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The open, personal and original style of El Ser Humano

The Valencian group El Ser Humano published their new disc, Egresión, a few months ago, a self-edited work that keeps showing the new tendencies of Gonzalo Fuster and his band. It is the third disc of the grouping, following their homonymous disc and Pyla Pan.

The name of this group isn’t a subject to chance. As Gonzalo Fuster tells us, it is a name that moves away from what soloists and bands usually choose, “it is outside of the coordinates of pop or rock”. Furthermore, it is a name that was influenced by the Metaphysical Meditations by René Descartes (and the Being?), a book that gave a lot to Fuster.

Its songs are about experiences, persons, cities, dreams, and they always surprise us with something new. They have developed a lot since they started working with Malatesta Records in 2011, a support they consider vital for their current situation and who helped them with impulses. Nevertheless, now return the new El Ser Humano, with new lyrics and a fresh breeze, daringly publishing an auto-edition that is working quite well, always trying to be innovative and find their true style.

Some of their dreams are to play in the Liceo in Barcelona, have a gig with Caetano Veloso and Adrian Belew, bring out a disc that’s better than Egresión, sign with a label and play as much as possible.

At the moment, the group is made up of Gonzalo Fuster, frontman, vocals and guitar; Dani Cardona at the drums, Fito Haro with guitar and keyboard and Rúben Marques at the bass. A never-ending job and they already have eight songs for their next record. In the following, we leave you with the interview we held with Gonzalo Fuster.

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How would you define your style?

I prefer not to define it, it is something open. It’s clear that we aren’t tied to one style or tendency. That would bore me a lot. We aren’t discovering America nor do we experiment with avant-garde, but we avoid the comfort zone and try to risk, walk without ballast, which enables us to get to points which would not be reachable in another way. Look, in the latest reviews of the disc, they have compared us to Eels, Battiato, Beck, Bunbury or Radio Futura. That is what I wanted to achieve.

Which are your primary influences?

Mine go from Little Richard to Steve Reich, but I don’t actively choose which creep into a new song. I do try to avoid any reflection of what I listen to at home while I’m composing the songs, that is, I try exactly the opposite from what a lot of people do when they imitate their “idols” in their own songs. Any sign of an already existing song leaning towards mine means that I sort it out. Later, a song of mine can well sound like one or another, the similarity never being obvious, but still, subconsciously for the hearing. That is interesting having in mind that it works more with the sensations it provokes.

How does your creation process work?

That is a question of work, the inspiration can come automatically but there is a myriad of motives and sensations that you have to polish and define in order to achieve the form of a song. In my case, moreover, I take the finished song to Dani’s studio (Cardona, producer and drummer of the band) and there it can suffer a triple somersault and be converted – without losing its essence – into a song that is quite different from the original.

Studio work is important, which is why we work more on the process of recording than other bands. Even though the songs are homemade, or only I have played them in concert, etc… we sit down to think before the recording device and usually tighten its screws in order to leave it even more original, more impressive, with more trills, etc…

Will you play in 2015? Where?

Yes, sure, we have concerts planned in the Juglar in Madrid, the Depo in Barcelona, the Deluxe and Wah Wah in Valencia, in Amposta, and so on… plus those that come up just like that. We don’t have our agendas as crammed as in 2014, but that doesn’t mean that it’s worse. We will go to where they call us and are able to cover the cache. What we will put on our bill is the rent for the halls. That will be done by a promoter in order to gain money with us – or we won’t do it.

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Tell us about Egresión, its songs and how it works.

We published it in a bad season, when the journalists were thinking more about the best of lists of the year than about the discs that were still to be released. Because of that the reaction was delayed but we are very satisfied with the response. In addition to many online media, Efeeme, Ruta 66, Muzikalia, Rockdelux, Radio 3, etc. have also reacted to it. Well, it is their job, but still, their rating of Egresión is very positive. They have actually often called it “one of the discs of the year”, even though it was only in February and thus rather late that they received the disc. You have to have in mind that it’s not an easy job at all. It is not for immediate consummation, it’s not a disc that is easily listened to through the radio and that makes you say “what a great song, I really like it” right away. It has a lot of nooks and listening depths… it is a disc that needs a bit of a reprieve and isn’t suitable for conformists.

How has your work developed? Have there been any changes after your two previous discs?

Yes, many. Starting with my way of singing, which has improved noticeably, to the work of the band. Since Rubén joined at the bass, the format of the band has consolidated itself. In this way, many of the songs have developed a new position, more potent and muscular.

The experience of being in the studio together also counts. Dani has already recorded three discs of El Ser Humano, we have polished the details and developed the sound and the songs are also rather distinct. Now it is more El Ser Humano. All of us are more confident about the results we will obtain and that helps a lot.

What would you tell the people who don’t know you in order to make them listen to your music? What would they discover?

You will find new songs that sound like El Ser Humano, new coordinates with a language different from the common, which you may not like – if you’re looking for convenience and radio-formulas – but you should give it a try and judge it for yourself. Don’t expect imitators of anything, the songs don’t sound like Radiohead or PJ Harvey, not like Izal or Supersubmarina, not like Chucho or Los Planetas, not like Bunbury or Drexler, not like Joy Division or Parálisis Permanente.

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