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Manolo Garcia

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The Barcelona musician has just released a double album, 'Mi Vida en Marte' and 'Desatinos Desplumbados', and starting in June he will start a tour around the country.

The new songs will be played, as well as the legendary Last of the Row.

How is your

life on Mars

?I try to make it as warm and bearable as possible.

The title of the album is a joke, but it has a small vindication that arises when I see a news story that they are going to do some projects on Mars.

And I say oysters! We are eating our blue planet, it is finished and we have to go to a cold, inhospitable and waterless place like Mars.

The unfair actions of certain people in the world harm their fellow citizens;

they do not make life easier, but oppress and obstruct it.

And that makes me feel a bit Martian. From your Martian vantage point, how do you see Spain? In this country, as in all Western and capitalist countries, the great thing is to consume and spend.

And someone must say out loud that, by consuming so much and growing, we are loading the planet.

We all see it, but we do not act accordingly.

Usually,

those who direct us go in the opposite direction to what suits us all, including themselves, but I'm nobody, eh. Of course, because politicians, now, are most of the time tense and looking for artificial problems. Politicians who think about citizens and are honest deserve all respect.

But the one who is thinking only of his game, the easy chair and sucking does not deserve our consideration.

Sometimes they think they are rock stars, but the stars give us joy, they give concerts and they give us goosebumps.

How well Lady Gaga or Rosalía sang, I don't care.

But politicians give us some dislikes of the host.

How does the light go up?

Energy is a common good that we all need.

Stop privatizing and hosts in vinegar!

We need a retiree or any person,

although its purchasing power is small, it has light, heating and does not die of cold.

Social justice, damn it!

Yes, it is very clear. Not everyone is so clear. The politician who fights hard for social justice deserves all respect and the one who does not, is that I do not want to know anything about him, nor listen to his rants, nor see the photo of him or vote.

Leave me alone.

And whoever is leaving their skin for his task, I give him a hug and I have 17 beers and coffees with him.

Good people we need, dammit!

Damn decent people! But how difficult it seems.

To make matters worse, we live in convulsive moments, with the war in Ukraine, economic crisis, pandemic... The citizen sees himself as very small in the face of these conflicts, he is the victim because economic crises are not caused by the citizen.

We are the mass of ants who pay taxes.

Crises are caused by those who split the cod and those who lead the charge.

Citizens are those who work and get up at six in the morning.

There are problems?

It will not be for us;

we work like crazy. He has just released a double album on the 24th anniversary of his first solo album and 41 years since the recording of the first Los Rapidos album.

Does seniority scare? No, I take pleasure in seniority;

makes me less clumsy.

I enjoy work more than ever.

When you are younger, you are more unconscious and jump into the pool even if there is no water;

now, at least, you look if there is water.

You are more aware of how well the public treats you and more grateful to the people who come to your concerts and buy your records. How many songs have you composed over the years? Your first record was in 1981 with Los Rapidos,

then they were Los Burros, El Último de la Fila and, now, solo.

On that trip, as a solo or team lyricist, I have participated in 300-odd songs, of which nearly 200 are my own. How is your relationship with mythical songs that everyone knows like 'Querida Milagros' or ' Silver Planes'?

It is a close and affectionate relationship.

On tour, I still sing them because people ask me for them.

Insurrection

I don't take it off even with boiling water.

If I don't touch it, people start yelling

Insurrection...

And I play them happily.

They are songs that I did with Quimi Portet and it is an honor and a pride.

Not only do I not retract because they are from the youth stage, but I subscribe and sign it again.

They are very sincere songs with a naive point, but they don't have a bad construction.

We were young, but not dumb or clumsy.

Reviewing his biography, it caught my attention that he was the opening act for the Ramones and Tina Turner.

Yes, and many more.

We have sung in the same microphone as Bruce Springsteen, Sting... There have been very nice experiences with international and national musicians.

With Calamaro, Alejandro Sanz... The musician goes in good faith, he gives his little magic, just like the painter, the writer... just like someone else who makes a chair.

I admire people who do things without thinking about money, it's a passion for living.

It reaches a poetic point.

With so many songs that he has composed, many of them emblematic, he will charge a lot from Spotify. I charge shit;

is the word you can put.

But not just me, all the musicians. Are you still not giving up your songs for publicity? Yes.

Despite the fact that I have rejected advertisements and advertising campaigns on multiple occasions, now in my songs and in everyone's there are advertisements.

There is no other.

They have guided us in that direction and forced us.

Either take it or leave it. Are you referring to Spotify advertising? Everything in general.

It is the sign of our lives and I am not going to complain or whine because it is not fair.

You can ask Springsteen, Serrat or the emerging artist.

Everything has changed and not in favor of the musician, but of the industry.

The phone companies are very happy.

They started offering things that were not theirs.

