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INTERVIEW: Daniel Tortoledo

Hi Daniel, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been good thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Eloise”?

Yes, it’s the second single from my upcoming album, Through Out These Years.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes, actually the birth of a child by that name and meeting on that very same day a person who decided to change his sexual identity naming herself Eloise. Both news hit my ears in less than an hour in between. Lyrically it was challenging to connect both worlds.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Not a video in the traditional way but I did actually record a live session for this track which shows a different character to this song. Rafael Gomez on guitar (Who often performs with Lila Downs) and Hugo Moreno (Zocalo and several other projects)

The single comes off your new album Throughout These Years – what’s the story behind the title?

Through out These Years is actually a song from the album, but it was suggested as a title by my good Amir Daou who has helped me in many aspects of this album and also helped me organizing several shows in Germany on my last visit there.

How was the recording and writing process?

Most if it took place in 2 different live sessions including the vocals which was something I always wanted to do and actually preserve that way. A few overdubs took place for some guitars, backing vocals but I believe that is what makes it a very honest album. Through Out These Years as the title track was recorded with an old piano in my kitchen years ago with Matt Meyer on drums (Pokey LaFarge)

What role does Venezuela and Brooklyn play in your writing?

 Probably a lot but in a subconscious level. I am trying to not latch on to any particular thing when I write except for bringing honest music out there.

What fears did you get to explore on this record?

Taking the risk of recording live and also doing the session with just 2 rehearsals but I trusted everyone involved in the process of creating this album.

Overall I really enjoyed making it which is just as important, enjoying the ride while it’s happening is essential to the final sound you get in the end.

Any plans to hit the road?

I want to cover a few countries in 2018, Argentina around April and then sone areas of Europe during the fall, I’m really interested in Ireland, Germany and probably Czech Republic.

What else is happening next in Daniel Tortoledo’s world?

Currently finishing more material recorded earlier this year, which I’m really excited to share in the near future.

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