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Newbreed – Los Retrovisores

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Newbreed5

Los Retrovisores a Fuzz Soul band from Barcelona. Sounds louder than 1968.

Band Members:
Victor Asensio: Singer
Leo Hernandez: Bass
Pere Duran: Guitarra
Sergio Sanchez: Hammond
Quim Corominas: Drums
Hector Fàbregas: Chorus and Percussion
Edu Polls: Sax Tenor
Alexis Albelda: Trumpet
Francesc Polls: Bariton Sax

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

Since 2006, most of the members came from a Jamaican music band called ‘The Cutties’.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

We all are late 60’s and early 70’s dance sounds enthusiasts. We love most of the styles: from R & B to soul, reggae, psych or garage, back to rocksteady, and deep into beat… We’re also very influenced by the 60’s Spanish counterpart of that styles, as you could tell listening to our compositions.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

There are so many cool bands in our area: Rubén López & The Diatones (reggae) Penny Cocks (punk 77), Mambo Jambo, The Excitements or Los Fulanos (Latin Soul) to name a few…

04. What’s the 60’s/underground scene like where you’re from?

Barcelona has several bands, clubs, promoters, collectors and festivals… Some clubs we highlight: The Boiler Club, Movin’ on, The Gambeat Weekend, Le clean Cut, Wamba buluba and Pill Box. There you’ll find some of our favorite DJ’s: Xavi Beat, Julian Reca, Jordi Duró and many more.

05. How would you describe the style you play?

We just play the music we love to listen and dance to, without more restrictions. Our style evolved at the same rate we did. In our current set list you can find from Spanish soul to groovy funk, even freakbeat.

06. What are your live shows like?

The audience defines it as fresh and fun. We don’t like the bands that make a script for live shows. We improvise and always try to be ourselves. Our repertoire is compact, short and straight to the neck. No time for solos.

07. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

Our influences are as wide as our musical tastes. Mainly Spanish sixties bands, that like us borrowed the patterns from their own references, but projecting their own personality to their songs. We really love Bruno Lomas, Los Bravos, Los Canarios, Los Salvajes, Los Nivram, Pau Riba… We despise too many people to name it here!

08. What are your main influences outside of music?

Our universe is strongly influenced by the sharp & surrealistic Monty Phyton’ sense of humor. The French nouvelle vague and its evolutions are also one source of inspiration for our lyrics and videos.

09. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

Everybody does his one’s bit, but to date most of the songs were written by Victor and Pere. This has changed in our last recordings introducing compositions by Leo and Hector.

10. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

Our favorite song from the current repertoire comes from our EP Alma y Pisotón. It’s named ‘Me olvidé de ti’ wich, by the way, it’s been just released on video in a ‘Horror B movie’ style. Check it out! Our choice by another artist is Fire & Ice’s Music Man. We loved the complex brass arrangements and changing our regular subject –love- to an ode to that DJs that make us dance party over party, and that’s why we covered it (you can find our version at Alma y Pisotón EP too)

11. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

The underground scene, at least in our city, is in a good shape regarding shows and parties. We all participate in one way or another, Victor, for example, is deeply involved with The Gambeat Weekend & the clubs Pillbox 60’s Club and Bread & Groove.

12. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

To forge ahead the band, beside the financial precarity of our members, the lack of public resources and benefits for empowering culture, and the economic depression that we are all suffering.

13. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse minimum once a week and play an average of three or four shows per month. More than two years passed between our debut album and our second release “Alma y pisotón”, but we’re reducing the time between recordings and we’ll release our third record in June, one year after the previous release.

14. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

In Catalonia the mass media doesn’t give coverage to the bands that don’t belong to the mainstream market. For some time now, specialized magazines start to write about us. We also make great use of the social networks to reach our fans.

15. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We’d love to record in London with George Martin and a gigantic strings & brass orchestra, just like Spanish duet Manolo y Ramón did back in 1970. We’d also like to record with Ricard Miralles, arranger for Joan Manel Serrat in the album dedicated to Antonio Machado.

16. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

We’re still working on consolidating our own sound and our show. We’d like to make people outside the scene dance, without losing authenticity or selling out. We’d like to say thanks for our appearances at Euro Ye Ye Mod Festival (Gijon, SP), Purple Weekend, Festival Beat (IT), Soundflat Ballroom Bash (GER) and look forward to our first ever show in the UK (London) at Le Beat Bespoke, Easter – 16th April 2017.

