Interview for magazine Public Republic by Dessi Berndt Yoni Vidal – I put all that I have in my music, so listen with your ears, but also with your heart April 14, 2010 by dessi An interview with the guitarist and music composer Yoni Vidal by Dessislava Berndt (Public Republic) Yoni, what is the meaning of music for you? For me music is a mixture of different sounds respecting the harmony and the color of each other that, when put together, become a powerful creation that can create emotions and memories to us, humans. Photo: Diana Verburg You have Spanish parents, you worked for five years in Asia and now you are living in Belgium. How did these various environments affect you and your music? My parents are Spanish and we have always been very close to our culture. When I was 9 months old, my father had a very bad car accident. My mother had to work and to take care of me while my dad was at the hospital for months. It was too much for her, so my parents sent me to my grandmother in Spain.Photo: Diana Verburg Then, they joined me in Spain. We spent a few years in Galicia, then in Barcelona. Finally we all came back to Belgium. All my trips helped to develop my interest and attraction for other cultures. In our modern world we often forget that we’re not alone in this world. Photo: Diana Verburg Traveling makes me realize how small I am and makes me curious and interested. Discovering how other people live their lives and thinking about their philosophy makes me grow. If we transpose that to music, it’s like a painter who suddenly one day gets a whole new set of colors that he had never imagined… The project “Spice Road” was realized in Singapore and Europe. Which was for you the most surprising experience working between these two different ways of life? The most surprising experience working between these two different ways of life is that even if we all have different cultures, we’re all very proud of it and we love to show our own traditions, music, food, art, history. Photo: Diana Verburg Finally, we’re all the same. When the light is off no one looks any different, especially when it comes to talking about the love of your land. What was also interesting was to see how easy it was to mix our different sounds to make music…It was like baking bread. One helped offer flour and salt, the other water and the yeast… Photo: Diana Verburg You are a guitar player, composer, singer and arranger. Where do you feel better: on stage, or in the studio? On stage of course! The recording and the creation progress is exciting because of the freedom you take, but also painful, because of the decisions you’ve got to make. Spending hours in front of one microphone, alone, for an invisible virtual public. That’s not easy. On stage the energy and the feedback of the audience is direct. In a studio, you undress your feelings and break walls, pushing your limits and deciding what’s good or not…Once a CD is done, its done! No returns. On stage, you can change some arrangements, sounds. At the moment you are working in Belgium and the Netherlands; do you have connections and contacts in Spain? Do you miss anything Spanish there? Yes, I have a lot of contacts and connections there, family and friends. Today being in touch is easy: the phone, the internet, Facebook…What I miss from Spain is the sun, the food and sometimes, the Latin way of life. But I must say that I’m feeling happy living in Belgium. We’re in the center of Europe and there are a lot of different cultures and musicians living together in this small country. We’re very close to Germany, Holland, France, England… Spice Road Band Photo: Vanessa Kay What is the source of your inspiration? Everything can inspire me. Not only a feeling, but a situation, a sound, a conversation, an object, a location, a person. There’s really no explanation to inspiration. I just listen inside me…
Spice Road Querer Photo: Evelina Dimitrova Could please you tell us something about your current and future projects? I’m working now on the recording of my second CD, “Chill Out my Wave,” and on its concert. I already did few shows. This CD is also a “blending” between Spanish guitar and world music but also electronic “lounge” sounds. It’s been a long time that I’ve wanted to create this project and today it’s almost done. I’m trying to add the final touches, and it should be finished in a couple of months. Then I will promote “Chill Out My Wave”.
Spice Road Wuppertal Photo: Evelina Dimitrova With this music, I don’t need a massive infrastructure to make gigs so I’ll do the concerts as much and as far as I can. For now, in Europe and Asia and, if it’s possible, around the world. What are your dreams? A good question, which is the next step of the last one! Traveling and recording with all types of musicians from around the world and mixing my music to their music! That could be the third CD!
Yoni Vidal in Bali What is the greatest satisfaction for you as an artist and your biggest challenge? The greatest satisfaction is to live the way I like and to do what I want. I consider myself a lucky person for being able to do this job. I’m also very satisfied to see that people like the music that I do. Music is a shared emotion, or moment. It’s a piece of time, a piece of magic… The biggest challenge is keeping on. What is the most important thing you would like people to know about you? That I put all that I have in my music. There are no commercial considerations in it, just the desire to be authentic. So it doesn’t matter if it’s “Spice Road” or “Chill Out my Wave”. Listen with the ears, but also with your heart. Yoni Vidal in Hong Kong