The 22:When did you start playing music? Did anyone teach you?
Pablo Malaurie: My father had a spanish guitar and I used to take it and play it while watching the Benny Hill show. I was nine years old.
The 22: El Festival Del Beso was your first album correct? Did you write all these songs or are any of them traditional or taught to you?
PM: I wrote all these songs. El festival del Beso was my first album. My first idea was a minstrel who travel with a message. But the way is to long and the travel take him some ages. So, his speechs is so old that it became modern.
The 22: You’re work has been described as a combination of “poetry and tragedy” is this your interpretation? If not, what do you feel your music conveys best?
PM: There are poetry and tragedy I think. But I am not sure. If I could explain it, I would not have to have done.
The 22: Your role as an artist has been sort of idealized into this romantic poet minstrel that travelings the world? juglar anónimo or “anonymous minstrel?” Do you think this title holds true?
PM: It was an old idea. Now I am Pablo Malaurie.
The 22: You made a joke about “all the poems are mine” when you remain anonymous. Obviously you were kidding but it made me wonder, what are your conceptions of copyright in music and how or should it play a role?
PM: We have a god in Argentina. Is named Charly Garcia. He says something like “if something you really like, then it belongs to you.” I am with him.
The 22: What about your instruments and particularly the style of Japanese singing appeals to you? Where does this voice come from?
PM: Is the way that my grandmother, Pichina, sang while washing the dishes.
The 22: A quote from a article said “the city around him was full of stories one could only experience through his melodies.” Do you feel your work reflect your atmosphere and environment?
PM: I don´t know, maybe is the city inside my body. And then I try to make a contribution to my city and my people with my music. Is a wheel.
The 22: Can tell me a little about Romanza, the documentary you shot while working on Loverboy?
PM: Romanza is a soundtrack with images. Is about my not understanding trip in Romania. Was filmed with the camera of Andreaa Dumitrescu and contains all the music that was out of Loverboy. Remains jointed.
The 22: What is important to you about this action of creating hand made albums? Do you think your future albums will be hand painted?
PM:We don´t have a music industry in Argentina. We have but is old-fashioned. As worldwide. I don´t like it, but we are the industry now. I am a composer and a factory. This handmade album is a romantic way and I love it. But is the last one. I need a partner.
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