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RockZone 10th anniversary party

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The 10th anniversary of Rockzone Magazine started with a party held at Rocksound last Thursday. Last year I also played some music when celebrating the #100 issue, which also meant the change to digital and free publishing, which has been a huge success, thus it was a huge pleasure to be invited to share stage dj’n with Turbolovers DJs and Danko Jones.

Lots of friends, collaborators, familiar faces and other remarkable personalities in the rock and press scene came to celebrate these 10 years of existence of the magazine, which, considering the difficult times press is going through lately, especially since the internet era, is a great achievement. My contribution to the mag hasn’t been for too long time, but I’m thrilled for being part of it, and I really hope it lasts, and I can improve my input.

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It’s hard to open for a party, but I tried my best to get people warmed up for Danko Jones’ session anyway. I took record of all my first session, but when I joined the Turbolovers DJs there was too much fun and booze, so this time the playlist is a bit short, but believe me, it got wild in the end.

Congratulations to Jordi and Richard for their amazing work!

LAST CHAPTER OF 2013: MY HIGHLIGHTS.

This is the last post related to 2013 I’m gonna write. It’s been another rough year (the second in a row), with many ups and downs, and some disappointments, but fortunately not everything was dark, and thanks to some people, music and some personal achievements I survived it, and pounding both good and bad things, I prefer using the adjective rough instead of shitty.

I reckon writing down a list of highlights is a positive way to close a year in the best way possible, so with no particular order I’m starting to remember my personal best of.

JORDI AND RICHARD

It’s still shocking that after living so many years in Barcelona I still don’t know, or haven’t been introduced to certain people I’ve seen thousands of times at bars and shows. At the end of the day, the rock scene in the city is quite reduced, so it’s easy to know who is who. It’s also funny the fact that it was Andrea who properly introduced us, considering she lives in our hometown, and not in Barcelona.

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And it’s wonderful to feel a crush at first sight on these two guys with whom I share so many things in common, especially the passion for music and this will to enjoy and have fun. And I love their strong friendship, and the way they connect and complement each other.

I reckon 2013 is the starting point of a long relation with them, and feel very happy and proud of feeling so welcome by them.

ALVARO LLORAR

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I think it was a great idea to start a dark year getting tattooed by one of the artists I admire most: Alvaro Llorar. The result was Carmen, a gorgeous woman with a flame coming out of one of her eyes. The design, the palette of colors used, and the composition are amazing, and I’m very pleased and proud of my girl.

KRISTONFEST

This festival will last in my memory for several reasons. First, the lineup, Orange Goblin and Clutch; Second, I could spend some time with my British pals; Third, I met adorable people I already knew virtually but nor physically (Iñigo, Ostaika, Alberto…); Fourth, it was my first assignment for Rockzone Magazine.

ROCKZONE MAGAZINE AND MY FIRST INTERVIEWS

I started writing for Rockzone in June, and since then I’ve been doing some homework reviewing albums and shows until I was assigned my first interview to Dave Wyndorf, of Monster Magnet, and I’ve been doing few more in the last 3 months.

I love music and writing, so you can imagine the possibility of combining these two passions is a blast. Again I have to thank Jordi and Richard for the support and trust.

JAUME AND TANI

I’ve always expressed how lucky I am for having the friends I have, and the meaning of this highlight is not making any favoritism, but I feel like celebrating my friendship with these two people, who are so important and dear to me.

On one hand I’m supper happy of Tani coming back to my life in a solid way. I’m positive there won’t be more distance between us, and it’s great to have the funniest chick in the world (apart from me, heh) by my side. Every minute we’ve spent together has been top quality and I know there are many more to come.

tani and toi

As for Jaume, my first internet friend, my best supporter and my best confidant, his life’s changed quite much this year, and I only hope I have supported him enough. Truth is that such change has also strengthened our friendship one step beyond. Cubism, gossip, movies at The Hellhouse and many nights of fun. For many years!

DJ’N SESSIONS

It’s been a very busy year with sessions almost every month at different venues: Psycho Club, Hey Ho! Bar, Es Xibiu tapas bar, La Caja Tonta and La Ley Seca in Zaragoza, and the most remarkable event, with Veronica, as guest djs at Siberia Festival in Vitoria.

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Playlists I post here are becoming  popular and the crew seem to be pleased, and as for myself, I’m getting more comfortable and confident with the sessions. Very proud, to be honest.

#DADDYCOOL

I’m especially pleased with the current relationship with my father. We can have different points of view, argue, and get pissed off with each other, but I reckon we’ve never been so well as nowadays. Perhaps certain circumstances have encouraged the closeness of it, and I regard it as something very positive.

We still got some Japanese beers pending at the basement. I remember, Randy.

NEIL YOUNG IN NIMES

I feel lucky for being able to attend another show of the old man, with Crazy Horse. You never know when it’ll be the last chance, so whenever it’s possible I’ll move wherever to see him. The show was neat and beautiful, the place, wonderful, and the experience unforgettable.

