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Miki González in his most personal interview: who has he mistreated, the bottles he dodged, why did MTV veto him?  And more

Miki González in his most personal interview: who has he mistreated, the bottles he dodged, why did MTV veto him? And more

Miki González in his most personal interview: who has he mistreated, the bottles he dodged, why did MTV veto him?  And more

A black jacket, whose hood covers his head, reveals his brown eyes that are hidden behind his large glasses. A style that accompanies him everywhere, even when he gives concerts. And his celebration this June 22 at the Yield Rock Bar for his 50-year career will not be an exception. Playing with his fingers, adjusting his glasses, he explains how his attention deficit explains various moments in his life, one that swings between great successes and defeats.

Now that you know about your attention deficit, how does this diagnosis make sense of various moments in your life?

It’s great. If you leave a child with attention deficit in nature, he goes up and down trees, he explores it, but if you ask him to sit for five hours obeying orders, he will not be able to. I am like that, and according to that I look for conditions that allow me to develop within my condition.

Do you share this with anyone else around you?

César Calvo is a great example, the genius he was would never have manifested itself without that condition. He made all the women fall in love with him, his life was a poem. He was someone very important in my life and my career. People like him and I showed that you can take advantage of this disorder.

How do you take advantage of it?

I have created a comfort zone around this, not understood as a pleasant place for me, but where I am comfortable and can compose. When I mix moments of hyperactivity with strong coffee I become a freak, a total idiot. I have mistreated many people, including my own children when I was in this state.

Now that you know the origin of this behavior, how do you avoid being this way to the people around you?

I sit at the computer because when I’m like that it’s like having my foot on the accelerator, it’s too much adrenaline. The computer helps me create, and added to these effects, an intention appears, something important because if you are upset you do not advance in your work.

Out of the dozens of concerts you’ve had, in which one did you learn the most?

It was in ’85 when my manager invited me to participate in the Rock Subterráneo Ataca Lima at the extinct Concha Acústica in Parque Salazar. I had just started with a rock repertoire and I showed up with my band. There I learned to avoid bottle hits while playing and to respect the so-called chicken line: a part of the stage where if you get close, you’ll earn their spit. That day they shouted racist insults at us and we almost started a big fight.

At that time you were a rocker, then you started experimenting with music and now in the early mornings you are an electronic music DJ. How do you identify yourself today?

It’s difficult to answer that because I’m too vain, I’m going to start talking about myself and I won’t be able to stop praising myself.

Like many artists who knew you in the beginning, Villa Ruby always appears in these stories. What does this place mean to you?

Villa Ruby is an important moment in my life, a big stab in the back. My collaborators progressed in their project and left, I mean Sea of ​​Cups. Wicho worked with me for 11 years, Manolo and Toto learned with me, helped me record and I married the latter’s sister. We were close, we were friends. But I felt betrayed. I know I have flaws, I am arrogant, vain and impulsive, but it hurt me to lose his closeness. That place was my studio, now it is emblematic of Mar de Copas, and well, it is better to leave that matter there…

During negotiations to launch your career abroad, how did you convince PolyGram to sign you?

My album “Akundún” was number one in Peru and they heard about me in ’93, to the point that I signed a contract as a priority artist, which meant first class planes, luxurious hotels and world tours. Tutuma (amber liquor originally from Chincha) was essential on my trip to Chile to talk to businessmen and convince them that I could succeed. We started drinking, we played our music and everyone gave us the thumbs up.

However, your relationship with that record label did not come to fruition. What happened after signing the contract?

There was a problem, the president of PolyGram was removed and another person came in. He looked at the priority contracts, listened to my music and wasn’t interested at all. I already had the band in Mexico, we were at concerts. It didn’t matter, they released us from the contract without owing money or anything. But time has proven me right, PolyGram was wrong, after “Akundún”, the albums “Hojita Verde de la Coca” and “El Mar” were giant hits, the peak moment of my career as a pop artist.

Then you launched into MTV…

Another adventure that didn’t go well. I have had great moments, but artists at some point know what it is to lose, and I have lost many times. After “Akundún” I wanted to try Andean rhythms, I released the first single “Hoja verde de la coca”, a reggae mixed with Cusco rhythms. I made a video clip showing how they read your future with coca leaves, it took us several weeks and effort. I sent it to MTV, where I had four videos, but they didn’t accept me because they thought I was advocating cocaine and they banned me. It was the talk of the national press.

Despite all this, your career continued.

I can not stop. I can stay away from the industry and have a low profile like now, but I will always make music. One must know how far one is going to go. Because of my age, electronic music is my thing, but I’m too lazy to be scheduled at 4 in the morning at a rave because being a DJ is just an excuse for them to listen to my music.

How do you spend your days between the computer, late night parties and cups of coffee?

Many people like the glamor and success that making music gives you, once they lose it, they abandon this path, but there are others who are musicians because it is an almost compulsive passion, they will play until the end, like me. Lately I’ve been collaborating with close friends, I just want to have a quiet life and have fun so I can feel good. That way I have enough happy hormones in my body that I don’t have to take antidepressants.

About the concert

Miki González – 50 years

Location: Yield Rock Bar

Date: Saturday June 22

Time: 8:00 pm

Opening band: Jas

Source: Elcomercio

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