Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
We are LamaGlama, a duo from Chile composed by Ignacio Valenzuela C-M and me, Pablo Tapia M. This story began in Antofagasta, a city located in the northern part of Chile. This is very close to Calama and both of this cities are linked directly to the mining activity of Chile, so its an ambient full of working people who wants a better future to his families. Nevertheless, it has a very poor interest in art and music. Often the people deny his roots and I think that’s very sad because, in a sense, is like to accept the conquest of our culture by foreigners. In that way I can’t understand how there are bands in this country singing things in english and that’s what we want to change. Answering the quesitons, I began playing guitar at the age of 9 years old and I’ve never get tired of it. With the years I started playing Bass, keyboards and became intersted in the arts of producing music. At the age of 18 I began studying odontology but then I realized that I wanted to make music, so I started Reading and learning in a self taught way. Now I’m 24 and I’m finishing my career and finally I produced my first album called “Tierra del Sur” with Ignacio Valenzuela.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
I think the music can be seen from two big perspectives. First, and the most popular one, is to see it like an entertainment industry and the other perspective is the artistic one. Of course you can make a mixture of this, but you need to see it clearly first. I say this because I frecuently see frustrated musicians who want’s to be famous and rich but they make bad music for the entertainment industry, so, if you wan’t to make money and be part of the mainstream you have to make entertainig music and think seriously about your image. If you wan’t to express yourself and try to make art, like me, you need to ger rid of prejudices and write things that you think and feel in the deepest part of your soul. Of course, if you are an empty person with nothing to say you can’t take this path. I hope readers could understand this, because I see t all those things like success, gigs and money as an obvious consecuense to this work. Oh, this Word… WORK is part of the key. You need to focus your work and to be very selfish about your music. If you do not make music that you like, how the hell you expect to someone else like it?
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Of course I have make mistakes. The most shameful one was once when I played in a tribute band of Dream Theater live. My guitar started making a noise. I think the Jack was broken and I got angry and I threw the guitar from the scenary. Minutes later one guitarist of other band gave me his guitar just in time for the “pull me under” guitar solo. When I played the first note it sounded awful, horrible, terrible, etc... The guitar was tuned in E minus!!. After that show I got really drunk and never played again Dream Theater live.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Actually we are not touring this days because we are trying to find new musicians to play live with us. We are still receaving postulants and setting up what will be the show to present “Tierra del Sur” to our fans.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Well, Tierra del Sur by LamaGlama was produced entirely by me (Pablo Tapia) at NassuaRecords (my studio). Now we are writting the second album and we expect to start the recordings in June. This proyect, NassuaRecords, involve a great idea with the goal of making a more inclusive music scene here in southamerica. We wan’t to expose vocals from this part of the world which has been silenced for a long time. In that way, we have an agreement with some local artists to produce EPs and albums. Now I’m looking for the support of radios and pages like this to keep making this dream come true.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
Well, I personally wait until I have good work. When I know I’ve got something good and I really like it then I start uploading it to soundcloud, bandcamp, youtube and all the platforms availables. When you love your music you live for it and you find the ways to get the doors open. Being more practical I recomend the reverbnation page. It has a lot of tools that are very easy to use. They have a “crowd reviews” tool that is very helpfull because it gives you an external and more accurate opinión of your work. Of course it’s not perfect and time to time there are fakes reviews. I got one and make a complaint and they are taking care about it. In a few words. If you wan’t to promote your music you need to invest on marketing and see it like a business (the industry I talked before). Also you need a lot of time and to be intelligent to watch the market. Other wise advise is to show your art to you Friends and your inner circle, because its true that the social network is amazing, but the real life is where the things happens! So, present yourself like an artist!
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
Being surreal I would love to share stage with Pink Floyd and Los Jaivas here at Valle de la Luna. It’s a beautiful place near San Pedro de Atacama. If you read this google it! Really is magical! Being realist I would love to share stage or studio with Steven Wilson. I really like his music with Porcupine Tree and his solist career.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
Well, like I said, this year I will record some albums and I’ll produce a radio show for a radio station in Antofagasta – Calama.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I think I would being a normal person working as a lawyer or as a boring dentist.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
For this year you can expect the second release of LamaGlama, one or two albums of my solist career, one cd of chilean folklore and another album of romantic rock/pop. Of course we wan’t to do more, but that will depend on my time. You might know denistry demands a lot of you.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Thanks for all the support you gave and keep seeing our social media and www.lamaglamarock.com because we will announce gigs in Chile and, hopefully, in other countries if someone invite us. Greetings from Chile! The last part of the world!