Pablo Iranzo is a singer/songwriter based in Munich, Germany. In recent years he has written material for a series of albums that have launched in late 2017 with his debut ’Blind Faith’. He has just released his first album now, so, unfortunately, the bio falls short.
Pablo Iranzo is a 30-year-old businessman that works for different companies and happens to write his own music in his spare time.
1.) What made you want to get into the music business in the first place? Did anyone influence you to do music? If so, who? Influences? Role Models?
I believe I started listening to pop music when I was 10. Certain musicians back then like Michael Jackson generated a sense of curiosity in terms of being in the position of the performer rather than being part of an audience. When I was in my teens I started to play around with music because that curiosity had grown and I wanted to start somewhere. Those years were influenced by Michael Jackson and Marilyn Manson. I only started writing almost a decade ago. Musical influences still evolve and I find myself appreciating different types of rock music the older I get.
2.) Unfortunately the music industry is full of talented individuals who just don’t get any recognition for their talent and/or work. What do you plan to do to make sure you stand out and get noticed?
That is very true and it is difficult. I mostly run the ship by myself and right now I am at the beginning. I take care of the artwork, the writing, the processing, video editing and planning and I hope to make my second record feel like it is related to the first, because that’s the intention: to tell stories from my point of view, through my voice, words and through my eyes and I hope to gather a following who can either relate to the stories or find the songs interesting and fun in its dark/goth way. The second record will have a “Part 2” feel to it and I want it to be unique.
3.) Would you rather be on a major label or would you rather stay independent? Why or why not?
I’ve met people in my life who used to be on major Labels and were treated like cattle. They had their lives orchestrated for them, sometimes even leaving them with no dime after promising them fame and everything they would want and need. First, the label would dictate when they could go to the bathroom and they would dictate the artistic direction and what they would have to wear, how they would have to sing and it never mattered if the product got worse and later fell apart. They felt like puppets. Fame always lasted about a minute and these individuals, some of them are my friends, were left in a position that was worse than before becoming a professional musician. They wanted to become rich and famous because that was what they were promised, instead they got even poorer than before and getting out of that situation made their lives difficult.
I guess the short answer is: I’d rather be my own boss and decide when I can go to the bathroom. Though I don’t think it’s a simple answer. I guess it always depends on the conditions of the major or indie label. Right now, I can decide how I sing, what I write and no one can argue with me because it’s my artistic vision. No one is forcing me to do something I don’t want to.
4.) Do you think that the traditional music industry model as we know it is dead? Why or why not?
I think the traditional music industry is constantly evolving. I try not to see it as a good/bad thing because I also benefit from the times we live in. You can write and produce a song with someone in New York or wherever thanks to technology. You can be your own label.
We have Spotify and iTunes that have greatly changed how the industry works. It has made it more accessible for fans, but more difficult for musicians to get heard since there is so much noise out there. Which is also cool. I like finding new artists myself, independent ones, indie. People should express themselves and be creative and colorful and share their tunes. Which is what I am doing now too.
5.) How do you think the internet and social media affected the music industry and how musicians are able to market themselves?
Social media makes artists truly creative in their efforts to attract new fans. It’s challenging, but you can promote your music with different methods, people, and software. I feel like my phone is my spaceship at times. You can move a lot with little.
6.) What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in life and has that had any effect on your path to becoming a musician?
Life is most difficult. Dealing with anxiety is the hardest part of my life, since it’s constant. But I talk about it and try to help others with my experience. I often deal with the fear of losing the people I’m close with, people I’m comfortable with.
Otherwise, in life, I am in a constant battle against negative people, negative relationships. I always feel like I need to push all that aside in order to have peace to write a song or feel like grabbing the guitar.
7.) Artists who try to make music for the general public and make more money are usually seen as “sell-outs.” Do you see it that way and if so, what do you plan to do to make sure you make music that is true to your brand and make a good living at the same time without having to “sell out”?
I believe most of the musicians don’t want to repeat themselves, they want to evolve and so it happens that sometimes Heavy Metal sounds a bit more pop then it used to. Sometimes artists try different things and they’re hated for it, I personally never hated an artist for changing their style. I remember listening to a band that I knew since the early 2000’s in 2017 and realizing that they had made the move from Metal to Electro Pop. That felt harder to adjust, but it is the artist’s vision and I can’t argue with that. I don’t think the band wanted to sell out. I believe the songwriter/singer just really wanted to do something more Pop.
Though it’s strange that Pop artists have a more difficult time changing their style than other rock artists. I feel like Madonna and Avril Lavigne are more threatened and stopped at what they want to do from their major labels. I read about them and how they have music that was never supported or released by their labels because it wasn’t pop enough. Garbage’s Shirley Manson never got to make her own record because it was too dark. That’s something the world never got to hear. Seems like you are not allowed to be yourself sometimes which I find a bit ironic. Isn’t it what being an artist is all about? Being yourself, being unique and creative.
Looking at it from a different perspective, if you knew this “sell out song” would make you rich and famous? Would you seize it? The thing is, you never know to begin with. I personally would always write what I feel in the moment.
8.) When you do music, what would you like your listeners to get out of your music?
I always want my listeners to know that they aren’t alone. No one is ever alone. I sing about my life, my relationships, my fears and my pain and I know people who might share that pain or some of the experiences. I can relate to someone else’s pain too. “Blind Faith” is just my debut album and it’s sort of like a coming of age story. Your girl/boyfriend, the family doesn’t understand? I might. People aren’t crazy, they’re often misunderstood.
Also, be aware of your surroundings when playing Pokemon Go. Fuck fascism. Be yourself. Smile and love generously.