THE YELLOW MELODIES´ INTERVIEWS
 
 
 
 
 

1-INTERVIEW FOR "LA VERDAD" NEWSPAPER (MURCIA), BY JAM ALBARRACÍN, ON

11-10-97, BECAUSE OF THEIR CONCERT IN THE FINAL OF MURCIA JOVEN ´97´s CONTEST.
 
 

2-INTERVIEW FOR THE "LA OPINIÓN" NEWSPAPER (MURCIA), BY ÁNGEL H. SOPENA, ON
24-10-97, AFTER HAVING WON THE MURCIA JOVEN POP-ROCK ´97´s CONTEST.
 
 

3-INTERVIEW FOR THE NUMBER FOUR OF "YESCA JOVEN" MAGAZINE (APRIL 98), ABOUT THEIR VICTORY IN MURCIA JOVEN POP-ROCK ´97´s CONTEST, AND MADE BY RUTH SÁNCHEZ PÉREZ.
 
 

4-INTERVIEW FOR THE WONDER ´ZINE (NR. 6 AUGUST 98), BY JUAN NOTARIO.
 
 

5-INTERVIEW FOR THE "MARCA ACME" FANZINE (NR. 5 NOVEMBER 1998),
BY ESTHER MARÍA MILLÁN.
 
 

6-INTERVIEW FOR THE "ARGONAUTA" FANZINE (NR. 1 - APRIL  99), BY BENIGNO SÁNCHEZ.
 
 
 
 

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1-INTERVIEW FOR "LA VERDAD" NEWSPAPER (MURCIA), BY JAM ALBARRACÍN, ON

11-10-97, BECAUSE OF THEIR CONCERT IN THE FINAL OF MURCIA JOVEN ´97´s CONTEST.
 
 

1 WHAT DOES A BAND LIKE THAT DO IN A CONTEST LIKE THIS?

What kind of adventure, jaaarl, were you looking for?
 

2 DOES ÁFRICA BEGIN AT SEGURA´S RIVER? WHY DON´T THE BANDS FROM MURCIA REACH FAME?

Where is África?
 

3 - WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE GOVERNMENTS CUTS IN CULTURE BUDGETS?

Ah, is there a culture budget?
 

4 ER... DON´T YOU MAKE HEAVY-METAL? THEN, HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR MUSIC STYLE?

Brit-eclectic-sixty-ninety-yellow-pluscuamperfect pop, that we just call it Natural Pop.
 

5 WELL, CIAO, I´M GOING TO LISTEN TO SOME MUSIC. WHAT ALBUM WOULD YOU RECOMMEND ME?

The last of Teenage Fanclub, any of The Beatles, or a special compilation released on Pussycats, called Canción Ligera, which it´s only 900 pts. and where it´s realeased a song from a band called the Yellow Melodies, which I´ve been told they´re really nice!










 
 

2-INTERVIEW FOR THE "LA OPINIÓN" NEWSPAPER (MURCIA), BY ÁNGEL H. SOPENA, ON
24-10-97, AFTER HAVING WON THE MURCIA JOVEN POP-ROCK ´97´s CONTEST.

Independent Proud. Obstinate, and now proud. They need more affection than others. They may have not been heard as often as they wished, but their recordings and their live sound are envying examples of music made with the heart. I´m glad about their improvement.

Yellow Melodies have almost a psychedelic name, and they make a pop crowded of guitars, touched by the magic of melodies. They call it "Natural Pop" and it´s impregnated by their disproportionate love to The Beatles and other gods of pop. How many current bands fit to the description? Probably a lot, but not all of them give that sensation of a melodic source supported by their particular expressive devotion.

In their concerts, they sound basic, compact, with a strange carism, producing rewarding moments.And their attitude? Rock´n´roll is unfair.

We met the brand new winners of MJ97 Pop-Rock and they were still aroused afther their triumph.
 
 

-GLAD WITH THE RESULTS. DID YOU EXPECT IT?

-Yes, why not? We were rehearsing very much, we´ve had some concerts and we´ve seen Popstal, Amalthea and other bands. We didn´t have to feel losers before the final, and although we were not the favourite for the local press, any of the 4 bands could win. On the scene, we risked a lot and we made a great concert. Moreover, the panel of judges don´t understand about pre-winners (unless in this case)
 

-HOW WAS THE CONCERT?

