Venezuelan Alt-Rockers Somalunar Release Debut 'Ensueño': Interview

Billboard Venezuela


Despite the political and social crisis in Venezuela, the country's alternative rock artists have kept that particular sound you think of when you hear a Caracas rock band.

Concepts like the city, the culture, the night and the lights have inspired many historic Venezuelan bands, such as Sentimiento Muerto, Zapato 3, Los Amigos Invisibles and more.

The night and the dream specifically have inspired Luigi Escalante, the leader and vocalist of the trio Somalunar, which released Ensueño, its first studio album, following the EP Geminis.

But, it's not only the night to talk about, it's the age of the group, with members that are 19 and 20 years old. That's not a limit for this ensemble who studied Fito Páez, Charly Garcia, Gustavo Cerati and other Argentine rockers that influenced the album.

"We want to build up our career and trajectory," Escalante said about the band's latest offering.

The album includes production collaborations with a few musicians in the alternative scene, but more important for Somalunar is their collaboration with Servando Primera, the Venezuelan singer, composer and music producer of Latin hits as such as Enrique Iglesias' "Duele El Corazon," Maluma's "Felices Los 4" and other successful songs that made him the new gold for a publishing deal with Sony Music.

"Buenas Noches" is one of the tracks Escalante considers most relevant on the album, because it was the first one he composed, after being inspired by a nightmare he had, and it completes the concept of the LP's dream-living sound.

"Espía" is another song that describes the musical concept -- not only the rock version, but also the bonus remix of electronic producer Alejandro Molinari that Somalunar decided to include at the end because they "want to end this party with a party song."

Following their major release in Caracas, the band is now traveling to Buenos Aires -- a new place for them -- where they will explore the Argentinian music scene. They are excited to meet popular singer-songwriter Fito Páez.


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