Simple, happy, small tunes. That would undoubtedly be a good way to describe my first release: "Fools." The EP features five simple songs, five simple feelings that, at first glance, offer a taste of a boldly simplistic approach aiming to fit within Americana and country music. Listen to it while you read the story and some other curiosities about "Fools."
A little bit of the history behind the EP
Since I was very young (around 8 years old), my mother tried to teach me how to play the guitar. Although she never pursued music as her profession, she was (and is) a great classical guitar player and singer, especially talented when it comes to harmonizing main vocal lines and classical guitar fingerpicking. As a young boy, I would see her playing and loving it, and that's why I picked up playing the guitar. After some years of playing, quitting, getting bored, and playing again, by the age of nineteen, I started to write my very first songs. After passing through various years of torturous songwriting (resulting in terribly composed songs), I started to manage to create some rather "good-sounding" numbers.
By that time, I was moving to Denmark (Copenhagen), and there I composed what became the first song of this EP: "Should We?". The song came to me after a second or third encounter I had with a very beautiful Danish person. As a young Spanish teenager, the country and its people were extremely exotic in every way. The song was written in about 2 minutes after arriving home and picking up the guitar. This was one of those cases where it felt like the song was already there, waiting to be played, and you (in my case) were just the means to channel that energy. A beautiful and light way to write.
Some months passed by, and as winter was approaching, I decided to go and spend some months in Spain, where this time of the year can be much easier (even pleasant) to deal with. Therefore, together with a good friend of mine, we caught a plane and traveled south. I enjoyed those months with her a lot, especially the ride from the airport until we arrived home in Spain. That night before going to sleep, around 3 am, I felt a strong feeling of friendship and a bond that I needed to express somehow. Since I wasn't going to call someone so late, eventually, I turned it into another beautifully quickly written song: "Wait and See."
By the end of the winter, I was packing my things again to go to Delft, Netherlands, which was my next destination. But while being back home, I had to deal with some unresolved issues and a friendship that I needed to save. This eventually was channeled into the creation of a new song: "Spoken Conversations," a song about conflict. I packed my things and went to The Netherlands, a new place, a new life. Here, within the first couple of months, I wrote the last two songs of the EP: "Fools," about the death of someone close to you, and "When You Are Away."
Production and artwork
The recording, mixing, and mastering of this EP happened very spontaneously when one of my good friends told me that producer Javier Monteverde (https://en.cezanneproducciones.com/) had a couple of days free in his studio due to a last-minute cancellation. Lucky me, to get such an amazing opportunity with a first-class producer in a platinum-class studio. Everything was very sudden; he told me to start the morning after I received the news. Therefore, I thought about what I considered my best five songs, grabbed my guitar, double-checked my lyrics, and at 8 am the next morning, I was at Cezanne Producciones' building in Madrid, waiting for the door to open. It was three very intense days, from 8 am to 9 pm, but we managed to record five songs with excellent quality and superb ad-hoc arrangements.
After having the master files, I went to a good friend of the roommate with whom I was sharing my house in Enschede. He eventually became my friend as well: Peter Pohlmann. I asked him for some cover proposals. I had seen his art before and loved the style and the concept. He was always very outside of the box with a bold approach. He then created the cover that you can see above. The cover depicts a man being rained on by five different feelings (representing the five different songs).