-It was good! We assumed the risk of staging the first with an acoustic brand new song (Ireland). My guitar was untuned just 5 minutes before starting, but we felt fine during the concert, except for some little problems with the Rafa´s amp, and with a sampler of John Lennon we had prepared to finish, but it didn´t work at last. We only rehearsed for 15 minutes, but this has been one of the times the sound has been properly.
 

-DO YOU FEEL CLOSE TO ANY MUSICAL TRADITION OR MOVEMENT?

-Just to the music we make and that emanates of a natural way. You can label however you want. We simply call it: Natural POP.
 

-WHAT?

-I´m trying to define it: Natural Pop is because the melodies and all our songs emanate of a natural way. We try to avoid difficulties and make things easier.
 

-AH!

-I carry my tape-recorder wherever I go, and maybe I´m running, or swimming, or drinking a beer, and then a melody comes out: I have to take the tape-recorder and save it, so that I don´t forget it and save it just the moment it comes out, with all the energy of that moment. Afterwards I bring out the chords of the song with my guitar, and I take it to the rehearsal room, so we all can improve it.
 

-FIRSTLY WE MET YOU AS RAFA SKAM, AFTERWARDS SKAM, A BIT LATER BEATLOSS. WHY SO MANY CHANGES?

-When I founded the band, we were called SKAM, later we changed to beatloss, but we had some problems with name: very close to The Beatles´ music, and we were told there were also a band in Spain and another in France with the same name. And so we changed to The Yellow Melodies, our current name, and we registered it at once, so that nobody could use it. So if tomorrow you hear about a band from Orense, for example, with the same name, they´ll have to change it. It comes from a mix of "Yellow Man" and "Sunday Melodies". It´s a more natural name, and we think that it describes the music we make, as all we make turns around melodies, and yellow is a 90´s pop colour.
 

-Have you thought of right ways for the MJ album can be useful?

-It will be useful. It may be an album of rarities, a promotional album or something like that. We want the album can be well promoted and distributed, and can be released on Pussycats. We´re doing our best for this album.
 

-There have been some A&R from a multinational company interested in your songs, but in spanish.

-We are independents, not "indies" and we do just whatever we like, what we fancy, and we try to enjoy. If we´d get it in spanish, we´d do it... Here there is a law: the more you move, the more you get. We´ll keep on fighting, since we believe in what we do. We´re proud of ourselves. We listen to english music, and we think that our ideas and intentions can be close to what bands in UK make.
 

-How do you describe the current moment of the Murcia musical scene?

-We´re living a very interesting moment in Murcia, but some bands don´t get higher because of some extra-musical questions. We´ve written an ironic song (Dad) inspired on the Murcia musical scene, in which we talk about those lucky bands which have a "dad", and those other ones which have to fight every day because nobody helps them.
 

-Anything to add?

-Yes... WE ARE ALIVE!!!
 


 
 



 
 
 

3-INTERVIEW FOR THE NUMBER FOUR OF "YESCA JOVEN" MAGAZINE (APRIL 98), ABOUT THEIR VICTORY IN MURCIA JOVEN POP-ROCK ´97´s CONTEST, AND MADE BY RUTH SÁNCHEZ PÉREZ.
 

-Who are you and how long are you together as a band?

-We´re 5 young people and we want to eat the world: Carlos, keyboards; Ismael Pun-trah!,drums;Yellow Raúl, bass; Nacho Noise nº 8, guitar and backing vocals, and Rafa Skam, voice and guitar. We´re together as a band from November 96, although we were firstly called beatloss and it´s since August 97 when we changed to Yellow Melodies, because we liked more, it describes the music we make, and we had some problems with our previous name: it was always badly written, people thought we made Beatles´ covers and there were also some bands with the same name, one in Spain, another in France, and another in Liverpool?
 

-What have you done until this moment?

-We began to stage since February of 97, and until this moment we have played in and out of our province, and we have had more than 50 concerts, and then people say that there are no places to play!

We have travelled to Madrid (by rocket) to look for a company which could listen to us and support us unconditionally.

We also have recorded two demos with 17 songs, and we have taken part in some compilations on national record companies; we have won the Murcia Joven´s contest and we recorded an album as its prize, and now we have been selected for the Final of Villa de Bilbao´s contest... we are very proud!
 

