CALONCHO introduces his latest album 'Buen Pez'. Make sure to catch it on his official Spotify here! Singles 'Somos Instantes' and 'Naranjita Si Carnal' now available.
CALONCHO is an extremely versatile artist with a sense of community and environmental responsibility, characteristics he integrates into his music. In his latest creation, 'BUEN PEZ', the signer/songwriter introduces us to a collection of 9 tracks that feature collaborations with notable artists such as Little Jesus, Maribel (Matisse), and one of the most influential Tejano artists to date, Bobby Pulido.
Caloncho describes his work on 'Buen Pez' as:
"From its origin, this album was comprised of magical moments and an effusive creative collectivity. It was a work of total freedom with dear friends, artists, musicians, producers and the entire team, to discover this mega-diverse world where sounds, genres and themes which are so distinct from one another can co-exist a manner that they still connect to each other."
- Paraphrased from its Spanish original
We had the pleasure of speaking to Caloncho about his latest work 'Buen Pez'. You can watch/listen below (video in Spanish) or read the full interview in english further down. Spanish version of this article here.
Hailing from Ciudad Obregon in Sonora, Mexico the singer/songwriter's work has been attributed the moniker of "beach music" with hints of reggae, carribean, pop, rock, folk, cumbia, and regional music sprinkled about. To further promote his message of growth, self-reflection and leaving a postiive impact on this planet, Caloncho created the utopian concept of "La Hermana Republica del Buen Pez" (literally translated: "The Sister Republic of the Good Fish"), promoting the ideals: to become the catalysts for good will; personal, emotional and spiritual reflection, and awareness for the mark that our consumption leaves behind. You can partake in this adventure joining Caloncho's community "Día a Día".
The most notable track on this new EP is 'SEPARARNOS' featuring Bobby Pulido, a cumbia telling of Caloncho's own travels, the yearning to return home and reconnect with old friends, and gratitude for both the present and the past.
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Interview, translated from its Spanish original, employing the use of the digital bots at our disposal. For the Spanish original, click here.
Pau: Well, we have this space iscfor you to tell us about your new album Buen Pez (translated: “Good fish”), which is about to come out on May 31, if I'm not wrong? And it's not just an album. Truth? It's a whole, a whole community. Where did the magic of the buen pez come from?
Caloncho: The magic of the buen pez? Longing, the longing to be well and feel good and vibrate chingón. And it also comes from the beach, because it is an album composed almost, almost entirely on the beach, in San Pancho, Nayarit. So, I feel like there was a lot of that recorded there.
Pau: In fact, I was watching your video of Somos Instantes and I was going to tell you precisely, what a beautiful location. That is, the little beach, nature. Good vibes. Buen pez.
Caloncho: Buen pez. That's what it's all about. That natural space of Somos Instantes I like a lot. It's like a meadow on the way to the beach.
Pau: A little path to the good wave with the bandita good vibe. Well tell us what La Hermana República del Buen Pez is about. I saw that on this album you were collaborating with many people, with many artists, and I was also seeing that this community has certain values, right? The community, the connection. And yesterday I was listening to your album, I just noticed it in every song, right? As the sound of each song reflects that essence of collaboration, of creativity, each one very much to its genre, right? There are several genres there, of how this whole wave is given.
Caloncho: What a cool thing you perceive in the songs. Well, the truth is that once the name of a buen pez was resolved, which by the way also came out while on the beach, because throughout this month that I spent there composing in the company of my friends, in the company of my fellow collaborators, I wrote words. That is, a list of words I liked, pum, pum, pum. And all of a sudden, I wrote Buen pez and bouncing it around with Dexter, who is my bass player and with another friend who helped me do all the art, they said, "Wey, okay, well, it's very cool the word or the phrase," Buen pez for what it means, for the double reading it has too. No? And in this regard, we also imagine what this represented, why it was such a beautiful month, because it was so productive, because it was so creative. It was also because it was built collectively, in community. It felt a super nice vibe in that place of San Pancho, Nayarit, which also has a very particular sense of community. It is a beach that has known how to develop without harming so much the environment where it is developing with... I feel that it is like a very particular population, also of people from all over, people who were born there with different origins. So all that influenced trying to develop this utopian site called, The La Hermana República del Buen Pez, where it is intended to generate community. It is intended to share relevant information about many ideal topics that the project has and will be generated right in the staging, that is, the concerts, as well as social networks. And we have a very good chat on Telegram where this community of buen pez is joining.
