The world almost seems too small when you actually sit down and look at a map. California seems a step away from the middle of Mexico the same way Paraguay feels like an inch from Antarctica. In reality, it’d take awhile to get to either.
Obviously, by now you must have realized that this week we’re traveling to South America by way of Revolber FX. A band from Paraguay that blends various languages and styles into one they call Jopará. Revolber FX talked about their new album they recorded in Portuguese, the growing local scene and more in this interview between the Americas.
Kendra: Many here in the states would likely fail if they were asked to locate Paraguay on the map. In terms of location, culture, and just the energy of where you are from – what is it like on a typical weekend there?
Revolber FX: A typical weekend consists of bars and parties. We are to celebrate a lot and have special days for almost everything. One of them a traditional day, and ours for the world, the day of friendship! Generally, the weekends are of many cultural activities.
Kendra: With music being a universal means of communication, do you listen to a lot of English based music, or more so music from Paraguay?
Revolber FX: We listen to a mix of things. Paraguay is a multicultural country. Here we celebrate Jopará (mixed) we have immigrants from all over the world and also our natives who left us a very strong culture if we listen to music in English, Spanish, Guarani, and Portuguese.
Kendra: Your new album is all in Portuguese. If you had to describe the new record using only three Portuguese words what would they be and, what do they translate to?
Revolber FX: “Sou onde estou” = I am where I am.
Kendra: How is the music scene where you live? Are there a lot of clubs and venues to play?
Revolber FX: It is growing quite a lot. Before we had three albums released a year. Now there are 10 per year! We still do not have a professional venue in the country. We hope that the day arrives, but today we have many spaces of artistic expression such as bars, centers, and theaters.
Kendra: What’s coming up for the band as we end 2017 and start 2018?
Revolber FX: We are working on a new material in Guarani and Spanish. The idea is to do something different to what we were doing and who know how to count on the participation of Mad Professor for this new material. He was the one who in 2016 collaborated with us and we made an album together.