It’s time for Beginnings, the podcast where writer and performer Andy Beckerman talks to the comedians, writers, filmmakers and musicians he admires about their earliest creative experiences and the numerous ways in which a creative life can unfold.
On today’s show, I talk to Sergio Pérez and Luciana Della Villa of the Spanish band SVPER. Originally from Northern Spain and Argentina respectively, Sergio and Luciana formed SVPER when they met over a decade ago while living in Barcelona. A keyboard duo, SVPER combines Krautrock with pop and are reminiscent of bands like Broadcast. Their first album Brillar is an international hit (and rightly so - it’s GREAT), and they’re currently working on their sophomore record.
After playing SXSW, Sergio and Luciana stopped by New York to play a couple shows, and while here, they dropped by the Harlem studio to talk about terrible teachers, Argentina, growing up post-dictatorship, language barriers, The Disappearances, Asturias, Spain after Franco, punk rock, the Corralito, growing up in a small Spanish town, and Mexican soap operas. And I play a new game “Oh Wait, I Know What You’re Talking About!”. And in the second part of the show, I talk to my pal Veronica Osorio. Veronica is an actor and comedian originally from Venezuela, and we talk about how she witnessed her home country move from a corrupt right-wing administration to a totalitarian-esque left-wing administration. Two fascinating tales for the price of free!
Please subscribe on iTunes, and follow me on Twitter! Also watch a live streaming episode of Beginnings TONIGHT (April 21st) at 8pm EST at cogo.tv/beginnings. My guests are Josh Gondelman of John Oliver’s new show, vlogger Franchesca Ramsey and musical guest Lady Lamb the Beekeeper! You can even tweet questions to us!
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