Sound Check: Getting to Know Spain’s Amaral

Vocalist Eva Amaral teamed up with guitarist Juan Aguirre when they were students to form the pop-rock act Amaral in 1998. Since then, they’ve sold over two million records so perhaps it’s time we get to know the dynamic duo behind one of Spain’s hottest bands. I caught up with them a few days before their showcase at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas this week and here’s what they had to say.

Are you ready to conquer the North American market?

We don’t like the word conquer. We’re a libertarian group that doesn’t think of music as a conquest or a competition. For us, the important thing is to travel, write and perform live. See new cities. We chose music as a way to break a lifestyle that we didn’t like and a society that we don’t understand.

How would you describe your music?

It’s a mix of guitars with melodies and energy. And on top of that songs that are very personal. There’s folk, pop and everything that we’ve listened to throughout our lives and has remained in our subconscious.

How has the sound evolved since you began?

In a very natural way—just like us. At times it’s been hard, but then it’s easy.

How do you write the songs? What’s the inspiration?

We write while we’re traveling, when we’re home, in the movies. Life is the inspiration.

You’ve collaborated with many artists; who else do you want to work with?

With anyone that we feel we have something in common.

What can you tell me about your last album, La Barrera del Sonido?

It’s a recording of a concert from our last tour. It’s electric and emotional—at least that’s how we lived it.

Amaral will perform at South by Southwest in Austin on March 17 and March 18. Go to for more information.