People – David Bisbal Exclusive Interview
AC- Since your first disc Corazón Latino was released you have not stopped collecting national and international prizes and awards from the music world. How does David Bisbal, being so young and with such a relatively short professional career, live with so much success?
DB- Well, the truth is that I really can’t complain. Things have gone well, that’s for sure, but it’s hard work; there’s no other way to do it. At the beginning it’s difficult to take it all on board, but after a while you begin to assimilate it and understand it’s all part of your work, so really I’m coping quite well – I’m happy.
AC- Do you think that without ‘Operación Triunfo’ you would have achieved this success?
DB- Before doing that television programme I had several offers to sing with orchestras larger than the one I was already with and, as I had delivered live demo tapes to various record companies, television, radio, etc., there had of course been many approaches by people who promise things that never materialise. Who knows whether one day the big opportunity would have arrived; but without doubt ‘Operación Triunfo’ was the greatest thing that could have happened to me.
AC- What do you think is the key to success for David Bisbal?
DB- Well, I’m not sure what to say about that. One thing is certain though, you have to work very hard, surround yourself with a good working team which is also congenial; you have to know how to make difficult decisions, when to say yes or no at the right time, have clear ideas of where you are going, and, above all, believe in what you are doing and love your work, which I do. If you add to that a little bit of discipline and a healthy lifestyle, you’ll get pleasure out of your work.
AC- Do you have any idea how many concerts you have given since your first disc was released?
DB- Not really; I would have to check the details we have in our office, but it must be more than 300.
AC- Of all the songs you have recorded, which is the most special for you and why?
DB- Many of the songs mean a lot to me, but without doubt there’s one which every audience sings along with me at every concert I give, wherever it is, and that’s ‘Dígale’.
AC- Of all the numerous prizes and awards you have received – the Ondas, a Grammy Latino, the World Music Award, the Billboard, etc. – which are special for you and why?
DB- They all mean a lot to me since they signify recognition from the music industry and this is something that makes you feel good and gives you more energy to continue working; but maybe my first solo prize in Spain, the Ondas. The Spanish music industry recognised me at last and that was wonderful.
AC- Which prize or award you have not as yet received would you like to have?
DB- Actually the most important prize is the people who follow you to the concerts, who buy your records, who sing your songs, etc. Instead of thinking which award I would like to receive, I always think about not ever losing that one.
AC- You have performed on numerous stages in Spain, Europe, South America and the United States. At which theatre where you have not appeared would you like to and why?
DB- There are many symbolic places in the United States, in Mexico and Europe, and also in Asia. Difficult to decide on one, but perhaps it would be Madison Square Garden in New York. That would be one of the happiest days in my career, if it were ever to happen.
AC- You have collaborated professionally with numerous artists in the music world, the most recent being Rihanna. What is it like working with her?
DB- This has been a great opportunity for me. To work together with a world number one, which is what she is at the moment; it’s a privilege. Apart from the fact she sings so well, dances beautifully and is very pretty, she is also a very straightforward, understanding and delightful person; this is what she has shown towards me.
AC- Are you thinking about working with other colleagues?
DB- There is something in the pipeline, …
AC- When you were dreaming about success, was there any role model for you?
DB- Oh yes, my first idol was Sergio Dalma who I met when I was with the orchestra. And I’ve been able to coincide with him on stage on several occasions. He’s a great guy.
AC- Some time ago you said you wanted to take part in the sound track of a film, or that one of your concerts might form part of the plot of a film. Have any proposals of this kind turned up?
DB- Yes, several, but they’ve not come off for one reason or another. There’s time yet.
AC- Apart from the scheduled concerts, you are working on your new disc which will be released next year. Have you any idea what you are going to call it?
DB- It’s a bit early to think about that. I’ve only recorded one track so far; it’s going to be the main theme for a Mexican soap opera. So, no, I don’t know yet.
AC- And longer term? What goals do you have professionally as well as personally?
DB- On the professional side, to continue working so I can offer good music in the best possible way I can, as I enjoy doing what I do. Personally, everything is going well, and I’m very happy.
