open sound : The music factory
Always in search of talent
WE ARE PRODUCERS
In the early 90s I used to spend nights in recording studios when they were empty.
I learned everything I could about recording, mixing and new programming systems. Samplers and Pro Tools systems began to appear on all recordings and would forever change the way we make music.
It was around this time that I met Pepe Dougan, back then I was working as an arranger in one of the studios. The pianists had a lot of work since all the programming and arrangements were done using a keyboard. Guitars were no longer in fashion and were often replaced by synthesizers; that forced my conversion. I was expanding my range of knowledge adding that technical part to the musician that was.
The connection with Pepe was immediate and total, our musical influences drank from the same source. In those years, music in Spain was still highly influenced by the pop / rock of “la movida” from the 80s, which often gave priority to the look and “good vibes” over musical quality and seemed to have little or no interest in the “ groove “. It is not easy to translate that word into Spanish, but the one that comes closest to it would be “ soniquete ”, a term well known to flamenco. That similarity between groove and soniquete explains the interest flamenco artists have always shown in black music and vice versa.
That rhythmic sense is what we have always tried to give priority to in our music, although the biggest challenge was finding those voices that could transmit it. Let us not forget that at that time in Spain the cultural or, better said, racial diversity was very poor if we compare it with the countries of our environment where that mix brought out other styles and musical fusions that came much later here. In that aspect we were pioneers, which gave us recognition but also incomprehension in equal parts. We were a benchmark of black music in Spain and many artists attracted by that style ended up in our studio. Not only did we offer them the possibility of recording, but they could also count on the live show with the only really “funky” bands that existed in this country: DIBIDIBOP.
This Playlist collects one of the first stages of Open Sound, highly influenced by the New Jack Swing of the early 90s. In this project we all stew between Pepe and me. We were the bad boys of Bald and Proud.