Premiere: Kike M.

Premiere: Kike M.

“Antipersonal speaks of the search for freedom, love and the relentless passage of time as an alibi to squeeze life out”

With just a couple of singles, Kike M.’s album has already caught our attention. The Salamanca musician, whose debut is expected after the summer, moves between folk and rock and drinks from Extremoduro, Kase O. or Mumford & Sons.

Text: EFE EME.
Photo: JAVIER GÓMEZ.

Two songs entitled “Trance” and “Destellos” are the previews of the debut of Kike M., what will be titled Antipersonnel and will see the light, predictably, after the summer through the seal Precious metals. An energetic and warm sound that is his first solo album, after the epé Testers of the soil, the clouds and the sea which he edited in 2018 and you can listen here.

Where you come from? (Physically, and previous bands)
I am from Salamanca, there I was lucky enough to train in music since I was little. We started our first band when we were 13 years old, it was called La Kerella and we rehearsed in the cellar of the drummer’s parents. We did punk rock with some ska. At 16 BNDR was born, it started as a state rock cover band and little by little we put together our repertoire. We recorded three albums and I have evolved a lot with them. Lots of roads and lots of adventures.

How did your solo project come about?
I would say that he was born in the summer of 2015 in my town, San Martín del Castañar, when we recorded a fairly homemade video of “Do it again” in collaboration with the November group. It was my first song as Kike M. That same year I moved to Madrid to study Design, and once there, the first solo concerts arrived.

Describe your sound.
I drink from rock in Castilian with pop melodies and lyrics close to the author’s song. The folk world is also very present in my sound.

Main influences.
As a child I listened to Extremoduro, Marea, Mago de Oz, Ska-P … and my mother played Sabina, Francisco Céspedes, OBK or Laura Pausini at home. When I was older I have listened to more foreign music, such as Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, Imar… although I have continued to listen to songs in Spanish by musicians such as Jorge Drexler, Coetus or El Kanka.

How would you define your new album?
I have literally done what I wanted and I think that transparency is perceived. It is a very energetic album to dance and sing “loudly.” It is accompanied by a very important visual part that I have been developing for a long time, and I have provided each song with a mini-universe in which to dive. I have had the great luck to be surrounded by the best musicians I could ask for, who are my friends, and they have contributed very good ideas to my songs. Recording with Ángel Cáceres has also been a super event due to his personality, for understanding the project and treating it with the greatest of pampering. I would say it has been the best recording experience of my life.

Your album sounds, or would you like it to sound, like those of …
There are people who have told me that it sounds like the records of the seventies, for me that is a territory yet to be explored.

Five header discs.
Forbidden songs, from Extremoduro; Behind closed doorsby Fito & Fitipaldis; Jazz magnetism, de Kase. O; Your demons and me of Faith of Rats, and Babel, de Mumford & Sons.

Five perfect songs.
“A hard rain’s a-gonna fall” by Bob Dylan; “Distributing art”, by Kase. OR; “Knight errant (Don’t leave me like this !!!)”, by Extremoduro; “The legend of time”, by Camarón de la Isla, and “Mediterráneo”, by Joan Manuel Serrat.

Do you prefer studio or direct?
It depends on what for. I hate listening to live albums when I’m at home, but to play I choose the live without thinking about it, also direct as before, without live-streaming that is worth it. It would be difficult for me to measure if I enjoy more listening to an artist live, even in a macro concert at 500 meters, feeling the bass in my chest and dancing, or if I prefer to play his album at home with headphones in the best of my intimacies.

Who would you like to open for?
To Robe, M-Clan, Xoel López, Vetusta Morla, Pearl Jam, the Mumfords, Brandi Carlile, Los Zigarros… I don’t know, a lot of people. Even if I didn’t hit or glue I would open for the Artic Monkeys, Calle 13, the Strokes, Natalia Lafourcade, Muse… It would be an honor to step on the same stage as any artist I admire.

In which tribute album would you like to participate?
In a tribute to Janis Joplin, Nirvana, Camarón, Compay Segundo, Violeta Parra, Labordeta …

Which song on the album best represents you and why?
“Preface”, because it is a perfect photograph of the moment I am in, it was the last one I composed and although it lasts very little, it concentrates a very clear definition of the album and also of what I feel.

How are you on stage?
I have faced the stage in all kinds of formats. My favorites are with the whole band or totally alone. I like to play something recent to feel represented at that moment because the longest-lived songs end up being one of them and you end up feeling them differently. Speaking is difficult for me, so I try not to speak much and dedicate myself body and soul to music. I also enjoy interacting with the public in the songs and offering a little more, linking a theme or including something instrumental that people do not expect.

What are your plans this year?
The moment we are living in requires caution, so one cannot make big long-term plans. At the moment I want to reveal the album little by little, taking great care of the audiovisual part. Yes, I would like to do some pre-listening concerts of the album with the whole band in Madrid, Salamanca and Barcelona before it flies out of my hands and everyone can listen to it at home.

You have fifty words to sell your first album. Ahead!
Antipersonnel there are ten songs with contemporary rock and folk sound, grounded drums and daring melodies performed on drums, bass, electric guitar, violin, acoustic guitar and choreable voices. Antipersonnel speaks of the search for freedom, love and the relentless passage of time as an alibi to squeeze life out.

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Premiere: Kike M.