Interviews

Mariano Muniesa

 

Music would not be the same without the figure of music journalists, professionals that dedicate their life to shed their knowledge about the music scene highlighting the novel bands, bringing back to everyone´s mind the forgotten ones and constantly analyzing the state of the art in music to make us remember that music is an art, and in turns, a culture. This is the case of Mariano Muniesa since music changed his life because in his own words, "I realized that my life had to be related to music in an early age. I didn´t know if I would be a musician, a journalist, a manager or a dealer, but for sure I was going to work in the music business". Fortunately, Muniesa followed his instincts to became one of the greatest music journalists (specialized in Rock) of Spain.

Take a little time to listen to Mariano Muniesa talking for #iamablackhero about the responsability of musicians in the musical crisis, the need to organize in trade unions to fight for musician´s right, the change in the music format related to a loss in technical quality and some issues more. And do not forget to leave a comment on the website, Facebook, twitter or YouTube channels.

* Subtitles available in English 😉

 

 

Pau Monteagudo

 

The story of Pau Monteagudo begins with a little child who loves to sing since preschool and that some happy day discovers the famous Chuck Berry guitar solo performed by Marty McFly in the film Back to the future. Suddenly he feels the fire. The heat. The fever that Rock creates inside his veins is so strong that he cannot run from the spell and he falls into the music like falling into a deep black hole without any possibility to escape. And with his unique and powerful voice and his great skills with the guitar and the piano, one fine day he joins the rock band Uzzhuaïa and spends more than a decade saving Rock´n´Roll before creating his new power trio band Corazones Eléctricos. And the story has just began.

It only takes 10 minutes to listen to this fantastic singer, composer and guitarist Pau Monteagudo talking for #iamablackhero about the meaning of music, the discussion between art and entertainment or his experience with Crowdfunding. And do not forget to leave a comment on the website, Facebook, twitter or YouTube channels.

Special thanks to Hard Rock Madrid for the venue to make this interview possible.

* Subtitles available in English 😉

 

 

Jorge Salán

Imagine the devil staring behind the window of an old car in a lone and dusty crossroad. In the scene, a young man decides between dreams and reality, holding on to his guitar and listening to a howling wolf crying in the middle of the night. But the young man is not scared. Not at all. Because the choice of music is not something that depends on magic, fate or a mystic crossroad, it depends on something that Jorge Salán knows very well: hard work, a continuous study of music and the instrument, huge amounts of passion and dedication and, undoubtedly, an inherent talent to express emotions and to connect with the audience. Take a look to this interview to the great composer, singer, producer and guitarist Jorge Salán, one of the most international musicians of the Spanish blues-rock scene, talking for #iamablackhero about his steps to become a professional musician, the importance of musical education in school or the need for communication between us. Do not forget to leave a comment on the website, Facebook, twitter or YouTube channels. Special thanks to Juan Brieva for the space to make this interview.

* Subtitles available in English 😉

 

 

Delfin Jiménez

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything", Plato stated. This is the reason why Delfin Jiménez has dedicated his entire life to music supporting the work of many artists along the years through his advice and guidance, professional representation and unquestionable talent for management and music business. Director of programming at Chalgó Live (Madrid) and manager of KDRock, Delfin talks in this interview for #iamablackhero about the state of the art in music from his professional point of view and from the knowledge about the music industry that has given to him many years of hard-work in his career. Do not forget to leave a comment on the website, facebook, twitter or youtube channels. Special thanks to Madrid Musical store, the place where this interview was made.

* Subtitles available in English 😉

 

Steady Rollin´ Bob Margolin

 

 

Steady Rollin´ Bob Margolin has the blues running through his veins. Guitarist of Muddy Waters from 1973 to 1980, he has spent his whole life dedicated to music in that "in between" scene that know that blues is very alive from young children to old people. When talking about his old guitar (a vintage telecaster) he says "If I´m tired, if I don´t feel good, if I put my hand around that guitar, I feel much better. That old guitar owns me, I own to that guitar", as you can hear in this amazing video. Do not forget to leave a comment on the website, facebook, twitter or youtube channels. Special thanks to Escuela de Blues de Madrid for the management of this interview.

* Subtitles available in Spanish 😉

 

Ben Poole

 

 

Ben Poole is one of those new-generation artists that looks to the future without forgetting the past. He knows that music needs to evolve, to change, and so he is combining different influences in his style creating a unique sound that goes beyond blues and rock, generating a personal signature in which the passionate live performances and the atmosphere that is generated between musicians is one of his main presentation cards. "Music is the glue that holds us together", he acclaims. And I completely agree! In this 5-minute long interview, Poole talks about blues and the importance of music in his life and perhaps some of you can see yourself reflected in his blue-blues eyes. Do not forget to leave a comment on the website, facebook, twitter or youtube channels. Special thanks to Intertour Music Agency for the management of this interview.

* Subtitles available in Spanish 😉

 

Pipo López

 

 

Pipo López compares music to the work of a surgeon. A life dedication, 8 hours/day of practice and many years of study is required to a musician to become professional, to become competent in a world that is changing the conception of learning and of earning money when comparing to some years ago. And although internet has allowed the expansion of creativity not only in music but also in other arts, the way to gain access to the highest level still needs the persons, still needs the greatest teachers available. Their experience cannot be acquired in the internet, as Pipo suggests in this interview. Their experience cannot be learned by watching some youtube videos, or learning your favorite solos. The theoretical part of music needs the practical one, and sometimes things do not fit together as they should. Another great interview about the state of the art in music in the words of the musician, guitarist and teacher Pipo López. Do not forget to leave a comment on the website, facebook, twitter or youtube channels.

