BACK Schedule Home
Header

This is the archived SXSW 2011 schedule. Please see the current schedule here.

Music

Gepe

Pop

Santiago CHILE

1686

Listen

Por La Ventana

The designer Daniel Riveros baptized his musical project as Gepe inspired by the name of a red box for photographic inputs at his house in San Miguel’s commune. This name transformed him into one of the most important voices of his generation raising excellent critics from specialized press due to the combination of folklore with elements of popular Chilean music and electronic music as well. Since 1999, his name began to sound as a distinctive soloist and instrumentalist thanks to his role as drummer and singer of the duet Taller Dejao. The bassist, Javier Cruz; Daniel’s schoolmate completed this duet. They both gave life to a very particular sound marked by the five strings of Cruz and the folkloric drumming from Gepe. The work of the couple remains immortalized on the album “El Brillo que Tienes es lo Humano que Queda”, this work was really praised by local press and also, nowadays, is really hard to catch a copy from this album. Parallel to the popular shows with Taller Dejao, Gepe figured as bassist of the known singer Chilean singer: Javiera Mena and joined her in the choirs of “Sol de Invierno” song. At the same time, Gepe maintained a pretty much active work with Jacobino Discos, an independent showcase bounded to experimental music. Under this collective-label he edited and released his first album as soloist in 2005 under the name of “5x5”. This mythic blue EP of handcrafted production compound by 7 songs had the collaboration of Pablo Flores and Sebastian Sampieri, some part of the band that accompanied Gepe in his first shows. Gepinto Since the “5x5” release, Gepe appeared as a composer and soloist performer of must-go shows. Songs as “La Enfermedad De Tus Ojos”, “Namás” or “Multiplicación” where transformed into really known pieces from his repertory, all of them remain registered in the album Gepinto from 2005 edited by Quemasucabeza. During those months, his presentations with Taller Dejao were growing in public but every time where turning more and more sporadic, ending in the disappearance of this project. “Gepinto” launched him as a young promise from Chilean music. The disc explored folk sounds but also added some pop shades and a little dose of experimental. Since its release in a full Master room from the Radio of the University of Chile, the album began to grow from mouth to mouth backed up by applause of Chilean press; also the album was causing attention in countries like Argentina and Spain. In early 2006, Gepe participated with Icalma, Holden, Javiera Mena and Vicente Sanfuentes (a.k.a Original Hamster). The relationship with Sanfuentes began to grow almost instantly consolidating a new duet for the birth of Gepe’s second album: “Hungría” by middle 2007. In this plate Gepe counted with the technical advice from Vicente Sanfuentes as producer, thanks to all his musical knowledge and his know-how in electronic music, he guided Gepe to the new sound he was looking for. Hungría “Celosia” was the first single from this album. The song maintained Gepe’s vocal and lyrical richness and also amazed with some electronic touches bounded to indietronic. The single maintained a constant rotation in local radio raising high expectations about the whole album. In a full Normandie Cinema Art, Gepe released “Hungría” accompanied by Milton Mahan (Denver) in the bass and Danae Morales (Golden Baba and World Music) in the choirs. The show mixed some old songs with the new album’s repertory: “Esgrima”, “Gracia”,” No te mueras tanto” o “Hebra Prima”, this mixture amazed the audience because of the presence of keyboard and programming’s and also because of acoustic guitars with the folkloric touch that was held on Gepe’s compositions. In May 2008, the singer participated on the first edition of ‘Festival de Solistas en Solitario’, where he highlighted between the new litter of Argentinean and Chilean soloist performers- songwriters invited. By these days, Gepe was celebrating the publication in Japan of a recompilation of his two albums: “17 Minerales” under the sign of Art Union. A year later the singer edited for free the EP “Las Piedras” available at www.quemasucabeza.com. In this mini disc, Gepe continued exploring the pop