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LAS TETIS @ SIBERIA ROCK FESTIVAL

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Finally September has arrived. One of my favorite months, together with October and April and May. Yep, I’m kinda mid seasons girl, definitely.

I love September, not only because of my and some of my closest friends’ birthday anniversaries, but also because it’s the back-to-school month, no matter I cannot have two straight weeks of holidays until October. During summer all routines are gone, chaos and fun reigns and I reach the end of August a bit exhausted and fed up, to be honest. September is like resuming to regular routines, tours are announced, shows in town are scheduled and I feel like writing again. Weather is great as heat is losing its power and I sleep in my pajamas again and covered. Ah! And my hair fringe looks fine longer (this might be a silly remark for you, but of utmost importance to me).

There wasn’t a better way to mark this turning point that attending Siberia Rock Festival as guest DJ with my partner Verónica aka Dra Feelgood. Las Tetis went to Vitoria Rock City, fought and conquered, and returned safe, knackered but very happy after the successful Friday night session, and the great experience.

We both love this city we’ve been visiting quite often in the past 10 days as it hosts our favorite rock festival, Azkena. Vitoria-Gasteiz is the capital city of the Basque Country, and it’s beautiful. It’s not very big, population does not even reach 250000 inhabitants, yet it’s a very livid city, always hosting events, and offering many activities on the streets, no matter the weather is usually rough there, marked by  cold and rain most of the year. Pintxos and zuritos, nice parks and streets, bars and venues, and super friendly people, I really dig Vitoria.

The organizers of this 3 day festival focused on promoting the local scene in the area through the support of the local authorities. Basque Country has always been quite respected and recognized for supporting arts, sports and culture, and the project these three young entrepreneurs submitted was finally greenlighted.

Considering none of them had any experience in this field, although they were assisted by the right people, it’s unbelievable the way the festival developed. Punctuality, professionalism, perfect logistics on one hand, and a very respectful and cheerful audience on the other.

The quality of sound inside the tent was neat and outstanding, and the level of the bands was impressive. I had a crush on a stoner band named Arenna I will talk about in a near future, as I purchased their last album after the show. They were a blast!

We were scheduled to start after the shows at 1AM. We were nervous and a bit concerned about the weather, and it had been pouring the day before and there was this light drizzle showing up from time to time, which could bring heavier rain at some point. But it didn’t and we could offer our session in a very cool terrace next to the gardens the shows had taken place.

We had never been so comfortable dj’n as we had plenty of space for moving, handle our stuff and proceed with our one to one session, which lasted until 4AM.

We had only selected CDs to bring from Barcelona but didn’t prepare anything in advance as we follow our mood and instinct in every session, beside, preparing a 3h session is killing all the spontaneity of the event, living no place for requests, improvisation or having fun. To be honest, it’s better to switch on a computer and leave it working rather than having one person doing nothing there. Thus when the time arrived, after agreeing on the importance of the starter, I clearly saw that Bossheaded had to open the session. Tough, straight, powerful and party animal, this song was an unwritten declaration of intentions: have fun and rock as if there was no tomorrow.

What we had brought with us was out outfit, well, our t-shirts, which were customized with our personal logo designed by Miguel, Veronica’s boyfriend.  The slogan says “Las Tetis. Rock n’ roll DJs Supersexy to the max”. The last part makes me laugh, to be honest, but t-shirts looked cool on us, gotta admit. You know, this uniform stage wear outfit always reminds me of the earlier years of Gluecifer 😉 This time with boobs. Ha!

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The session was a blast, surrounded by acquaintances who celebrated every song and a very enthusiastic audience we didn’ know, people seemed to enjoy a good time, some were dancing, others were hard on air guitar, people singing whistling and clapping. This was the closest session to a proper rock show I’ve ever experience. we had everybody’s attention who were waiting for the next hit to start, and when it did, party was on again. Whoa! It was aaaaawesome! It’s gonna be hard when I start playing songs at Psycho on my own next Thursday. ..

This time the playlist’s been created through Grooveshark, however the embedding codes do not work here so I encourage you to listen to it here. The positive thing is that except for a song by Supagroup, all tunes are there. 48 songs for your pleasure I suggest you play as loud as fuck. In case you wanna know, I started odds, but due to this song missing, from Nasty Ho/Swimwear, pairs are my responsibility.

