Bad Hombre
Antonio Sanchez

Image Credits: Antonio Sanchez © Carlo Mogavero, Antonio Sanchez © Fernando Aceves

August 21, 2017
In the middle of the Migration World Tour we met the multi-award winner Antonio Sanchez and talked with him about drums, music, soundtracks and future.
> Ivano Rossato

What about the future of Migration and other projects?
We are going in studio on January and it’s gonna be all new material. Then we’re gonna be a lot on tour next year. The material we are playing on tour now is from Meridian Suits, but it has been evolving and growing and changing a lot, so we are still having fun in playing it. I like to play with artists with a very musical open mind, very professional, and nice people on and off the stage. In the last two years I realized the music for a political Spanish documentary (Politica, Manual De Instrucciones) and a British comedy (The Hippopotamus) and this year I started doing the music for a new tv series, started in August, based on the famous 90’s movie Get shorty.

At the beginning, you started by playing different genres of music: what “non jazz” artists did influence you most?
I listened to a lot of artists like Peter Gabriel, Sting and The Police, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Rush and producers like Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. In some ways they all influenced consciously or subconsciously how I play, compose and produce my own music.  
Did the making of Birdman soundtrack change your approach to the music?
The nice thing about the movie is that I didn’t do anything completely different than what I usually do but, after seeing the power that solo drums have in the movie, it made me want to do my own version of a solo drums project. And that’s how came out Bad Hombre, a solo album that will be released in September, with drums and electronics that I completely composed, performed and produced. It has some political undertones because everything has been happening in the political field in the USA.
Do you think that music still has the power to influence, to educate and fight?
Absolutely. As artists, we have the duty of speaking about what is going on in the world. I don’t think it necessarily should be conscious, but because art is the reflection of life, if you are aware of what’s happening in life, than it’s gonna reflect in your art. I think that nowadays there is a resurgence. In the past there was more apathy, but now young people are more engaged in what is going on in the world because they are seeing their future in danger.
And what about the future of the music industry?
Streaming itself is good thing, what is bad is how corporations are handling the stream in terms of what they’re willing to give to the artist. The technology is great, what is terrible is the greed, the cancer of modern world.

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