HUEY MORGAN

As weird as it might sound, Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ singer, Huey, has managed to cheer me up every day thanks to his philosophy quotes, his jams of the day, his replies on Twitter, and his show on BBC6 Music. I’m positive I’ll meet him in person in the future, and I hope that future comes soon. #jeah!

Huey Morgan

THE SOCIAL NETWORKS

Again, they must be included as a highlight. The ARF forum, Facebook, Twitter and this blog, have allowed me to get to know very interesting people, get closer to artists I admire and be in touch with people living far away. How can anyone hate internet?

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I only hope 2014 is a bit more positive, or at least steadier, that these last ones, with no extreme ups n’ downs. There are cool events ahead which make me feel optimistic at this moment but you can never trust Fate whims, right? Let’s see what happens… I got my fingers crossed.

THE DAY I GOT PUBLISHED

A couple of months ago I got the chance to attend a great festival in Bilbao and  write the review for July-August issue of Rockzone Magazine. Needless to say, when the bosses handed me a copy with hot Josh Homme on the cover and I discovered my review occupied almost a full page I got immensely happy for the achievement and very proud of myself.

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Truth is that it’s not the first time some of my reviews are published on a real and physical magazine, however  because I was talking about one of my favorite bands whose members are friends from my London years, this article was very special to me.

You know summer is being too warm, crazy and very very busy, so to be honest I haven’t found the proper moment to translate what I wrote until this evening. I hope you like it even though it might miss some of the “Spanish” essence and style, but at least I think you’ll get the picture of the experience. and those who’d like to read it in Spanish, please, don’t be stingy and buy it. I promise to sign it before I become famous, inaccessible and a prick 😉

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In February, when Kristonfest confirmed British band Orange Goblin to be part of the line up this year, next to Clutch, Truckfighters and Karma to Burn, who unfortunately cancelled just 10 days before the show, I didn’t think twice and arranged a flashtrip to Bilbao.  No matter how many times I’ve seen the band led by Ben Ward -last time was at Sonisphere in 2012-, the opportunity of enjoying one of their powerful shows at a venue such as Santana27 for the first time in Spain, was an irresistible bait. No doubt it was a rad lineup for all the stoner fans.

Therefore on Saturday, suffering a (light) hangover after Clutch show at Music Hall in Barcelona the night before, relieved with the help of some beers and pintxos, we arrived at the venue.

Surprisingly Truckfighters, the Swedish championed by QOTSA, had started with beyond British punctuality, so we couldn’t enjoy the actual startup of the fest. Even though many more had been caught by surprise, when we arrived you could feel the party atmosphere, with the audience in high spirits all the time. However, even though the band sounds pretty solid and powerful, there’s something worng. They wanna be but they’re not able to be. They have good songs but these are not overwhelming, and even thought their live performance is quite acceptable, but they couldn’t blow our heads at all.

During their set we really missed Karma To Burn, an absence wisely handled by the organization of the fest, affecting positively to the most interesting shows extending their act.

Orange Goblin opened their set with Red Ride Tiding, the first song of their terrific last studio album A Eulogy for the Damned, which has caught the attention of many people, and has confirmed they’re enjoying their best moment. Their set list was mostly based on their last work, including Acid Trial, The Fog or The Filthy and the Few, but had room for classic songs such as Quincy the Pigboy, Some You Win Some You Lose, Time Travelling Blues or Blue Snow. They didn’t give us a break, and the audience was getting nutter thanks to the huge and exultant frontman, who was cheering everybody up nonstop. No doubt Ward is the most outstanding member of Orange Goblin for obvious reasons, but Joe Hoare’s work on guitar is impressive. There were sound issues at the beginning of the show, but luckily everything was improving. I’ll never get tired of repeating the Brits are a 100% live band.

Finally the main course was delivered by Clutch. We were all ready to face what was coming, and some of us were playing in advantage as we had seen them earlier that week in Madrid or Barcelona, but the show they performed got Santana27 crazy as I hadn’t seen in a very long time.  Perfect sound, Neil Fallon completely out of control, , and a bombing proof set list  to keep us breathless. Crucial Velocity, Cyborg Bette, groovie Mr. Freedom, and Book, Saddle & Go as the first part of the show, blew our heads. Once on the track, nothing could fail, and the venue turned to host mass mayhem. They continued playing song from Earth Rocker, but also recovered awesome hits such as 50 Thousand Unstoppable Watts, The Mob Goes Wild, Burning Beard, and of course, Electric Worry. Neil Fallon is THE frontman, with an overwhelming energy, and the remarkable ability of balance the lack of charisma of his band fellows Dan Maines and Tim Sult, accomplishing his tasks impressively on the other hand. Regarding JP Gaster, apart from taking our hats off and bow, nothing else could be done. This guy on drums is definitely not from this world. Probably one of the current best active drummers. Huuuuge.

This Kristonfest evening was terrific, and we all ended very pleased , neck aching, and willing for some more. Let’s hope this fest becomes a fix event in calendars so we can visit Bilbao in the future to enjoy this celebration. Congratulations to the promoters, the venue and the bands for an incredible evening.

 

*** Thanks to Jordi Meya and Richard Royuela for everything. You’re fuckin’ great, guys!