Arnau blanch Y Eric Griso make up the already indissoluble binomial of Arnau Griso, a formation that has its roots in a room with two horny minds that had already thrown in the towel in the music sector but had fun thinking about what could be funny to their colleagues and uploading their creations on YouTube and social networks. Precisely, those platforms were key to make your proposal become more media-friendly to the point that both confess that their record Banana revolution It has changed their lives.
With the good vibes as a flag and direct, humorous and make-up letters with dyes of hooliganism and social criticism, the band of Sant Cugat has captivated millions of followers, to the point that they close this week their tour in the WiZink Center of Madrid (this Thursday, February 13) and with a final show at the Sant Jordi Club of Barcelona (February 15) both with luxury guests, some of them already announced.
At the time they cataloged their revolution as “banana” although considering that their final tour is at the WiZink Center and the Sant Jordi Club I don’t know if it’s time to rethink the adjective …
Arnau: The revolution has been for us without knowing it! We have lived some experiences that we would never have dared to imagine.
Eric: This album has changed our lives in every way. Two years ago we were two starving that we composed from Arnau’s room and, months later, we learned a trade, we have a great tour behind our backs and we closed all the way up doing a slap in the WiZink, which is a place which imposes a lot, and the Sant Jordi Club which is one of the most important venues in Catalonia.
Is the intimacy of a room without expecting anything from anyone that solidified the essence of Arnau Griso?
E: The key was the total absence of expectations and make music for the love of art, pure joking and for friends to laugh with what we created. That’s why we were looking for the absurdity or the twist that you know would be funny to your colleague. What happened is that by surprise we all saw that it started to go viral and that we were getting more and more people with something that was almost an internal joke. It is from this that we consider that something could be happening with this music …
A media rise
The key was the total absence of expectations and make music for the love of art, pure joking and for friends to laugh with what we created ”
You are here thanks to platforms streaming like YouTube or social networks …
A: Literally, we owe it all to the networks, especially to YouTube, which is where this little bacterium called Arnau Griso was formed. We are very grateful to the networks, but also very critical because we always say that they are a double-edged sword that can be used in a great way or you can be condemned to waste useless hours watching the Instragram of your friends.
Do you think these opportunities have helped to democratize music more?
A: There is a part that is undeniable that is so. Although, on the other hand, in the industry there are still injustices. We think that there are a lot of people with a great talent that does not peta and that, if the networks were fair, they would have to do it while, on the other hand, there are many artists of Triumph operation They have many more visualizations than other very talented artists. We remain in a wheel that whoever turns it is within the industry, so it seems to me that there is still a point of injustice in this regard.
Is there any turning point in its takeoff beyond the networks?
E: In 2014 we uploaded the song It’s free which is the theme that has had more visualizations for now in our history. We made a joint to determine how many visits we would have: Arnau said 8,000, I 10,000 and now he has 35 million. When it was a year and a half after its publication, we saw that it shot up, grew exponentially and became viral. The following singles already worked naturally because we had a fan base.
His lyrics are casual but straightforward. The good rolling Does it help to dramatize your message?
A: We like to be critical because we believe that we should have that function and raise awareness in society through music and change it as much as possible. It is quite a magnanimous challenge but we like to think it could be that way. It is important to do it through humor and this constant smile we have because it is our philosophy: although everything may seem to look bad this is not incompatible with being happy. Being realistic and optimistic is compatible with living situations that are not good, and that is what we stand for.
Social criticism in its themes
It seems to us a paradox is that at a time when everyone defends freedom of expression and seems to be a high point in individual freedom, we are more repressed than ever. ”
We live in an era where we have seen comedians entering the courts, have you suffered attacks or censures for your lyrics?
