The Mil·lenni Festival is the setting that this eternal youth that is Muchachito has chosen today to end his current tour, accompanied by his Bombo Infierno, with which the party is more than assured.
Jairo Perera (Santa Coloma de Gramenet, 47 years old) promises one of his shows for tonight in the Razzmatazz room (9 pm) where his group will act as a marching band, they will review their essentials and advance some new cut.
Boy Bombo Inferno in marching band plan, how do you get to that?
After making the figure of our album El jiro, which musically went in other directions, I decided to get into a totally different band format, New Orleans format, which is the one I'm leading now. It is a band model that allows us to play the songs that have always accompanied us but mixed between Catalan rumba and swing; it's more festive, everything is moving, like a symbiosis between rumba and New Orleans.
When was the idea of a marching band born?
When I released the album Vueltas y Vueltas, the idea was actually to have done it with a marching band, but in the end the planned album came out the other way and we did it with the usual formation. And that whole project came to a standstill but suddenly one day I see Mr. David Byrne, that everything he does musically and theatrically is great, and I told myself that the idea had to be done even if it didn't reach his level. And that until now. Also, currently the theme of the marching band has resurfaced, there are many bands that are doing cool things. And it has the good thing that it is an off-road format that allows you to do it anywhere. Street music is always impepinable.
Doesn't being such a large band make everything more expensive?
Music is based on the fact that there are many who do it, that there is live music. In other words, there has to be a crazy person who bets on people who play instruments. And yes, I am crazy about live music, it is a personal bet; For me, the most important thing is the musicians, my people. I am building projects with people that I like, that I appreciate and that I value very much.
In Catalonia these numerous bands now proliferate, with festive pop, wind instruments, choral lyrics... has that trend benefited you?
No, no, I live very oblivious to that, I only worry about mine, and the world goes as it goes and people listen to what they want. I'm not complaining, I'm happy. It makes me very proud when people come to me and tell you that my lyrics have helped them, people who have been released from jail, from some problem... This is really what matters to me and not so much what one or the other does. And the truth is that I don't really like to mingle either, I've always gone my own way.
In your concerts now, do you see a generational change in your audience?
No, because I have always had an audience of all ages. What I do is very close to the clown, and then there are my lyrics that talk about feelings and making life easier for you and others. Those who come have a choice.
Compared to when it started in the 90's, how is the scene now?
All this has nothing to do with it. And in general the cities are spoiling a lot at a cultural level. I think it is better to have a fun city, full of lights and color, than a city where everything is impediments and bureaucracy, and money, of course. I am very clear about why people don't go out now: because it doesn't make it easy for them.
It already was then, but is your music in this current framework more necessary than ever?
I think that our music, like so many others, has to give you a good vibe. Look, if I wake up one morning and I'm not fine, I throw on David Bowie's Modern Love at full blast and it fixes my day. Music has that power and there is a choice. But what happens is that here there is a lack of spaces that involve a social encounter so that the city is really alive, so that it does not become dehumanized as is happening now.
So what is the ultimate goal when you go on stage?
Your attitude and above all motivate the staff. And if you're not going to do it, then you better be quiet.
Finished. Some of his latest songs, such as Too much water and there is no pool or El club del unemployment, do they mark his current musical direction?
It's what I was telling you before, this is the story I'm doing now, it's inspired by the playfulness of the lyrics, by the cadences of the Catalan rumba. Although I have also uploaded other quieter songs, such as Your name. On both fronts I move.