La obra de Christopher Paul Stelling condensa buena parte de la música de raíces norteamericana.
Blues, country y Folk confluyen en las canciones de un músico prolífico y en Gira incesante que, en 2017, presenta “Itinerant Arias” (ANTI-Records). Un álbum que analiza las tensiones socio políticas del mundo contemporáneo con perspicacia y la técnica exquisita del compositor radicado en Brooklyn, Nueva York.
Christopher Paul Stelling es uno de esos songwriters con mucho talento, voz rasposa y un peculiar toque soul. Originario de Florida, sus composiciones sencillas y a la vez efectivas invitan a escuchar su música con atención y a identificarte con sus canciones. Escribe y canta con sentimiento y mezcla estilos con gran maestría.
Itinerant Arias (2017)
Dentro de una inmensa gira que pasará también por Serbia, Suecia, Alemania, Bélgica, Holanda, Inglaterra o Francia hará parada obligada también en nuestro país. En Madrid subirá al escenario de la sala Libertad 8, el domingo 8 de octubre, invitado por el Ciclo Momentos Alhambra Música.
Los sonidos, las pausas, el silencio son los secretos de la melodía. Nos permiten conocerla desde dentro. Vivir la música es aprender a detenerse y escuchar, a relajarse y dejarse llevar; es disfrutar solo y también en compañía.
Nuestro compañero Josechu Egido ha hablado con Chrsitopher sobre su ultimo trabajo y sus planes de futuro.
Your songs sound like intensive and elegant Folk and Bluemixed with Rock, Country and a bit of Jazz music and Pop. A great mix of styles that results on the fantastic sound of your music now. So, what really are your musical influences?
I listen to less and less music these days just because I play every night. But I've always been more influenced by other things like books, the world I see, people
I meet, stories I hear. I think the style and the way things "sound" are less important factors in music. That being said though I love old delta blues, I love Tom Waits, I love hank Williams, and Old folk music.
Next year marks 5 years since Christopher Paul Stellingedited your first album “Songs of Praise and Scorn”. What is the difference between the music of Christopher today and your music 5 years ago?
Essentially production. I think I've learned more about recording. My first 2 records were so very primitively recorded. The 2nd two I had more time and resources so I was able to expand the vision. The songwriting process remains, but hopefully more refined. I have new plans for the songs from the first 2 albums... I'm excited.
You edited your last LP titled "Itinerant Arias" in Spring 2017. What do you expect from this album?
I try not to have expectations except for from the art itself... as far as success goes, it's better to just put your head down and get to work. I just want people to hear the music.
What do we will see and enjoy in your live concerts for next tour around Spain?
I have a trio of musicians with me. Violin, upright bass, and additional vocals and percussion. It's a fun high energy show with deep and somber moments.
What are your plans for this year 2017 and next 2018? We assume that you will touring around clubs and festivals. Can you advance anything to us? Any important event?
I have all the remaining dates for this year announced. I'll take some time for the holidays and I'm sure be out again shortly.
Do you think the digital world will end with music as we know it today? What do you think is the future of music?
Music will find a way. It's just a new phase. Considering I play 250 shows a year, and make one album every year, live music is much more of a concern. Everyone e talks about the digital stuff, but the truth is that artists have never made money from
Recordings, live music and concerts is where music lives and survives... this is more my concern... I want to see live music survive.
What is your best memory about music?
How is a normal day in the life of Christopher Paul Stelling?
I wake up in a different town, wake up the band, have breakfast, program the gps, drive 5/6 hours, find the hotel, go to soundcheck, eat some dinner hopefully, wait around, play the show, meet some fans and have talks, have some drinks, back to the hotel, sleep, repeat.
What do you think about the current economic and social situation in Spain, Unites States, and World in general?
Humans are flawed, always have been. Some of us are doing the best we can and trying to be kind and compassionate. Others are evil... mostly fundamentalists and politicians. I hope things will work out someday, but we just have to keep trying.
Could you tell us about...
People's History of the United States
Gold (Irish Indy film)
Blind Willy McTell (Dylan)
Bone Machine (Waits)
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