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Q&A with Then Comes Silence / Hugo Zombie


                                                                           When did you decide that a career in music was for you?


Hugo: I started playing guitar when I was a teenager, I used to play in bands with my friends. I always liked music, but it was more like a hobby back then. I was studying and doing “normal” things. Then in my early twenties I got really sick, I spent some years battling cancer. During that time, I realized that if I could make it through, I would spend the rest of my life during what I really wanted to do. And music was what i wanted to do. 


                                                                                         Who are your musical inspirations and why?


Hugo: There are so many... David Bowie, The Clash, The Cramps, The Ramones, Killing Joke, Danse Society, Lords of the New Church... and for several reasons, like songs, sound, personalities, style, message,  emotions...


                                                            Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?


Hugo: I play a right handed guitar, but I’m left handed; I’m a psychologist; I’m hypochondriac.


                                                                                  What song of yours best describes you and why?


Hugo: “Ride or Die”, because, well, that’s what we do.


                                                                      What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?


Hugo: It could be easier to choose the worst gig actually, because in my head there are a lot of great gigs. To pick one, maybe New Waves Day Festival 2019 in Oberhausen. We travelled 20 hours to play 20 minutes, so we had to play a Ramones’ kind of show, the energy was amazing.


                                                                  If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?


Hugo: I would have liked to play at the old CBGB in New York, because some of my favorite bands started there, and I have read so many stories about the place. Also 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, CA, for the same reasons. 


                                           What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?


Hugo: My best achievement is to be alive, and still enjoying everything I do. For the future, I just wish to continue this way.


                                                                                   Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?


Hugo: One time we had an issue with a fire alarm backstage. We had to evacuate the building, and see the firefighters, the army and even the royal guard coming to check the place. Luckily, we could play the show after that.


                                                                             What do you like best about being a musician and why?


Hugo: The best thing for me is playing live. The stage is the place where i can leave all my worries behind, and do what i love to do.


                                                                    If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?


Hugo: We all in the band have day jobs, luckily with enough flexibility to be able to go on tour. But if I wasn’t playing music as my main occupation, probably I would be working in the Human Resources department on a factory in my hometown. With much more money in the bank, but dead inside.


                                                   What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?


Hugo: To pick just one, I would say Rancid in 1996, in the “...And Out Come the Wolves” tour. I liked the music already, but, what I saw on the stage... it was like watching a hurricane. Insane amount of energy. That made a huge impact on me and defined me as an artist and performer. 


                                                                                  What would your ideal festival line up be and why?


Hugo: I guess i can pick bands from all time so... The Cramps would be headlining, with Killing Joke, Lords of The New Church, Parálisis Permanente and Then Comes Silence. And i would pick only this few bands for my ideal festival, because for me watching 20 bands per day is exhausting. I can’t enjoy more than 3 or 4 (as much) shows per day.


                                                              What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?


Hugo: Actually it comes from a Lords of The New Church’s song, “Live for today, don’t worry about tomorrow”.


                                                                             What things make you happy and what things annoy you?


Hugo: A sunny day, a cold beer, music, and the company of family, friends and cats, is what makes me happy. Injustice and lack of empathy annoys me.


                                                                           What things do you like to do when you are away from music?


Hugo: Watch Horror movies, play video games, go to have dinner at a nice restaurant, go to cocktail bars... just being relaxed and calm. I need to keep  balance between the touring life and my “normal” life for my mental stability, because being on the road is usually the opposite of relax and calm. 


                                                          Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?


Hugo: I think it really was in the early 2000s, in the “Myspace era”. It was a world of opportunities and lot of good things came from there. Nowadays, I think everything is over saturated, and the attention span has been reduced to 15 seconds. But... I’m sure younger people would have a completely different opinion on that.


                                              How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?


Hugo: I think image is as important as music. But never more. I like to see stars on the stage, not people looking like the people I see in the grocery store. I grow up in the era of music videos, so for me music and visuals always go together. 


                                                             Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?


Hugo: In some days I’m making a memorial tattoo with the ashes from one of my beloved cats, who sadly passed away on New Year’s Day. This way she will always be with me.


                                                                  If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?


Hugo: Not only for my country, but for the whole world: I would like for everyone to have the same opportunities in life, and make sure that Human Rights are more important than religions and money.


                                                                                            What would your ideal day consist of?


Hugo: On tour... waking up without hangover, on a sunny day, take a shower, have a nice breakfast at the hotel, get in the van, have a smooth trip to the next city, arrive at the venue on time, a good soundcheck, have dinner without being stressed, watch the other bands on the bill, have fun on stage, a couple of beers and hang out with everyone after the show.
At home... relax.


                                                                   If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?


Hugo: Thank you, because we won’t be here doing this without them.


                             How would you answer the question Who is Then Comes Silence  and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?


Hugo: Then Comes Silence is a bunch of friends who are passionate about music and darkness, with different personalities that get along well together. We are very professional and hard workers as music artists, and a bit more chill when we are away from music.


                                                                                   What was the first record or song you purchased and why?


Hugo: My first record was a compilation from the Beatles, on tape, as a child. I loved it. But the first one I bought, I think it was “Obituary: The End Complete”, on tape too. The reason... well, I’ve always felt different, so when I was in school, the different people (my friends) were into Metal music. So i guess I was just trying to integrate and find an identity myself, because I never really liked Metal, and specially that record, it was terrible.


                                          What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?


Hugo: Being a musician is amazing, the best thing that has ever happened to me, and took me to places that I could never thought that I would be. But the music industry sucks. And by music industry, I mean everything that starts when the creative process is finished. So what i would say is, get into music if you enjoy playing and you have fun while doing it, because if you do it for any other reason, you will probably be disappointed. 


                                             If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?


Hugo: David Bowie, because he was the best on almost every level.


                                                       If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?


Hugo: I would have liked to write “If I can dream” for Elvis Presley. Because Elvis’ performance of that song is one of the best I have ever seen, and I can completely relate myself to the lyrics.


                                                                                          What things make you uncomfortable?


Hugo: The cold, and people who take themselves too seriously or speak too much.


                                                                                 If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?


Hugo: It would be something like the song “That’s life”, made famous by Frank Sinatra. Because I have been really down sometimes, but never lost hope or stop fighting, until I was “back on top” again. 


                                                                                       What has the rest of the year got in store for you?


          Hugo: A new album release, and lots of touring. The rest of the year is looking bright.

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