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Radioboxer

Would you mind introducing yourselves and telling us what instruments you play?
Vanne (voice), J (Bass), Santos (Guitar), Esteban (Guitar), Tekila (drums) and Gian (Keyboards) and together we are known as RADIOBOXER.

Discography.
We only got our debut album RADIO DRAMA but we are working on our new record.

How long has the current band line up been together?
A bit more than a year now.

How did you meet each other?
J: Well I met Vanne some years ago and we started to play music. We got tired of the duo thing and then I found Gian and his brother Ales and kind of tricked them into forming a band. The rest of the guys were just life’s weird gifts.
Gian: My brother forced me to go to jota’s house to watch a movie or something...but later I found out it was a secret audition.
Esteban: I answered to an ad when they were looking for a guitarist and a drummer (Tekila is my brother) , then i went to see them at a show and fell in love with the whole thing.
Santos: I believe in destiny without a doubt when I think of how i met Jota and Vanne. The real story you can find in my new book.... Radioboxer... Radio Drama for your Momma!

Did you always want to be in a band?

Gian: not really....first I wanted to be an astronaut, then a firefighter, then a soccer player, then I wanted to open an empanada stand at the beach and THEN I got interested in music.

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How did you come up with your name?
Santos: I didn’t, my parents came up with my name.
J: Santos, I think they mean the band’s name. However we would leave this question unanswered. Not because we are like all mysterious and shit but because is not a very good story.

What music did you listen to while growing up?
Radioboxer: We all grew up listening to differentmusic.  From boleros and old Spanish ballads to Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Pulp, Queen and many many others. One thing about us is that we really listen to everything.

Are you self taught or did you have lessons?
J: Not really. I mean We all got a little lessons here and there but mostly as an introduction to the instrument and that’s that. Santos and Vanne had had lessons since then but for specialized stuff such as bolero “pasillos” in the guitar and Opera singing.

If you had an unlimited equipment budget what would be on your shopping list?
Santos: Vox Amp.
Tekila: OCDP Drum Set
Gian: All of radiohead’s gear...or at least a new controller, somebody spilled beer on it and now one key gets stuck every time I press it.
J: I don’t know. I don’t dwell too much on that kind of fantasies and I don’t know shit about what is good in term of equipment. I’ll probably call our producer and ask him what should I buy and then see how it feels. And then burn it on stage, after all I got unlimited money bitches!!!

Do you use the same equipment live as you do when in a studio?
Radioboxer: No, Ferny the sound engineer/producer/greatest human in existence has tons of vintage equipment which we loved using.
Specially his Peavey 60’s amps.

Do you record at a purpose built studio or do you record at home with portable digital equipment or pc/mac with audio software?
Radioboxer: We record most of our stuff on a professional studio but I think the main reason we do that is not as much for the facilities (which were awesome) but for the valuable input of our producer Ferny Coipel. However it all depends of what you want to get out of your song. You cannot engineer intimacy or certain feelings for a tune you know?

Which software do you use?
Radioboxer: We used Pro-Tools and Garage Band for RADIO DRAMA.

Do you have any new recordings planned?
Radioboxer: Yeah, we have already most of the material for our second album and we think is going to be pretty f*****g awesome.

Do you try to capture your ‘live’ sound on recordings or do you think that the ‘live’ sound and recorded sound should be different experiences for your fans?
Radioboxer: We try to get it as close as we can but when we are on stage we let the “live” feeling to flow freely. If you know your song completely then you are able to enjoy it without thinking too much on what you are doing or why.

Do you any favourite tracks from your original material?
Radioboxer:  I think we all enjoy Placebo Effect a great deal. But other favourites are GMV and Reckless Behavior.

Who would you like to tour with?
Tekila: Vanne, Jota, Santos, Gian, Esteban, Chubbs (santos’ dog), Malko (Gian’s Dog)
J: I like that list too but I think we can lose Malko. I hate that dog.

How do you promote your music and get your music to new fans?
Radioboxer: Facebook, Myspace, Press Releases, Viral Videos, and good old fashion kick ass  concerts.

Would you sign with a major record company?
J: It really doesn’t matter if it is a small or major record company. As long as they let us do our thing. They have to respect the vision of the band and understand that is the band who ultimately that decides what goes and what doesn’t artistically. I mean if that is cool and you are not getting f****d over what you deserve to get paid you are good.

Is there anything you’d like to add?
Gian: Radioboxer is just ONE word.
J: A very awesome word.

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