Discography:

VVAA – “L’Edat Daurada” (Jamaican Memories, 2008) CD
VVAA – “Moderno pero español, vol. 8” (Bon Vivant, 2009) CD
VVAA – Somos los Mods vol.1 (Bip Bip Records, 2010) CD
“La nostalgia ya no es lo que era” (Flor y Nata Records, 2011) LP/CD
“Alma y Pisotón” (Soundflat records/BCore Disc, 2013) EP 7″
“En el surco” (Soundflat records/BCore Disc, 2014) EP 7″
“Sonido Joanic” (BCore Disc/Soundflat records, 2016) LP/CD

Web Links:

facebook.com/Los-Retrovisores
bcoredisc.com
facebook.com/los.retrovisores
twitter.com/LosRetrovisores


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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February 23, 2017 By : Category : Bands Europe Front Page Interviews Music Scene Tags:, , , , ,
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Hey! Mr DJ – Fonsoul

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Hey! Mr DJ 4

NUTsMag recently caught up with Fonsoul for a quick chat about music…

1. How and when did you get into music and what were you listening to then?

I’ll always remember when my mum bought me my first two 45s for my 6th birthday. When I was 10 or 11 I started collecting LPs from my pocket-money. Mostly Beatles, Who, Kinks etc. In my teen years I was digging the odd stuff, irish folk, kraut rock etc. I spent most of the 90s playing in an indy band, by the late years of that decade I started listening to soul music, buying Kent compilations first, a few years later started with soul 45s and was slowly deeping on black american music styles from the 50s to 70s until today.

2. Where was your first DJ slot?

Don’t remember exactly but had quite a few indy/britpop dj slots back in the 90s. My first soul dj night would probably be at the Barbara Ann bar in my hometown in the early 00s.

3. What was your most memorable DJ spot?

Fortunately there have been so many, s.m.a.r.t club, Boiler and Euro Yeye were always great. This year I’d remark Cool Cat in Hamburg and Rnb123 in London. But the one it tops for me was At The Soul Inn in Berlin, sadly defunct as of now. Playing for six straight hours to an over five hundred full-time dancing crowd is something you won’t easily forget.

4. What so far, has been your worst DJ experience?

I’m always easy and try to look at the positive side of things. I take technical issues as a challenge, as part of the learning process. I remember once while playing to a big crowd one deck died. After a few seconds of panic I decided to start counting loud while I was switching 45s over the only remaining deck 1, 2, 3…after couple tunes the crowd started counting out loud as well, it was great! And the count never went past 10.

5. Your favourite scene DJ’s and why?

I have so many it would be impossible to mention, what I’ll do instead is naming djs I would love to listen and hadn’t a chance so far: Mark Garcia, Action Pat, Cristopher Stuckenbrock, Chris Redlich, Sean Courtney, Steve Hiscock, Matthew Clark, Ricky Bean, Steve Longworth, Jonny Monk, Ben Shulman, Gunnar Stachmann, Cousin Benson, Dj James to name a few.

6. What has shaped your DJ sound and why?

I’ve always looking for good tunes as a collector/listener, no matter where they came from, artists or styles. So I guess as a dj that’s what I try to do, playing good tunes mixing from different styles, mod jazz, r&b, soul, funk, latin, Jamaican, garage…always keeping in mind the context, if I’m called to a soul do I won’t only play garage, etc.

7. What was your best ever find/discovery?

I can’t claim having discovered anything, very likely somebody else may have played it before. Those claims use to be risky and most times inaccurate. Also the focus should be more on the artists/tunes more than on who played them first. In any case I’m happy to have contributed to make some tunes a little more known, mostly by uploading them to my youtube channel.

8. Who was your biggest influence musically and your favourite artist(s)?

Beatles at early stage, not other artists on particular. 60s in general. Compilations like Nuggets/Rubble/Kent/Easy Tempo and many others. Library sounds. Boogaloo. Attending at clubs. On internet years I’ve learnt many new sounds watching some youtube channels, facebook groups and mix sites like Jester Wild Show where I have the pleasure of being part of the team.

