Not for still. During the Interview, Maximiliano Calvo (Rosario, Argentina, 1989) constantly changes his position in the chair and moves his head and hands, seeking the shelter of sunglasses that serve to entertain his fingers by playing with them. His answers, however, have the mettle that his body does not show. The musician – the word singer falls short – will surely let go of those nerves in the concert he will offer at the
Café Berlin from Madrid – he will repeat it on the 27th – with the title ‘Maximiliano la lía los Wednesdays’, and in which Chloe’s Clue and Samurai will also take part.
“It will be exciting,” he says, “to see Berlin as in those times, it seems that we are talking about the Middle Ages or Narnia … Or it can be terrifying, you never know … It will be a mobilizing experience and I hope it will be rewarding. too. People need to touch. We have discovered music with dance, with kisses, with love, with sweat; it’s hard to think that we can’t express that in public … Music fills those gaps, anyway ».
In recent months, Maximiliano Calvo has been wrapped in good news: he has signed as the first artist of the reborn label Virgin Music España, for which he has recorded an EP, and has been able to sing along with one of the artists he most admires, María Jiménez (in addition to Dani, Valeria Castro and Walls). He is confident that the Madrid concerts are also good news, and he is looking forward to it. «The grace of the live show is precisely that there is a ‘mess’ … I have gotten used to recording in the last two years, that everything is perfect, and now I want us to make a mistake, that we lose the pot a little. The concert is going to be a bit chaotic, in a good way; I want the musicians of the band to go crazy with me, that we fall into ‘debauchery’, a word that I really like; on stage, in art, debauchery doesn’t hurt anyone. It used to stress me out, but now it amuses me.
Maximiliano Calvo, who has lived in Madrid – “a wonderful city” – for a little over five years, likes to sing, compose, act, read, write … Telling stories, in short. «Every day there is a new story, and the power of the anecdotalist is to take that different energy from each day and know how to transform it into something anecdotal. That is why it is so important that there are people who tell what happens; With the whirlwind of day to day, with the routine, many people let those stories pass. It’s nice to have them written in a book, in songs. Through them you can relive the Buenos Aires of the sixties with the songs of Sui Generis, the first group of Charle garcia; or the New York of the seventies and eighties with the films of Woody Allen. It is important that there are artists who allow each moment to be portrayed … Memory is very fragile ».
The artist hopes that his life is increasingly “an adventure.” Also their concerts. “I want them to be dizzying, adventurous, and if someone comes more than once they will have different experiences.” His music, he says, “is adventurous, and so am I. I get into every scrub … But I come out unscathed from all the adventures I get into. Not so successful, which is different. I am a lover of defeats and antiheroes, I like them. We have had enough years in which the story is told by the winners; Those of us who feel that we are losing have to count them … That we don’t do it anyway ».
He believes that the new times and the new way of bringing music to the public has created a competition that is very negative. «By having better numbers it does not mean that you are a better artist. The music has become a horse race, and you have to be careful with it. An artist cannot think that he has to win over others. They have put us in numbers, as if we were just products. In music, mathematics must be used to measure bars, and not to measure discharges. That can elevate a bad artist who says easy things and not an artist who takes risks ”.
The most important thing is, always, «be true to yourself», Adds Maximiliano Calvo. “Every night, when I go to sleep, I go calm because I have done my best to tell the stories well and to do my job well with what I have.”
The Argentine artist says that «music is a prison; If I wanted to dedicate myself to something else, I couldn’t, I would be thinking about music all the time. It’s like a conviction … A sweet condemnation, a life sentence. You cannot escape from it. Good artists are doomed, they don’t decide to be musicians; I did not decide. I went to a concert by Fito Páez that my mother took me to when I was 8 years old and I didn’t understand anything. But I was moved.
Why is music special? Because it accompanies us and comforts us. «I was once asked in a newspaper to write about Jorge Drexler, and what I did was write him a letter in which I told him that for me he was a kind of older brother, or my best friend, because every time I was alone in my room and I was regular, I would put him, or ‘Polish’ Goyeneche, oa Chavela Vargas… These people are super special and important in our lives. Hence there are so many fanaticisms.
There is a lot of roots in the music of Maximiliano Calvo. «We have everything at our fingertips, with a simple click, but I find it more interesting to go looking for things. When I was in Argentina, I listened to flamenco; to Child, a Dying… And I loved it, but I did not have the knowledge that I have now, that I live in Spain and can be in the home of the Carmona, or in the middle of a party in Berlin with the Crayfish or with Farruquito; or go to Candela, to Casa Patas … That is important to live it, it does not give you a click. Priceless. The root music must be learned in the street, not on Spotify.
“Words are important, but how they are said is more important,” he argues to explain the mystery that makes music reach everyone regardless of language. «You may not know what they are saying to you, but it moves you just the same. It is one of the mysteries of popular music.
If asked whose artistic son he feels, Maximiliano Calvo answers that of literature. «From novels, from dirty realism and the rawness of a certain way of telling stories in words. I feel more comfortable between books than between records. Music can be invasive at times, and I think literature is more of a companion in many moments. It invites silence and it does a lot of good. I have a lot of noise in my life and I need that silence.