Thanks Vitoria and thanks SRF for an awesome weekend. It’s been terrific!

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BACK TO SCHOOL

September is a month marked mainly for the return to school. The cycles and calendars of business, politics and other fields have been adjusted to this event, thus cities are recovering their pulse and nerve, unfortunately for many holidays are just a past memory, and kids resume to classes in high spirits and renewed energy. September is the month when everything gets back to normal, or so we think.

It’s been too long since I don’t attend any sort of classes. I eventually quit my college degree, English (grammar and literature)when I moved to Barcelona, mainly because of the incompatibility among working shifts at the store, and a studying routine, plus at that point, after several issues, I lacked of motivation and enthusiasm. I think I can admit I never liked the degree, and the only knowledge I improved was that related to literature. Moreover, the experience at the university wasn’t worth living, and I reckon college education is overrated. The quality of education I myself paid for years, was pure crap.

Throughout all those years you attended kindergarten, primary/secondary school, high school and (if) college, could you point put which was the period you enjoy most? I can, I’ve never been happier as in my high school years, positive.

I attended a nun private school from age 4 till 13, when my dad gave me the chance to choose whether to study secondary grades at the same school, or receive public education. I chose the second option, I used to hate the suffocating atmosphere and unfair hierarchy based on popularity and money, even though I wasn’t really conscious at that time. Spending so much time with other girls allowed me to see how bitchy we can be at early stage, the repressive atmosphere of Catholic education impacting on us prevented us to have a real picture of what life was, however I have to give the nun school the credit of being so disciplined, I was a bit bothered due to my left handed condition (not up to feeling bullied, but definitely annoying), but also my studying habits were learned during those years, and my love for English language was born thanks to some wonderful teachers who encouraged me lots.

I used to study during those years so much that when I started at the high school I didn’t need to invest much effort into passing the subjects, thus, from 14 to 17, I lived a privileged welfare period, characterized by the easy living, and the quest for discovering what would become my lifetime passions: music, films and friends.

I usually define myself in that time as hyperactive. If you ask people who knew me those years probably would agree. I had such energy I was, and sometimes still am, an overwhelming character, comparable to a tornado. No kidding.

The high school was the perfect option during weekdays. I got on well with my teachers despite the fact that I was chatting all the time, didn’t have much trouble with my marks, got on well with most of my classmates, and was voted the class student representative every year. I wasn’t a saint, believe me, but my negotiation skills were quickly proved on behalf of my fellow students. It was a time when waking up early in the morning to attend classes wasn’t bad by all means. I loved that place, the atmosphere, the friendship and fun, and the sandwiches made at the high school cafeteria. Oh good, cheap and awesome!

I recovered some of my high school essence a couple of years ago. Mondays are always rough. You are destabilized after the weekend and it takes you ages to wake up in the morning. On Tuesday, I was starting thinking that the following day was midweek so weekend was closer. Wednesdays were right in the middle and you could touch weekend with the tip of your fingers. On Thursdays all plans for the weekend were set and I was starting to get excited and finally Friday was mayhem, and an explosion of euphoria. There was this English teacher who eventually became my friend and recorded me many rock tapes, Ladis, who dismissed me on Friday last hour class on purpose, in order to prevent me to spread my happiness among my classmates.

High school was the perfect playground, the place where I started hanging out with boys, much cooler than girls, I had my first crush on a guy, Diego, and where I started sharing my recently discovered passion with mates: music. Communication and socializing skills were fully developed, thanks to music I stopped tumbling in confusion, and my personality started defining, and for the first time in my life I made decisions, faced my parents, and walked my first steps towards the adult life. Thus high school meant the change from being a kid playing with toys to turn into a pre-adult teenager self conscious with my own will. It was my personal awakening, and the first version of what Toi is nowadays.

I don’t regret having diverted great deal of my potential to my passions and experiences, I know if I had studied harder perhaps the results would have been different, but, since I’m happy and proud the way I am, and with pros and cons, ups and downs, I feel quite fulfilled and glad I’ve enjoyed life so much.

Thus, in my mind, September, a month I particularly feel fond of, always brings back lots of high school memories, with a feeling of positive nostalgia invading my heart. Those were good ol’ times after all, before innocence was gone and adult concerns were the new tenants in my head.

What about you? Did you like school?

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