Gutxi Bibang possesses the kind of sound that belongs in a tradition of rock ‘n’ roll that stretches way back to the first amplification of a stringed instrument. However, the second-generation African from the Basque region of Spain has a twist of modernism in his approach to cranking the volume. On his latest single, “System of a Gun” Bibang’s voice contains more than a handful of sawdust and strut, and his lyricism suggests a smarter than average approach to building rock music.
Ambitious, and eager to make good on a potential that has been spotted in his new home of London, Bibang is soon to head to the USA to bring his tunes and sense of grace to an expanded audience. ARTISTdirect caught up with the multi-cultured man and caught a quick glimpse into the current landscape of an artist on the brink.
Where are you right now?
In London, at soundcheck before a gig and in a few hours off to the States
Please name your fellow band members and their roles… oh, and who has the best dance moves?
Tabatha Beu – Bassist
Gary Lee – Drums
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
It was recorded in L.A with Billy Mohler. We got really along so it’s been an absolute honor working with him.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
I’m not the right person to describe my own music…Classic Rock mixed with Sixties garage?
How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
Well, Tabatha is my girlfriend and we are always writing music together, we met Gary in London. So yeah, London is where we became a band.
Other than Gutxi Bibang, what should your hometown be known for?
Algorta it’s a perfect place for surfing, skateboarding and hiking
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
My sister is also a musician and my parents have many vinyls so I think it was destiny. I’ve always been obsessed with music since I can remember.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Speak your mind or you’ll get taken advantage of.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
It would be a never ending list of people. David Bowie, Bob Marley, George Harrison, Salvador Dali..I’d love to listen to their stories and anecdotes.
What song best sums up your life right now?
I don’t really listen to music nowadays.
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
My mum likes my music, that’s kind of the biggest compliment ever.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
I would love to be touring non stop.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
I have upcoming festivals next year.