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miércoles, 27 de enero de 2016

Simple Plan - Taking One For The Team (2016). Entrevista a Jeff Stinco

Tras casi seis años de silencio, el grupo canadiense Simple Plan anuncia nuevo álbum y gira española

Con más de una década de carrera a sus espaldas, Simple Plan ha vendido más de 7 millones de álbumes y todos sus movimientos arrastran a una legión multitudinaria de incondicionales.

Después de anunciar de su quinto álbum de estudio 'Taking One For The Team’, que saldrá a la venta el próximo 19 de Febrero de 2016, Simple Plan anuncia que su nueva gira “Taking One For The Team Tour” arrancará en nuestro país en las siguientes fechas y ciudades.

Taking One For The Team (2016)

Nuestro compañero Josechu Egido ha hablado con el guitarrista de la banda Jean-François "Jeff" Stinco.


El precio de las entradas es de 29 € + 1€ destinado a la Fundación Benéfica Simple Plan, que ayuda a niños enfermos y con necesidades.
24/02. Madrid - Palacio Vistalegre
26/02. Bilbao - Sala Santana 27
27/02. Barcelona - Sant Jordi Club

The Simple Plan's songs sound like Punk, Rock and a little of Pop. A great mix of styles that results on the powerful sound of your music. But, what really are your musical influences?
We listen to a lot of different genres but we started this band because of bands such as Blink 182, Green Day, No Use for a Name, Face to Face. Sometimes, you hear an amazing song on the radio and it inspires you to push the boundaries of what you think your sound should be. There are two types of music: good music and bad music. Genres are irrelevant. We are very open minded musically.

You're going to release a new album titled "Taking One For The Team" in February. What will we to hear on this record?
“Taking One For The Team” is a very diverse record but it’s also a “back-to-the-roots” collection of songs. Fans of our first two records will be very pleased to hear songs like “Farewell”, “Nostalgic”, “Opinion Overload” and “I Refuse” but there’s also some more personal songs like “Perfectly Perfect”. There are surprises that keeps us inspired as musicians and I am sure our fans will appreciate.

Why have you titled "Taking One For The Team" to your last album?
It’s about getting together as friends and as teammates to make something as a band. We have been a team with the same players since 1999 and we are proud of that. Sometimes, as an individual, you have to “Take One For the Team” for the greater cause. It’s about prioritizing Simple Plan above all things…sometimes even above your own self.

What do we will see and enjoy in your live concerts for next "Taking One For The Team Tour”?
I can’t wait to get back on the road: I’m really stoked to see our fans all around the world. I miss the energy and the craziness of being on tour. I can’t wait to play our new songs live. It will make playing live fresh again. I’m so excited!

What are your plans for this new year 2016? We assume that you will touring around clubs and festivals. Can you advance anything to us? Any important event?
We will be touring all around the world.  Our touring cycle starts in Spain – we always had such an amazing bond with our Spanish audience.

We are releasing two new videos in the next few weeks: one is a “nostalgia/throwback” video with a super energetic live performance. The other video, will be quite a surprise for our fans ;-)

Do you think the digital world will end with music as we know it today? What do you think is the future of music?
It is what it is. It’s not the past, nor the future: it’s now! The good is that it democratizes making music and makes it easier to record and distribute music. The downside is that it makes it harder to build really big bands that will headline festivals in the future.

I don’t think the internet will ever ruin the music industry: people never listened to more music than now but the game has changed. We have to adapt. All artists will have to adapt.

What is your best memory about music?
I still love practicing: every time I learn how to play something new, I’m excited. Making a new record is a good memory as well. When we played the arena in our hometown for the first time, it was the most uplifting experience ever.

How is a normal day in the life ofa member of Simple Plan?
It depends: if we are touring, it’s a lot of travel, mostly travel, 5 or 6 shows a week, many interviews and we meet a lot of people.

While we make a record: we are together as a band, we are isolated and we work on music as much as possible.

At home, we stay with our loved ones and don’t hang out together as much. I try to stay away from distractions when I’m home.

What do you think about the current economic and social situation in Spain, Europe and in the world in general?
I think that it’s the youth that will pay the price, as usual. There are less jobs for young people, their living conditions are harder so they have to stay with their parents longer. Yet, because the youth will be touched the most, it will also inspire them to find new ways of doing things and only the youth can change the world. I have faith in our future and in the power of inspired individuals.

I Don't Wanna Go To Bed (2015)


Could you tell us about...

... A book?: An author that changed my life is Paulo Coelho: that man is full of wisdom and I share a lot of his philosophies. He wrote a famous book called “The Alchemist”: I gift that book often as it is amazing. 

... A movie?: A recent movie I loved was “The Martian”: a story about never giving up even if the odds are against you.

My favourite movie of all times is quite difficult to point out. As a kid, I loved the “Back to the Future” series. Marty McFly playing that red guitar inspired me to make as much noise as possible myself.

My guilty pleasure is “Harry Potter”: when my kids ask me to watch them, I pretend that I don’t want to but I’m more excited than they are…

... A song?: Imagine is a cliché answer but it is one of the most powerful songs ever written. The author was an imperfect man who wrote a perfect song.

... An album?: “Deja Entendu” by Brand New: it’s a record that I always loved. I still listen to it at least a few times a month.

... A group or soloist?: Blink 182 still sounds very relevant for me. I love that band. It’s what so important to the genesis of SP.

... A hobby?: I’m a horrible skier but I love that sport. I started two years ago and I try to do it as often as possible. I also love playing classical guitar: I challenge myself and it’s my meditation.

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