Artwork is an exclusive drawing by Barcelona based illustrator Craig Stewart.
CF: how and where was this mix recorded?
I selected a mix of African records from my collection and recorded it on a wintery Saturday evening in London.
CF: you released your first solo album earlier this year, but you’ve been playing in bands for quite some time now. how did it feel making the transition to making an album as a solo artist?
Back & Forth was primarily a personal challenge, a solo record was something that I wanted to do for a very long time, but couldn’t find the right time and will to do it. After playing solo for a while, I decided to approach the project from a different angle and started working with other musicians again. I really miss being in a band, but also love the idea of being able to work with different musicians depending on the nature of the project.
CF: do you have any creative interests other than music? the San Sebastian region where you’re originally from is well known for its culinary culture, is that something you feel connected to?
Food is definitely one of them. I am a food lover and a vinyl eater! I think cooking and making music are very similar in many ways, mixing different ingredients, treating, processing, manipulating, enhancing flavours, learning from traditions, trying new things… And in both disciplines, communication plays a vital role.
CF: what do you normally listen to at home? which are your top three favorite albums past or present?
I find impossible to name my top three records, I have far too many top three’s, but from the music I’ve listened to this week, I would say “Strumming Music Solo Piece for Piano” by Charlemagne Palestine, “Seleya” by Novisad and “Alice” by Tom Waits, all three of which are utterly amazing.
CF: what is your favorite thing about living in London?
CF: what’s in store for your solo project and your label Talo Recordings in the future?
I am currently recording the new album, which I will probably release on Talo next year, and working on the soundtrack for a dance film directed by Xabier Iriondo and choreographed by Marina Mascarell.