It is often said that Uruguay is a country brimming with talent, and that not enough outlets for such creativity exist within its reduced geographical boundaries. I don’t know if the word “brimming” is 100 % accurate, but I can tell you that based on the bands I have worked with and the musicians I have met as I did the rounds, there is a significant share of talent that is not actually on anybody’s radar.
I have decided to start this section within MusicKO in order to give these voices that might go unheeded otherwise a spot where they can communicate what they do, what they believe in and what they angle for.
The only requisites for being listed here are:
1) Being an Uruguayan artist
2) Not being signed to any label within the country
3) Having recorded at least four demos (for me to evaluate)
If you meet these criteria, you can get in touch with me. The address is (garbled on purpose):
emiliomusicko [at] gmail [dot] com
Although my favorite genres are rock, pop and punk I am more than willing to listen to other styles.
I will try and feature one or two “new” bands per week.
A Great Still Of One Of Our Main Squares, "Plaza Independecia"
Despite being Uruguayan and having lived my whole life in the capital of the country (Montevideo), I do not have that much of a thorough understanding of local bands. That is probably because I was always more interested in English music. That is, I was keener on anything that was English-related when I was younger: books, music, TV shows… Now I have broadened the specter considerably.
In a certain sense, I think that most people go through something similar when they are young: they sort of reject the music from the place they live in, however good it is. I am sure that young people in Rome dislike the local scene, I am sure that youngsters in Berlin look askance at their own local bands, I know that there are young people in Buenos Aires that look elsewhere for their musical kicks. It is completely natural. When we are a certain age, we are bored with the world that surrounds us. A foreign sound is always more motivating. It speaks of another way of living and a different sense of freedom. That is invaluable when we are young and we feel that the world constricts us. Continue reading →