Illustration inspired by I bite and the most common themes in his songs. All of their album covers are illustrated.
Photo: Illustration by Viviana Velasquez
“I won’t talk about the pain (…) I drank with him”, reads one of the successful and well-known songs of Pascual Cantero, who is known in the artistic world by a very unusual name: I bite, as if I took into account the idea of \u200b\u200bMario’s poetry Benedetti “the trouble is that poetry bites.” Whoever travels through this world full of flowers will know that thorns are also a part of it and that some nectars are still poisonous. The fact is that in addition to mixed music and sounds, very naturalistic and committed to a vision of protecting life and his own life, I bite, with his six music albums, from Murcia in Spain, he spread throughout the world of Ibero- America, and its repetition in Latin America is due to its connections with the territories and aspects of the identity of the peoples of origin.
He drinks yaghe, but he also raps, can mix something very rooted with urban air, and sings for those who are awake and also for those who are swimming in sorrow. His latest songs are a hit among young people and those whose generations were parked in years of nostalgia.
He returned to Colombia for the second time this year and his tour includes cities such as Pereira, Cali, Medellín, Bogotá… he belongs to the career of Spanish singers and songwriters who bring many winds from the south to these lands, such as Kanka , Justo Pastor, El José, Rupatrupa, El duende Josele, among a lot more. His way of speaking is as if he were singing, a voice somewhere between torn and taken from the bowels of life.
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“I sing about the one who is afraid and the one who is able to face it,” he offers, and in the middle of the interview we did, he tells us some features of his life, of what he feels, of Colombia and of identities.
I believe that communication is an action of effects and affects. Tell me about your relationship with Colombia.
Hello dear, it’s a pleasure to greet you. My relationship with Colombia started in 2014 (if I remember correctly) when I was invited by the Universidad del Atlántico in Barranquilla to give a concert, which marked the beginning of my first visit to the country. During the same trip I visited Bogotá, Medellin, Cali and since 2014 I have come seven times. I come every year and even twice a year on some occasions, so it’s a mutual bond of affection, love and desire to be together. So I really enjoy every time I’m here because it also nourishes me and I like it.
Pascual, there are 118 recognized peoples of origin in Colombia, about 6 peoples who are voluntarily isolated or out of contact. All multiculturalism. I tell you this because of your way of binding with respect to their knowledge, such as yagé, the aspect of caring for mother earth and others. Why do you include them in your songs?
Wow, I knew Colombia was a place with an incredible presence of diverse communities of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, but I had no information. The truth is that I believe that Colombia (and I would extend it to much of Latin America) is huge in terms of the multiculturalism it offers, also in terms of visions of understanding the world, spirituality, coexistence with nature, these very specific visions that don’t exist in the West are exactly the things that have always attracted my attention, even in different aspects that were a bit more on an anthropological level, like knowing different cultures. All this has always attracted my attention and I incorporate it into my life. If I talk about Yagé, it is because I have accepted it, if I talk about culture, it is because I try to approach it in my life. I always sing and talk about the things I experience as a human being, so these little things are also in my personal universe.
I would like to know how and where you find poetry. Because your track of songs and the position you share with us is essentially poetic.
I find poetry in the smallest things, and I think that finding poetry is a way of seeing. So the truth is that it appears to me in the most minimal things, the most insignificant, the most seemingly trivial and apparently mundane, that’s where I find it. And my way of cultivating it is by reading great poets.
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Why in Colombia and Latin America, the careers of recent singer-songwriters such as Kanka, El José, Rupatrupa, El Duende Josele, Los locos descalzos, among others like you, generate acceptance and joy among audiences? and at the same time, what made you almost in the same creative line?
I don’t think we all follow the same creative line, I think some more than others have more or less affinity musically, lyrically, ideologically. What I believe is that we are projects that in a way cultivate this territory, this land, we come often, we gather influences that we later transfer to our music, which is something that brings us together and although it is true that it is a factor that unites us. I think it’s because of that, our interest in being here. On the other hand, it’s kind of lucky, because there are certainly many other musicians who don’t have the same reception and also come often.
I understand it But there is a feeling, an age of ecological crisis, of life, of passing through the mirror of misfortune. And I bite, it gives us clarity and an opportunity for renewal. You are oxygen.
I guess I make the songs to give myself oxygen, in the end I make the songs for myself to organize my thoughts and feelings, to transmute and transform fears, insecurities, anger and transform it all into something beautiful. And well, people seem to like it too, which is wonderful.
Let us know where your rhythm of life is going. What do you relate to?
I connect a lot with nature, I like to be in a natural environment, I like to get dirty, I like to walk barefoot. I connect a lot and recharge a lot when I am in touch with nature, with what is rural and small. I actually live in the countryside from time to time and of course I think sooner or later I will definitely see myself living in the countryside as it is a way to be self-sufficient and also my desire to be less dependent on a system and everything , which is foreign to us and which at the same time gives rise to so many inequalities
How do you break the glass of nostalgia?
I don’t break it, I like to go through it. It is a beautiful glass through which things are always more beautiful than they are, or what they were.
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What thoughts does Colombia evoke in you? Tell us what your tour brings.
As I told you before, Colombia for me is a shared love, these are the most extraordinary and the most beautiful loves. I am so happy to share again with Colombian men and women these days and these shows. I’ll be in Pereira, I’ll also be in Cali on Saturday and at the Medellin Flower Fair on the 10th of August at the Connection stage, finally I’ll be in Bogotá on the 11th of August at The Bonfire room, so I’m very happy to be back .
Pascual, in closing, let us know your beliefs. what do you believe in
I firmly believe in human beings and their ability to make a better world.