Showing posts with label Spain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spain. Show all posts

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Spain | La Oreja de Van Gogh - "Sirenas"

BRAND NEW

La Oreja de Van Gogh keep promoting their latest album, "Un susurro en la tormenta". The song they chose to do so is the deep "Sirenas". Musically, it brings a delicious alternative taste to classic La Oreja sounds. But lyrically is where it all grows: it tells the story of a mother-daughter conversation regarding an ETA murder portrayed in San Sebastián, the city where the band comes from. The sirens in the song are both the mythological creature but also the sounds from the ambulances that represent the violence of the situation.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

10 Questions For: Arde Bogotá

INTERVIEW

They are one of the most promising bands in the Spanish rock scene. Their previous singles wowed us with their mind-blowing power and moving beats. And, just last week, they released their much awaited debut album (which you can listen here). We had the pleasure to talk music with a band who lives and breathes it 24/7. These are our 10 questions for Arde Bogotá:

Sounds European!: Let's begin the interview talking about the origins of the band. How did you meet? When was the band formed? Where does the name, Arde Bogotá, come from, and what does it mean?

Arde Bogotá: Pepe (bass), Dani (guitar) and Jota (drums) met playing in different bands from the Cartagena local scene when we were teenagers. By the end of 2017, we decided to get together to make music, but we missed a voice. It was then when, in one of the old nights, Antonio (voice) and Dani met talking about the status of rock in the country. One said he sang and composed; the other, that he had musicians. A WhatsApp talk in the early hours with a primitive version of "Antiaéreo" convinced us to give it a try, and it was a success. After testing many names, one of the band members traveled to Colombia and, while still feeling the jet lag, he was invited to a party in a very crazy Bogotá night. After telling us about the adventure, someone said "¡Arde Bogotá!" ["Bogotá's on fire!"], and we thought it was powerful and fun.

SE!: We imagine each of you brings different musical influences. What artists did you listen to when you were young? And who inspire you nowadays as a band?

AB: We come from genres such as hip-hop, Spanish and Anglo-Saxon indie, arena rock or even singer-songwriter music. We still listen to those bands we love, such as Héroes del Silencio, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Second, Viva Suecia, Carlos Cano, Camarón, Metallica, and others. When composing the album, we were sure that we wanted to tell a story in a rock key, which is what we can do best. However, we allowed ourselves to experiment and be flexible, listening to artists like Kanye West, Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, and others, from whom we got beats and melodic lines more related to hip-hop and mainstream music, which allowed us to experiment a lot.

SE!: You have a very characteristic sound, but we would like you to explain it yourselves. If you had to, how would you describe your music genre?

AB: Arde Bogotá plays rock. No disguises, no surnames. We intend to give it a fresh touch without letting power and dancing aside. We play rock for people who forgot they liked rock.

SE!: You are releasing your first album, "La noche". How was the recording process? What would you like your fans to feel when listening to it? What differences did you notice compared to recording your EP?

AB: The process of creating "La noche" was very choral. Someone brought an idea, and we developed from it. There was a point when we saw we could establish a connection with stories that can happen and have happened to us in nights like before. To such a point that we decided to tell a story and work on a concept, which made the composing process more interesting.
Pre-production was just like with the EP. We were many hours together with our producer, Lalo GV, who knows us and is a friend of ours. We recorded with him at the Neo MusicBox studio in Aranda de Duero. During the two weeks we were recording, we finished composing some songs under the pressure of recording them immediately, but we work quite well under pressure. The EP was all artisanal, but so is the LP. We don't know another way of working.

SE!: We feel the lyrics of your songs are very relatable. What inspires you to write? What topics do you like talking about in your songs?

AB: We like using direct and unyielding language, but that doesn't mean our songs would lack meaning. We believe it's a way of conveying a message that works well and is ear-catching. We eventually talk about topics that we all went through as a generation. We talk about love, future, uncertainty, all kinds of relationships, sex, what makes us angry.

