Meet El Cachivache
Are you curious how they feel? What brought them together? How do they manage to come along during their long world tour? Then read the interview with Pablo and Vito from El Cachivache Quinteto! Travelling the world, playing in more than 3 continents, 20 countries, giving more than 50 shows, sometimes without sleeping or knowing in which country they just woke up… Crazy but awesome life of tango musicians… full of new experience, emotions and impressions. Gancho chatted with them about it. Enjoy!
How did you feel after your very first tour in Europe/world (out of Argentina)?
VV: Our first concerts were actually in Europe, because Pablo and I met in Spain, and there we have also founded our band. It was a nice anecdote. I was playing, accompanying a tango singer with my guitar and he was playing piano alone. That day, they had presented us on the stage, with our instruments and we had to improvise some tangos together. After that we have decided to establish a band, but this first contact on the stage seemed to me a like sign, already at that time. Therefore the emotional moment was when we had to play together in Buenos Aires, it was a nice experience.
Are you taking a specific thing/feeling/experience from each country you visit?
VV: No doubts, every country is different. We like to explore new cultures, meet new people, see how the tango is in different places and to contribute to it in a humble way. That’s what makes it very interesting.
What makes you feel happier: standing ovations or dancing people? 🙂
VV: Both situations are very pleasant. It is very nice to be able to let people move with the music and awaken their emotions in the embrace. But to be on the theater stage with all the people silent and concentrated to our music is a very intimate experience between the musician and the audience. Anyway, we are more used to the first situation.
What do you most miss during a tour? (your bed, any food, person…?)
Pablo: Biking in the streets of Buenos Aires at nights.
VV: People and the milongas.
Are you relaxing once you are back in BsAs after a tour? Or are you immediately working on the preparation of the next tour?
VV: Usually, when we return to Buenos Aires, we have a 15 days holiday. Not more, because the time after the tour is a good time for example for the recording, the band is playing very connected after so many concerts and we like to take full advantage of this.
Do you sometimes feel the “claustrophoby” (feeling annoyed to be together all the time, or not getting along… I don’t know the real EN expression) among yourselves during the tour. What do you do against it?
VV: Yes, of course, it is difficult to live together, but we have a common project and objectives, therefore it is a part of the mission and we are mentally prepared for it. In any case, each of us have their bad days and in these moments, the support of the others is very vital.
Did you guys study music, or did you just learn it “on the go” – by playing?
Pablo: In my childhood I studied classical music, rock during my teen years and Tango as adult man.
VV: I studied in two conservatories during my teen years – jazz conservatory and classical music conservatory. The phase of rock and tango came later.
Could you pls tell me an interesting anecdote from each country you’ve visited (or the ones that stayed the most in your heart)?
VV: It’s hard to say, because the tour is full of anecdotes, but what just came to my mind is the disorientation that we suffer during the trips that happen in a short time and many countries and when we meet at breakfast in the hotels and are mixing all the languages and we don’t know which language to speak. Some time ago, after waking up, I wasn’t sure what was the time in the country where I was, due to the time-changes and I wasn’t sure anymore, if my phone had updated the clock to the local time or not… and I started to google “What time is it?” from my bed. Luckily, there is always Google to help us out.
In which country did you feel most (fastest) at home?
VV: From the cultural point of view, some Italian cities are very similar to Buenos Aires, but I feel best in Berlin, because of the tango and because of the culture and the cosmopolite spirit of the city.
How do you configure the lessons you are giving? Do you first check the people, their attitude and then adjust your lesson to it? Where is it difficult for you to hold a lesson?
Pablo: We are preparing our classes regarding the level of the assistants and the interest and the will of the people to learn something new.
Do you plan to travel in this way “forever” or do you think about settling and continuing your work/life in BsAs or another country in the world one day?
Pablo: The trips are part of our annual work, by means of the tours we can show what we have achieved with our band. It is indispensable to travel, in order to show our work to other cultures and different countries.
Could you imagine living in Europe? If so, where? (if we don’t consider the language issue 🙂)
VV: Not yet, but if I had to, I think it would be Berlin.
Is it difficult for you to maintain your private life while having the “tour-lifestyle”?
VV: Sometimes it is very difficult, indeed, because of distance and time.
What inspired you to do tango-punk tour/concept? What was the first for you tango or punk? And who came with this idea? (sorry 3 in 1 🙂 )
Pablo: Tango punk is our vision of the today’s tango, it is our attitude towards the life. It’s us, our tango personality, interpreted by the means of our rock-attitude. It’s the musical and esthetic influence, Tango and Punk.
VV: It was rather what happened naturally than an idea. Buenos Aires and its music are not the same as they used to be back in the 40s. As musicians, we have inevitable influence of rock, therefore it is rather an exercise in honesty than an “idea”. It is about being who we are, or about the search of this identity.
How do you “recharge your batteries” – isn’t it hard to have a life consisting of milonga – concert – milonga – concert…?
VV: No, the difficult part of the tour are nor concerts, neither milongas. The difficult part is the trip itself, the kilometers, the fact of not staying for a long time anywhere. We love playing music and also to dance and therefore this is the way in which we recharge our batteries to be able to continue to travel.
What are for you the most important things in life?
Pablo: The Wifi.
VV: Hmmmm, let’s see, I will search it on Google… Ok, it is love.
Are you all guys dancing (we know you are not, but readers don’t 🙂 ) Is tango for you just music or also movement?
VV: Pablo, Negro and I are dancing. Anne and Pacha are starting to learn. The music is the music. But the dance is nice.
What do you feel when you dance? (very general, sorry, but also very generous)
VV: It depends very much on the day, the music and the given partner, but I can tell you what I am looking for – the Connection.
When talking about dancing – what must your dance partner have in order to be a pleasant partner for you?
VV: Hmmm, many things… the elegance, openness, musicality, intelligence, sensuality and… she has to smell good.
How do you plan your tour? Do you have a system (don’t be tedesco here!) How do you manage your logistics, do you take the offers as they come or are you trying to manage the close countries and find a system in the single trips/travels…?
VV: The tours are developing themselves. We are deciding the maximum duration, for example, in 2016 we will be in Europe from 1 May until 1 August. After we will get the offers, and we have to arrange them according a geographical plan, which is not easy, but we already have experience.
Thank you very much for your time and we wish you a great final part of the tour! See you next year somewhere in the tango world 🙂