-What does this album mean to you?

-A demo for the record companies, locals, ... like a toboggan that can make us be more well-known and we can be heard all over Spain... This album is going to be important for us more as a promotional album than a sales album. We want it to open doors to our music.
 

-Which are your next projects?

-Delivering the album wisely and having gigs all over the country. Our basic goal is that a record company can listen to our music, can support us unconditionally and can lead us to the highest dreams. Pussycats should pay all the attention on us and make us "famous and rich", as they always like what we do.
 

-How do you see the Murcia musical scene?

-Very interesting: a lot of bands have come out recently, and some of them are really worth; some interesting fanzines and recording studios have also come out! There are a few locals which are bringing some good bands, and there are even some pubs where we are allowed to play!
 

-Which 10 things would make up the Yellow Decalogue?

Repertorio B.
Nineteen... Yellow Flowers.
Good Roll.
The Groupies.
Rayo 15: the pretty bus-line.
The Traffic-light in yellow.
Grapefruits and Toblerones.
Toy motorbikes.
Natural-Pop.
Benicásim.
 


 
 



 
 

4-INTERVIEW FOR THE WONDER ´ZINE (NR. 6 AUGUST 98), BY JUAN NOTARIO.

The Yellow Melodies is a 5-member band from Murcia which has been known by their victory in Murcia Joven ´97´s contest. They have realeased an album, a CD with 9 songs called "Repertorio b", released on Pussycats Records, one of the most important record companies in the latest times. We put in touch with them and this is what they told us...
 
 

-Talk about your beginnings and the current band.

(Rafa Skam talks, voice and guitar): After winning a contest on the radio in April of 1996, I made my mind to make up a band. Then I looked for Ismael (drums) and Carlos (keyboards) who I knew before, becasue we had played together in a previous band called LA ESPECIE. After that, Raúl (bass) and Nacho (guitar) joined the band, and then we were called "beatloss", name that later we would change to our current name... A month ago, Carlos (keyboards) left the band.
 

-You have won Murcia Joven ´97´s contest; you were selected in Villa de Bilbao ´98´s contest...

We didn´t expect the Murcia Joven´s victory, but we took profit of the prize, we recorded the album... and the Villa de Bilbao´s Final was much for us; it was just a victory to be in the final. We had a great gig, and people liked it a lot, but in the end the winners were the expected to win: FROMHEADTOTOE...
 

-As a prize of your victory in MJ, you recorded "Repertorio b"; tell us about the recording, and if you are satisfied with it...

When we won the contest, we were told to enter the studio in one week, so we couldn´t pre-record anything at all! We experimented and we could also helped by a mini-orchestra. So we feel very satisfied with the album after having recorded that in such conditions.
 

-On it you include a GENE´s cover of "Your Love, It Lies"; are they an influence for you? Which other bands have been reflected on the album?

It´s a song we usually play in live, and we all like it, and that´s great! because we have different likes: from spanish radical rock to pop bands like THE BEATLES, THE SMITHS, SUEDE, TEENAGE FANCLUB, and so on. The different influences make the album sound particularly, but it may sound to my influences, because I write the songs.
 

-There have been lately some bands coming out from Murcia: ART SCHOOL, ROSS,... What´s happening in Murcia?

There has been a resourcing of pop bands like POPSTAL, ROSS, ART SCHOOL, PARADE, and many other ones which will sound in a little time.
 

-How are your concerts? Do you prefer the scene or the studio?

We love both of them. In fact, we have entered the studio 6 times since last year and we have had more than 50 concerts since then... People say we´re better in live than in our demos...
 

-Are you having gigs this Summer? Maybe in any festival?

We stage on 23rd July in Totana (Murcia), on 15th August in Nerpio (Albacete), on 21st at Jumiyeah!, a new festival in Jumilla (Murcia), with other bands like AMPHETAMINE DISCHARGE, LA HABITACIÓN ROJA, SEXY SADIE, and so on. On 11st September we play at Lemon Pop Festival (Murcia)... We want to stage all over the country, but it will be since October.
 

-Which are your next projects?

Releasing something on Pussycats (for example, an EP), taking the van and playing all over the country the weekends, and following composing, playing, and so on.
 

-Add whatever you want...

We´d like to thank this fanzine because it´s the first one which interviews us.
 