AC- What is a working day in the life of David Bisbal like? Do you follow any fixed routine such as getting up, exercising, breakfasting, reading the daily news, a bit of meditation …?
DB- Life is very different depending on whether you’re promoting, on tour, doing concerts, on holiday or preparing a new project. But yes, you have to be organised and disciplined at all times. Leading a healthy life is important too. Yes, I practise sport, have a very good breakfast, I like to watch the news and read the newspaper. In my spare time I go fishing, play football … A normal life really.
AC- And when you are on holiday, what do you like doing best?
DB- Travelling to a peaceful spot, fishing and bicycling.
AC- How does David Bisbal see himself?
DB- A normal person I think. Demanding at work, family oriented, bit of a joker, and I love music.
AC- Which part of your body do you like most?
DB- Well, I’m not really the person who should answer that, I’m happy as I am.
AC- And that you like the least?
DB- I can’t complain about anything.
AC- Of all the flattering compliments paid to you up to now, which stands out and why?
DB- I’ve always preferred compliments directed to me as an artist rather than my physique. I’ve been told many things and I take them all with a lot of affection.
AC- Let’s talk about your beloved land. Which are your favourite tapas bars inAlmería?
DB- There are so many tapas bars in Almería that it’s difficult to choose between them. The most famous are Casa Puga, El Quinto Toro, Casa Joaquín, etc., but above all I like going to La Abuela, Bodegas Capel, the Arenas bar in El Zapillo, these are my favourites. Also they’re very near the beach and to the fairground area.
AC- And restaurants? To be sure there’s a Chinese one among your favourites?
DB- Ha-ha; oh yes. There used to be a Chinese restaurant near my house called Hong Kong … very original! I used to love it. I’ve passed by there several times now and see that it’s closed down. But there are great restaurants in Almería. You can eat well at the Asador in the Hotel Torreluz and I also like the Restaurante El Sotillo which is in San José, I go a lot. Sometimes I go to the Venta del Pobre. There are so many.
AC- And when you go out for a drink with your friends?
DB- In Almería, to the centre, the area of 4 Calles; and in Aguadulce the port in summer. But, be careful, if you have to take the car, someone has to abstain from drinking so they can drive you home with no risks taken.
AC- We would also like you to recommend the most interesting places in your home town for walking around and enjoying its historic-artistic heritage.
DB- A visit to the Alcazaba is greatly recommended, where I recorded the ‘Torre de Babel’ video-clip. Then there is the Cerro de San Cristóbal, theJairán wells, the recently inaugurated archaeological museum, thecathedral, Convent de las Claras, the Calle de las Tiendas which dates from the 17th century, the underground Civil War shelters, the old mineral loading depots … All these are in the city itself and I’ve left out so much. There is also much more in the province as a whole.
AC- Apart from Almería, which other place in Andalucía would you choose for a break?
DB- Every town in Andalucía has its own charm, but a boat trip up the Guadalquivir would be great.
UNIVISION interview with David Bisbal
Reporter: David, welcome to Univision.com, at the Award Lo Nuestro, thank you for being with us.
David Bisbal: It’s a pleasure, always a pleasure to be with you.
R: Look, people are asking you if you have finished recording your album and if you have already closed the repertory, if you have chosen the first single.
DB: Well, I’m still recording it. Actually, after Premio lo Nuestro finishes, I’ll fly to Mexico, because I am working with Armando Avila, a prestigious mexican producer with whom I am working very well. For now, I wouldn’t like to close the repertory. I am an artist which, even when recording, still finds a magic sparkle, a song that can surprize.
Actually, in my last album, better said, in all my albums, almost every single has been selected this way. When I recorded my first album, the magic came from Ave Maria…with my second album, the sparkle was Buleria. So, I belive that one shouldn’t ever close the repertory when recording.
But, in no time, we’ll be finishing the album, because we are anxious to publish it, so we can share it with the world.
R: Very well. Will there be any duets on this new CD?
