Born and raised Bilbao, Spain, lead singer of the indie rock band Infiniteloop, Gorka De La Camara plays the guitar while providing pretty awesome vocals. We got a chance to chat with the musician to get a feel for what Infiniteloop is all about, the influences behind the music and why he’s choosing to bring the band to the big apple.
Tell us about your band, Infiniteloop.
"The band started in Norway four years ago, I’ve been making music since I was fourteen years old. My brother died, we use to make music together. And after he died, there were some years that I kind of got a bit lost and that’s where Infiniteloop started. As I began to create music again, I started to name them Infiniteloop because of the situation. When I was fifteen years old, I heard this band playing with a tape and I was fascinated by the fact that you can put it into play and it would play over and over. Four years in the making, I played with different musicians, writing music and whatnot. I would implode if I didn’t make music. What I’m doing now is trying to move the band here, to restart here in New York."
What are influences behind the album?
"Back then; I didn’t have any money to make an album. Some good friends gave us a hand, and we came up with five songs. I grew up listening to music. There were some bands, like Joy Division who has always been a great influence. Those are songs that I listened to by myself, I try not to follow radio – it stresses me out. I try to discover different songs. It’s the past that influences me."
What is Infiniteloop bringing to the table that other bands aren’t?
"It probably sounds bad if I say it, but one of the things is passion. I know some colleagues who just want to be famous. I was telling my manager, ‘I could care less about being famous, I just want to be able to eat while making music.’ Sometimes it’s not so easy, so I’m not trying to make anything new, or break any ground, but I’m bringing something that has real passion. I’m trying to hear sounds that you can recognize, not like many overproduced songs. What I hear now a days is producers taking over bands, there are very good producers out there, but I miss the bands, the four guys playing. What I’m trying to create is a band that you’d want to see live. I don’t care if it’s one person watching or 100,000 watching – I think music is losing something because of the over-production. I basically write music that I want to hear."
Will you be doing any music collaborations in the future?
"I would love to. These are one of the things that as a musician I would want. It’s not the same when making music with someone else. I wouldn’t mind to collaborate with The National – the kind of people who are more about music, than being cool or famous. Collaboration is just growing and challenging because then you have to compromise, and it’s not just what you say, but I would love to do that. I think I’ll find the right people."
Being Hispanic, will you add a Latino twist to the upcoming album?
I do write in Spanish, more and more I’m finding comfort in writing in Spanish. There’s one song in the album, called Revolución – I wrote that song when I was 17, it’s me, the way I changed. As a Latino, I’m not the most enthusiastic person about Latin music in general, I grew up listening to Joy Division – I do love many kinds of music though. But, there will be some songs in Spanish. The reaction from the audience, whether it’s here, Spain or Germany – they love it. They love that power, a song in Spanish just sounds good."
You currently reside in Bilbao, Spain – why bring the band to NYC?
"Basically, I realized that I want to steal something from New York. It’s here for you take, many people have tried and many people have failed, it’s slow the first time. I come from a city, Bilbao, which used to be very industrial, gray and nobody wanted to go there, it has transformed itself. I find a connection between New York and Bilbao, I know some people laugh at that, but I find a connection. It was 40 minutes until I arrived to New York with the guitar on my shoulder that I realized, ‘Wow, there is something here, you can feel the vibration.' I know that some people say they don’t like New York and I understand what they’re saying, but for me, I get motivated – there are a lot of friendly people in New York. I was just blown away. There is something that people talk about, and I felt it. I wish I could build a tunnel that’ll take me from Bilbao to New York because I love New York City."
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue a band?
"Forget about money. There has to be passion, if you don’t believe in what you’re doing – then don’t do it. I’ve been crushed down, but here I am. Record companies come and go, but your passion can’t be replaced. Find your passion because everyone just wants to be famous when you asked him or her, but turn it around – you don’t need to be famous."
What do you want your fans to know?
"Basically, if you hear our songs, come and see us. See for yourself and enjoy the music."
What’s next for Infiniteloop?
"We have a very simple plan, which is to introduce the music to a bigger audience. Maybe try to prepare two to three gigs in September, five would be ideal and to see what happens, to try to find the right audience, to see who’s going to like this kind of music. So, we’re going to try to find gigs, find the people and see what happens. Richard, my manager, is going to find me a record deal. I’m just trying to get interviews, and let people know that we’re here and we have something to say. I do have a lot of things to say."
Learn more about the band at www.infiniteloopmusic.net