It was called piracy at first and now it's charged, but it's all crazy.

A few take advantage of a fictitious need that they have created for us.

We don't need cell phones.

That path has been indicated to us and we have entered the rag.

Without cell phones you also lived and calmer.

It is my opinion and if someone disagrees, I will respect it.

What is the most difficult thing about staying in the music scene for so many years?

Preserve the illusion because there are hard situations.

And maintain discipline and not get distracted by the road because there is a lot of siren song.

Before you, distractions, businesses, collaborations, movies appear... For me, it is important not to lose the north.

I am a musician and I want to make a living with my music and my concerts.

Theirs is the triumph of the normal type, far removed from the shrillness of the big stars.

Well,

perhaps what you just said is my way of being a star, it is my singularity.

The pose and the photo are important and I like it when I see artists who give absolute importance to staging, dressing... I find it nice.

I see a musician who is dressed in a unique way and I don't think 'what a note'.

It amuses me that there is diversity.

I'm the opposite.

There are artists who enter a restaurant and everyone says 'come on, how handsome'.

It brings joy to life.

I go with a normal shirt and normal pants.

I give more importance to the songs.

I spend more time in my studio, composing, than in stores looking for clothes.

Be careful, I think it's good that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

is my uniqueness.

The pose and the photo are important and I like it when I see artists who give absolute importance to staging, dressing... I find it nice.

I see a musician who is dressed in a unique way and I don't think 'what a note'.

It amuses me that there is diversity.

I'm the opposite.

There are artists who enter a restaurant and everyone says 'come on, how handsome'.

It brings joy to life.

I go with a normal shirt and normal pants.

I give more importance to the songs.

I spend more time in my studio, composing, than in stores looking for clothes.

Be careful, I think it's good that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

is my uniqueness.

The pose and the photo are important and I like it when I see artists who give absolute importance to staging, dressing... I find it nice.

I see a musician who is dressed in a unique way and I don't think 'what a note'.

It amuses me that there is diversity.

I'm the opposite.

There are artists who enter a restaurant and everyone says 'come on, how handsome'.

It brings joy to life.

I go with a normal shirt and normal pants.

I give more importance to the songs.

I spend more time in my studio, composing, than in stores looking for clothes.

Be careful, I think it's good that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

The pose and the photo are important and I like it when I see artists who give absolute importance to staging, dressing... I find it nice.

I see a musician who is dressed in a unique way and I don't think 'what a note'.

It amuses me that there is diversity.

I'm the opposite.

There are artists who enter a restaurant and everyone says 'come on, how handsome'.

It brings joy to life.

I go with a normal shirt and normal pants.

I give more importance to the songs.

I spend more time in my studio, composing, than in stores looking for clothes.

Be careful, I think it's good that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

The pose and the photo are important and I like it when I see artists who give absolute importance to staging, dressing... I find it nice.

I see a musician who is dressed in a unique way and I don't think 'what a note'.

It amuses me that there is diversity.

I'm the opposite.

There are artists who enter a restaurant and everyone says 'come on, how handsome'.

It brings joy to life.

I go with a normal shirt and normal pants.

I give more importance to the songs.

I spend more time in my studio, composing, than in stores looking for clothes.

Be careful, I think it's good that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

It amuses me that there is diversity.

I'm the opposite.

There are artists who enter a restaurant and everyone says 'come on, how handsome'.

It brings joy to life.

I go with a normal shirt and normal pants.

I give more importance to the songs.

I spend more time in my studio, composing, than in stores looking for clothes.

Be careful, I think it's good that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

It amuses me that there is diversity.

I'm the opposite.

There are artists who enter a restaurant and everyone says 'come on, how handsome'.

It brings joy to life.

I go with a normal shirt and normal pants.

I give more importance to the songs.

I spend more time in my studio, composing, than in stores looking for clothes.

Be careful, I think it's good that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

that it seems good to me that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

that it seems good to me that there are artists who go to London or Paris to buy clothes so that they can then freak out in Madrid.

They go with a

look

and some hairstyles... I think it's cool.

If it were me, I'd be fine too, what the hell!

But I'm not like that and I'm not going to apologize for it either.

She writes lyrics with care and gives her all on stage.

If she had a choice, would she lock herself in the studio and give up touring? No, it's all very well to hang out.

I am a living nomad.

A time inside to compose and make records and another for tours.

Have you always wanted to be a musician?

Yes, since childhood.

From the age of 13 I had a clear notion.

I began to study music theory and learned to play the drums.

He also painted pictures, drew and played.

I had it clear and I am fulfilling my dream.

How is your dream retirement?

A day of retreat in a place where there is no human footprint.

No buildings, no roads, no highways... things that didn't exist 150 years ago.

Walk through a virginal place.

No need to go to the Caribbean.

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