The bar where Elinor and Adrián sit is in complete contrast to their outfit and the music they make, which has been successful in recent months. The two members of the musical trio VVV [Trippin’ You] they have a beer in one of the few places they still consider cheap in the center of Madrid, the Coco Bar, surrounded by colorful palm trees and Hawaiian motifs. Salvi is missing, the third member of the group, who had to return from Malaga but at the last moment BlaBlaCar left him lying.
When they are told that this image does not suit them very much, they laugh. They, who in their songs talk about depression, anxiety, 21st century love or drugs, don't move much "through the rooms where the famous go". "The four or six friends that we are come to the Coco Bar, which is wonderful, and we are with the usual ones, quite outside the scene, really," says Eli. "We are a bit of that kind of people who don't get along with people because we are introverted and shy people," jokes Adri next to him.
Neobakalao, post-punk… Not even they themselves are very clear about how to classify their music. "The label thing is more for the media and for people to know which artists have a similar vibe, but I don't think we'll make specific music," explains Eli. "We called it neobakalao back in the day because we didn't want to be put into post-punk, we have nothing to do with it. But then I read an article by a Marxist pive that talks about why our music did fit in with post-punk and He was right about many things. People don't know what we do, but neither do we," adds his partner.
Whatever they do, the group, who will perform at the Sónar festival in Barcelona this week and who recently he did it at the Tomasvistas in Madrid, can't live off his music. The idea that later shaped the group began with a song that Adri made from her house several years ago. "I did it to pass the time. Then, with the previous bassist, we started doing more songs and taking it more seriously, but without any pretense," recalls the 31-year-old musician. In 2017 they won the Autoplacer demo contest, whose prize was to record their own album. And that's when Eli, a 30-year-old psychologist, joined the band: "I went to see what came out and look." Only Eli works outside of her profession music. But both agree that the whole group lives in a somewhat precarious way, even though they are succeeding.
In fact, on occasion they have tried to make visible "the opaque market" of streaming platforms, such as Spotify. "We do not understand very well the money that comes to us, or how much or where or the intermediaries that there are," they explain. "Spotify accounts are totally opaque and, in the middle, there are a series of intermediaries that further swindle the earnings of the musicians, so what comes to us is a real misery," they add. In three years of project, Spotify has generated VVV [Trippin’ You] around 1,900 euros. "It's about getting transparency for musicians, but I think the music world has always been like this and it's what we live in now, even though Spotify at first gave the impression that it would help us be more independent," says Eli. .
Despite the fact that they now fill halls and concerts and even sound on fashion catwalks, both agree that with music "you can survive a few months, which is not the same as living, and it is also very complicated." "Music requires a lot of expenses and the income is not much, you live precariously and you don't know what you are going to charge the following month. Right now we play in many places and we can still live for a few months, but in six or eight months that may have changed and you can no longer live on it", emphasizes Adri.
And, among other things, with their music they want to represent this precariousness and the emotional loop in which an entire generation lives. "Maybe it's not in a tangible way, but the main thing about the band is a political discourse," says Adri. "In addition to talking about the things that affect our generation, we try to put messages of a political nature. I don't like pamphlet music. I'm not going to tell you to burn down a bank because that's what punk was for and it's from years ago. I think we have to turn the speeches around and talk about the things that affect us but change them in some way," he says.
A generation that, according to Eli, "is screwed." "We were told that we could study and work and then be happy. But we have grown up and we have found that this was a scam, that nothing is going well. We are screwed and on top of that we are blamed for being, which also affects mental health", regrets the psychologist.
Perhaps for this reason, another of his recurring themes in his songs is drugs. "I don't know if more drugs are consumed than in previous generations, but at least the same," says Adri. “And I understand that the drug affects mental health but it is also a resource to try to anesthetize yourself and forget everything,” he adds, “a resource that would be good not to use or not do it the way we do so as not to have self-destructive tendencies , but I don't know what comes first, mental damage or drugs. It may be a fish biting its tail."
In fact, Adri talks about his own self-destructive tendencies in his lyrics: "People have to listen to us because, if my mother and father, with the amount of barbarity I say about attacking my health, find what we do interesting I think the rest of the people can also look like it". Eli adds another reason to hit play on one of her songs: "Lots of people find their song among our music. Maybe there's one for you too."
In 2022 they do not plan to release a new album: "At most, next year." But they don't stop. "They are being very hard tours and we are playing a lot. I am very tired," says Adri. They do not want to anticipate events but they do assure that they will be "in many places", they may even travel outside of Spain. "What is certain is that it will be very good," they conclude.