See you soon and thank you!
 
 
 
 












 
 


5-INTERVIEW FOR THE "MARCA ACME" FANZINE (NR. 5 NOVEMBER 1998),
BY ESTHER MARÍA MILLÁN.
 

Acme: WHO COMPOSES IN THE YELLOW MELODIES?

Rafa: Rafa, this is, I am.
 

Acme: FOR THOSE ONES WHO STILL DON´T KNOW YOU, WHICH ARE YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES?

Rafa: We´re very influenced by POP bands, from 60´s until now, and they are british influences above all. Bandas like The Beatles, Teenage Fanclub, The Smiths, REM, and so on...
 

Acme: HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR MUSIC?

Rafa: As POP made by ancient melodies from the past but with a sound and arrangement from today... it´s something we call NATURAL POP, because melodies are the centre of the universe of our songs, and always come out in a natural way.
 

Acme: WHAT ABOUT THE DEMOS? HOW MANY? ANY CD?

Rafa: We have realeased 3 demos: the first one is called "Sunday Morning Sun", it has 8 songs and it´s released in April of 97; the second one is called "Magic Land", with 9 songs and released in July of 1997; and the third one ver recent, we haven´t distributed it, since the songs are not songs, they are "ideas", and this is just the name of our 3rd demo, with 14 songs and recorded in July of 98; and at last, we have released a CD, that we recorded as a prize of a contest, and it has been released on Pussycats Records, but we haven´t a contract with them; it has 9 songs, plus other hidden ones of a different nature...
 

Acme: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MUSIC FESTIVALS?

Rafa: They are a chance for a crowd of people to hear you, so the more there are, the better. We have been in Benicássim´s festival, but listening to the bands, not playing. We have staged on Festival del Sol, Lemon Pop and Jumiyeah!; what it´s more important for a festival is a coherent chart.
 

Acme: ARE YOU CLOSE TO FANZINES´ MOVEMENT? DO YOU THINK THAT FANZINES CAN MAKE NEW BANDS BE WELL-KNOWN?

Rafa: Of course, that´s why we have sent our album and/or demos to almost all the national fanzines, because people who read fanzines are the ones who later go to the concerts, and buy your albums...
 

Acme: WHAT NATIONAL BANDS WOULD YOU POINT OUT IN YOUR STYLE?

Rafa: ROSS, SEXY SADIE, NEUROTICS, CECILIA ANN, AUTOMATICS, LA HABITACIÓN ROJA, CHUCHO, MERCROMINA, SATELLITES, PLANETAS,...
 

Acme: WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN NOWADAYS?

Rafa: all POP kinds and from all ages, but also current pop, because we want to be up to date, and listen to what other bands are making
 

Acme: WHICH ARE YOUR NEXT PROJECTS?

Rafa: As we are known here in Murcia, we´d like to be known all over the country and then we´d like to play all the weekends...
 

Acme: ANYTHING TO ADD?

Rafa: I´m convinced of the importance of the fanzines, because if you have read all this interview, you´ll have the curiosity to know how we sound, so you´ll finally come to our concerts and/or buy our albums...
 

CONTACT: Rafa Skam - Avda. Monte Carmelo, 14 4º D - 30011 MURCIA

TLF: 968 / 34-40-45
 


 



 
 
 

6-INTERVIEW FOR THE "ARGONAUTA" FANZINE (NR. 1 - APRIL  99), BY BENIGNO SÁNCHEZ.










    I felt like talking to the yellow melodies, a pop band from Murcia that from the very first moment I listened to their songs, I said to myself: "Here there´s a great band", and I was really right: they won the Murcia Joven´s contest (when bands could sing in english) in 1997, they recorded "Repertorio B" the same year, and last year they reached the final of the very well-known contest "Villa de Bilbao".
 
 

How has 1998 been to Yellow Melodies?

Rafa Skam: Really fine!: we were finalist of Villa de Bilbao´s contest, we have played in several festivals, and have also delivered our album everywhere, and even the album reviews have been fine! but we have missed the support from a record company which could help us in the promotion and so on.

What do you think of the new murcia joven´s politics about singing in spanish?

R.S.: I think they´re going to change again for the next year. They have realized about their great mistake and want to mend it. In fact, they have allowed The Sueters to record their album in english.
 