DB: Yes, I’d love to. But, what is certain is that once the repertory is not closed and everything recorded, I wouldn’t like to decide on that. Because I’d like to talk it through with my team. As I was telling you, for me is always an honour to share my music with the world, but also with other artists. For the public it’s something very different and one also learns a lot from such experience.
For example, the quartet that these days we’ve recorded and now participates at Premio Lo nuestro….all this is marvelous. We’ve had the chance to sing together live in Puerto Rico. Today, at the wonderfull Premio lo Nuestro we’ll sing for all Latin America.
R: Haven’t you “stolen” one of those 3 for your new project…like that…out of the blue?
DB: You know, all 3 are very busy. Alex Syntek is also recording album. Noel is a step away from finishing his and Fonsi….I’ve sung with him in many places: Madrid, Puerto Rico, we’ve appeared together a lot….he’s busy with the album that’s very well seen. It’s going beautifully for him all around the world.
But, you never know. As I told you, God willing, we’ll have this chance to sing with them again.
R: You are composing more on this album. How many of your compositions will there be on the album?
DB: Until now I’ve recorded some….like six of my themes and the repertory is not yet defined, so I’m pretty satisfied. I’m preparing this album for a year now, from February 2007 and I have written a lot of songs.
And thank God, my record company, the team of ER, they liked them and so I have a special motivation regarding this. We’ll see. I have captured all the energy that came from working at separate projects, my album and my concerts, the concert of ALAS, the one from MTV in Malaga, with all those people on the beach, the duets with Rhianna, Fonsi, Pedro Fernandez, Rafael.
All this has been helping me to put all my energy and love in my songs.
R: Now that you’ve mentioned Spain…people are anxious to see this quartet live in Spain. Is it possible?
DB: Yes, well, of course it is. I’d be over delighted. We already sung in Puerto Rico, here in Premio Lo Nuestro, where people from many countries will have the chance to see us through television.
But, I’d be delighted to be able to share this beautifull song with my quartet in my home land. It would be marvelous.
R: People ask if in any of your albums in the title pages you’ve used some image of Almeria and of what place?
DB: Well…I’ve done that in all my albums. In all I’ve used pictures of my country. In videos, photos. In my first album I’ve recorded Ave Maria in my country, Almeria, on the beach of Monsur, in Cabo de Gato and the pictures from the album were also made there.
In Buleria the same…the desert of Tavernas and on my last album I’ve recorded with the guys from Wisin and Yandel the song Torre de Babel at the Alcazaba of Almeria…..so this is always something that i need to carry with me….my land.
Because i spend a lot of time away from it. This is the “excuse” to bring it with me and not miss it so much, the land that I so deeply love, Almeria. That way it is always with me.
I’m having a benefit concert for a child of my country, Almeria. His name is Juanma. He’s suffering from a degenerative disease. That’s why I told you that I’ll be very soon back in Almeria, on the 25th of April to be exact….because I’ll have this wonderfull concert.
This child, very young, sufferes from a degenerative disease. All the benefits of the concert will go entirely to the family of Juanma, so they can continue to fight with tis terrible disease. And I am very pleased. Because it’s the first beneficiary concert that I organize on my own.
I have, of course, participated in a lot of beneficiary concerts: in Alas, in Peru, Terremoto, Education, in that of the Children Soldiers. But it’s the first concert that I organize alone, as person and as artist and I feel very pleased. I hope it will be a success.
R: And for your land?
DB: And for my land..especially for the childhood…he’s a child from my land,Almeria. And I felt so indentified with him.
R: Now..that you have felt the sweet taste of success..that you’ve enjoyed it,how did you maintain that balance and continued being that simple person?
DB:well..you know,I always thought that everything that happens to me are very positive things, and nobody can be arrogant with that,on the contrary..I always need to express all the happiness that music gives me..and to share it with the people.this is the way that I enjoy music,this is the way that I want to live it and share it with my public..this is the way that I feel happy.then I hope that God will maintain that state of mind in me.
R:tomorrow..Premios Lo Nuestro will be over…what’s next in your life?you return to the disc?you return to Mexico??