shades from “Hungría”, this time stranded out the song that gave name to the album and also “Victoria Roma”, ballade which video was recorded in Santiago and New York. The work from Christopher Murray and Ignacio Rojas, the makers of Victoria Roma’s music video obtained the first place in the Festival del Video clip 2009. After the success of Hungría and Las Piedras EP, Gepe turned into one of the most wanted Chilean musicians by Argentinean and Mexican producers, while in early 2009 Daniel participated in three concerts in New York City: in the America’s Society, Piano’s and The Dumbo General Store. In a growing process of Internationalization of his career, Gepe has delighted Argentinean audience in numerous and well-attended shows, from the popular Compass parties to the Ciudad Emergente Festival organized by Buenos Aire’s government. Parallel, Gepe has visited Mexico for many show presentations in different locations, getting to be the special guest of Carpa Intolerante in the Festival Vive Latino in 2009. During his last visit to Mexico City, he edited the compilation of Hungría + Las Piedras EP which was distributed by Intolerancia Records. Also for Mexican audience, Gepe made a successful tour in December 2009 having presentations at Teatro de la Ciudad and Museo de la Ciudad de México Back in Chile, Gepe managed to amaze the audience once more during 2009 due to his participation in Ciclo de Musica Movistar of channel 13, where he fulfilled the SCD de Bellavista Room. At the same time, the singer began a good musical relationship with Manuel García and Chinoy. Together they filled Victor Jara’s stadium making a show mixing their repertories. This same experience was repeated in other capital shows; as a result they gathered pretty good critics and the backup from all age audience. Later, on December 2009 Gepe performed in Concierto Expo Shanghai scenario which gathered the main characters from Chilean music scene in a show that took place at Cerro San Cristóbal. By end of 2009, the musician also participated in the Take Away Show by the French documentary maker Vicent Moon (known for his work with La Blogoteque) made in Valparaiso, Chile. In other activities and invited by Philippe Boisier (leader from the Chilean- French band Icalma) Gepe recorded a cover from Los Bloops called “Los Momentos”, main song from the Chilean movie “Turistas” by Alicia Scherson. This new version performed by Gepe really captivated the audience for its intimate and modern lecture of one of the most popular classics from Chilean culture. The music video maintained a constant rotation thought the metro lines of the capital thought 2009. Audiovision Restless, Gepe worked during 2009 in the mix and postproduction of “Audivision”, his third album with Quemasucabeza. “Por La Ventana” was the first single of this album. The song has rotated with full success in Chile and Mexico-thanks to the good sponsorship brought by local radio station, Radio Ibero at Mexico City. Digitally released in May 2010 in www.portaldisc.con, “Audiovision” shows Gepe’s evolution to organic pop, where the use of different instruments overcomes electronic details. At the same time, Audivision stands out for the presence of special guests such as Jorge González from Los Prisioneros who adds his voice to “Salon Nacional de Tecnologías”; Javiera Mena again collaborated with Gepe in “Lienza; Danae and Felicia Morales recorded French horn and cello, respectively; Pedro Subercaseaux (known as Pedropiedra) recorded electric bass and electroacustic guitar for “12 Minerales”, Cristian Heyne, the disc producer, manager of programming’s and choirs in “Alfabeto”, plus Pamela Sepúlveda (Fakuta) and Valeria Jara (Gordi) incorporated their voices in different moments of the album. In less than six months, Gepe has released “Audiovision” in Mexico, Spain and China- country where he performed twice during Expo Shanghai 2010-, captivating the audience with his mixture of Latin-American sounds and his approach to pop structures. Actually, Gepe maintains a tight agenda in Chile anda Southamerica, traveling to different cities all over the territory to introduce “Audiovision”, album that was released in CD and vinyl format.

Time

Friday March 18

9:00PM

Venue

Prague

21+

422 B Congress Ave

Online

quemasucabeza.com/

Additional Showtimes

SXSW HomeSXSW Sponsors