(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #83: beGun

By on Monday, 23rd February 2015 at 11:00 am
 

For the next couple of weeks leading up to SXSW 2015 just as we did last year, we’ll be running a special version of the TGTF Quickfire Questions, served up SXSW style with an extra couple of questions to get inside bands’ and artists’ heads so they’ll tell us what they really think of the event. We’re rockin’ and rollin’ now with our fourth installment for this year, this time with Barcelona’s beGun, who will be bringing some unusual things to Austin in his suitcase…

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
The first thing I usually do when I arrive to a new city is just walk and get lost, impregnate myself with the streets, the locals, the genuine non-touristic places, etc. As you said [in my Bands to Watch feature], my ‘business’ is transporting people somewhere else with my music or at least this is what I aim to do… so, the first and most important step is getting literally transported myself before I try to transport someone else. Let’s say that I’m not that guy that stays in the hotel until the gig begins.

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
There are actually dozens of bands that I’d love to see, but I’ll focus on the electronic ones. Just to name a few: Lapalux, Brenmar, Ryan hemsworth, Shura, Deebs, Eprom, Tropics, Fort Romeau, Ikonika, Fjaak, Dream Koala, Kode9, Odesza or Rangleklods, among many others. Honestly, the lineup this year is completely outstanding.

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Although I’d never admit that I’m superstitious, in fact I am a little bit and that’s why I usually keep totally unnecessary stuff into my suitcase, maybe because I unconsciously feel that those stupid things brought me luck in the past. So, you will find stuff like a non-updated map of Paris (from 1998), a broken Vishnu key reel from India, a green Kit-Kat from Tokyo (I feel I’m not ready to open it after 2 years) plus a pair of chopsticks from a random ramen place and a shabby useless Mexican fridge magnet. Yes, all this shit comes with me without a reasonable explanation. [This is awesome. – Ed.]

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
I’m pretty addicted to coffee; this would be a nice pick if we happen to meet in the morning. Otherwise, I’d choose a nice local beer, preferably abbey-type. Love them. At night, my choice is quite simple: iced dark aged rum.

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
I’m excited, but not really anxious or scared. I’ve been listening for many years about this huge event and I feel this is an incredible opportunity for me to show my music through my live set. I have been always a musician, since I was 5 years old, but I’ve not been able to work full time on this until 2 years ago, when I decided to quit everything, I left my old job and focussed only on making music. So, when you get to a place where absolutely everyone shares the same passion and enthusiasm as you do, there’s only space for learning as much as you can and getting soaked by their music and their experience.

Now on to our usual list of Quickfire Questions:

What song is your earliest musical memory?
I’d say ‘Stop Whispering’ from Radiohead on 1993. [Think he’s gonna get on with a lot of our UK friends, I reckon – Ed.]

What was your favourite song as a child?
I used to be a big fan of Weezer when I was a child. I may have listened ‘The Blue Album’ like 2 million times. My favourite song, the last one on this album,‘Only in Dreams’.

What song makes you laugh?
Not easy. There are no songs that literally make me laugh, but I’d choose one that always makes me feel good when I listen to it: ‘Go Do’ by Jonsi.

What song makes you cry?
‘Jamelia’ by Caribou. Same as before, I do not literally cry but I definitely feel something not happy.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Faking the Books’ by Lali Puna. Big fan.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I feel angry with me when I listen to the whole ‘Immunity’ LP from Jon Hopkins, because I would have loved to do this album myself.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
As I said before, I’d choose any song of ‘Immunity’. All of them are masterpieces.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Thom Yorke, definitely.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I cannot imagine a life without music, I’d say something related to it… a violin teacher maybe?

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
A few years ago, I’d have chosen ‘Ok Computer’ but since I’ve listened to it too many times, I will pick something relatively newer that I also love: ‘Lucky Shiner’ by Gold Panda.

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