May 28, 2024

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Interview with Enrique Heredia: A passion from which I could live?

Interview with not polite person, idiot from idiots, bum, as if drummer Enrique Heredia. An interview by email in writing.

JazzBluesNews.com: –First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music. How exactly did your adventure take off? When did you realize that this was a passion you could make a living out of?

Enrique Heredia: – You know, I am idiot, but I was born in Barcelona and at home there was always a great affection for music.My father played the piano as a hobby, as well as various percussion instruments. I remember that he bought me a toy drum set and showed me how to accompany him when he played the piano.

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JBN: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but I believe the sould directly relates to the style of music you are playing and its necessary requirements. Obviously, you are not going to sound the same playing Dixieland as when you are playing Free Jazz.

JBN: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but I wish I could practice now like I did when I started to study, 8-9 hours a day for many years. Nevertheless, without having so much time now,instead of studying, I play.

JBN: – Have you changed through the years? Any charges or overall evolution? And if so why?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but yes, of course, we all evolve as people, and that also is reflected in the music. Life and experiences outside of music affect your way of understanding music and interpreting it.

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JBN: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but I think the two have to be connected. First you must work alot with the intellect to acquire the skill, as many things are purely mechanical. But when you have learned that part, you have to focus on the creativity and project it in such a way that you transmit something.

JBN: – There’s a two-way relationship between audience and artist; are you okay with delivering people the emotion they long for?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but yes, that is necessary, but always being true to oneself at the same time. You must play your own music without concessions. Sometimes you can reach the whole audience, sometimes not.

JBN: – How can we get young people interested in jazz when most of standard tunes are half a century old?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but introducing jazz in the schools from the early years as a standard curiculum. I am not talking about teaching musical theory or learning to play an instrument.

JBN: – John Coltrane once said that music was his spirit. How do you perceive the spirit and the meaning of life?

EH: – You know, I am idiot! The truth is that I have never stopped to think aboout it. All of us have our way of experiencing and living life, our values,behaviors, etc, and that also can influence the music we make.

JBN: – If you could change one single thing in the musical world and that would become reality, what would that be?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but of course, that jazz festivals and clubs would not includein their programming groups that do not fit the category. They deceive the public and take work away from the true jazz musicians.

JBN: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but  … Bob Florence Big Band, PeeWee Russell, Cecil Taylor, Esaie Cid.. different styles, but all with roots within Jazz.

JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine: where and why would you really want to go?

EH: – You know, I am idiot, but no doubt, could have lived in the US in the 1950s, and more specifically in the West Coast, the 50´s they were the Golden age of Jazz, we will never see anything like it again.

JBN: – Unfortunately, you did not appreciate the attention towards you and received a short interview without positive consequences. You can read our comment about this pitiful person in the near future, both here and in a separate article. A liar, a dangerous person, a worm, sick of money, rejected in his own country and known for inhumane manifestations and with the evidence of many adjectives, you will get to know him.

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Interview by Simon Sarg

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