The Sueters, the winners of murcia joven 98, what do you think about them?

R.S.: They´re nice. They were my favourite ones in the final, and I´m very happy they have won this year and they´re going to record the album in english (jeje). They have very good songs, and if the album is properly delivered (the less the CCAA deliver it, the better for them) on their own or with the help of a company, then they´ll surely reach higher. Their performances and attitude are incredibly good.
 

How did you contact Pussycats Records?

R.S.: As you know, we have delivered our demos all over the country, and then, in one of those journeys, travelling to Madrid, to Festimad Mercado, Pussycats had a stand and we gave them our demo and in a few days they called us back, and they told us they were fan of our songs, and we took part in a Pussycats compilation. And now they have stood by us taking another song for the compilation of the TV serie: "Al Salir De Clase".
 

Did you have any problems with "Comunidad Autonoma"?

R.S.: Yes, some. For example, they didn´t allow us to put the Pussycats´ logo on the album, but at last, they allowed us.
 

Your first album has two different parts: the first part with 9 pop songs, and the second one with 12 pieces of electronic music, who had the idea of including the electronic part?

R.S.: I just had the idea: at first we tried to record something strange against the contest, like a conversation, for example, and no wasting our songs into an album that we could not control, but in the end, we thought we could do something good and took profit of all the instruments, synthes and so on that Pepe Moreno had in his studio, then we designed some programmings, and we mixed all with with analogic synthesizers, samplers, casiotones, a mini-orchestra of strings and wind,... and with guitars in order to create a different and special atmosphere. And we liked the result.
 

How long the Winter Yellow Tour?

R.S.:  Until the end of this winter. In Spring, we´ll start the Spring Yellow Tour.
 

your projects for this new year?

R.S.: Releasing an EP on Norte-Sur that we have just recorded, with four songs in spanish. We are also releasing a song in  a compilation for the tele 5´s serie "Al Salir De Clase", another one in a tribute to the spanish women´s voice, where we play  Corazones Estrangulados´ "aeropuerto". And also we make a cover of Pixies´ "Motorway To Roswell", for a tribute to the Boston´s band. We also want to play all over the country. And we are working on a huge web page with a lot of information about us.
   And we are also shooting a video-clip!!
 

Dou you know how many albums have been sold?

R.S.: No, and I think they have been only a few, because we were interested in promoting them more than selling them.
 

Are you satisfied with Repertorio B?

R.S.: Yes, as we recorded it without a pre-production. It was all very fast, but fresh! And this has been our first album, so we love it specially, and it contains the songs that we perform in our concerts.
 

What does murcia´s music need to spread all over the country?

R.S.: What! If it´s ALREADY spreading properly and successly! Now that I´m writing these lines, The Sueters are on the Radio 3´s  Diario Pop, but even every time I switch on Radio 3 or Viaje a los Sueños Polares, they talk about bands from Murcia: Ross, Parade, the Yellow Melodies, Vacaciones, Me Enveneno de Azules, Schwartz, La Fábrica de la Luz, Hello Cuca, Iluminados, Art School, etc... it´s wonderful... something (great) is happening in Murcia... There are dozens of bands which are born here and fastly spread all over the place, and everybody talks fine about these bands...
 

How can you be in two bands (Yellow Melodies - Vacaciones) at the same time and of such different style?

R.S.: Two personalities (jeje): but they´re not so different! We both do POP! Anyway, in Yellow Melodies I write the songs so I have an activer role, but I get fun with the two bands and I love both of them!
 

Have you bought some interesting and special album during 1998? Which? Why?

R.S.: My favourite international album has been BELLE & SEBASTIAN´s  "The Boy With The Arab Strap": it´s great and an album to hear a lot of times without turning boring, full of arrangements which make it really special and unique. I have bought some special spanish albums too: SEXY SADIE´s "It´s Beautiful, It´s Love", really great! with a lot of good songs, like Days Of Love. Another one is ROSS´s  "Supersonic Spacewalk" de ROSS, with songs like "I Can Believe" which shows that Juan Antonio is a genius, just as Antonio PARADE, with his first album of the same name. CECILIA ANN´s "Un Segundo" and the debut album of LA HABITACIÓN ROJA have been two notable albums that have influenced me. I think this year the national albums have been better than international ones.


Benigno Sánchez

 
 
 
 
 
 


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