First off I want to
congratulate you on your debut album "Living On The
Edge", a very impressive debut album. How does it feel to
finally have an album out?
Jordi - Thx
so much my friend, well it feels great, it’s a dream come true.
Most of the band is rather unknown to most of the
metal community, but with Apollo on vocals and Andy LaRocque as
producer and a few guitar leads, you’ve managed to bring in 2
big capacities – how did this co-operation come about?
Jordi - I’ve been always there for
music. I started my studies of piano and music reading, when I was
just 9 years-old at the Conservatory of Music of Barcelona
(Spain). At the age of 16 I changed my piano for an electric
guitar, when I listened to Adrian Smith's way of playing. I was
just 14 years old, when bought Iron Maiden's
"Powerslave" and "Live After Death" albums,
and from there on my heart was sold to heavy metal. In 1992 I went
back and forth to the United States to study guitar at New
Milford's NGSW, where I took lessons from Terry Syrek
(www.terrysyrek.com), who was a class mate of Zakk Wylde at
Berkeley School of Music. Terry is undoubtedly one of the best US
guitar shredders, and I learned a lot from taking lessons with
him. I also played in a lot of bands, I did Iron Maiden and
Metallica cover versions with a band in the States and also was in
lots more in Barcelona, where I’m actually living.
- Well I talked to Andy LaRocque (guitarist for King Diamond)
and had him listen some of my tracks, and slowly, but surely Andy
realized, that the songs were really good. Andy introduced Apollo
Papathanasio (vocalist, ex-Time Requiem, Meduza, Faith Taboo) and
Daniel Moilanen (drummer, Runemagick, Relevant Few and Notre Dame)
to me and they both liked the songs a lot.
How was it to get to work
with Andy LaRocque? Did you learn a lot from him?
Jordi - I really learned a lot with
Andy; therefore he’s the godfather of the production. I carried
the executive part but he put all his know-how, he’s a true
master. And if not the best, one of the best producers around.
Would you like to work with
him in the future?
Jordi - Indeed,
I WILL work with Anders, he’s my brother and friend!
To new listeners could you
please tell the story behind Sandalinas?
Jordi - The
story behind Sandalinas is a dream come true. It’s been a long
way to get here. I wrote all the songs and showed them to Anders,
and he loved them. He saw something special in them. This only
happens once in a lifetime. I still can’t believe it. Then I met
Apollo, and through him my manager Claus. I’m amazed. Without
them I would not have been signed. I thank them for their support
and for encouraging me through hard times and good times. I
wasn’t looking for success, I was just hoping for someone to
like my songs. And look now ... we’re a band. Tight and ready to
play and perform anywhere they want us to play.
Apollo is singing in other
bands than Sandalinas, so is this more of a project or a regular
Jordi - This
is definitely a band. We’re a team, we’re a family. Together
How is a normal Sandalinas
Jordi - I
pick up my guitar and mess around a bit with it, then when I find
something cool, and I sit down and relax and try to find a
structure for that song and I try to combine all the ideas I come
up with and add them a good melody, lyrics and so on. It’s like
a Beatles kind of thing.
What do you deal with
Jordi - I
talk about experiences, feelings and anything true coming out of
my heart. It’s pure music, 100% rock’n roll.
Your music is a very nice
mixture of classical hard rock and melodic metal - whom/what has
Jordi - Well,
I got the inspiration from many sources. Guitarists like Adrian
Smith, Steve Clark, Mike Oldfield and Dave Mustaine above all. I
love bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Def Leppard, Tesla and
Dokken. Also Fleetwood Mac, Beatles and Bee Gees. Everything as
long as it is good music.
I really like the cover -
who has made it and is there a deeper idea behind it?
Jordi - Thomas
Ewerhart, Symphony X’s illustrator. Massacre thought it was the
most indicated and when Thomas showed me his product, I was just
amazed, I went like, wow man!! This is nuclear.!!! The idea behind
is what the band understands living on the edge must be like.
It’s like being in the middle of nowhere and going upstream,
Any touring plans? Any
chance you will be doing some festivals this year?
Jordi - Yeah,
we’re still waiting for the response of the fans and then
we’ll see how everything developes. It’s up to our manager,
too. He’s the boss. That’s why the band is out there, “If it
wasn’t for Claus”, we would never be here.
Any famous last words?
Jordi - I
love you all. More than life itself. We would not be here “If it
wasn’t for you “.
Thanx for doing this
interview and the best of luck in the future!
- Thanks so much for your support, we love you all. And also
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