9. Do you collect specific labels/artists/genres?

Not really, well, years back tried to complete the great North West garage label Seafair-Bolo, was close but still missed a few when I gave up. I don’t collect any specific artist, just 45s I like. But recently I noticed I have like twenty Jimmy McCracklin 45s, and love them all. Maybe one day will try to seriously deep into his discography. What I do collect is as many versions of specific tunes as I can. Like “fever” “comin’ home baby” “money” “st james infirmary” “have love will travel” “tighten up” etc. but the edge is on “summertime” got nearly fifty 45s of that. Already made a 1st mix, up on mixcloud and have plans for a 2nd sometime soon. You may think it’s weird putting versions altogether, but IMO is cool, you may see the evolution of music through five decades on just one song…oh, and the monkey tunes, I dig as many as I can!

10. Where can folks currently catch your DJ set?

We used to have a monthly night on our Double Cookin’ club but we stopped a few months ago. Have plans on reactivating it after summer. I use to play approx. once every two months at our fantastic local club A Wamba Buluba.

11. What is the record you would most like to own?

Having a huge want list helps yourself not being desperate about owning any specific 45. In a lifetime is very likely you’ll have at least one chance on nearly everything. Ok, had to choose something though I probably would pick right now Wayne Champion – Don’t panic baby and Danny Owens – You’re a little too late.

12. Please give us a top 10 all time favourites and a current top 5 spins?

Top 10 most played tunes:
1. Hector Rivera – I want a chance for romance (Barry)
2. Les Formidables – Unchained my heart (American Golden Oldies BEL)
3. Three Rivers Blues Band – Ophelia (Lion)
4. Frances Faye – Comin’ home baby (Audio Fidelity)
5. La Tribu – Para que (Musimex)
6. The isonics – Sugar (Kammy)
7. Mary Ann Fisher – Put on my shoes (Fire)
8. Little Joe Hinton – Let’s start a romance (Arvee)
9. Rudy Lambert – Love (Club 7)
10. Cliff Nobles – My love is getting stronger (Atlantic)

Current Top 5 Tracks:
In no particular order
1. Al Michael & The Capers – Twist every witcha kinda way (Montel)
2. XL-5 Minus 1 – Harlem shuffle (Cove)
3. Tamata – Buddy buddy Billy Joe (Mart)
4. Rock Murphy – Git with it (Verve)
5. El Corols Band & Show – Chick, chick (Tiny)

Web Links:

Main Site: www.jesterwild.com
www.facebook.com/fonsoul
www.mixcloud.com/fonsou

Next Club Spots: 4-6 August 2016 – Euroyeye

Co-promoter/resident at Double Cookin’ in Barcelona, one of the three Jesters at the Jester Wild Show mixes series


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 9, 2016 By : Category : DJs Front Page Music Tags:, , ,
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The Excitements (Newbreed)

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Newbreed4

1. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

Adrià Gual and myself (Daniel Segura) started the band in early 2009, coming out of a more oriented 50s R&B band which I wasn’t enjoying very much. We wanted to get deeper into a more soulful type of music, still retaining the R&B flavour, which at the time (and still now) is a genre that we couldn’t find in a lot of current bands. We just started searching for people around our Barcelona area, and our first finding was Koko, which had just arrived to Barcelona some months before, and had posted an ad in the Internet about starting a band just to have fun. Afterwards the other members were put together by word of mouth, or maybe we knew about them through other bands, etc.

2. What influences do the band members have in common?

All the band members gravitate towards any afro-american music from the past century, being it blues, R&B, soul music, gospel, garage… and specially jazz, which is pretty much the only music we can listen to on the same room and not complain.

3. How would you describe the style you play?

We plant our feet deep into the zone where R&B was mutating into Soul music, which seems like a really narrow one, but in fact it is wider than other styles we may be compared to, specially the late 60s funk thing, which we actually are far apart from.

4. What are your main influences in music? Who do/would you play covers by? And who do you despise?

Any greasy R&B artist influences us, from Andre Williams and James Brown to any artist from Fortune Records, Excello, Stax, Okeh, etc. We’ve played several covers through the years, ranging from Rufus Thomas to the Raelettes, The Falcons or Etta James. Common denominator is, when covering, try to get some original not-that-well-known tunes, plus they have to be good ones! We do not despise anyone specific, but we try to avoid any artist (being music, film or whatever other discipline) that isn’t right out sincere about what he does and how he does it. The thing is, when it’s meaningful, it shows, and again, it’s good!

5. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

In my case (and this is a personal opinion) I really enjoy “I’ve bet and I’ve lost again”, a classic southern ballad penned by our rhythm guitar Adrià Gual. It really makes a difference to play that tune every night, it lifts you quite a bit.

Other artists’ tunes, there are tons of them, but I’ll just pick up two that come to mind right now: Sam and Dave’s “Wrap it up”  (best bass line ever), and “Space guitar” by Johnny Guitar Watson (that IS crazy).

6. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Umm, tough question… Maybe just pushing the band forward when the going gets rough, which in our case has been more than half the time. It is funny that we play this kind of music in the 21st century, but the work on the road, conditions, personal and social problems do not differ that much from the ones of the chitlin’ circuit from back then. Yes, we are not black people in Louisiana, but we need the food and the bread to keep alive, and it’s as tough to get it as back then!

7. How often do you rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse only when we’re changing some song from the repertoire, which is rare during the time we’re presenting an album. That’s mainly because we’re constantly on the road, 100 shows a year more or less, so it is really not necessary (and healthy at the same time!) that we just rest a bit when at home. We’ve been recording every two years since we started, but maybe that changes and we try to do it more often, just a few songs each time, we’ll see. Right now we’re working on our upcoming third album, laying demos and arranging like crazy, we’re actually going into the studio with 4-5 songs next week, and we’ll keep the pace until we have enough to pick through and put an album out that we’re proud of. We’re also rehearsing Betty Harris’ repertoire, since we’ll be backing her up next August at Euro Yeye, a real treat and honour! Some of her songs are quite groovy and a bit different from what we’re used to, so it is really fun to work around those, this is an intense summer!

8. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

We were thinking about bringing some of our favourite music legends and try to lay down a song with them, then release it either in an album or seven inches. One I thought about was Don Covay, but sadly he left us some months ago. He had some serious health problems so it wouldn’t have been a good idea to try it if he was still around. I consider him a genius, excellent songwriter and singer, arranger, and unique character. Mick Jagger copied tons of stuff from the guy for a reason.

9. What should we expect from you in the future?  What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

We’re very hard-working, we like to play live, we enjoy the communion with the people, and we’ll try to keep the pace playing as much as we can around the world. hopefully, after visiting almost every country in Europe, we’ll step into Japan, Canada and maybe the USA while presenting the next album, we’re working on that. Our ambitions are just to keep moving and alive, grow bigger and better as musicians and people, and making the audience as happy as we are playing this magical type of music.

That Betty Harris show is going to be pretty interesting, we’ll have more horns and hammond player joining us that day, and maybe we can play some other shows backing up other legendary singers/bands in the future, one-shot things, who knows.

We just want the people to join with us and enjoy all that this type of music and show can offer, thanks a lot!


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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July 8, 2015 By : Category : Bands Front Page Interviews Music Tags:, , , ,
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Euroyeye 20th Anniversary

Gijon, Spain- 31 July 4 August 2014

Hundreds of Mods and 60’s lovers from around the World have gathered in Gijon every summer for the last twenty years for this unique festival in the northern Spanish province of Asturias. This means a great deal to us so we put probably the best line-up in our history together to celebrate this milestone.

Thursday kicked off in style with a free live gig in the main square of the city with local Spanish Soul band Attica Revolution warming up the 4000+ people with a great mix of originals and covers before Motown legend Brenda Holloway hit the stage for the first time in Spain and blitzed the audience with a magnificent performance. Brenda played almost the same set as Modstock covering big hits ‘When I’m Gone’, ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ and ‘You Made Me So Very Happy’ and underground hits ‘Reconsider’, ‘Starting The Hurt’ and ‘Crying Time’. Two encores brought the show to close eventually leaving many happy smiling faces waiting for more action.

