Oct 22, 2012

The Otherness — The Artist of the Month (September 2012)

The Otherness - likeable four piece indie band from Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina.

The Otherness: indie rockers from Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

Gladly invite all of you, people, to read the interview with these awesome musicians from Argentina. We asked boys to answer some of the questions with photos, so check out what we have here.

What is your main goal as a band?
Our main goal is to affect people from all over the globe with our music and make a cool living out of it and keep on learning and sharing experiences with them; that is to become inspiring to our generation and make people sure that the legacy is far more important than the currency.

What were your highest achievements for now?
Well, that’s hard to say. We played 23 gigs in London last year and we made it from our home country and we were like 10.000 km away when we thought it was possible and everyone went saying things like “you can’t make it from here”. We also played a big TV show in Buenos Aires and we have 4 songs being aired on some mainstream radio stations, all of that with no professional support: we are 100% DIY at this very moment! We have no manager, no PR guy, no booking agent, no label, etc. The Otherness are featured on NME (Oct, 6 issue, page 16, mates! You are there, you can buy it! ;) ) and we had some really cool rock press just because the journos liked our music in a genuine way. That’s positive.

What do you do besides music?

Share your nearest plans. What are you currently working on?
We are tracking 4 new songs due to be released as 2 different singles in November and December: “Move On/ In a Flick” and “The Backyard/ My Affection”. We are also filming a videoclip (“Move On”) during one of the upcoming gigs, the 24 of October in a cool venue called “Boutique” here in Buenos Aires. In the meantime, we are contacting promoters and booking agents in order to set a summer tour here in Argentina and also the UK tour starting by April 2013, so in case you have cool contacts, mates… just share and add it to the prize of this big interview hahaha ;) We have plans to play London again and also Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester.

How does the process of writing new material/rehearsals usually go on?
Martin and Gonzalo are the songwriters in the band right now. Together or alone, they come up with a new song (that’s the chords progression, the melody and the lyrics). Once the band gets in touch with the feeling of the song, we start to produce it: we try different arrangements with music editors such as Nuendo and Reason and then we play note by note in our rehearsal room until the song sounds tight and everything fits.

What does music in Argentina look like?

What artists/bands were your main musical influences and why?
We love many artists from all ages: blues legends from USA’ 30’s, black music from the 50’s and most of the rock and roll pioneers, Motown’ artists, punk rock, and also some mainstream pop stuff and traditional music from Argentina; if we’d just have to pick three artists that the 4 of us find inspiring, they are The Clash, Nirvana and The Beatles. Why? They ROCK and their contribution to rock culture is wicked, they redefined an era and the legacy is immense in many ways.

What are the main difficulties for you as a band?
No idea, mate. Everything is difficult when people leading the music biz don’t understand this crisis as the opportunity to do something new and take risks.

Show us your studio/rehearsal base?

Please recommend some of your favourite Argentinian bands/artists for our community?

Do you use some special/rare instruments in your music? If yes, which?

Are you more of a live band or a record band?
We try to play live as close to the records as we can. We don’t do overdubs when recording.

Plans for the evening?

What are you afraid of?

Listen to "We all are Likeable" in ArenaCast E113
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