FM Meets: GARGALO

"For me, it’s all about finding the “click moment”. It might be a line, one simple melody or a phrase that I really love, and the song kind of builds up almost by itself."
14 October 2021

By Vee D

Spanish-Canadian singer-songwriter, Bruno G. Roth presents his projectGARGALO and his convincing debut EP, King of Dark Waters, which is out on 26th November via Frances House Records. Out Of Sync works as the ideal introduction to ARGALO‘s engaging sonic journey.

Hello GARGALO how are you?

I am really great, thanks.

You’ve released the single ‘Out of Sync’, can you tell us about the themes contained within the song?

I describe it as a bittersweet song when everything around you seems disconnected and feels like you’re missing a beat. It’s a journey of ascension regaining perspective to a better path to get that beat back once again.

How does the writing process work when formulating new ideas for new music?

Although my starting point to write songs tends to be working on a sound that inspires me using synths or a piano, this song was written on guitar (which was how I wrote all my songs before GARGALO).

For me, it’s all about finding the “click moment”. It might be a line, one simple melody or a phrase that I really love, and the song kind of builds up almost by itself. That is what happened with this song. I wrote it and finished it in a couple of days. It’s not always that easy, but when it happens it’s magical.

I usually start from a simple line with a vocal melody, then there will be something that I say that points out where the song will be leading to. I try not to think too much about anything when I write. If I overthink, then it tends to not work. The essence is lost in a way.

The pandemic had an inspirational effect upon your creative output, can you tell us how the project came about?

I had just been traveling South America for six months, where I couldn’t write or play any music. I was recording audio notes with melodies on my phone. The pandemic hit very badly and I also was going through some changes in my personal life. All that combined was quite a lot to take on. Writing music was my way out. When I was creating I was the happiest. Such an incredible process to go through. I spend 8 to 10 hours writing music in the back of a van, where I set a recording studio. That was an education for me.

As a London-based Spanish-Canadian artist, do the cities you inhabit influence the music you produce?

Absolutely. As a Spanish-Canadian, I have always been exposed to different ways of living. I have always been fascinated in how people live and behave. Coming to London was just incredible. The energy of the city combined with my heritage defines has provided me with so many experiences. And ultimately, I base my songs on those. So, where I am and who I am are the foundations of my music.

How has the music industry changed since you began playing in bands?

The use of the internet. Myspace was around when I started playing in bands, at age 15. It was a tool that you could use. Now social media has become THE tool. An artist has to do it all and sometimes music is not the main factor, which I think is a real shame. But there are so many talented people out there and thanks to the internet you are able to discover them. It has its positive sides and its negative ones.

Where do you think your music fits in today’s world?

I don’t try to write music to fit anywhere. I try to be as genuine and honest about my music as possible. If it resonates with people then I will be very happy. But fitting a mold is something that I am not interested in. I think the music finds its own way.

If you were stranded on a desert island which three albums would you choose to wash up on the shore?

The Desert Island Discs question!! I’m a massive fan of the program. I would take with me “Radiohead – In Rainbows”, “Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the sky away”, “Leonard Cohen – Song of Love and Hate” and “Arcade Fire – Funeral”. That’s three, right?  Next time you ask me I’ll name three other albums though.

How do you aim to translate your solo production into live performances now that venues are reopening?

With a band. I am already working on putting a band together to translate those songs into a live set. I cannot wait to be on stage surrounded by musicians, people, and lovely disgusting sweat.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

I am already three-quarters in the writing of my next EP, which has a bit of a different vibe to it, although it fits well with the “King of Dark Waters” EP. But first I’ll be releasing the music video for “Out of Sync”, then the second single “Monroes” and finally the EP will come out. So I am extremely excited about it. Also start gigging and getting that feeling of being on stage again.

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