In truth the festival already begun a couple of weeks before with various art exhibitions and 60’s cult films which are free to visit for a whole month visit the website www.euroyeye.es to view the full program. The first of four allnighters was a short walk away from the main square and after some tapas washed down with local sidra I was ready for one of the hottest bands around right now The Night Beats from Texas. A loud hypnotic beat pinned by the bass and drums with psychedelic guitars and a great front man whipped the crowd into a frenzy and all too soon for me it was over. The night continued with DJ’s doing a sterling job playing sounds from cross the 60’s spectrum.

Friday morning came around far too soon, the first Scooter cruise was a big buzz as usual. The scooters gathered at the open day at Laboral with Lambrettas and Vespas from all Spain (and a few from abroad including Marco & Steve Groves & Friends from Scooter Emporium) at midday to enjoy the live shows, djs, stalls and exhibitions. After the acoustic gig of Nolan Porter and Neil Jones the exhausts of more than 120 scoots begun to burn west towards what some said was the best sights they had ever had on two wheels. A couple of hours everyone came back to the LAB for the exper-i-mental  Rubayat live 8:2 set, something that has never been done before in our scene.

Doors opened at 10pm for the second allnighter with UK band Stone Foundation which many readers here are familiar with making their Spanish debut. Needless to say they won the crowd over with songs from the fantastic new album ‘To Find the Spirit’ before another US Soul legend Nolan Porter also making his Spanish debut joined them on stage playing his scene faves and choice covers. After the live music the allnighter was wild with two dancefloors and the best mod and 60’s music played by over a dozen DJ’s from around Europe.

Saturday morning at 11am we decided to meet at a fantastic new place, all the vintage scooters gathered in what we call “El Rompeloas” (“wave-breaking wall”), in the sports port with the luxury yachts and fishing boats making a great background for nice pictures. After lots of shots and beers the long love (and loud) caravan headed East towards a “walk & ride” called the Claretian Route, almost coming to a stop at very old pathways in the hills near Luanco. The ride finished at the posh Golf Club of Castiello for a vermouth and great Asturian lunch, price giving, raffle and yet more beers, wine and sidra. Lambretta Club of Spain annual meeting also took place with interesting news for members, some of them I know you will love and enjoy very soon (agree, Andy?).

Then it was off to The Battle of the Bands as Sala Acapulco. After watching 4 great bands the winners were Gamonides, they will record a single at Circo Perrotti studios for free as well as getting the support slot at the allnighter on Saturday night. The heavens opened with torrential rain from early evening into the early hours of Sunday morning making an interesting evening on the terrace at the Oasis. Our headline band from La Coruna Fogbound with Fernando from the Elephant band on Hammond gave a great performance with strong originals and great covers like the Artwoods ‘In the Deep End’ which was appropriate for the Oasis swimming baths. The allnighter afterwards was frantic and really crazy ending gone past 8am with lots of people asking for more… not me.

My brains showed me white flag on the Sunday so no scooter action for me. Any fragile souls will have had their bones and brain shocked to the core when Graham Day & the Forefathers hit the stage ripping through over thirty years of Prisoners, Prime Movers, Solarflares and Gaolers material. The Catalan support Los Retrovisores played a mix of US and Spanish Soul and Pop with clever covers and great arrangements of the scene classics. The last allnighter was a blast again with a short break for Mr & Miss YeYe which are always chosen for their party antics over the last four days. Worthy winners were Raul from Andalucía and Amanda from Brazil. Champagne popped and crowns and banners fixed and it was time to party like it was the last one ever at the Oasis. Dr Robert was scheduled to finish at 6am and after about 5 encores with Esther Phillips ‘Just Say Goodbye’ and The Animals ‘It’s My Life’ the songs I can remember, the party was over for another year.

A fantastic restaurant was booked for everyone Monday to enjoy the local dishes and Sideria before their journey home.

Join us next year from 31 July to 3 August 2015 for EURO YEYE 21.

Pictures by: Eva Lussina Lopez Guisaraga
More photos and news at: www.euroyeye.es

Many thanks to all sponsors and all the artists, bands, djs and everybody involved in the organisation or simply everybody that made it to the yeye in these difficult times to create this unique atmosphere.


