Our Date with Something in Spanish
May 16 2012
On a gloomy evening I trudged through Soho scowling at drop-kick dogs on my way to see Something in Spanish perform at Pianos. In need of a pick me up, I was pleasantly surprised when their show made my nose go numb despite having only consumed seltzer water. The group consists of a Cuban version of Michelle Pfeiffer from Scarface (Michelle Perez, vocals) an absurd Nicaraguan (Julio Monterrey, electronics/synthesizers) and a quiet Irish man (David Mason, electronic drums). Both gentlemen were dressed like Miami Vice, wigs and all. I lounged with them before the show, and below is some of the weirdest shit they had to say.
On the video for "For Slowing Down," which is a montage Miami Vice b-roll.
Michelle: Me and Julio are from Miami, so we're really inspired by that tropical vibe.
Julio: I just took the first season, because I'm so obsessed with it and just edited out the main characters and left establishing shots and hands and the weird parts.
Michelle: And we just spent the day giving a narrative to it.
Julio: It's like sampling, we're musicians so we sample sounds, why not sample other things? Our evolution has to be video.
On moving to Brooklyn from Miami
Julio: We still have our base in Miami, the warmth of the beach, the way the sky looks at night, the booty stuff. And then coming to New York, the influence of living in Wiliamsburg opened up a whole new possibility of electronic music. Things we weren't aware of. Shit is still happening in Williamsburg that doesn't happen anywhere in the world. Young people having sex and listening to the same music!
On David joining the band
Julio: A triangle is stronger than anything else. So we needed a third.
David: Is it an isosceles or an equilateral?
David: An isosceles I think. It's definitely isosceles.
On the band's dark side
Michelle: I am the girl in the horror movie who's running and screaming, and Julio is the mad man who's making the crazy music.
Julio: For me as the producer it's always been trying to be the monster to her voice. Because she is so delicate. Especially when I first met her and she hadn't worked with anyone. And that's something that I loved because I had an idea of making really strong music for a young singer, like an eight-year-old or something. I am the villain, the monster trying to catch the innocent girl, but she is even more powerful than the villain!
Photos by @timthegiraffe
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