By Maria del Mar Benlloch
Valencia, Sep 22 (EFE).- Despite the opposition of his father when he was a child, when he told him that music was “the source of all vices and the perfect path to perdition”, Manolo García is always accompanied by the creative inspiration to pour his art into two new albums, where what trumps who’s behind.
“The important thing on a record is the content, not the author”defends Manuel García García-Pérez in an interview with EFE on the occasion of the concert that, at his recently completed 67 years, the former singer of El último de la fila offers this Saturday in the Plaza de Toros de València to present his new works, ‘My Life on Mars’ and ‘Plucked Follies’.
This Catalan singer-songwriter, painter, graphic designer and actor, currently on tour in Spain, remembers his beginnings that although his studies were focused on graphic design at the School of Arts and Crafts in Barcelona, he began to work as a designer in record companies, with more than 400 covers behind him, including those of his own albums.
“I’ve always loved designing; I am very inspired by beliefs, nature and time, so I always try to bring in allegory and surrealism, because on a cover you don’t always have to explain everything or show the type of music that will predominate. You have to intrigue the public,” he defends himself.
In his opinion, each album “is special, because you leave all your soul”and what he is looking for in them is to “contribute to people” with his music.
He grew up as an artist among bands (from Los Rapidos to Los Burros before achieving massive success with El último de la fila) and remembers those times “with a lot of hard work and precariousness” and adds: “There was no money and no one trusted us, but we had strength and we were moving slowly but surely.”
“There was little media – he recalls – but we live in a time when records and concerts were everything, people were shocked by a good concert”, although he points out that today he there is too much live music on offer.
Regarding the current panorama of the industry, the Catalan singer-songwriter is clear: “Now the possibility for artists to work has worsened, the platforms are taking advantage of young people, they have eliminated records without asking anyone simply because technology gives better performance”, but does not lose optimism: “There is still quality music, because there will always be creators” despite the consumption “to use and to throw away” that ‘she also detects today.
His creative process is based on the release of his thoughts: “You grow up as a musician in a difficult world and that means there is always something to say, because you can say through music what you don’t. ‘don’t like’, and he poses a very graphic: “When you throw the drumsticks and see how you capture your audience, it’s exciting.”
Regarding his new albums, created during the pandemic and released at the same time, he defends that they are “reunions with a more peninsular and southern sound, Spanish guitars, keyboards, electric guitars are heard…” but far from being “deep music”.
From Saturday’s recital at the bullring in Valencia, Manolo García hopes that the public will have a good time “and that the common emotion that is created during the concerts will arise”, and after finishing the tour he plans to continue painting paintings and continue with his exhibits.
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