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I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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September 18, 2014 By : Category : Bands Clubs DJs Europe Events Front Page Music Reviews Scene Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,
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Euro Ye Ye – (Wild Weekends)

01. Please tell us how and when one of the most famous weekenders on the scene was born and who are Trouble & Tea?

Euroyeye was first thought of while hanging out in a club in late 1994 or early 1995. Three friends (one of them JC lives in Thailand now and eventually got married there, Juan is still with me) complaining about not having time to enjoy the allnighter or watch the interesting concerts. Nobody was doing it at that time, so we decided we must do it then. Trouble & Tea is thanks to Manfred Mann, it was also good for a cool teapot logo (very British). We were always into ‘trouble’ a bit less than ‘tea’, unless you understand ‘tea’ as the Rutles did. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

02. Who attended the event in the early years and what are your most treasured memories from this period?

First year we had an attendance of over 200 people, 20 of them were djing in the all-nighters, hahahaha we had four bands and everything happened in the top terrace club of the Parque del Piles, over two nights. In 1996 we moved into the discotheque for the concerts and organized four nights – the rest is history. I specially remember bringing the ‘Knave’ to Spain and listening & dancing to their full set like crazy. They HAD something.

03. When did Euro Yeye become the International event attended by fun seekers from all over the World?

I think Rob and I first spoke in 1996 in La Rochelle (France). After that, I asked Rob to DJ and also to book the ‘Adventures of Parsley and Dutronc’ in 1997. Rob loved the feel of that 1997 Yeyé Weekender and after the event offered to join in the organization. I said “sí, ho, claro, joder (hell yeah)”.

04. Who has performed over the last nineteen years and does any particular live show stand out for you?

I have special faves, say JTQ and Les Hommes in 1998, The masters of groove including Reuben Wilson, Pretty Purdie, Grant Green Jr, Dr Lonnie Smith, Brian Auger, the Action, Arthur Brown, the Pretty Things, Jaybirds, Little Barrie, the Knave, Sugarman 3 + Lee Fields, the Strypes last year, Wau y Los Arrrghs, Maxine Brown, Tommy Hunt, the Teenagers, Martha Reeves, Flirtations, Dean Parrish, Nick Rossi Set (I won’t forget this one)… there are soooo many. If I just had the posters with me I’d remember many more for sure.

05. Apart from the all-nighters and live music what else is going on at the event?

Since 1996 we’ve done art exhibitions to the point that we have three artists in 2013 showing their stuff for one month July-august Since 1997 we’re doing a small but selected 60’s cult film festival in where all films are screened in OV (with Spanish subtitles when needed) Since 2012 Merli Marlowe programmes it which has given it the strength of an absolute 60’s film fanatic and connoisseur. This year we have Alex Cooper introducing us his new series of books about ‘rock stars’. Of course we also have the Scooter Rally within the weekender, which is one of the biggest in Spain. Moreover, the 60’s market and record fair is always very interesting every night at the disco and since 2009 we’re giving much more importance to the all-dayers with great DJs playing music by the beach during the afternoon. And since 2012, the Battle of The Bands has gained its own room at Yeye. Last year nine bands applied for great prizes, this year we have over 12 bands participating. Summarising, underground sixties culture is not just about the music IMO, it’s a way of life and this includes all aspects of art.

06. Please tell us about the amazing Oasis venue where the all-nighters and live music takes place?

Well, the Oasis disco is perfect for summer events. It’s located at one and of Gijón’s main beach, within walking distance from the centre (and what a nice walk over the beach in the wee wee hours!). It has a big parking and taxis are there upon a call in five mins. There’s also a bus stop in front of the main door that drops you in the centre in less than 10mins. It’s big enough to hold over 1000 people comfortably. Half is an outdoor terrace – half covered – with a nice stage and dance floor and room enough for 2 long bars and a bunch of stalls, space and plenty of seats to chill out, relax or smoke and have a drink. It has two separate dance floors.

We usually use the big one with two bars and a small stage (usually packed with dancers) for beat, garage, psyche, 60s rock and the really cool one in the end with room for 200 people (it’s always packed) for the black sounds, R&B, 60s soul, Jamaican, jazz dance, boogaloo and so on… also with a bar. Both of them are decorated like an Arabic palace with the Oasis with water in the middle. It’s beauuuuutiful, we add some 60s visuals.

