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INTERVIEW: LABAN

1. How would you classify your music?

I would say a chill trip. In this particular album, there is a mix of different genres such as rock, pop, jazz and funk. There is also lyrical content, the first single is a song about corruption, impunity, violence and extreme income inequality.

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Paradis (French duo)

Feist

Amy Winehouse

Shakira (the old stuff)

León Larregui

3. What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want them to enjoy the sound of my music, If they understand the message and it gives them something to think about, it would make me happy.

4. How’s the music scene in your locale?

I think that the music scene in Mexico City is growing and developing. It’s an enormous city with plenty of space for musicians, indie or mainstream. There are some incredible places and forums in the city, for every music genre or tribe.

5. What is the best concert you have been to?

It was a concert from Mexican artist Regina Orozco, she is an opera singer and she was performing popular Mexican folk songs in her own colorful way.

6. What do you like most about playing live?

I love that I get to break some rules regarding the original studio versions of my songs.

7. Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

My favorite song on the album is called “Para ti”, it’s a song about friendship and the importance of unity. A few years ago, I was with some of my best friends at a conference about national security. Honestly, I couldn’t understand a thing about what was being said at the moment so my mind just started wandering. I kept thinking about how lucky I was to be with my friends, to have their support and I couldn’t remember the last time I expressed my feelings to them so I wrote this song. It actually starts with the phrase in Spanish “I hear people talking about things I don’t understand”. It was actually one of the first songs I wrote for the album and it really inspired me to continue writing.

8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I’ve learned about producing and directing my own ideas. It’s a good challenge, specially as an indie artist, trying to creatively materialize your ideas while making the most out of the resources you have. I think it’s a really fun process, sometimes stressful but it feels amazing at the end when you get to see the results of your hard work. I’ve also learned about communicating with my audience. I’ve recieved a lot of comments and messages through social networks and I try to answer to all of them, even if they are bad or negative. It has helped me strengthen my openness to criticism.

9. If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Amy Winehouse, for sure.

10. What’s next for you?

I’m still working on the album’s production and I’ll be releasing more singles in the next few months. The second single is called “Quién Da Más” and it’s a song about the frustration of doing what others expect us to do.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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