Jorge Rojas: "In my career I went step by step, song by song"

  

—This presentation comes with news, because in addition to going through your solo career, you are going to offer many new songs that you recorded in times of pandemic, such as “It’s not the same”, “You lie”, “The game of your love” and many more.

—Exactly, in addition to the classics, I am going to make many new songs that I premiered on the platforms but that I present live for the first time, in addition to other songs that are still unreleased. It’s going to be a premiere night and it will be very special for me because after everything that happened I’m going back on stage, I’m going to sing again and renew contact with people, I’m very happy about that.

  

“Elías will also accompany you.”

“Yes, I’m going to have that taste.” We have known each other with Elías a few years ago, Rosario has tremendous interpreters.

  

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Trip. A range of colors.

—In your new songs you can see a shift towards more Latin rhythms. Is it a new artistic direction?

—I don’t know if it’s a new direction, but it is the experience of traveling. This new album is called “Viaje” precisely because of that, because it is the result of a beautiful trip that I made through Latin America. I met Elías in Mexico and there we composed a couple of songs, some for his album and others for mine, like the song “Viaje”, of which Elías is the author. The experience of traveling led me to compose songs with authors from other places, with other information, which have to do with their cultures, their landscapes. For example, in Colombia the songs “El punto final” and “Mientes” were born, which were recorded with Colombian musicians and have the color of that place. I went to get involved with its authors, with its composers and that’s how these songs were born that show the path traveled on that journey. Precisely the art of the album will come with a color palette that represents that, the cultural diversity, the landscapes of our continent, the different musical colors. This album expresses that, that’s why it has a very diverse rhythmic range.

  

—Since your first solo album, more than 15 years ago, you have not stopped being in force on the national scene. If I ask you to look back, did you imagine this race?

—There is no way you can plan it, I was walking day by day. All these things happen when songs happen, I am convinced that if songs had not appeared this would have been cut. Being able to do a new song has to do with being able to deliver something else, that’s why I make these trips, because meeting other authors enriches you. I went step by step, song by song. I realized that when there is an album that did not catch you in a good moment of composition or you went through situations in your life that made it not creative enough, you do not finish connecting with people and that also affects the scene, you stop to be a protagonist in places where you were before. But all that changes again when a new song appears.

  

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—You are one of those Argentine musicians that has a federal audience, because where you go there is a community that awaits you.

—And that is beautiful, I am grateful for life that these things happen to me and for having traveled my country, which is so diverse. I have traveled it for many years and I realize that in each region we are different. Culturally we are different, we have different musical expressions in the Litoral, in Cuyo, Patagonia, urban centers such as Rosario or Buenos Aires, and it gives me immense joy to reach each of those places. I am grateful to be able to live on what I like, share it with people, get to know my country and its diversity from end to end and make music wherever I go.

  

—A few years ago, in a note for this same medium, you told about the family business that you built in relation to your artistic career. A production company that gave you independence in the music industry. Could this business structure be sustained during the pandemic? Could you weather the storm?

—Obviously it didn’t hold up, we weren’t prepared to face this pandemic, I don’t think anyone was. All the structures fell, behind our production company there were a lot of people working who were left without work. Sound, audio, video, creative companies, directors, publishers, composers, musicians, an entire industry fell to its knees. Those that could be saved were the multinationals or the companies, which have a backing in resources that most of the independent artists do not have. At the speed we had been working on, the structure we had was paralyzed, still, I can tell you that it collapsed, we are only now reorganizing ourselves again. With this Saturday show I’m taking the first step after everything that happened.

  

—Tell me about the projects you have in mind, is there a tour coming up?

—With the possibility of new openings and capacity, we began to take the first steps. I announced a concert in Salta for September 24 and 25, in October in Córdoba and in November we will be in Buenos Aires. The authorities are just starting to work on the opening of a season with festivals and we have expectations on that.

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