Thursday, August 07, 2008

Interview with Gustavo Santaolalla

Interview with Bajofondo's leader Gustavo Santaolalla.
Don't call Bajofondo a revisionist tango band anymore or you'll raise the back hairs of its leader, Gustavo Santaolalla. The band, whose name loosely translates to "below the surface," is an eight-member ensemble of South American musicians who have created a generational language that fuses Latin alternative rock with the rich musical blends that thrive along the Argentine-Uruguayan border.

"We don't like the label 'electronic tango,' " Santaolalla says in Spanish. "What we do is a mixture of music that draws from the influences along the Rio de la Plata (the river that forms part of the border between Argentina and Uruguay), and tango is a part of that, along with milonga and candombe, but then you have what the rest of the band brings to it that adds elements of rock, electronica and hip-hop."
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