Staying Cool with Polar Waves

Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I basically grew up in Santiago, Chile. Had a 2-year pause in Barcelona, Spain, when I was little and spent many summers in the south of Chile. But I’m happy to call Santiago my hometown. I love creating and coming up with ideas, and to that point, was very lucky to have a supportive and nurturing environment that allowed me to choose music as my path.
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?
Of course. Always be show-ready, meaning practice every day so you can always be at your best. Never stop listening to other artists and listen to all kinds of music. Be prepared for rejection, as it will become the name of the game. If you can withstand the disappointment and come out stronger and inspired, you’re on your way to something.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
There’s a part during Nirvana’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, that’s off the Unplugged in New York record, where Kurt Cobain’s mic squeals pretty bad. But I love it! It humanizes the whole performance. I’ve messed up on stage countless times, but if you don’t make it a big deal and keep it cool, people will love it. We’re all in this together.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I love touring and getting to know new people and places. We haven’t really gotten out of our town just yet. But I have one: we did a show in Chile back in December and had to call an Uber to go to the venue, because we didn’t want to take a bunch of cars down there. We totally loaded this Santa Fe with the drum kit, amps, stands and instruments! The driver was awesome though, very patient and courteous. Shout out to that guy!
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Our first record ever dropped today (3/3) and we’re so excited that we can finally show the world about Polar Waves. We’re working on getting a great tour going this year. Stay tuned.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I always try to go with a “360” approach, meaning do it all: social media content, open mic drop-ins, college interviews. As an artist, your music is what you’re about to put in the oven for people to taste. But fans deserve to see the kitchen, the utensils and how that food is prepared. The whole experience helps promote your craft on a deeper level.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I love mixing things up, and even though my initial thought would be to do a killer show with Lenny Kravitz, Jim Morrison or STP, I think it’d be pretty cool to do a duet with Johnny Cash at Folsom State Prison, like his 1968 record. It would be inspiring, energetic and extremely rock and roll!
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I’m writing new material for album #2, and I’m very happy with where it’s going. We just hope to hit the road soon!
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be working with my brothers at this little dairy farm we own in the south of Chile, called El Camino Dairy Farm. Simple, quiet yet rewarding lifestyle. Farm life at its best.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Lots of shows, music videos, a new record, making music from our hearts to theirs.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
I always thank my family, close friends and fans for always being so cool and rock n roll. I’d like to send a big shout-out to beautiful Athens, Georgia, the University and its people. Doesn’t get better than Athens, man.