Pau: In fact, I think I've already joined the community...
Caloncho: Ah, that’s cool.
Pau: How cool it is to share, how cool it is to be here. Ho cool to be able to be part of a place where you feel in community, in trust, with peace, with all these ideas floating. I mentioned to you a little while ago that I was listening to the album and I was listening to this song that you have with Bobby Pulido and I wanted to ask you about.... Well, it's a song, cumbia and everything. Is this the first approach you have to this genre of music? Or had you already been before in the past, I don't know how I thought that I like this, I want to enter this type of genre? I do not know.
Caloncho: I like cumbia, cumbia a lot. I mean, personally I listen to it, I enjoy it and I feel that there is a lot of affinity with the music that I listen to the most, that is, reggae. They're really so similar that it's amazing how they took different paths, isn't it? But it is something I listen to and procure. I had already had an approach with cumbia, I made a cumbia of a cover of Los Tres for a tribute that was going to be done for them. It was published in 2016. It's called Violent Love. The approach to that cumbia is much more digital, which was also something that happened a lot in the nineties, right? They didn't use the instruments that Selena used as drum beats, a lot of synthesizers and then that was my first product, cumbia. I play cumbia live since I remember that between the quebradita and cumbia have always been part of my staging, therefore I was no stranger. What is new, for example, is that he is like a cumbia norteño, because he has an accordion. They have there other elements as very characteristic of the world of Bobby Pulido, which I usually do not, I do not use, I do not frequent, so I feel that this collaboration was in a place in the middle.
Pau: I loved it. The first thing that caught my attention of the song was the entrance, I don't know if it was like synth or like a very cool key and so, oh okay.
Caloncho: It's a Juno.
Pau: I didn't know. I love that sound. Just like I said, well, I like this, it's very good. But you didn't just work with Bobby Pulido, I mean, you worked with the little guys from Little Jesus, Melissa Robles. How did those collaborations come about? How did these connections with these musicians come about?
Caloncho: In particular, we can go for each one. Little Jesus is a band that I like a lot, they are my friends and for a long time we wanted to do something. I was looking for them too. We arrived during, I don't know, two or three years that we were in this and until this moment it could be concretized. The song is beautiful, I really love it, it is one of my favorites for what it says and for how natural the composition process was and that is, I remember that song with the days we made it was perrisimo, great dances / and with Melissa we looked for it because once we were starting to make that song, particularly as we were before, we started doing it and said, "Hey, this song looks like Melissa. I feel like her voice would look great here," and that's why we invited her. He connected, he clicked, he liked it and the truth I think he made the song a thousand times better to have his voice there. And well, there is also another collaboration with Charles Ans and Carlos Colosio that talks about a Sonoran scene. Being the three Sonorans I think it was the most sensible thing to do it that way and the result is very nice.
Pau: If I'm not mistaken, in that song there are some reggae countenances, as you mentioned a while ago, a little more.... if I'm not mistaken.
Caloncho: The song with Melissa is like folk.
Pau: Yes as a guitarist.
Caloncho: Acoustic guitar and that of Carlos Colosio, Charles is like a base of oriental hip hop, but it is all played. I mean, I played the actual drums. It has some blues. Also the scale, the harmony and the one you say is reggae and I think it's the one called Tourists who didn't collaborate.
Caloncho: That song is beautiful.
Pau: I love it I think it was the last one I heard and it stuck very much in my head. I do not know... Tourists. Yesterday I was listening to your music I came as well as, "Oh, what a father that song." Actually I loved the whole album. It seems to me like a musical gift to all of us on the other side. Very, very complete. Very very, very, very cute. I also wanted to talk about this project that... day by day this space, which I also think is very important to play and promote, because it is something that in parallel to your music is this discourse of what we all as a community can do to improve our ... take care of our planet, the environment and, how will it be that you are part of the day to day? How did all this come about?
Caloncho: Day by day it arises from the interest of the work team, of the office that I work with, it is altiplano, they’re very dear people and they are friends. We realized that we had the same concerns and interests to learn about what we could be editing in our behavior and in our consumption habits so as not to have such a big impact on the environment. So, as a result of this we came together, we joined forces, we made this movement and the objective is that, to learn collectively, to try to generate in the audience like this dialogue in which we share relevant information to edit our consumption habits, learn from them and vice versa, and be able to have everyone as this mindset, which by the way is one of the ideals of La Hermana República del Buen Pez, it is like this place where they already combine ideals once again.
