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Artist Feature: Rafael Alves

Rafael Alves is one soulful dude. Whether he’s showcasing his special touch on guitar, blowing some gritty blues on harmonica, blessing the crowd with his ill voice, or introducing us to “electronicbluesbossafunk,”  Rafa fills space with dope music. Coming at us from Madrid via Curitibia, Brazil by way of New Zealand, this Artist discusses the role of his craft, new projects, shares some truth about music in Madrid, and much more. Peep the dialogue below and vibe to tracks “Use Me,” “Will Be Mine,” and if you’re in Madrid catch Rafa at one of his many upcoming performances!

Rafael Assis

What I do is mostly based on the sound and the way I feel playing. I always try to enjoy myself, playing on my own or jamming with other people. It normally works and that’s how I communicate with other people.

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

RA: I’m from Curitiba, south Brazil. I live in Madrid, Spain.

 What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

RA: There isn’t much reflection in what I’m doing now; I don’t try to give people any good message, or advice through the songs I play.

What I do is mostly based on the sound and the way I feel playing. I always try to enjoy myself, playing on my own or jamming with other people. It normally works and that’s how I communicate with other people. 

How does your project Pure Acoustic Soul fit in with that definition?

RA: Everywhere I live I often jam with friends in my house, playing acoustic. So with Pure Acoustic Soul I try to bring this cozy atmosphere of acoustic music and friends to other people. 

What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?

RA: I’ve been working with some electronic Brazilian music, it’s difficult to label the style – it’s kind of a mix of “electronicbluesbossafunk” – it’s pretty fun making it. Trying to mix different sounds without knowing how it’s gonna end up. Traveling, I had the privilege of jamming with musicians from everywhere so what I do is send them the tracks and they record their part wherever they are (New Zealand, Brazil, Spain, …)

Who or what inspires you? 

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Artist Feature: David Bornstein

Songwriter David Bornstein comes at us straight out of Madrid via New Hampshire. We got a chance to catch up with him in Madrid after a performance at Café la Palma, and he brings us some inspiring Reflection & Response below. Exploring themes around his music and independent creative processes, David lets us know what’s good from the mind of an active creator establishing his own lane. Peep the dialogue below and catch his group PATIENT 108 live in Madrid this Saturday!

David Bornstein

I believe music has the power and place in society to create awareness and make people think and question the world in which we live. Candor is the key.

– David Bornstein

Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?

DB: I spent most of my life in Durham, New Hampshire. I went to the school district and then after traveling/working majored in history with a dual major in International Affairs.

I didn’t really start playing the guitar or writing songs until after I graduated high school, but slowly and surely it became a part of me. After I graduated from U.N.H I came to Spain to work on a music project with an old friend fusing original alternative rock with the technicality of flamenco guitar. After many a trial and tribulation and multiple attempts at making the project work I found it necessary to cut the cord and move on. When people ask me what I’m doing in Madrid, I can´t help but remember that I originally came here to work on that project. In the end, Madrid has been the place where I learned to find myself and grow as an artist. That’s something I find more important than any song or work alone.

Shortly after the project ended I started playing solo gigs and organizing shows with other musicians at bars and pubs around Madrid. During this time I focused on improving my abilities on the guitar and developing a more percussive sound to emphasize rhythm.

Right now I’m playing with my newly formed band PATIENT 108.  Kester Jones (electric guitar) hails from England, Xabier Aquino (bass) is from Mexico, and Q (drums) has an identity crisis. They’re all phenomenal musicians and a pleasure to work with. We released our first, 5 song EP, Preacher’s Got The Gun,  in October 2013.  You can stream or download that album here:  http://patient108.bandcamp.com.

Our next show is February 1st, so be sure to come if you live in Madrid!! Details below.

What does Reflection and Response mean to you?

DB: To me the ultimate test of good music is candor. If music, any type of music, comes from someplace honest and earnest with love or passion, then the result will be something naturalunforced, and unique. There are no rules or genres to this, it’s just something I feel when I hear something.

Music doesn’t have to have a message or exactly mean anything at all to be earnest, but I try to write songs that say something or raise questions I think are important without giving any exact answer. I’ve become interested in working on songs with themes of human nature, war, identity, and illusion. I spend time reflecting on these issues not only as objects to be studied apart from myself, but as an inward study of self inquiry. The end result is a response; a social commentary, and a reflection of society which ultimately serves to express my individual experience and perception. I believe music has the power and place in society to create awareness and make people think and question the world in which we live. Candor is the key.

How does your work fit in with that definition?

DB: Each of the three songs I’ve included deal with themes mentioned above in their own particular way. I don’t like to say too much about a song, allowing instead for each listener to reflect and respond to them in their own way.

Child of War explores humanity’s  relationship with war, progress, civilization, murder and denial.

Transmigration deals with identity, temporality, and the interconnected nature of all things.

Right Gun looks at power structures in the U.S. and how we are used as weapons against ourselves.

What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?

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Events from the Collective

August 2013

  • Saturday, August 24th, 2013 @ 9 pm: Victory Lap live at The Nectar Lounge. (featuring Carlo Mejino, Whitney Killian, Peter Muller, David Boman, Clarke Reid, and Michael Henrichsen)

Reflection and Response.

