Published Feb 20, 2008Expectations were running high prior to the release of Techarí, the follow-up to Ojos de Brujos groundbreaking 2002 Grammy nominated release, Barí, and fans hoping to hear more of their energetic blend of hip-hop and flamenco were not disappointed. However, the real Ojos de Brujo are best seen and heard, and with Techarí Live, fans can take in the full audio-visual experience with a double live CD/DVD. Recorded in their hometown of Barcelona on the last show of their 2006 tour, Techarí Live is an electrifying record that captures the essence of Ojos de Brujo and their brilliant stage show. Im talking about hip-hop done in the language of flamenco, where hand claps and gypsy guitars replace drum machines and sampled loops, all with a touch of punk rock attitude. Ojos have been more than successful at mixing the old with the new and their live show is no different. However, now that lead vocalist Marina is pregnant, fans will have to wait a bit before they see the full band back on tour. The good news is that the electro organic sound of Techarí Live captures the true spirit of Ojoss music, helping to bring the feel of one of their exhilarating live shows right into your home.
Do you think theres an energy that just cant be caught in the studio?
DJ Panko: Yes, the people, because the people are a part of our live show. Theres an interaction between the people and the ten of us on stage. When were in the studio recording, were always thinking about the people and how we can do things right. But when the people are directly in front of you, thats when the real magic is made.
There are hundreds of bands trying to fuse traditional sounds with electronic elements, yet Ojos seem to pull off this balance flawlessly, why is that?
What weve done is use the electronic elements as another instrument of percussion, instead of giving it priority. In my case, Im the one who runs the scratches and triggers the samples, and its not like with hip-hop where the base is electronic. With Ojos, we already have a strong percussion section that sets the rhythm; I just play along as if I were playing the violin or another guitar. (Six Degrees)