Monday, 2 December 2013

INCONSCIENTE: Our interview with Pedro from the Argentine punk rockers No Matarás!

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What was your earliest musical memory and what pushed you towards pursuing a career in the music industry?
"The sound of distorted electric guitars, drums and bass."
What sort of records were played around the house when you were younger and did these records have an influence on your songwriting?
"Yellow Submarine. The Beatles."
Had you been involved in any other band prior to No Matarás?
"Morgue Judicial, Division Autista and Mal Momento."
How did No Matarás begin?
"I started composing new songs and then I met Vanina and she started to learn bass and we decided to make some noise together then we formed No Matarás."
Where did the name No Matarás come from?
"Originally from a dream, I woke up one day and in the dream Vanina told me 'the name of the band is No Matarás', we discussed it on the next day and we liked it. The concept of the name relates to the bible commitment and the contradiction in religions in general that they say 'don't murder' and they made a lot of murder in name of God."
How would you describe the sound of No Matarás?
"I think the most approximate description can be 'groovy, high volume, punk rock sound'. We have punk rock power, with some groovy bass, we play to make people jump and dance."
The band was formed back in 1990. Has the creative process and the sound you’re aiming for changed over time?
"Yes, thanks to the technology and the money, at the beginning we were poor, we did not have any amps, cymbals, recording devices, etcetera. We are no richer now but the digital recording technology is quite accessible to anybody with a normal job. Now the creative process is more accelerated due that we can record ideas easily."
You, as a band, were originally from Argentina but have since relocated to Germany. Why did this move happen and has it had an impact on the band?
"I decided to move due to some personal reasons and a new job, then I decided to continue the No Matarás project in Germany. This impacted very well on the project, giving some fresh air and new colours and strong power with Benni (drummer) and Marcin (bassist)."
You have played the River Plate Stadium in Argentina with Madonna. How did it feel playing to such a large audience and was the atmosphere different from a regular gig?
"Well, if I have to be honest, the only thing that is good playing in front of such an audience is a lot of people can listen to your band live. But on the other side, you lost contact with your public, we prefer small concerts, it's not our goal to play on such stages, but if somebody invites us again we wouldn’t say no!"
You are currently in the process of recording your first ‘vinyl’. What can fans expect from the release?
"A lot of love spread in songs, art, invited musicians, and groovy, high volume, punk rock sound. Will be some surprises there, I cannot tell you now."
You have covered ‘Our House’ by Madness and other songs in a unique style compared to the original recordings. When doing a cover is it important for you to put your own twist on the song?
"Well, yes, that’s the idea, we want to propose something, recognize the original art, and artist and propose another perspective of their art. We don’t want to copy the original band at all, we make other artist songs in No Matarás style."
Your first vinyl single is ‘Inconsciente’. What influenced this song and what is it about?
"Love, frustration, escape, high speed. It's about."
You have undergone numerous personnel changes over the years. Would you say this has had a positive effect on No Matarás over the years?
"Sometimes yes, sometimes not, in the past it was hard to get members that understand the sound and the idea of No Matarás style in Argentina, we were kind of advanced on our sound for the time being. Some people added a lot style and ideas to No Matarás, like Vanina (original member) Esteban (still playing in Argentina formation) and Javier da Rocha (drummer)."
Do you have any 'rituals' before you go on stage?
"Not really, at least for now!"
Any live dates coming up?
"5th December at CC No Me Olvides. Av Meeks 490. Buenos Aires Argentina. More to be announced in Argentina. Benni our German magic drummer will join to our Argentine tour in February."
Any new songs in the pipeline?
"Yes, 'Desert Calling' (can be heard on our YouTube channel), 'She Loves Me' (available by request on Soundcloud), 'Something To Change', 'Quiero Vivir La Historia', 'Perdido Y Encontrado', we are working on 'Satisfaction', a Rolling Stones cover, and some other covers too."
When can fans be expecting the next release?
"April, we have to work on gigs in Argentina now, as we are 'normal' people with jobs, we work on the band after hours and weekends."
Who would be your dream collaboration?
"Ruben Blades. René (Calle 13). Damon Albarn."
Who would be in your dream supergroup?
"Tito Puente for an acoustic show."
Favourite Beatle?
Favourite band?
"Ruben Blades and his band, anytime."
Favourite new band?
"Maybe they are not new but I will choose The Wombats."
Favourite song?
"Let’s Lynch The Landlord."
Favourite album?
"Question: Are We Not Men? Answer: We Are Devo!"
Vinyl, CD or download?
"Depends on the context, vinyl to support independent bands and vintage rock (sixties to eighties), CD also to support independent bands, download for mainstream music."
Style icon?
Favourite clothing brand?
Favourite film?
"Not easy one, let’s say Fight club, but changes over time."
Favourite TV show?
"Eter Capussoto y sus videos (Argentina). Seinfeld (international-US)."
Who would play you in a film of your life?
"Mano Negra, The Clash, The B-52’s, Devo, Pixies, The Jam, Ramones, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs."
Favourite food?
"Argentine BBQ, Indian food."
Football team?
"Boca Juniors."
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