“I materialize my creativity as it arises: a bag with a screen, a hyper-realistic sculpture, a different sound… I feel that my mission in life is to channel creativity,” says lip custic (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1993). The artificialized, transformed or multiplied human body is central to the work of this Hispano-Croatian multidisciplinary artist, one of the most important figures on the current art scene. Photography, performance, video… From any discipline he addresses issues of personal identity and our relationship – in constant evolution – with technology. “My inertia is hyper-working and isolating myself to create, and sometimes I have to balance that, because then if you don’t live life, nothing inspires you.” He enjoys retouching in Photoshop – “My favorite moment of creation” – and traveling: “I can’t wait to go to Japan, get hot and see museums.”
They have been playing together for 20 years and the spark is still alive. “When we started, we didn’t even know how to play, but before that we had that instinct to have a good time,” says Gabi Montes (voice and bass). They just released their fourth album, Liberation Street, and they admit that this new stage has been for them: “We came from a time of frustration wondering what we were doing. Now we know that it is as simple as making songs together and having fun,” he emphasizes. What they enjoy the most is precisely that: “Creating a song, giving it shape. Making something real that doesn’t exist,” says Jose Luna (guitar and vocals), and getting on stage, of course, where more than zebras are real lions: “We connect very well with the public. We break that fourth wall very easily, we get naked and we are transparent. And that gives rise to a very cool show”. And so much: Jaleo Tour is unmissable this summer.
“I’m still in transition, seeing how I find myself singing live –explains Kiki (Granada, 1989)–. I’ve always been a classic flamenco singer, with guitar and clapping, but this new album, the sing, has electronic sounds and it’s quite an adventure for me”. His father, the great Enrique Morente, was ahead of his time, daring and went beyond all canons; but he is following that same trail: “In flamenco there is Open doors thanks to him and many others, the same ones that we cantaores of our generation are going through. Always pulling from the origin, I really like to experiment, reach other audiences, whether from tradition, innovation or purity. You have to create new things”. For this singer, enjoying is “getting on stage and meeting a dedicated audience; music is so emotional that when you get it all out it’s on stage”.
“I was not good at studying and I felt lost until a friend’s mother recommended that I try acting. I fell in love,” says Pellicer (Murcia, 1997). He thus entered Juan Codina’s studio in Madrid, where he started fast: he starred in the film soulsafter the series fugitive and now Paradise, whose second season premieres this summer. “I love telling stories, one way or another. I have a great time,” she explains.
His long but intense career has already taught him some vital lessons: “I value tranquility very much, and that in this profession is very complicated. Everything is fast and volatile, there is a lot of instability. That is why I am happy in the moments that I have to reflect. This summer, I have decided to cancel all the personal plans I had, take my dog, rent a van and tour Portugal.
In June 2014, a Hispanic-Croatian born in Gijón, Asturias (1996), exclusively opened the Prada show in Milan. Since then, he has done more than 200 shows for brands like Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Versace or Balmain. He has also starred in advertising campaigns that have taken him from Tom Ford or Balenciaga to Carolina Herrera or Calvin Klein.
“I have been a model for eight years, but now I have delved into acting. They are two different worlds, but at the same time they are very united, there are things that can be taken advantage of from fashion to acting and vice versa”. He has just worked under Jesús Font playing a teenage vampire in HollyBlood, and assures that he wants to continue in front of the cameras. Thanks to his profession, he has had the opportunity to travel to many places, and it is “perhaps what I like the most and what makes me enjoy life: discovering new places and new cultures. This summer I want to go to Santorini and other Greek islands” .
He says that he has painted for as long as he can remember, although Pablo’s (Madrid, 1992) life has taken many unexpected turns. After his first exhibition, at the age of 16, he was catapulted into art by the good reviews. So, she decided to train in Painting and Drawing in New York at the house of the critical art historian Dore Ashton: “When I came back, I felt an enormous need not to lock myself up to paint, but to live, to have a vital experience to transmit”. He emigrated to Paris, where he studied Philosophy for three months at the Sorbonne, worked as a waiter in the City of Light, and went to live south of Essaouira, Morocco.
“There, a group of fishermen invited me to work with them; six months later, a shipowner from the French Basque Country employed me as a fisherman for six years.” It was then that he met what is now his wife and they had Nawel, his son. That’s where he got the life experience that has made him recover the desire to paint: “We came to my grandfather’s house, in Cuenca, and I have dedicated five years exclusively to my painting, enjoying my wife and my son, my eldest work of art, or the ecological garden that we have managed to create”.
(Barcelona, 1990): “When people connect with what you tell, it’s magical.” In getting in front of the public he has experience: after doing commercials and small roles in series, at 14 he signed for Disney. “That’s when I realized that this was not just a game, that I wanted to dedicate myself to it,” he concedes. Since then he has done series, movies, theater and musicals. He now he stars in the play Ladies Football Club, while also showing her face with the music group she shares with her partner, Hotel Flamingo. “Music has always been chasing me, but she didn’t pay enough attention to it, she gave me respect, because there I have to be myself and without taking refuge in any character.”