5 QUESTIONS WITH JOSE L. CARBALLO by MIKE P for Masstropicas blog
JOSE LUIS CARBALLO
Masstropicas is back with the five questions series. Our first segment brings you a thoughtful read(in Spanish) with Jose L. Carballo a man who is a living legend. In the mid 70s Jose produced and played on many studio recordings and then would go onto to form LA NUEVA CREMA with the pharaoh of chicha chacalón.
He would later form the great LA MERMELADA with various vocal contributions from different vocalists.
Jose also has 3 songs appearing on the next Masstropicas compilation EL SONIDO DE TUPAC AMARU.
INTERVIEW by Mike Pigott aka MIKE P of Masstropicas
What was the first instrument you learned to play and were there any guitar players that had a great influence on the way you approached the guitar?
JOSE: My First instrument was a guitar; I am a mixture of styles a hybrid, I was influenced by the underground artist in the 60’s such names like: Eric Clapton (the Cream), Tony Iommi from (Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) and later I was influenced by “Los Compadres” from Cuba and the “Guaracheros del Oriente” also from Cuba, then there was “Trio Servando Diaz” Cuban too and the classics like “Tarrega”.
What production that you were involved in are you most proud of?
JOSE: The productions that I am proudest of are the ones I did with “Chacalòn”, because I created a style of music, that we can still appreciate today, with many assimilation of how I play the guitar.
For you what is the difference between CHICHA and cumbia Peruana?
JOSE: For me the difference between Peruvian Cumbia and Chicha is only the complexion of the Peruvian in front of the world, in somewhat (denied it’s roots) to not accept the truth of the “Peruvian Musical Cultural Art”. The racism and unwilling to accept its own people of a different region. Going against the word “Chicha” not wanted as a national genre and that way it created a diversity and separation of people mainly in Lima.
Musically it would be difficult to express this difference, because for example, I was born in San Isidro, Lima. The hippest city in Lima and I created music that is named Chicha, many hits with “Chacalòn”, “Hijos Del Sol”, “Chacal”, “Viko”, “La Mermelada”, etc. as well, I am a producer of hits to what you know as “Cumbia Peruana” (Peruvian Cumbias), with artist like: Carlos Ramirez, Claudio Moran, Julio Mao (Cuarteto Continental), Raul Serrano (Combo Palacio), Los Cariñosos, etc.
Jose Luis Carballo like all my followers will call me and will label me, “Chichero” o “Cumbianbero”?, To me was all the same, if they call me either way.
The importance of my work is that all the songs that come out of this versatile hands, have travel the world and still are this days, titles such as: “La Colegiala”, “Eres Mentirosa”, “Ven Mi Amor”, “Viento”, “Lagrimas De Amor”, “Las Limeñas”, “El Arbolito”, “Traicionera”, “El Aguajal”, “Enfermera” and many more.
What is your favorite Black Sabbath album?
JOSE: TO ME,” PARANOID” ; no only is this the best Black Sabbath album, it is one of the best heavy metal albums ever. It includes the legendary singles “Iron Man” and “Paranoid” and is a defining moment in the history of heavy metal.
Thanks to Jose for all of his cooperation and help with the EL SONIDO DE TUPAC AMARU project. We hope you enjoyed the interview an English version will soon follow…. MIKE P (Masstropicas.blogspot.com)