07. Euro Yeye always has many funny moments during the weekend is there one in particular that stands out for you?

Well, it’s all about fun, but I specially think of every year’s Miss and Mister Yeye contest. It begun as a joke, and indeed it is, but people takes it very seriously and there’s much talk about it. Winners get a banner and a bottle of Champagne. We usually choose one Spanish guy and a chick from abroad or vice versa. They must have stayed for the whole weekend partying not missing anything and dressing cool. Style will always be important for us, how could it not be?

08. Who are the people who bring Euro Yeye to life every summer for our enjoyment?

Well, the team’s quite small, me & Rob, Arantxa doing marketing and communication, Juan takes care of hotels and accounts and plays the films, Vic does the stage managing. We also have a runner (we had Lara last couple of years) an official photographer and video crew, a small team for the sound and lights, backline crew, stage hands when needed and the disco crew. Before the weekend it’s really four people working, programming, producing & promoting. It still retains the fun and the DIY attitude inherent to any underground weekender IMO. If it’s not us (people from the scene) doing it, then it’s  just Disneyland and I’m not interested in that at all.

09. Where is Gijon and how do you arrive in the Asturian City?

Gijón is right about the middle of the northwest coast of Spain. The main town of Asturias is perfect for a holiday. The nearest airport is Asturias Airport (OVD) but Santander is also close (two hours’ drive), then Bilbao and then probably Galicia or Madrid.

10. Where are the best places to eat in Gijon?

Gijón and Asturias are very well known for its gastronomy, rich, special and varied, including fish, seafood, different meats, veg and desserts. The typical places are the Sidrerias, where you can also drink our very own sidra (alcoholic apple juice).

11. Where are the best places to stay in Gijon?

There’s a wide selection of hotels, hostels, camping. Everything can be checked in our website by the way www.euroyeye.es

12. Where to shop in Gijon?

If you’re a 60’s lover you definitely must visit Cleo, Modern & Vintage Clothing www.cleogijon.es. There’s a wide selection of vintage clothing (lots of 60’s stuff inc footwear) and the brands that we all like from Fred Perry and Ben Sherman to Merc, Lyle & Scott, DNA Groove, Delicious Junction, Art Gallery and a few more that you’ll love.

There’s another vintage furniture and stuff in general very close to Cleo called ‘La Merced 3’. There are also a couple of small record shops, Paradiso & La Bomba.

13. Please give us an overview of Euro Yeye 2013 and what to watch out for?

I always say best thing to do is to check the website or facebook, if I was to focus on anything it would be unfair to the whole event. I love the exhibits, the scooter run, the films, the ‘battle of the bands’, the all-nighters with some of the best international DJs in our scene that make our long nights something unforgettable.

MicroSite: www.euroyeye.es 

Links: facebook.com/euroyeyegijon facebook group: facebook.com/groups

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Felix EuroYeYe

Organizador de weekends mods y 60's como el Euroyeyé y el Beat Goes On. In Gijon, Spain.

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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Articles Europe Events Front Page Music Picks Scene Tags:, , ,
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The Faith Keepers (NewBreed)

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Newbreed3

“It’s hard to place exactly when we started as a group. I would say that in spring 2005, aged 16. All started because Álvaro and Esteban came together to form a band called Paper Planes. Given time called me to sing, and so we started under the name Teenage Kicks” Borja, the Faith Keepers. The live band is a tornado formed by 8 young guys. Soul-funk, boogaloo, sweat and energy of a child. From Zaragoza shaking every stage they walk with the power of their instruments and voice, and enjoying the simple things: !!sex and funky chicken rhythm! Its repertoire of their own creation, has drunk the influence of musicians like Sly & the Family Stone, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Ray Barretto, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, MC5 and that offers the public rate, sex and sweat. It’s show is defined as “bomb by everybody who is at 1km radius” and “Uff come stomping, waving both every stage in which you go up.” The final launch of the group, was in 2010 and 2011, publishing in April 2010, the first LP with Lontano Records label under the guidance of experienced music producer Soul / Funk Carlo Coupé. This disc has toured several rooms with remarkable success, mentioning for example the fantastic reception given at the Casa del Loco (record breaking attendance of a local group) and Oasis Club Theatre in Zaragoza, the Sala Sol, La Boca del Lobo and Tempo in Madrid, Barcelona Razzmatazz Jazzroom and other cities such as Granada, Bilbao, Burgos or in addition to international departures to the UK (London, Brighton) and Italy (Lavarone). They have participated in such imporant festivals as Slap Festival, Jazz Festival in Zaragoza, Water Enclave, Euroyeyé, South Europe, FIZ, Ebroclub… Prizes: – 1st prize V National Festival of Youth Music, Tudela 2010; 1st prize in the most important event of Aragon: the AMBAR Z MUSIC 2011 – BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC BAND of festival ENCLAVE DE AGUA 2011. Pop-eye Awards Finalists 2012 – 1st prize in the band contest of IMAGINE FUNK FESTIVAL 2012.- Band with greater projection of Aragon in the Aragon Music Awards. On spring 2011, they collaborated with Adidas by their track Don’t Worry About Later to perform an advertisement.