E: Because of the amount of barbarity and mockery that we say in interviews as in the songs themselves, we have not suffered too much the weight of censorship or judgments in social networks. What seems to me a paradox is that at a time when everyone defends freedom of expression and seems to be a high point in individual freedom, we are more repressed than ever. Many times by ourselves, we act as censors of what the other says. Arnau often says a phrase that is very true: if we have to set limits to humor we may also have to put them on offense. In the end, the limits of humor are based on empathy, and that is something that is in each of us.
There is a lot of sexualization in the lyrics of his songs. Is it also a house seal or do they want to break taboos?
A: It’s a little obsession we have (laughs). We believe that sex is either a taboo or is misused in the vast majority of areas. In music it is misused because the only moments in which sex appears is when the woman is turned into an object or treated as a taboo. Exactly the same happens with pornography and this is what creates a confusion in society because we are creating a very insane and very distorted idea of sex. We believe that the idea that we sell sex is more natural, fluid and that we want it to reach the public that listens to us that it is a public, in some cases very young, and that it may not have understood well what sex is yet. .
Is posturing one of the endemic evils of today’s society? You have also come to it on occasion …
(Laughs) E: We are the first to we posture on Instagram but we are aware that we do it in a professional way because, in the end, that is your main tool for dissemination and connection with the public. The problem is when it becomes something sickly, and we have seen many cases of people obsessed with explaining their lives to others without any purpose beyond receiving an acceptance from someone who does not even know you.
His songs hide countless word games, how long does it take to create these often complex compositions?
A: There is a facet in which we think a lot about the moral we want to convey with the song, which is something that we reflect a lot, although then there is that point of naturalness where we can sneak a foolishness without any problem because we believe that is the authentic point in which shows the essence of the group. In the end, we are two people who could be perfectly our own listeners.
It has to be amazing to create some verses or phrases that you can see on the t-shirts of your audience …
E: Or tattoos! Moral up a bit, it’s true. If there are people who tattoo that phrase we want to think that it is because it has a special meaning. There are times when we get stuck for hours and hours to get that verse out, but if people end up tattooing it, it was certainly worth it (They smile).
One of his latest themes is Nothing to add, a song a little darker than usual in his discography, although not the only one. Could the second album be less luminous than the debut?
A: 90% of the composition of the second disc is made. There will be everything, as with the first album: good rolling, but also malrrolism, reflection, humor, frikadas … It’s what we get, it’s not that we look for it like that, it’s that it comes out this way …
E: There are days that you are more intense, others more unleashed and it is depending on what our state is at the time of composing. In this second work, perhaps we have been exploring more reflexive themes than in the first album, although I don’t know very well why.
Unlike their debut album, they now have expectations created with an audience waiting for new material. Does it condition them more when composing?
A: There are times when we realize that we are not being faithful to our philosophy and authenticity, and we are the first to cover it. We have laid down many things we have done because they lost this essence. We seek in our creation to maintain our philosophy that is what works for us; If we lose it, we will be one more group and we have not become one more group.
The composition of the second disc
There are times when we realize that we are not being faithful to our philosophy and authenticity, and we are the first to cover it ”
We are going to that double end of tour in style. Knowing them, they won’t be alone on stage …
A: Many friends! They will be epic collaborations, which some are not obvious, with songs that everyone knows. In each concert there will be different collaborations. The concerts are very fun and we say it because we are the first to have fun. Each show is a surprise and is usually quite delusional … We have found ourselves dancing in the middle of a concert Flying free without understanding how we got there (laughs).
E: We wanted to close the circle at home to friends and family even if we run the risk of a hangover after Madrid.
I am afraid to ask you this, but what is the most surreal thing you have experienced so far on stage?
E: On the first tour, which was just Arnau and I on guitar and vocals, we had an emergency code in case one of the two had screwed up on stage (laughs).
A: I had the irritated colon, which was not irritable … And the tour was also sponsored by Fortasec! When one disappeared after the code the other knew that he had to cover it as it was for a few minutes. The truth is that we are quite eschatological and Eric is shocked by things that I say. I talk about poop and vomit about 20 times a day quietly (laughs).