FEDERICO AUBELE played an amazing show last night at the Rock-N-Roll Hotel where Washingtonians got to experience his fourth studio album, BERLIN 13, live. The elements of this album include dub, electronica, acoustic guitar with Latin & European undertones. His voice and the music are sultry; now get to know the man...
Q. Let's get down to brass tacks. Tell fans where they can find, get a taste of, and ultimately buy your new album BERLIN 13 (we haven't stopped listening to it by the way!)?
A. They can check it out and get it on iTunes, Amazon, E Music, the ESL MUSIC SHOP.
Q. You've said that you've always been fascinated by electronica and that this album has more of an "electronic element" running through it then your previous albums. Do you ever feel pressure to make sure that your sound is constantly evolving?
A. I like to make my sound evolve. It's basically a reflection of how you are. There are certain elements of you personality that always remain constant, and other aspects you change. With the music is the same, some elements define your work and others you change, thus evolving and changing. I don't think it's a good thing for an artists to remain static.
Q. We loved it when you were explaining that you can manipulate electronica more like a painter then a musician. Please share with our readers how that process works for you.
A. I think technology got to the point where, if you work with electronic media, you can really create and finish your work, pretty much like a painter or a writer, without having to go through a lot of other people. Painters don't have to go through a sound engineer, a guy that mixes, another guy that does the mastering, etc. It's a much more direct creative experience and I think that is great.
Q. You are on the ESL Music Label. How did you originally hook up with Eric Hilton and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation?
A. I sent them a demo, years ago. Eric wrote me back an email with notes for every song on the CD. He told me to send him more tracks whenever I was ready. I think i sent him about 3 demos total and then he said that they liked my work and that they wanted to have me on the label.
Q. We love your video Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue . Tell us what the filming of that video was like; you filmed it in England, no?
A. We filmed in London, in Stock Newington, which is a really nice area. We shot mostly indoors, but there were some scenes we had to do in a Park. I remember that while we were shooting, there were some older guys that work in the Park looking at us. They were very curious with what we were doing and kept commenting and talking to us in such a thick cockney accent, that none of us could figure out what they were saying.
Q. What is your studio at home in Brooklyn like? You mentioned that you loved the fact that today's technology allows you to do it yourself.
A. My studio is very computer based. I have a pair of really nice monitors, a nice pre-amp, a really good <Photo 2>mike, some guitars, a bass and a bunch of MDI controllers. The rest I do inside the computer, it's all good software. Some years ago technology was still not that good and you would need a lot more hardware. This works well for me because of how i work and the type of music that I make. If you have an acoustic Jazz trio, you might need to go to an actual recording studio, it's a different scenario.
Q. Your tour has officially kicked off! Where else will you be performing?
A. We go to Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Aspen, then to the west coast, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, L.A., San Diego, Las Vegas and Austin, and we finish the tour in NYC, at the Gramercy Theatre.
Q. During our interview it came out that you bartered guitar lessons for learning how to read tarot cards in your native Argentina. You still read cards today. What do you primarily use this unique skill for now?
A. I use it mostly as a self analyzing tool. It helps you a lot to get in touch with your subconscious and figure out things. Most people relate it to seeing the future, or asking questions about love and fortune. But for me it works really well to communicate with myself.
Q. We spoke a little bit about your interest in psychology and how you feel that both creative energy and sexual energy come from the same place. How would you say this has manifested in your work?
A. Sexual energy is what makes humans relate to one another and in some cases reproduce. It's a very powerful thing. I red somewhere that the energy that makes you want to have sex with someone and the one that makes you want to be friends with some people is the same, the difference is just in the dose, but it is all attraction. The music is creation and thus it is sexual energy, whether your music sounds obviously sensual or not, it's the same energy that powers it.
Q. Caring for the environment is a top priority for you. What is one way you think each American can make a big difference starting tomorrow? One little change that can have an impact?
A. One little change goes a long way. Just simple things like using your own grocery tote bags when you go shopping instead of bringing back home a lot of plastic bags. That already helps a lot. Recycling is very important too, but ultimately, the less amount of trash you generate, the better.
Q. What are the 5 songs and artists that have been looping on your iPod this week?
1) Actress - Hubble
2) Lone - Ultramarine
3) Gonja Sufi - Ancestors
4) A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
5) Mala - Don't Let me Go