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.
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.
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.
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.
Three albums after starting to sign with his own name, multiple concerts in Spain and a tour of Colombia, we find a figure who is a reference of the songwriters of this generation.
Many of us heard his music (in Colombia), by his own power found his niche on the other side of the Atlantic.
A type loaded with good humor, that scatters it even in the videos in which he invites to his concerts, he shapes it in the video clips of his songs, in the stories that counts between song and song in his presentations, in the titles that he puts .
-The prize for the best title is taken from his first EP
Of models now condemned to
Dark corners of the internet "Sadder is stealing" -
Their songs have very long, intelligent verses, of complicated rhymes. Songs that make you smile because they tell you something close to the heart; But not for heartbreaking or tearful love stories. Near. Of daily complicity. Play with our attention. Some may even be tongue twisters.
The Kanka entangles us with his songs. It envelops us and accompanies us when we need to go outside to walk, to scream or to enjoy life.
He responded graciously to our questions and we are happy to share his answers with you.
We interview singer-songwriter Andrés Correa; Who is presenting these days his new album: "Ocaso". We talk about Rock, as an attitude, and that songwriters are not on the verge of extinction.
Their last album is titled "Ocaso", that has a song in which Pedro Guerra participates, "Aurora". That play on words tangle. It is intentional. His lyrics are also tangled and intentional. Their songs are inhabited by ghosts and memories - painful, joyful, cruel and latent; Stories of cities, of people against cities, of people, of stories of others.
Andrés Correa is a sincere singer-songwriter. From that kind of interpreter that on a stage is crumbling, sings with the soul torn and excited to whoever wants to hear it. Who dares to sing in a country where everything that happens on stage is haunted by a cry of Güepajé. A generous guy, who in his concerts quotes verses of his friends between songs.
His concerts are an experience of immersion, auroras and sunsets.
Are the singer-songwriters on the verge of extinction?
No, on the contrary! More and more musicians of different genres "come out of the closet" and declare themselves singers. The song is always the first love and is common to all genres and styles. If someone cultivates the love of letters and songs. If someone cultivates the love of letters and songs as pieces of art, for me he is a singer-songwriter.
What is the rock For a singer-songwriter?
El rock Can be a vehicle for the song, I have made several rock albums for example. He rock I could be a lifestyle too and an attitude but also a pose. There are many powerful and well-produced songs that have more cheesy lyrics than the worst romantic ballad you can imagine. In that sense, the rock, Is also a pose.
What is yourGreatest Hit?
Of my songs? The last track that is playing is "Your ghost". I do not know if it reaches so much, same in the world in which I move there are not great hits. There are issues that become meaningful to some people and that is important to me.
Which project in which you are involved today is the one that most excites you?
At this moment I am releasing my new album "Sunset", A very risky album from the musical and it is a challenge to sustain it live. Clearly it is not a rock record, it is made with very little elements and the lyrics are not very pop Let's say ... we are going to present it in many cities this year and the subject of advancement "Your ghost"It's already ringing out there.
I do not know if it excites me but I'm glad that everything is marching. Same, we just started!
What is the panorama of music in Colombia?
I feel it is a very broad picture in that the songwriters are cataloged in many different genres. In all festivals, places, radios and ears there is room for songwriters. Some friends play Rock at the park, others at jazz festivals, at the Stereo Picnic. I do not know if there is songwriter music or even if you can talk about author music.
I feel more colleague of a musician than heavy metal That makes good lyrics than a self-styled singer-songwriter who does not write well ...
Inspiration, luck or talent?
Work, perseverance and patience.
Why creating more?
Because there is no other option for who is creative.
More than a choice to create is a vital drive.
An error that only beginners commit:
Believe in fairy tales.
A mistake that even the professionals make:
To doubt the way.
What good is a lawyer in the arts?
To the extent that art is marketed or distributed, a thousand edges emerge. In that sense lawyers are important in these processes. The subject of copyright is very important but we also often face issues that have more to do with commercial law.
More than for "art" are important for artists who want to protect their work or income derived from it.
Why do not you need a lawyer in the arts?
When to create.
A verse in a song that is gold powder:
First you have to know how to suffer, / Then love Then leave / And at last walk without thought.
Homero Expósito in "Naranjo in bloom"
Crowdfunding. That digital way of stretching the hand to the fans to help an artist finance a component of their project.
César Gomez is in front of Uonset, A platform of crowdfunding Focused on music created in Colombia. As Kickstarter o Indiegogo Allow the creator of a project to seek funding from their followers, directly. Uonset Goes a step further.
They work with artists to shape their project. crowdfunding; They do not leave them adrift.
El crowdfunding Has had a difficult development in Colombia. Those who have risked seeking funding on foreign platforms have crashed with an incomplete system; As the Viacrucis from @CucharitaDePalo to publish "Facades Bogotanas". Still the crowdfundingHas become a legitimate way of financing artistic projects. More and more artists in Colombia see in the crowdfunding A financing option for his new album, book, tour, etc.