Photo Credit: Carla Cascales
Hi Marta. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us. We hope you and your family are safe during this time. Before we get into your new album ‘Anoche’ (which is fantastic by the way), how have you found this unusual time?
Thank you. It’s my pleasure!
It’s been pretty strange… but I am trying to stay positive. I am still working and focus on my project, so that made me keep the balance. But basically I am using this time to really look into myself, think about my goals, my life in general… I am not creating that much though, I am finding kind of hard to find inspiration, but I have the feeling all this time of “stillness” is leading me to a very creative period.
Congratulations on the release of ‘Anoche’. How was the process of making this album for you?
Thank you! It was a pretty natural and organic process. When I started to compose the first pieces of the album I didn’t even know that they would become an album, but little by little I realized all them worked really well together and I saw very clear they had to become an album. The pieces are very personal and spontaneous and I have the feeling that the album is a kind of “emotional journey” of everything I’ve been going through this past year.
Why is it called ‘Anoche’?
“Anoche” means “last night” in Spanish, and it also specially refers to the time elapsed between nightfall and the moment you actually fall asleep. All the pieces were written (at least the very first music ideas) during this time of the day, where everything seems to calm down and it’s a time for yourself.
Were there any other artistic choices you made on this album that you would like to share? Can you please talk us through the process of recording the album?
I wanted to find a very specific sound for each piece, since I take the recording-production as one element of the composition process. So the album has been recorded on 3 different pianos and in different moments. For example, the piece “Albura” was recorded on two pianos: the first part on a grand piano (on Bruno Sanfilippo’s piano btw!) and the last section on an upright piano. I’ve been working close with sound engineer Juan Berbin to get the sound I had on mind and it has been a really fascinating process, paying a lot of attention on details that really make a difference.
I also decided to go to the studio right when each piece was still “fresh” to keep that “spontaneous” mood of the music.
Who influences you musically?
Max Ricther, Arvo Pärt, Hania Rani. Chopin, Debussy. Bebo Valdés, J.S Bach…among others.
What’s the best advice you have received in terms of creating music?
Don’t be afraid, trust yourself, write the music you really feel, don’t try to be “someone else”. As painter Matisse said: “Creativity takes courage”.
What is the meaning of music for you?
I take music as a way of expression and connection. Music is “what” you can’t say with words, “what” you can’t see… But I would even say music doesn’t have any specific meaning, and that’s the magic of it all.
Now that Anoche is out for everyone to hear, what is next for you?
My first plan was to tour with “Anoche”, but with this situation I will have to adjust a little bit, and wait until it’s possible to play live again. Also, right now I really feel like collaborating with other musicians and writing music for dance and chamber ensembles.
How can people buy your album?
There’s a beautiful 12’’ Black Vinyl Limited Edition (which I am very excited about!) And it includes two exclusive bonus tracks featuring two singers. Available on Bandcamp.
Can you tell us more about the artwork for the album? Who created it?
My sister is an artist too (sculptor and painter) and she created this unique glass sculpture specially for the album, capturing the sensations of the music.