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Paco Loco Trio

If Jesus is said to have multiplied loaves and fish to feed the multitude, Paco Loco has made the national music scene a hotbed of great bands. He finally comes out of the shadows and heads for the limelight. One of the most fine-tuned ears in Spain is back on the circuit and he’s in good company.

By:  Lakshmi I. Aguirre
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Born: 2008
Location: Puerto Santa María (Cadiz)
Stands out for: bloodcurdling musicality, being a band made up of talented musicians
Did you know? Paco Loco has produced bands such as Bunbury, Maga, Australian Blonde, La Costa Brava, Travolta, Airbag, Ledatres, Nacho Vegas, Edwin Moses and Lori Meyers

If anyone deserves the chance to make a go of it on stage, it’s the charismatic music producer Paco Loco. And he’s in good company. Ledatres, Remate and Ángel Figueroa have jumped on the bandwagon and in 2009 they launched their first album together: Muni in Arizona. And I’ll be darned if it’s not a project worthy of the likes of Lou Reed!

Love brought him from Asturias to Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz) and from his studio have emerged albums by Bunbury, The Sadies, Maga, Australian Blonde, La Costa Brava, Sr. Chinarro, Manta Ray, Jet Lag, Travolta, Airbag, Ledatres, Nacho Vegas, Edwin Moses and Lori Meyers. An impressive convoy under his watchful gaze.

Joaquín Pascual (Travolta) said of him: “Paco doesn’t just write songs. He spits them out or expels them out of multiple pores and bodily orifices in a spontaneous and non-reflective way. That’s why his texts are filled with a language with which we’re not familiar, possibly the language of a remote culture or civilization, perhaps a combination of them all.” We spoke with Paco Loco.

Q: Where did Paco Loco come from?

A: Loco came from Los Locos, a band I played with in Asturias. In the music business it’s quite usual to christen yourself with the name of your band.

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Q: When did you move to el Puerto? They say it was because of a woman…

A: I arrived in 1996. And yes, it was for a woman (he laughs).

Q: It seems that everything you touch turns to gold. Are you the Asturian Phil Spector?

A: Dude. I hope I’m not like Phil Spector. He’s in jail for murder. Professionally I don’t think I’m like him. I wish! I’m just a guy who works and who people seem to like. But it’s all based on hard work.

Q: The Sadies, Bunbury, La Costa Brava, Nacho Vega… All of them taking their hats off to Paco Loco. Is it really just because you’ve worked together into the wee hours of the morning?

A: There’s a lot of that to it. When bands come into the studio they make the most of their time. We work a lot.

Q: Do you need to serve lots of camomile tea to avoid bloodbaths in your studio? It can’t be easy dealing with musicians…

A: One needs a lot of camomile tea to cope with the music industry.

Q: They say that your wife is a great cook and that that’s the real reason why they go to record at your studio.

A: I’m sure that’s part of it, but I hope there’s more to it!

Q: What keeps Paco Loco going, besides a great team and phenomenal ear?

A: A good sense of humour.

Q: What albums are on the Paco Loco pedestal? Will it always be Lou Reed’s Berlin?

A: Quite a few, but my biggest influences have been Lou Reed and The Beatles. Berlin is still in first place and will be there forever.

Q: Are there highs and lows in the Andalusian music scene?

A: There is starting to be a little more movement in the south. I’ve no idea what it was like before I arrived. I think it’s just coincidence that things have picked up since I arrived. There is a great deal of talent.

Q: The million dollar question: Does indie really exist?

A: Of course it does. The thing is that there is an indie that you hear a lot and another truly independent indie, create by people who make what they want when they want to. There are a lot of bands like that. I hope that never disappears because in indie lies our salvation from everything that is currently happening in the music industry.

Q: When did you decide to get back on stage and form the Paco Loco Trio? What did you want to say?

A: In August 2008. I just wanted to play, which is what I love most. I wanted to play and have fun with friends. That’s why we’re such a big band, because we’re all friends.

Q: Is that what unites you to Ledatres and Remate?

A: Yes. Friendship. The talent of Remate and Ledatres is undeniable, but if there weren’t friendship and we weren’t having fun, then it wouldn’t count for much.

Q: What triggered Muni in Arizona?

A: Me, my world, the things that erupt out of me and I feel like saying at any given moment. It’s a project with no predispositions or limits. Whatever comes out, comes out. That’s it.

Q: What’s left for Paco Loco to do?

A: What I’ve been doing until now. To keep playing and recording. To continue to meet great people who excite me.

Q: Is it that easy to find them?

A: I seem come across a lot. Thank God I am lucky enough to work with bands who manage to do that.

Sounds like...

• PACO LOCO TRÍO. Arms, del álbum Muni in Arizona (No Land State, 2009)
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