"We play rock for people who forgot they liked rock" (Picture: Peter Walters)

SE!: The scene of Spanish rock is quite competitive, but it seems to be in a down slope compared to other genres. Do you agree with this? What's your experience with making rock music nowadays?

AB: Rock went through the same phase as jazz when the latter was replaced by rock. There are also urban genres that grew, developed and evolved pretty well, and set on the market. We believe this made rock gain a different meaning somehow. And let's not kid ourselves: everybody likes rock, and releasing anger and energy at some point. Making rock music is what we like, and what we enjoy the most on stage. It's easy to bring it to the public because it transmits a lot, and the audience feels it that way. It's something that must be lived live, and you can't beat that experience.

SE!: How is your experience when playing live? What can we expect in a show of yours?

AB: An Arde Bogotá show is rage, passion, dancing, sweat and a lot of energy. We compose and rehearse as if we're playing live, and that is passed down to our songs. In our concerts, we can tell the same stories we offer in "La noche", but in a more striking way. Missing a live show is not an option.

SE!: If you could choose anyone, who would be some Spanish and international artists you would like to collaborate with?

AB: Miley Cyrus, Sen Senra, Dani Fernández, Maren, Rayden, Second, Mark Ronson, and anybody who makes us get out of our comfort zone.

SE!: What are your projects for the near future? What can your fans expect from you for the remainder of 2021?

AB: We're releasing the album we wanted to do, a full album that tells a story in the rhythm of pure rock. We'll defend it and get it on the road with all our energy, wherever we're allowed to, in a series of concerts that will go on through the year.

SE!: We would like to finish this interview with a song of yours. What is your favorite song by Arde Bogotá, and why?

AB: We all have our favorite songs, and some of them are not singles. But the song that started it all, and with which we made a deal with the devil, was "Antiaéreo". Some things just can't be explained.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Spain | Arde Bogotá - "Cariño"

BRAND NEW

Spanish band Arde Bogotá are releasing their very first album, entitled "La noche". And here comes the third amazing single to promote it! "Cariño" is a song that mixes funk and rock and in which the deep, low-pitched vocals make it extra alluring!

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Spain | Miki Núñez - "Sin noticias de Gurb"

BRAND NEW

Miki Núñez has a new single from his album "Iceberg". We're talking about "Sin noticias de Gurb", a very fun pop-rock song that brings out the best in Miki's sounds!

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Spain | Diego Martín feat. Leire Martínez - "Tuvo su tiempo"

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Diego Martín is a Spanish singer and songwriter born in San Ginés, Murcia, in 1979. With an active career since 2005, he has just teamed up with Leire Martínez from La Oreja de Van Gogh for a delightful single. "Tuvo su tiempo" is a classic ballad in which their distinct voices blend beautifully.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Spain | Nil Moliner - "Libertad"

BRAND NEW

If you're in search of an uplifting song, then Nil Moliner has just what you need! His latest single, "Libertad", is a chant to life and the euphoric feeling of being free, all wrapped in fittingly intense pop-rock beats.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Spain | Ruth Lorenzo feat. Rayden - "El mismo puñal"

BRAND NEW

Ruth Lorenzo and Rayden have gathered for a new single. The Spanish stars have just released "El mismo puñal". It's a very intense pop song, with strong and marking pop-rock instrumentals. Their voices and styles work very well together!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Spain | Alba Reche - "La culpa"

BRAND NEW

Alba Reche is a Spanish singer who was born in Elche in 1997. She rose to prominence as the runner-up of the tenth season of the talent show Operación Triunfo. She has just released "La culpa", a hypnotic song with an intense melody, and a haunting vocal performance.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Spain | Roi Méndez feat. Cepeda - "La misma dirección"

SONG OF THE WEEK

Spanish singers Roi Méndez and Cepeda have had an amazing relationship since meeting in the 2017 edition of Operación Triunfo. And now they've given their fans what they have been asking for ages: a single together! "La misma dirección" starts as an emotional ballad that explodes in a chorus full of rock energy. It's our song of the week!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Spain | Fangoria - "Momentismo absoluto"

BRAND NEW

We are now landing in Spain, to listen to Fangoria's new single. "Momentismo absoluto" is a party on its own! It's impossible not to dance along the song's contagious beats and energy.

