“Too Much Music”, Ibiza

December 11th, 2008 - 2:01 pm Posted in chris gonzales, ibiza, Las Dalias, paco fernandez | Comments (0)

“Too Much Music” is the name of Ibiza’s latest record label. The brainchild of local flamenco hero Paco Fernandez and Las Dalias entertainment’s livewire Chris Gonzalez, it is based at the studio set up by Paco beneath his home in Can Tomas. Despite its location beneath the house, the studio still has a big picture window with a view over Sant Antoni to the sunsets of Cafe del Mar fame. Inspirational stuff indeed…

The name of the record label is a flippant reference to the village itself, but the partners are serious about their mission, which they describe as the ‘non-commerce driven music created straight from the heart by resident and visiting musicians inspired by the island’.

Paco himself hails from Andalucia, the heartland of gypsy flamenco, and is consequently both passionate about the spontaneous spirit of ‘street folk’ and very adept at performing it. Few island residents can have failed to come across his silky skills on the guitar at a veritable catalogue of island venues. Yes, we’re lucky – he, as many before him, fell in love with the islands’ charms and he’s made it his home for over forty years now.

His passion for the island now comes through in his flamenco: “stormy skies, the smell of pine, of sea, of the silence of dusk, of the peace of the sunrise…”, to borrow his own words. But ‘Too Much Music’ serves as both a breakpoint and an acknowledgement of a more recent relationship with the pre-eminent electronic music of the last two decades.

Uniting his beloved flamenco with this relative newcomer on the block appealed to his curiosity – “then blew me away with the union of their individual textures”. Living and working with DJs and producers went on to open a whole new can of worms. This experience and exploring a more contemporary feel resulted in the new label.

acoustic ibizaThe label’s first release is the first Las Dalias CD, “Acoustic Ibiza“, which features a burnt out mixing desk standing in a rust red field surrounded by pine trees with dawn breaking over the distant bay of Cala San Vicente. The mixing desk came from the now defunct “Studios Mediterraneo” and both are the stuff of legend, having been used by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, New Order, Katrina & the Waves, Judas Priest, the Boomtown Rats and many others.

The label’s ethic, however, aims to go even further back into the annals of musical history. It is grounded in the music of the 70s when a single track could run to ten or twenty minutes depending on where the musicians involved went wandering in their quest to convey the unspeakable. Think Floyd, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream etc.

As you’ll have gathered there are a variety of influences going into the mix, despite an overriding intention to ‘bring it back to the way it used to be’ before dance music became dominant and then inevitably waned with the passage of time. They’re aiming to recover the vibe of forty years ago that originally put the island on the map and attracted a galaxy of musical heroes from then on…

chris gonzales and paco fernandezChris Gonzalez, the voluble human dynamo of Las Dalias fame, is very excited about the new project and points out that news of an Ibiza renaissance in live music and an innovative studio focusing on the original Ibizan musical values is already attracting interest on the Spanish mainland. It appears that numerous musicians have expressed a desire to come over to record on that legendary island called Ibiza following in the footsteps of their many icons of the last four decades.

Could it be that we’re witnessing the emergence of the 21st Century version of “Studios Mediterraneo”, or would we be in danger of compromising the ‘non-commerce driven’ dictat of this embryonic studio? As Paco would say – true music is from the heart, not commercially driven. In the meantime, through their enthusiasm, the future looks rosy with two more album projects already in the pipeline.

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