Events from the Collective is a calendar of upcoming events from the LIFESTYLE collective’s international community. Events can be submitted at anytime to the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com or @LIFESTYLE_RR and will be added to the calendar as they roll in.

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Events from the Collective

July 2013

  • Tuesday, July 23rd @ 9pm: The Starry Plough Open Mic (Hosted by Joan Pez, performance by Peter Muller)
    • FREE
  • Wednesday, July 24th @ 9pm: The Berkeley Slam (local and touring poets and a live band or special guest DJ, performance from Peter Muller)
    • FREE

Reflection and Response.

Events from the Collective is a calendar of upcoming events from the LIFESTYLE collective’s international community. Events can be submitted at anytime to the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com or @LIFESTYLE_RR and will be added to the calendar as they roll in.

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Events from the Collective

June 2013

  • Friday, June 21st @ 11:30pm: Fiesta de la Música. Performances from Nurk & the Njorksens, Tofito, Luis Del Roto, and Peter Muller Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE
  • Saturday, June 22nd @ 9:30 pm: Peter Muller and Mary-Elaine Jenkins Live (Live Music, Live Looping, Singing)
    • 6 Euro
  • Sunday, June 23rd @ 9pm: Open Mic Sessions (Hosted by Peter Muller & Fede Balaguer Valenciano. Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE

     

Reflection and Response.

Events from the Collective is a calendar of upcoming events from the LIFESTYLE collective’s international community. Events can be submitted at anytime to the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com or @LIFESTYLE_RR and will be added to the calendar as they roll in.

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Events from the Collective

June 2013

  • Friday, June 14th @ 10:00 pm: Acoustic Session (Live Music, Acoustic, Singing) featuring Peter Muller, Amber Stills, Sally Smith, Miguel A. Gonzalez, Taylor Mann, and Corduroy Jack.
    • Free
  • Sunday, June 23rd @ 9pm: Open Mic Sessions (Hosted by Peter Muller & Fede Balaguer Valenciano. Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE

Reflection and Response.

Events from the Collective is a calendar of upcoming events from the LIFESTYLE collective’s international community. Events can be submitted at anytime to the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com or @LIFESTYLE_RR and will be added to the calendar as they roll in.

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Events from the Collective

June 2013

  • Sunday, June 9th @ 9pm: Open Mic Sessions (Hosted by Peter Muller & Fede Balaguer Valenciano. Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE
  • Saturday, June 22nd @ 9:30 pm: Peter Muller and Mary-Elaine Jenkins Live (Live Music, Live Looping, Singing)
    • 6 Euro
  • Sunday, June 23rd @ 9pm: Open Mic Sessions (Hosted by Peter Muller & Fede Balaguer Valenciano. Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE

     

Reflection and Response.

Events from the Collective is a calendar of upcoming events from the LIFESTYLE collective’s international community. Events can be submitted at anytime to the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com or @LIFESTYLE_RR and will be added to the calendar as they roll in.

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Events from the Collective

June 2013

  • Sunday, June 9th @ 9pm: Open Mic Sessions (Hosted by Peter Muller & Fede Balaguer Valenciano. Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE
  • Saturday, June 22nd @ 9:30 pm: Peter Muller and Mary-Elaine Jenkins Live (Live Music, Live Looping, Singing)
    • 6 Euro
  • Sunday, June 23rd @ 9pm: Open Mic Sessions (Hosted by Peter Muller & Fede Balaguer Valenciano. Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE

     

Reflection and Response.

Events from the Collective is a calendar of upcoming events from the LIFESTYLE collective’s international community. Events can be submitted at anytime to the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com or @LIFESTYLE_RR and will be added to the calendar as they roll in.

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Events from the Collective

May 2013

  • Saturday, May 18th @ 9:30 pm: Mary-Elaine Live (Live Music, Singing)
    • FREE

Reflection and Response.

Events from the Collective is a calendar of upcoming events from the LIFESTYLE collective’s international community. Events can be submitted at anytime to the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com or @LIFESTYLE_RR and will be added to the calendar as they roll in.

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Events from the Collective

May 2013

  • Thursday, May 2nd @ 9pm: Music 4 All (Live Music/DJ sets featuring Peter Muller, John Leo-Carroll, Amber Stills, Miguel Gonzalez, Padriag O’Conner, Samuel K, Leo-Vit, MDF)
    • FREE

     

  • Sunday, May 5th time TBA: ElectroBrunch (Looping/DJ set featuring Peter Muller)
    • Location: The Toast Cafe, Calle Fernando el Católico 50, Madrid, Spain
    • FREE

     

  • Sunday, May 12th @ 9pm: Open Mic Sessions (Hosted by Peter Muller & Fede Balaguer Valenciano. Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE

     

  • Sunday, May 26th @ 9pm: Open Mic Sessions (Hosted by Peter Muller & Fede Balaguer Valenciano. Live music from various artists with a looping/DJ set from Peter Muller)
    • FREE

Reflection and Response.

Events from the Collective is a calendar of upcoming events from the LIFESTYLE collective’s international community. Events can be submitted at anytime to the.lifestyle.rr@gmail.com or @LIFESTYLE_RR and will be added to the calendar as they roll in.

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