DB:actually…when Premios lo Nuestro it’s over I’ll travel straight to Mexico,because I will continue recording my disc..and I’ll also be performing with Wisin and Yandel at their concert in Mexico , I think it’s a great opportunity to sing again with them.because you can learn a lot from a featuring, from the collaborations..and sharing it with the people from Mexico is always a great thing.it seems like I live in Mexico because I spend so much time there in Mexico..and I really like that.
R: What do you like the most in Mexico?
DB: I like so much the affection of people,who are (faithful,devoted)..from the first moment that I arrived…well..there weren‘t so many people at first .but gradually that affection has grown ..in my first year there I had a few little concerts,and gradually I got to sing at the national auditorium…that was a great thing..and to see that you are little by little evolving and the affection of the people is still present…of course,the women are very beautiful…and I like very much the food,especially…my favourite dish is “la ranchera”I like that varierty of meat.
R: Now..that we are talking about the Mexican meat,,didn’t you ever fell for a Mexican woman ??
DB: They are really beautiful ,but…
R: Any ranch girl??
DB: Because I like anyway”la ranchera”, no?
Well…you can lose your had, because they are really beautiful, but you have to remain calm..
R: There are people that are afraid to live in Mexico..for you ..all that about the insecurity..,how did you manage it?
DB: Well…anyone has that fear but..nobody can live hidden, thinking about the things that can happen to him..you have to be precautios,but mexico, gradually,is getting out from all those problems..and I’m really glad..I hope that they’ll have luck,and will be able to work for the happiness of the city,they are worth it,because they are really good people.
R: Changing the subject…how do you think that the economic crisis has affected you personally?
DB: The musical crisis had arrived long before the world economic crisis, and so then we are a little more accustomed with it, but is sure that now there are so much more difficulties in making a concert, or for the promoters of Cds and activities..and one has to find another way for a good simbiosis… so that the people continue supporting the music..and that we be able to share it in a balanced way..all together…but it sure affected in many sectors…and the music has been affected..by the piracy many years ago..but I think we gonna go through this..all the nations united, together..we gonna try to work to obtain serenity for the people.
R: What are you gonna offer this night to the public?
DB: All my affection..all my energy,all my passion for music…and ..the most important of all the joy and the motivation for being able to share a great song like “aqui estoy yo” with professionals from other countries like noel, like alex sintek and like luis fonsi..and celebrate it at the premios lo nuestro,which represents our latin culture..they are so beautiful..it’s great that all the people on our continent will see all that we feel for music.
R: David thank you so much for being here with us
DB: Thank you,it’s always a pleasure being in this media, the internet, that today moves everything. So, thank you so much for the opportunity to make this interview . Kisses for everybody
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David Bisbal: In His Own Style
Before he became a singer, David Bisbal had never been outside his native Spain. With the launch of his third album, Premonición, he’s expected to consolidate his standing as an international star. This young man from Almería spends his life on a plane these days, and despite all the interviews and presentations, he never seems to lose his good disposition. He’s sincere, talkative and flirty, as long as you’re not trying to find out about his private life.
After taking a break from the stage for a year and a half, Bisbal is demonstrating with this new album that he not only has the respect of his record company—which let him make many of the production decisions—but also his artistic and personal maturity as the author of seven of the 12 songs, many of which make a social statement. The CD is both agressive and full of tenderness, and this time the 27-year-old uses more pop rock and even dares to try other rhythms such as reggaeton. Of course, he also includes one of the keys to his success, those ultra-romantic ballads that elicit sighs out of his fans, like the first single “Quién me iba a decir” by Kike Santander, who also wrote “Silencio,” “Premonición” and “Torre de Babel” (for those last two songs, the Colombian producer-songwriter shared production credits with Bisbal).
How long was your vacation?
About five months, because then I had to start writing. We spent a lot of time preparing this album, which is the most personal one of my career. I knew why I wanted certain sounds and messages, and how I wanted them. I was able to express everything I had in my head for the past year and a half with this album.
What did you do during your break?
I did what I missed doing the most. I went to my native Almería to be with my people and with my friends, eating food that I really missed. I thought that I had lost my favorite little spots that I used to have there for good, but I was able to go back.