Friday, April 02, 2021

Spain | Soraya feat. Lorca - "Besame en la boca"

BRAND NEW

Soraya Arnelas has a new single! She teamed up with Lorca (stage name of José Alfonso Lorca Gómez, born in Madrid in 1976) to release a 2021 version for his 2001 hit "Besame en la boca". The song retains its witty rock riffs and unmistakably Spanish feel. It's bound to become a hit once more!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Spain | Vanesa Martín feat. Manuel Carrasco - "Despedida y cierre"

RECENT

Two huge Spanish stars gathered to record and release a single. It's "Despedida y cierre", by Vanesa Martín and Manuel Carrasco. It's one of those songs which were clearly created to be sung by a duet. And when the two artists involved are as talented as Vanesa and Manuel, the result could only be this great!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Spain | Arde Bogotá - "Millennial"

BRAND NEW

Spanish band Arde Bogotá are back with us to share their new single! "Millennial" is an introspective rock song with a dark groove in which they reflect upon what it means to be from this generation. The track is also a taste of their debut album, "La noche", set to be released in early May.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Spain | Alvaro Soler - "Magia"

BRAND NEW

We finally have a new single by Alvaro Soler! He is presenting us the first single from his upcoming album, both called "Magia". The track follows Alvaro's trend of Latin-infused, cheerful rhythms that will have you dancing along in no time!

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Spain | David Otero feat. Cepeda - "Tal como eres"

BRAND NEW

David Otero and Cepeda have gathered in a beautiful single together. "Tal como eres" is a melodic rock ballad which shows a sweeter side from both artists thanks to its tender vocal performance and instrumentation. The song is part of Otero's new album, "Otero y yo", which will be released in early March.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Spain | Javy Ramírez - "Tu nombre"

SONG OF THE WEEK

Javy Ramírez is quickly becoming one of our favorite names in the Spanish music scene. And his most recent single will show you why: "Tu nombre" is a fantastic love song with an inspiring instrumentation that leads to a powerful rock track. Javy wrote the song while taking part of Operación Triunfo, inspired by the thoughts of his girlfriend. It's our song of the week!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Spain | Álvaro de Luna - "Quiero"

BRAND NEW

Spanish singer Álvaro de Luna is back with us! He's just released a new single, entitled "Quiero". The song is a classic Spanish pop about the search for love and being loved, which is taken to the next level by Álvaro's raspy voice.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Spain | Blas Cantó - "Voy a quedarme"

BRAND NEW

After the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, Blas Cantó was almost automatically confirmed as a returning artist to represent his country in the 2021 edition of the competition. And he has just selected his new entry! In a special show that featured two tracks, "Voy a quedarme" won the ticket to Rotterdam over "Memoria". The winning song is an emotional ballad with contemporary elements that lets Blas's impressive voice shine through.

Updated on March 14th, 2021, with the official video.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Portugal | Nuno Ribeiro feat. Ainoa Buitrago - "Por ti"

RECENT

Ainoa Buitrago is a Spanish singer, songwriter and musician from Madrid. She has just released a new single with Portuguese rising star Nuno Ribeiro. It's "Por ti", a sweet song with a delicate melody, followed by smooth and beautiful vocal performances.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Spain | Lucia Gil - "Plástico"

BRAND NEW

Spanish rising star Lucia Gil has just released an outstanding new single. And we are completely addicted to it! "Plástico" is an imposing pop song with grandiose instrumentals and melody, which offer different layers of emotions and intensity. Lucia follows every single layer as she should, taking it all to an even higher level.