Gearing up for his upcoming album, singer-songwriter Pablo Iranzo releases an indie-rock, moody gem, ‘Antidote’. Hailing from Munich, Iranzo’s style blends rock elements with darker themes, all declined in a very personal interpretation. intrigued by Pablo’s artistry, we decided to sit down with him to find out more about his outlook on the future, and the music landscape in general.
YMX: Hey Pablo, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would you describe yourself, in a few words?
IRANZO: Thank you very much, I am knee-deep in music production currently so I am quite happy and I am very happy to be answering your questions today. I hope you’re well yourself! I am a singer-songwriter in my 30s finishing up my second rock album which is essentially a second part to a two-part concept album that started in 2017 with my debut, but this second part ramps up everything and takes it to a different, more modern level. Both albums have rock, pop and metal influences. I also love collaborating with different producers and DJ’s on alternative versions of my songs since I like many different genres of music.
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
IRANZO: I started off in school with music. Back then it was pressing buttons on a keyboard and playing around with sounds and mostly getting inspired by other artists. I could really feel the curiosity grow. It was after school that I immediately started learning guitar which really was the game changer and I have been writing songs for these two records ever since.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
IRANZO: A dream collaboration for me would be to create something that we both love and the audience falls in love with. Many collaborations have been going dream like so far though. Although I am not collaborating with big Rock legends I do find that I am very lucky to work with people who often have the same vision and mindset on many things, not just music. The human connection is very important to me.
YMX: You recently released a moody rock jewel, ‘Antidote’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
IRANZO: Yes! I am very excited because I did release ‘Antidote’ at the beginning of this month and it is a rock ballad with a somewhat less traditional structure. It was actually one of the first tracks I wrote on the guitar, so production-wise I am not going chronologically. Part of my concept is, to promote the singles with different remixes, exploring different genres and genres that I love. For ‘Antidote’ I got together with DJ Mike Jolly from the UK to have a more 90s Pop version of the track with yet another Remix releasing the week after. The premiere of the video is on the 22nd on YouTube and the song releases on the 23rd of April. I have a growing collection of Lyric Videos on my YouTube, but sometimes we do abstract imagery or something different as we did with Mike Jolly’s remix.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
IRANZO: Most of the time, it’s emotions if I am being honest. A thought, a feeling that needs to be written down and made into a song. It’s like a desire that only gets fulfilled until I am satisfied which often is a long way. That very often is my approach to songwriting and it’s best not to stop once the ideas start rolling.
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
IRANZO: I have a group in Germany that plays live gigs. I for the moment haven’t taken my solo stuff on the road. I think many of us are really itching to go back on stage and I think at the moment we would play any place that will take us as soon as possible, even if it’s something like a public rehearsal. I haven’t been thinking too much about that due to the current mess in our country (the vaccines not being available for different reasons and therefore our lockdown being lengthened). So I hope there’s a future soon and that we can all get together in a more relaxed and less tense manner and start practising again.
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
IRANZO: Every release gets promoted with a video and at least one remix at this point – and every remix gets a video also. When I have issues with songwriting due to my indecisiveness, I sometimes ask people close to me. Every song gets submitted for playlist consideration and I run ads on social media and also run a blog at www.iranzo-music.com. But I promote my songs on the radio as well and am always finding new ways of promoting as well.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
IRANZO: As long as I am not out of lockdown, all gigs are on hold for me. My plans for 2021 are to release music every month and promote everything accordingly, but I am mostly excited to release my second album in the fall because this long project will finally come to a conclusion. It’s exciting because there are already things in motion for when album 2 is out. At this time, I don’t know if the follow up is another album or something else but I am eager to write stuff now that I have the time. Last year, I introduced “The Summer of Collaborations” which had me collaborate with different producers and the singer Hex Poseur recorded a duet with me. This year, I would like to revisit the idea and record yet another duet if there is enough time for it.