Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be on tour? To be greeted by adoring fans in far-flung cities? Then you’ll love this week’s episode! We had a chance to sit down with Menores, an experimental rap and electronic music project from Lima, Peru. The trio is formed by composers Ana Cabrera (who sadly couldn’t make the interview) and Talía Vega and music producer Orieta Chrem. Their EP Tierra de Nadie was released in March, 2016. They’ve performed in numerous music festivals in their hometown and recently toured in Colombia. According to Vice-Mexico, the offshoot of Vice magazine in Latin America, Menores is “one of the most fresh and relevant examples for Spanish-language independent music”.
Find out more about Menores after the jump!
Where have you traveled?
Our first trip as a band was last year in September. We went to Bogotá, Colombia to play at Festival Yavería, a multidisciplinary festival that takes place all over the city. We also had the opportunity to play in other venues too, like Casa 969 (a great restaurant and venue that unfortunately closed almost as soon as we left), a House of Vans party at Centro Creativo Textura that was once a large abandoned factory and has now transformed in a 13.000 mt2 modern building filled with cultural activities. We also played at RPM records and La Roma Records, two important record stores in the city that promote local and international independent bands. It was not only a fun experience where we got to share our music, but we also learned a lot from Bogota’s music scene and industry. The government is very supportive of different cultural activities and projects and we came back very inspired and with a lot of ideas to promote our local scene, which is very DIY.
What’s been your favorite trip so far?
We’ve only been to Colombia but we feel that it is getting easier for bands throughout Latin America to travel. We don’t depend on big labels, promoters or local radios to share our music anymore, the internet and social media helps creative people to connect and find platforms to promote their projects.
What are three things you always take with you when you travel?
Our equipment: MIDI controllers, percussions, laptop, vocal processors and tons of cables.
Our wardrobe: mostly black and white.
Our makeup: body paint for crazy experiments.
What’s your next destination?
We have plans for next year. We would really like to visit Chile and México.
Give us one reason why you travel.
Learning about other cultures in situ. It’s best when you have locals share their own stories and perspective. When we travel as a band, we like to imagine what it would be like to live there and what that place has to offer young and creative people like us and what we can give back.
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