"Creating is what keeps me excited" [Interview with Elsa and Elmar]

Interview Elsa and Elmar
We talk to Elsa and Elmar, the queen of spiritual pop.

Last week I was at the concert Caloncho in a bar in Bogotá. The Mexican band was opening Technicolor Fabrics and they invited Juan Pablo Vega to sing a song with them.

A group of people next to me asked, "You have not heard Elsa and Elmar?—

They should, I thought.
They should.

Because she belongs to that universe, because she is the queen of that universe, because her version of "Fuma" by Technicolor Fabrics is better than that of the concert.

Elsa is a singular singer-songwriter. He dislikes the pop schemes, dares to experiment and wins the game. Their interpretations are full of complicity, their sound envelops. A song like "Ancient Form" catches you and does not let go; because it entangles you in textures, because it manages to get under the skin.

In the 2015 he gave us "Rey"; and from there he has participated in multiple concerts and festivals, from Estereo Picnic to Rock al Parque, including being the opening act for Coldplay at his concert in Bogotá.

 

 

He is preparing new material and we are very anxious to think what comes in the sounds of Elsa and Elmar.

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The most important thing is to have a speech behind, to move you and identify you [Interview to Adriana Convers @FatPandora]

@FatPandora

We interviewed Adriana Convers (@FatPandora), one of the most important fashion bloggers in Colombia. We talk about almost everything important in life, of power jackets, of having feet in the ground, of empanadas and of influencer marketing.

Adriana Convers, under her pseudonym @Fatpandora, is one of the most effective names in the circles of bloggers fashion, influencers and fashion journalism in Colombia. Your name appears associated with the lists of curvy bloggers to know (El País),plus-size latinas know to understand that weight is not everything (Buzzfeed)and Colombians with more style in Instagram (Publimetro).

He found his edge with a banner he carries with pride: challenging the fashion industry to talk about style with big sizes (and makes it clear that "size L is not plus-size "). And not just talk about the marketplus-size, give it content; break the logic that mannequins are the only form of beauty and refute the idea that weight and style are not compatible. Understand that offering a bigger size does not mean designing for that user. As what he sought to do Megan Trainor with the music… but more consistent. Fat Pandora publishes its blog from 2012 and has built its digital environment in multiple platforms, mainly in Instagram.

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"Art renews and cures by nature" [Interview with Pedrina, from the Pedrina and Rio duo]

Interview Pedrina and Rio
We interviewed Pedrina, from the Pedrina and Rio duo. To tell us a little about the essence of pink music.
Pedrina and Rio is a pink music duo. Pop pink. In the best of the senses. Their songs are impregnated with cursilería, good emotions, desperate cries, hopes of love sensory explorations.
This Colombian duo took the alternative local scene by storm. He broke any expectation with "Love"And became known nationally and internationally.

Pedrina is methodical, organized, powerful on stage. Rio is a stealthy teacher, with precise interpretations.
They are currently preparing what will be their next album, which will go on sale in 2018. The production of some cuts of the new album will be in charge of Richard Blair (Sidestepper).
We are confident that this Colombian group has many kilometers to go; as musicians, as duo, as managers of mellifluous and enchanting songs.

In a sentence, how would you describe the music you do?

Alternative Latin or better pop: pink music.

How do you make pink music?

It is done when you do not feel sorry for showing your emotions and you think the world needs more emotional frankness.

What is the most important thing in a song?

That it is real, that is to say: that represents what you think and feel, that through the song people can know your personality and identify with you and the music.

What do you think is your greatest hit?

Find a team that understands and respects us musically, professionally and personally. When people come just for their personal interests things stop flowing and everything turns gray. When we all work for a result, surpassing our egos and seeking a common end ... things start to happen that surprise you very positively.

There is a lot of Mexican sounds in what they do, entangled between songs, where does that influence come from?

The Rio family consumed a great deal of Mexican music; so his childhood is full of those memories. When I was a child, I saw Thalía and Chavo so much that I even spoke with the accent; although tex-mex, Selena (and Los Dinos) was my biggest musical inspiration as a girl.
In Colombia we have a tremendous Mexican influence and we share so many customs that we seem from the same country, except for the spicy, the mole and the tortillas.

Which project are you most excited about today?

Pedrinaand Rio is my project of life and I occupy in soul and thought the 24 hours of the day. I love not only the music but everything that happens behind it. I am very excited to work together visual artists, fashion designers, photographers, producers, even lawyers and accountants, and all the people who support us every day with their talent and knowledge.

Inspiration, luck or talent?

I hope that all three will always be united at the same time; but the truth is that it does not always happen. If I had to choose one I think it would beinspiration.
 

Why creating more?

A doctor knows that his job is to heal, a salesman sells, a driver to drive; but questioning the function of art is the most complicated. How is the music or entertainment in service of the people? What makes what we do not be frivolous or the pursuit of a personal vanity? The answer I found in a coexistence that we did 2 years ago in Mexico City, a girl came up to us very moved and told us that she suffered from depression, that she had heard our music and since her therapist had noticed an improvement; that same day a boy gave me a pin that had been from his deceased brother and said "Eli's Song"Reminded him by making his mourning bearable.
As we have had other experiences that make us understand that the function of art, having intrinsic the action of creating: renew and cure by nature, contrary characteristics of destruction or chaos.

A song for a rainy afternoon

Keeps On Rainin"By Billie Holiday

A song to celebrate a victory

It was nice meeting you"By Rocío Durcal

A song to find the patience when it is necessary:

Do not be hard on yourself"By Jess Glynne

An error that only beginners commit:

Sign contracts without hiring a lawyer.

An error that even the professionals make

Disregard the administrative, legal and financial matters of your company.