Pau: And how do we see La Hermana República del Buen Pez, at the end of the day as a community? How can we contribute by being part of this community?
Caloncho: I believe that from the individual a better collectivity is generated. We are not trying to tell anyone what they have to do, everyone comes here by their own judgment and it is their job to identify what they are doing, what it is that it can deteriorate. No? This, if, obviously, if they really have the interest to do it. I tried to do so too, I tried to change my habits, that is, related to the consumption of meat, which is an industry that deteriorates the planet a lot, related to the single-use plastic industry, to tell you something.
Caloncho: The way we carry out our relationship with fossil fuels or with water as well. I feel that the first two are the ones that impacted me the most and the ones that are used almost every day we eat several times a day. We are like super used to this comfort of a piece of corpse arriving and thinking it is food, but no, it really is an animal, it is a being, it was a living being. So how... I started from there and I know that from each one of us that pays attention to what it consumes, a better community is generated and with that we also generate a different demand so that the companies that are really responsible for deteriorating the planet on a large scale, realize what their customers want. If they really want to keep playing this game of capital goods accumulation, they have to see what their customers want. And if we customers demand differently, things will change. So, from one you can do a thousand things. Everyone decides how much to contribute.
Pau: Sure. That is, we are the problem and collectively we can also look for the solution. Going back a little bit to the album, you saw several collaborations. How did the disc playback process happen? We are still in a pandemic, but not anymore... I don't know, do you still have restrictions when working? Did they work separately and did everyone do their part? Or was there an opportunity to get together, to work on it, to think about it? Musically I don't know, sometimes you're in one place and sometimes you're somewhere else and... I don't know, how did that process happen?
Caloncho: Oops, the process was super, super cool, very lucky. We were all able to get together, we were able to get together on the beach. Obviously no one ever wore a mask, because as we were in an apartment as well as in a home studio that we mounted in a place on the beach, then because we enjoy the interaction, we enjoy being able to compose between friends. So no, not really, there wasn't that kind of... there was no such practice.
Pau: Ok, so you... Wasn't it a study in which you decided that... "Ok. Let's go here," "We're going to get together that day."? I mean, it was a more organic process.
Caloncho: Super organic, and that's why the album was also like that, as I told you, we composed it on the beach. And then we tracked certain things again in formal, professional studios. But this was done on the beach and. And that was the most valuable thing. Well, give that value to the origin.
Pau: For all those people who are going to listen to this interview and who are ready to download their album. Can we order it? Can we save it for when it is available?
Caloncho: So he's about to get going. I think it will be possible to pre-save a couple more days. Anyway, if you are aware of the networks, there I will share more.
Pau: Ok. Well, Caloncho, what else are we going to expect from Buen Pez?
Caloncho: I'm going to be touring. Fortunately, there are already many dates scheduled. I don't remember exactly what day or where, but I'm going to be in America too. It could be in August. I have right now, I have eight confirmed dates, I think we will arrive for a little more than ten. We're going to go through California, Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona. Well, Arizona and Texas in August. So, yes, we carry the right Buen pez, right? We will also have the opportunity to be in Spain, in Colombia, in Ecuador and well, many dates here in Mexico as well.
Pau: That’s cool. Where can we agree with Caloncho on social networks? Your Instagram for those interested in being part of the Buen Pez community.
Caloncho: Yes, yes. Welcome everyone, please to La Hermana República del Buen Pez. They can connect on the Caloncho, on Instagram, on TikTok, on Twitter or on any of the platforms.
Pau: Done. Well, it's a pleasure to talk to you. It was a short interview, I think, but with a lot of love, with a lot of affection. We hope you will come and visit us in Chicago as well. Here I think you had your previous album, Marshmallow, right? Working with Gabacho here for these directions. Hopefully you can come here. Hey! It would be great for La Hermana República del Buen Pez to come to Chicago.
Caloncho: I would love to, really. I really want to go. In fact, this year I'm going to go. If I don't go working, I go as a tourist.
Pau: What a cool thing. Well again a real pleasure to be able to connect with you right now, talk for a little while, very grateful for your time, very grateful for the music too and we will be waiting for the album out for March 31. Thank you very much for your time.
Caloncho: Thank you Pau, thank you for your good vibes and for your comments, thank you for listening, thank you for your time. And well there we are on the lookout with the Buen pez.
Caloncho: Thank you.