How do you define the new sound of Premonición?
I wanted to rescue the band sound, so there isn’t as much difference between the recording and live sound. That’s why you can hear a stronger guitar base and fusions of Spanish guitar; it was just what I felt like doing at the time. In concerts, I’m going to summarize my musical history.
Do you think fans share your points of view on socially-conscious songs such as “Soldados de papel,” which talks about war?
I think fans want to share with the artist what he or she feels in life: the happiness, the responsibilities and the worries that all human beings share. I’m not going to fix the world through one song, but that’s my vehicle.
Why are you sharing your social consciousness now?
At 22, what I wanted to share with everyone was “Come on down, party, boogie all over the place!” I still do, but time passes and you move on to another phase, which is very positive. I feel good. It’s part of what I experience.
In “Qué tendrás” you emphasize the dirty side of money. How has money changed your life?
For some people, it’s a double-edged sword. What I’d like to express through this song is a reality: that people smile at me, but they also betray me. Some people don’t mind destroying a career for money. I couldn’t feed my family with money that I know has hurt someone. I’d rather sleep peacefully and not have so much money.
You also dared to do a reggaeton…
“Torre de Babel” is a social song that covers a lot. I liked it so much that I made it a fusion of cultures including mine—the flamenco—and the urban touch of hip-hop and reggaeton with Wisin and Yandel. It was great having them, and of course Vicente Amigo on the Spanish guitar.
Were you always a composer deep down inside?
I always had some of that. My time off had something to do with it. It all started because the composers sent me songs that I’d already sung, including the themes and musical arrangements, and I didn’t want to do the same. So I told them “this is what I want to do” and that’s how it was.
The famous graduate of the “Operación Triunfo” reality show shocked everyone when he ended a three-year relationship with Chenoa, who participated in the same competition, and began one with Cuban-Spanish model Elena Tablada. Tabloid journalists followed his every step, trying to photograph him in some compromising situation.
Do you understand why people are so interested in your love life?
It’s not the people; focusing on the love lives of the famous is big business. My life is my life… I keep my life private because that’s the only thing I have left for myself, and that’s what motivates me daily to continue working and to spend so much time away from home. You get used to it… you’d like everything to be private, but what else can you do? There are some positive and negative things, and I don’t understand the reason for tearing people down. I don’t hurt anyone—I do my job and that’s all.
People have only known about two of your girlfriends. Are you not the type to have a lot of girlfriends?
As far as having fun, I already had a lot of fun when I was 16 and 17. But after a time, what I’ve done is try to concentrate on my life, and that’s why I haven’t been seen with a lot of girlfriends. I’ve been concentrating on what was, at that time, my future.
Do you plan on having a family?
A family? No, of course not. My family is Premonición.
Do you believe in premonitions?
I’ve never had a premonition. I don’t know what fate has in store for me, but I hope to have God’s help.
Without a doubt, David Bisbal is on his way to international fame. Although he’d been reluctant to sing in English (he even said that he wasn’t interested in doing it), the Spaniard recorded the song “Let’s Make History” with the German star Joanna Zimmer for her album. This collaboration surely helped his fame in Europe; he even launched an album for that market with some of his hits in Spanish and three songs in English: “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” “Stop Loving You” and “Cry For Me.” While working on Premonición, he went to London to study the language of Shakespeare.
At the same time his Premonición album was launched, David Bisbal made his debut in the perfume business with Pura Esencia Man and Pura Esencia Woman. “The fragrance reminds me of my native Almería. Smells are memories, and I explained that to the company I’m working with. I think it’s great that people count on my help and my image. It’s very nice,” he says.
The cover of Premonición shows David Bisbal struggling to keep his balance while hanging from a rope. It also shows him sweating and untidy, like in the video of the first single “Quién me iba a decir.” Some people have accused him of having a “dirty” look. “I’ve always tried to dress well so people see me looking good, but I’ve already done that. The video reflects much suffering, and it was made with three elements: the wall, the rope and the artist struggling to keep his balance. The artistic message is a reflection of the artistic life, which is not just getting there, but rather, staying there.”