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Omar Rodríguez-López is best known as manic progressive rock band The Mars Volta, and the return of gigs to do post-hardcore-pump At the Drive-In's guitarist. Nuorgam reached the man from Germany and the interview subjects poukkoilivat than a man's song structure. So we discussed, among other things, his childhood, Puerto Rican cultural background, friendship with John Frusciante, a producer of mistakes, punk and the death of a world without religion.
What is the first pop song, which you remember pitäneesi?
"I listened to in my youth salsa. Flagin Black White Minority was the first English-language song that I remember pitäneeni. It was the same kind of passion as salsassa. In addition, I liked The Beatles, which my father played. "
What prompted you to select a musical career?
"It just happened, I never thought of you as a career. Puerto Rican culture all play and so was our family. My father had a band, and as the boys take inspiration from their fathers, so I was supposed to start a band. "
You are a multi-instrumentalist, write songs, produce, are acting and you control films. Which of these professions you enjoy most at the moment and why?
"To me that's all just self-expression. I do not separate them from each other. Although part of the pariakin different languages, they are not enough to express themselves. I use a variety of tools for this, such as love, cooking, music, and so on. "
"Puerto Rican culture encourages self-expression and the administration. Father, for example, made copies for my mother and me. The reason for this does not need anything special as a birthday. Then, when my father got his first video camera, he began to express themselves in it. "
Which song are you listening to the most in your life? What makes it special?
"Difficult question. I guess Ray Barretto y Vive Vacilaa. This song is about how there is always hope, and bad things can get over the humor. "
If Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López had ice cream, ice cream what would it be?
"I would be a mixture of ice-cream kiosk-day leftovers that nobody wanted."
What bands or artists you think are undervalued, overvalued what?
"Undervalued are all the people who play good music. Today, do not take any chances anymore, whether it's music, movies or even theater. Music at the gala, all candidates have the same homogeneous stuff that is made in one key and tempo. As such, the generic form of music has its place. However, we need all the colors of the rainbow, not just one. Now, all a little bit different from the music marginalized. "
Which song sing karaoke?
"Orchestra Harlow and Ismael Merandan by Abran Paso."
You've produced a lot of music. Are you a producer or a dictator, or one of the band members?
"I used to be a dictator, who dictated very carefully how things were done, and I decided to even small details. The producer, however, should be co-operative and the voice of reason. I'm learning about this yet. "
What is the most annoying music genre, you have encountered?
"That's the whole story of the 1990s ... what was it ... nu metal and Limp Bizkit. It was hailed as places of degradation, hatred and the exploitation of women. Music should glorify the thinking, not hate. "
In what way you're wasting your time, preferably?
"Number one is wandering in the wild, definitely number two movies."
What's it like working with John Frusciante? One might imagine that he has a pretty big ego and hard to say no.
"One would think that John is like a lot of people reached is a big ego, but he is one of the childlike people that I know. Sure, he is also a friend of mine and that's why with John is easy to work with. As artists work, doing things with their friends. Hengaamme a lot together, we watch movies, we make food, and at some point we may just pick up such as synth, and things begin to happen. We do not, however, advance planning on doing music together. "
What do you hope dj from when you are very, very drunk?
"Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush's Do not Give Upin or Kate Bush's Hounds of Love."
Three things that inspire you at the moment?
"Most of all I am inspired by my family, which also count my friends. Second is the nature and the third man's will. Wish, a person can accomplish a lot, for better or worse. It's great when you see people rise against the tyrants. "
Whose voice your skin get goose bumps?
"Oum Kalthoum, Celia Cruz, Kate Bush, and Billie Holiday."
The courtesy that you would like to hear your music?
"My favorites are the ones where people are saying that inspire them to start playing or songwriting award. Or when they did not like my music and it inspired to make music. It is like a natural life cycle. Man dies and decomposes, worms eat the body, the bird eats the worm, and so on. It inspires. "
What do you think progressivisesta music genre?
"Progressive rock? I do not know. Progressive is such a nice word, let's go forward. I'm not a purist. I'm not interested in genres, to be shades. The most interesting things that occur when things are mixed together. Tasted the best foods are those which are connected to some unexpected ingredients. Queen mixed with rock and classical music combined the PIL progeen punk. PIL is far more interesting than the Sex Pistols. I like the mongrels of the pairs. World problems usually start when you have to be clean it or clean it, such as a pure race, pure doctrine, and so on. I dream of a world without religion. "
When the policy was to speech, so if Mitt Romney campaign would like to use the song, Would you do it?
"Of course not. Mittillä and his awful porukallaan have all kinds of ideas, such as that rape does not get pregnant, or that the rich do not have to pay taxes. People of his ilk is the good thing that you can find your own values for their help. You can see that I am not produce and produce things against. "
What artists in the most likely recommend a new acquaintance?
"I would recommend Kimbraa, which is from New Zealand."
Cedric Bixler Zavala said the latest The Mars Volta on the theme of the album, that 'we are all artists. " What he meant by it and how should I react to this information?
"Oh, has said that ... (confusion) ... in my opinion this is in itself ... I agree. You need to engage passionate about something-how to develop it and eventually things you do is art. Whether you are a cook, skillfully handling the football or playing tennis. Instead, what the hell is a high art? I can see some of the high art of disgust. Who supposedly know what is crap and what is not? "
You've been several times in Finland. What experiences do you have here?
"I've never spare time, when I visit Scandinavia. Nature is incredible, and the festival area next to the lake may be. "
Would it be at all possible that At the Drive-In would be a gig in Finland?
"We are now thrown some gigs with the band. After all, it is always possible, but we have no such plans at the moment. "
What do you think about the state of punk rock today?
"Is there now a nice punk? It may not be any bands that I see at festivals, and which they claim to punk bands. Today is a punk hair style and the way to dress. It's the same shit repeated over and over again. Punkin supposed to mean change. I think it is a modern punk that made themselves at home a laptop without a pop record company, using simple rumpubiittejä. Punk is an attitude. It is expressed in existing tools themselves. "
Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group (USA) and the Black Motor Tavastia Club on Wednesday, 12 September 2012.