old school, entonces tienes estas dos influencias combinadas… No se…
N: Creo que eso es lo que hace que ustedes sean tan únicos, y eso es lo que importa hoy en día, porque hay tanta música, y ustedes tienen algo completamente diferente para ofrecerle al mundo.
S: Me gusta lo que dices!
N: ¿Qué aprendieron, vivieron y cambiaron como banda desde que grabaron el primer disco a grabar este último disco?
S: Creo que entre el primer y segundo disco definimos que es lo que queríamos hacer, yo se que en muchas situaciones te dan una canción y los músicos quieren presumirle al mundo su canción, como, “ve lo que yo puedo hacer, toco la guitarra increíble, o se tocar la batería impresionante, o el piano o lo que sea”, y creo que en esta banda todos entendemos que somos buenos a nuestra manera, no  todos somos necesariamente músicos monstruosos que pueden subir a un escenario y hacer solos impresionantes o algo por el estilo, entonces cada quien hace lo que sabe hacer, ¿Que estoy tratando de decir…? Sabemos en lo que somos buenos y sabemos en que áreas sobresalimos, sabemos en que cosas tenemos que trabajar, cosas así, tocamos las canciones con nuestro mayor esfuerzo; la primera vez que escuchas una canción hay muchas cosas que pasan por tu mente, “yo escucho esto”, “yo creo que la batería debería de hacer esto o lo otro o debería de sonar así”, y todos probamos diferentes cosas hasta que todos nos ponemos de acuerdo con algo que suena lo más pleno, es como una combinación de lo que escuchas en tu cabeza, lo que puedes hacer y lo que suena bien con lo que están haciendo todos los demás, entonces muchas cosas diferentes….

N: Algunas palabras antes de que terminamos la entrevista?
S: Estamos súper emocionados para que salga el disco, ya queremos tocar todas las canciones nuevas en vivo y para que todos vean y vivan la experiencia de como suenan y como se ven en vivo. Estamos emocionados para los próximos shows, y se que va a ser una gira que dura mucho porque todos estamos poniendo nuestro mejor pie adelante, como que sentimos que hemos realizado algo con este segundo álbum, más aún que con Boys & Girls que vamos a empujar al máximo, así que vamos a estar de gira mucho, tocando mucho, y todos estamos súper emocionados de eso.
N: Es increíble, y les deseo lo mejor, y espero que regresen pronto a México.
S: Si, claro!
N: Les encanta venir a México, ¿Verdad?
S: Si! Estamos haciendo muchas entrevistas ahorita y preparándonos para ir y tocar algunos shows. Digo, me encanta la cultura, amo la comida, amo la gente, entonces lo que sea para ir a México, más aparte hace calor, y me encanta eso! No soy una persona que le gusta el frio.

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I met Dave Matthews and Steffan in Mexico City!!!

WARNING: This is going to be a long, emotional, deep post.

Music is one of the most important worldly goods in my life.

Music has gotten me through so much. Good and bad, heartbreaks, love, hope, faith, disappointments, happiness, fear, indignation, anger, friendships, respect, appreciation, confusion, and the list goes on.

I mention all this because this weekend I got the opportunity to see Dave Matthews Band perform for the first time ever in Mexico City at Vive Latino festival and at El Plaza (small venue that holds 1,600 people – petit comité).


Photo taken by me at El Plaza, Mexico City

Ahead is the story of me, and Dave Matthews Band – no, not literally with the band, but how I discovered them, and the story that goes with what DMB represents in my life.

A few years back I met a guy, I thought he was the one, you know, when you feel that connection? Well, that’s what I thought with that guy from day 1.

Anyway, we started hanging out, talking and all that and he was totally obsessed with DMB. I had no idea who they were, but once I discovered them, I fell madly in love with them too.

I’m the kind of girl that puts a song, playlist, musician, concert or anything affiliated with music to a moment and/or person and Dave Matthews Band was HIM.

All was good while it was going smoothly………….. Until the day he broke my heart (which at the time screwed me over big time, but today I am SO grateful for what he did because I realized I didn’t nor do I want a person like that to be my partner.) – Goes to say, he’s a great guy and what happened, happened, no hard feelings.

One of my fave quotes is: “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” – Notting Hill

My all time fave Dave songs are:
Crash Into Me
#41
Dreamgirl
Where Are You Going
Mercy
Pig
Everyday
Stay (Wasting Time)
So Much To Say
One Sweet World
Sister
Dancing Nancies
When The World Ends
Stolen Away On 55t & 3rd
Oh
Lover Lay Down
American Baby
Say Goodbye
and my new favourite to the list is Bartender.

So, at the festival on Sunday night the setlist was the following:
Don’t Drink The Water
Belly Belly Nice
Minarets
Satellite
Seven
Save Me
Rooftop
Crush
So Much To Say
Anyone Seen The Bridge
Too Much
You and Me
Jimi Thing
Ants Marching
Grey Street

and on Monday at El Plaza:
One Sweet World
What Would You Say
Warehouse
When The World Ends
Seven
#41
The Space Between
Belly Belly Nice
If Only
You Might Die Trying
Spaceman
Everyday
Shake Me Like A Monkey
Crash Into Me
Don’t Drink The Water
Typical Situation
Pantala Naga Pampa
Rapunzel
Little Red Bird
All Along The Watchtower


Boyd & Tim, Dave Matthews Band. Taken by me at Vive Latino 2015 Mexico City

Ever heard of the saying, Everything happens for a reason?

Well, I now have many stories that remind me of the band from Charlottesville, Virginia.

I met the band through a guy that broke my heart, and met another guy thanks to the band recently.

So, my story isn’t that bad at all, it’s all about the way you look at things.

Life is all about moments, “best moments happen when they’re unplanned.” – couldn’t agree more with that quote.

We shouldn’t take life so serious…. No one gets out of it alive. So live, take risks, be careful though, don’t do stupid things… Get you heart broken, cry for days on end, laugh so much you get a stomach ache, meet people, sit back and enjoy.

So to wrap the story up, DMB was him and now it is a beautiful, very exciting story, that has involved many emotions, incredible memories and a story that is just beginning….

At this very moment I’m in this mood, so here’s Oh by Dave and Tim Reynolds for you!

The only time the word OK is accepted in my life is in the song Oh:

The world is blowing up
The world is caving in
The world has lost her way again
But you are here with me
But you are here with me
Makes it ok

Forgot to mention, I met Dave and Steffan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!