This month’s After Dark Session at the Hard Rock Cafe, sponsored by Metropolitan, sees blues duo Xavi Malacara and Tony Wilson taking to the stage on February 26th. We caught up with Malacara for a quick word...
My whole life I have been singing and playing music. My parents got me a vinyl player when I was three, and I listened to each record I had over and over again. From there I took guitar and singing lessons. I was the first musician in my family. A lot of artists have inspired me, but I would have to say that Elvis has always been my favourite.
My music has its roots in blues. We used to play folk, as well, but on our newest album, we just play the blues. In Barcelona, blues music has never hit the mass market, but there is a following.
In February of last year, I spent some time in the US. I played in Memphis, then did a 10-day pilgrimage through the Mississippi Delta. I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, which was incredible. I didn’t sleep the entire time. I just spent every second I could listening to the music from that area.
I met Tony Wilson two years ago. He’s not only a great guitar player, but also a great person. He has a lot of good ideas about the structure of our shows and how to revamp my performances. I feel comfortable playing with him and he helps me improve as a musician and a performer.
When I play blues with Tony, we are mellow, tranquilos. We sing about things that have very strong emotions associated with them—religious texts, sex and fighting.
Music for me is a way of life. Music pushes you to the limit. When you play music, things are always happening to you. You have to let yourself crash through to the next level.