The Mexico City-based ska band known as Panteón Rococó truly don’t need an introduction. They’ve toured throughout the world, and they’ve done so non-stop at times.
The group, who is currently promoting Ni Carne Ni Pescado, is composed of nine figures. Two of them, Missael Oseguera and Dario Espinosa, recently spoke to Campus Circle. Here’s what they had to say:
Campus Circle: Talk about the issues, if any, that you guys had when you released your most recent album here in the U.S. The release was delayed quite a bit. What happened?
Missael Oseguera: The main issue, really, was that we didn't have a distributor that was interested in working with us for a while. Also, we were waiting on Sony music from the U.S. to be involved, but that didn't happen. We let some time go by, and now we're ready to go full-force with promoting the album.
CC: Can you tell us about how the concept for this album materialized?
Dario Espinosa: After almost 18 years as Panteón Rococó, we have been aiming to break from our 'routine' for so many years. We wanted to do something different not only as it pertains to us as a group, but also something different in the music industry as a whole. We've aimed for an album of greatest hits, a covers album and a tribute album made by other artists for Panteón Rococó. It's this stream of ideas that lead to this album; it's titled Ni Carne Ni Pescado.
CC: Talk about the chemistry with Jorge Marolchikis.
MO: We've been working together for a long time, since a tribute album to José Alfredo Jiménez. He's produced singles and individual songs for us, and this is the second album he's produced in its entirety. He's a legend in Mexican rock, and from the very beginning our collaborations have been very gratifying. As an artist and producer, he's done some of the most important things in the Mexican music scene. He's always teaching us things about the music industry. He's a genius at what he does. And as a friend, we can always count on him. He's a very lively person and always knows what he wants to do and where he wants to go.
CC: Talk about the song “No Se Por Que.” What is the concept behind the video? Is it something far removed from what the band normally does?
MO: This song came by very naturally. Maria (Barracuda) had very creative artistic input, and it coincided with what we wanted to accomplish. Based on that, we had her make suggestions for the video; we had her direct it, and a friend of hers contributed with the animation aspects of the video. We've always loved Maria's bizarre vision, and we like how it works. It helped us create that 'different' project we intended. The result was a video that was very different and new to what is Panteón Rococó, and we were very satisfied with the result.
CC: Tell us about the experiences from your last tour. How was it to travel so much and to perform for so many different people? Your group is loved worldwide, not just in Mexico. How did it go?
MO: We began touring the U.S. and Europe in 2000, and we've never stopped. We'll play shows in Mexico, and then we find where else we can go, and we try not to take breaks. We've basically been playing every weekend in different parts of the world, and that's become part of our life and identity. This past year was very successful for the band, and we've been touring with an album that's been very well-received. It's hard work, but this album and its success is a reflection of that. Now it's a new year, and we still haven't stopped. We've been working on new projects, and we always try to be ready. If we have an opportunity to tour in Europe, we want to be ready. If we can tour around the U.S., we want to be ready.
CC: Discuss the upcoming festival Vive Latino. You've performed there before. What was it like when you found out you would be performing there? What were some of the emotions the band had towards the festival?
DE: We were all very happy. Truth is, this festival is very important. Believe it or not, I'm still nervous about performing. It's an astonishingly strong vibe to get up on stage with the whole band and share that stage with other bands. On this occasion, we'll have the opportunity to celebrate our 18 years together. Our set at the festival will feature some of our greatest hits throughout our time together. We want to do a re-telling of our discography. Even though I feel our set time is somewhat limited, I think we'll be able to do enough so that the band leaves happy. We're currently preparing our show and putting together our list of songs. We've been rehearsing and making arrangements to some of those songs as well as preparing some new things. We're all very excited, and we hope our fans feel the same way.
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