HQ: Zaragoza, Spain

Band members:
Borja Téllez – Vocals
Alvaro Suárez – Guitar
Guillermo Aznar – Guitar
Esteban Bayona – Drums
Jorge García – Bass
Eduardo Pons – Sax
Johann Hincapié – Trumpet
Ricardo Sosa – Percussion

Discography:
The Faith Keepers (2010 LP)
Soon You´ll Die (2012 45 rpm)
Leap of Faith (2012 LP)

01. How long have you been active for and how did you get together?

The band started in 2005 when some teenagers got together to play music, but it was in 2010 when we became an eight piece band and we reached the sound we had in our minds.

02. What influences do the band members have in common?

The strong winds and the night life of our hometown, Zaragoza.

03. Are there any other bands you’d recommend from your area? Why?

Yes: Hashima, The Bag Eaters and Maybe Boom. Basically because they are our own side projects.

04. How would you describe the style you play?

Hard soul & funk with a Latin spark.

05. What are your main influences in music? And who do you despise?

Classic soul, jazz-fusion and British rock, we really despise anything that sounds fake to us.

06. Who writes your songs and what subjects do you deal with?

We write them for ourselves, mainly Jorge and Esteban with contributions from the rest of the band. They deal with dancefloors, love, rough stories from the streets, swaggering, beliefs.

07. What’s your favorite song in your repertoire currently? What’s your favourite song by another artist?

‘Dancefloor Killer II’. ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye.

08. How would you describe the current underground scene? Do you participate?

We can only speak about the scene in our own City, and now it’s rising again after many years of being pretty low. We participate actively.

09. What has been the biggest challenge to date?

Releasing our latest LP, ‘Leap Of Faith’.

10. How often do you Rehearse? Play Live? Record? Anything interesting coming up?

We rehearse two or three times a week and play live about twice a month. The records have come out with a two year gap, and we hope to release our third album in 2014.

11. What do you think of the music coverage in the media?

They only care about what they already know or about what’s hip. We hope to be hip soon.

12. Do you rate any current mainstream or underground bands?

Sharon Jones, Quantic, Lee Fields, Antibalas, The Roots, White Denim, Tame Impala, Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo.

13. Who/Where would you most like to record with and why?

In Brooklyn, in the Daptone Records studio, because it is the very heart of Soul music nowadays.

14. What should we expect from you in the future? What are your plans and ambitions? What interesting gig dates have you got coming up?

We want to bring you the best music you’ve heard in years from a new band, and we hope to have a place in UK scene. The 24 of August we’ll be playing live in Brighton and London.

Main site:  thefaithkeepers.com

Links:
facebook.com/TheFaithKeepers
twitter.com/TheFaithKeepers
thefaithkeepers.bandcamp.com


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drrobert

I run The New Untouchables organization and events like the Brighton Mod Weekender, Le Beat Bespoké Festival (and compilation series of the same name) and I co-organize Euro Ye Ye with the Trouble & Tea crew. I have run many clubs over the last 20 years in London, where I live and current nights include Timebox, Zoo Zoo, Crossfire, 100 Club and Mousetrap allnighter which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2011. I have been lucky to DJ all over the globe including Japan, Canada, USA and Europe and met some great people on my journey. I run RnB Records to offset my vinyl addiction: newuntouchables.com/rnbrecords for rare vintage vinyl.

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June 3, 2013 By : Category : Bands Club Soul Europe Front Page Interviews Tags:, , ,
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