What good is a lawyer in the arts?

To avoid tears, remorse and empty pockets. No matter how many times you read a contract and how thick the magnifying glass you use, an attorney is the person who has the knowledge of the rule so you can protect yourself and watch over your interests, as well as putting you to advantage in an eventual negotiation.

Why do not you need a lawyer in the arts?

To remain an unsuspecting and unsuspecting artist, susceptible to be a victim of ignorance, naivety and often bad faith. Even to compose is necessary because it will teach you about copyright.

A phrase in a series that is gold powder

Skyler White: Walt, please, let's both of us stop trying to justify this whole thing and admit you're in danger!
Walter White: I'm not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!
          Breaking Bad (S04E06).

A pink pop rockstar?

Juan Gabriel.

A band is something (I imagine) similar to a family or a couple (polyamorous) [Interview with Juan Manuel Torreblanca]

Interview Torreblanca

We speak with Juan Manuel Torreblanca, vocalist of the Mexican bandTorreblanca, To tell us about music, artistic creation, the art of sleeping and what remains to be said.

Juan Manuel Torreblanca is an exceptional musician. His compositions can go from Bubble-gumPop ("Rome") To dark songs full of textures ("1000 ghosts"). As an interpreter he can twist a song by José José ("So what?") To sew it on top of you. With the songs of Torrreblanca surprising in the nuances, it is music for multiple moods. He challenges you, he consents to you, he invites you. It is unmarked and will not be pigeonholed.

For the launch of the EP "Something was left unsaid" (2016), Torreblanca prepared a farewell concert and a documentary to register it. The group is currently in a pause, indefinite, necessary according to them. Those who humble their music with a smile between their lips, we hope that the pause does not extend much more.

She answered our questions with warmth and we deeply appreciate the time she spent with each one.

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We are the Rock of Providence Island before the arrival of electricity [Interview with Elkin Robinson]

Elkin Robinson
Elkin Robinson is a wonderful Colombian musician From Providencia, in the archipelago of San Andrés, we fill the soul of caribbean folk. It is the Caribbean personified. Talking to him is a delight, for his tranquility, for his point of view. Bilingualism, the good vibe, the stoicism of an island that has everything if we ask what is right; In a conversation with Elkin you can cover a sea of ​​subjects. We were able to interview him to know what he thinks about Colombian music, the Caribbean and what is happening in the music industry today.
Elkin Robinson released his second album earlier this year. A more concrete sound, loaded with roots, nestled in the Caribbean folk. Without excuses, Elkin is a Colombian musician who distributes the sounds of the Caribbean with pride and to whom he listens to listen.
He sings in English, in Creole;Gives his interviews in Spanish and in spanglish, All in perfect harmony. Their songs are the perfect antidote to a complicated day. They unravel the mind. They force you to smile.
With traditional instruments of the islands, jaw and jars as a base of percussion are infecting us in their way positive.In a scenario is incredible, full of energy, prove that it is not a matter of great distortion or voice compressors to move masses and get us to dance.

We spoke in Medellín, in Circulart, for you, the Caribbean is a country? A culture?

What is the Caribbean for you?

For me the caribbean is a family, which shares a culture, a history and the same nostalgia.

What do your songs have in common?

It's an ironic song, where truth is not seen above, it is like pretending to be what you are forced to be, but below you are still yourself. It is also nostalgic and yet full of joy.

It is the moan of a spirit renouncing its enslaved body, to return to Africa.

Calypso, mentó and zouk are Colombian songs?

They want to be. Calypso comes from Trinidad, the Mento of Jamaica, the Zouk of Martinique. But all have influenced the island, however there are other very traditional rhythms on the island, such as Polka, Chotice, Mazurca etc. That deserve more this opportunity, not only to be cataloged Colombian music, but world heritage.

What is the most important thing in a song?

If there is something more important than music and lyrics in a song, it is certainly the message.

What are the most frequent obstacles you find in the Colombian music industry?

The division into two scenes: commercial and independent. So in the commercial everything sounds the same, the same letters, beats, they all dress the same, they speak the same and there are better economic opportunities, in the independent there is much cultural variety, of sounds, originality, rebellion, there is a social objective, but all this is Too good to be commercial and so does not have much economic value.

For this reason both are not in a single package and that is a great obstacle, both for the independent musician who is not well paid, and for the commercial artist, who we do not force him to make music, lyrics and messages of Quality.

What would or would be the equivalent ofRock (or rock)From the musics of the caribbean?

Jam. Lego Jam So Music.

Rock to the park, Second round What did you present to see this time?

We have come much closer to that Caribbean Folk sound. The new songs have a new color.

How do you add moreRock to Rock to the Park?

In these three years of the project we have explored since Calypso, mento, country. But really in our project, it is a single genre: The Caribbean Folk.

The instruments we use are 100% Folk, we are the Rock of Providence Island before the arrival of electricity.

What is yourGreatest hit?

Avoid the negative and destructive. Be in the mood positive.

 

I am writing a book that makes me lose the notion of the present and takes me back to nostalgia. That excites me.

Inspiration, luck or talent?

Inspiration is an insurmountable engine and when it comes to talent, there is no luck.

Why creating more?

Creativity is the heart of art, we create more because it is necessary to express the same in a thousand different ways, again and again.

An error that only beginners commit:

Your goals are dreams.

A mistake that even the professionals make:

Believe You know what you learned in a book.

What good is a lawyer in the arts?

For issues of copyright, advice, contracts.

Why do not you need a lawyer in the arts?

For everything else

A phrase that is powdered gold:

"No one misses the water until the well runs dry."

ARockstarOf Caribbean music?

Mighty Sparow.