* Subtitles available in English! I never forget it 😉

 

Lorenzo Sanz

 

 

Music goes further creativity. There is a profound needing of professionals like Lorenzo Sanz that help musicians to share their creations in the world that we are immersed into. Marketing, Social Media or Business analysis are some of the disciplines that the promotion agency of Lorenzo Sanz, named Top Artist Promotion, offers to anyone interested in music career. If you are thinking about your launch as a musician or a band, maybe his words can shed some light into the steps that you need to take. If not, for sure he will give another point of view of the music business. Do not forget to leave a comment on the website, facebook, twitter or youtube channels.

* Subtitles available in English, yeah!

 

Pedro Andrea

 

Creativity needs to expand and to discover new ways of expression through different journeys and disciplines, as it happened to Pedro Andrea. He is a talented Spanish guitarist that have been defined as original and innovative and that has worked with Carlos Santana, Miguel Bose or Luz Casal amongst others. But he has also explored other artistic ways like musical production, guitar education and even painting and drawing. In this interview about the state of the art in music, Pedro Andrea talks about the negative side of progress, the hard path that a musician needs to walk, and why he thinks that music is necessary for every human being. It´s a little bit long (around 30 minutes), but his words really deserve your attention. Do not forget to leave a comment on the website, facebook, twitter or youtube channels.

* Subtitles available in English, of course!

 

 

Javier Bragado

 

To talk about music photography in Spain is to talk about Javier Bragado. His training and passion laid the foundation of the new area of music photography in this country, where the power, intensity and energy that transcends live music can be transformed into great images to take into account, and to remember. As Bragado says in this interview, these photographs help to create music icons and it´s something really important in the moment that we are living where everything is created to be consumed and discarded. If you want to know his thinking about the culture of the new generation, his experience as a teacher of music photography, and the importance of this profession, please take a look to the interview! And do not forget to leave a comment on the website, facebook, twitter or youtube channels.

*You doesn´t speak Spanish? No problem! subtitles available in English! 😉

 

Juan Brieva

 

Sometimes, the dreams and the passion of our youth are transformed into something bigger, and deeper. This is the case of Juan Brieva, an excellent luthier settled in Madrid, that has joined the movement #iamablackhero to tell us his point of view about the state of the art in music, the bad and the good side of internet in the learning and in the spreading of music, and many things more. Most importantly, Brieva is waiting for a new messiah to change everything, to carry us to the next level. This is his story. And this have been his words.

*You already know it but... subtitles are available in English and Spanish 😉

 

Diego García Luengas

 

The story of my guitar playing and my knowledge about harmony starts with this man. I knew Diego García Luengas as a guitar teacher, one of those crazy masters that transform the hard parts of learning in easy rides, that takes your hand and guide you from the darkness to the light of the guitarist heaven in which Richie Kotzen, Jimi Hendrix and Andy Timmons - and many others!- are waiting for you. Then, I knew the artist. Graduated in Fine Arts, and later on formed as a guitar luthier, along all this time Diego has mixed all his passions into one: the music. And since we met some years ago, I have had the opportunity to know the man behind the artist and to win the biggest prize: a friend. Today, I´m really thrilled to share this interview with all of you. I hope that Diego´s words about the state of the art in music can show you some details about the incredible personality of this great musician and guitar player.

*As always, subtitles are available in English and Spanish 😉

 

Rafa Sala

 

I love Madrid. It´s full of amazing musicians to be discovered that are working really hard to share their incredible music and feelings to all of us. This is the case of Rafa Sala, an exceptional guitar player and composer that is working in the promotion of his new solo album, full of songs like "Give me back my mind" or "Open your eyes", that are available in iTunes & Spotify. I made this interview at Madrid Musical store the last 11 of march (2016), and as you will see his speech is full of optimism, compromise and empathy (like himself, I guess).  Do not forget to leave a comment! Thanks for watching! And spread the word! Are you a Black Hero?

*Subtitles are available in English and Spanish 😉

*A special thanks to the staff of Madrid Musical for making this possible.

Nita Strauss

 

This time, I´ve had the chance to make a little interview for #iamablackhero to the great guitar player Nita Strauss, after her clinic for Ibanez at Madrid Musical store the last 10th of march (2016). Do you want to know how music saved her life? Do not forget to leave a comment! Thanks for watching! And spread the word! Are you a Black Hero?

*Subtitles are available in English and Spanish 😉

*A special thanks to the staff of Madrid Musical & Ibanez for making this possible.

"Blue" Lou Marini

 

Welcome to the first interview for #iamablackhero! It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to talk with this great musician, during his concert with the band Red House in Sala Clamores (Madrid) the last 28th of december (2015). Please take a look to the interesting words of "Blue" Lou Marini about the sound of music, the difference between synthesizers and real instruments, or what is about to come in music related to new forms of technology and culture. He answers one question in the middle of the interview: "if aliens come down to earth and say justify your presence in the universe,  we better play them..." Yeah! You have to watch the interview to know it! Please, do not forget to leave a comment! Thanks for watching! And spread the word! Are you a Black Hero?

*Subtitles are available in English and Spanish 😉