There are few Latin American bands as creative and philosophical as The Fallen Angels Proyect. Originally from Ciudad de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, these guys have been creating magic since 2007. Now, in 2011, it is looking more and more like that magic is turning into a great reality: Last month, they won the Grand Prize on MTV DEMO, a new site in Spanish powered by OurStage.com, and are a few weeks away to releasing their next album.
We had the pleasure of chatting with them about their hopes and dreams. This is what they told us:
OS: How do you define The Fallen Angels Proyect? How would you describe the personality of the band?
TFAP: The Fallen Angels Proyect aims to develop the critical spirit of the public, and create a live-performance experience that is different from what is known today. We differentiate ourselves with the quality of our music and the themes we discuss in our lyrics.
When it comes to our music, The Fallen Angels Proyect seeks to create all kinds of atmospheres. We have pieces that go from the simplest to the most progressive melodies. We don’t like to limit ourselves to one style, but rather we experiment with all kinds of musical forms. We take, for example, elements from classical music, orchestra, choruses and we mix these with post-modern elements such as samplers and sequences.
TFAP: The project was born from the idea of telling a fictional story that, at the same time, derives itself from some of the greatest philosophical ideas. Once we built the story, we started to put together some demos that we shared with our public through the Internet.
Luckily, the feedback we got was positive and we decided to take the next step, which was to do a live performance. In 2008, we got to the final stages of a contest organized by Marlboro Music. By that time, a number of radio stations in the US, Australia and Belgium were already playing our demos.
OS: Where does the name Fallen Angels Proyect comes from?
The Fallen Angels Proyect is a phrase that expresses some of the theories of the great philosopher Jean Paul Sartre regarding his concept of the being as expressed in his book L’etre Et Le Neant. (Being and Nothingness).
We think there is no better way to describe the self, you, us, the person who reads, listens, etc., than as a fallen angel who was been abandoned and is completely alone with no divine guides or plans. He is the only one who is responsible of his own destiny.
OS: You are weeks away from releasing your next album. Tell us more about it.
TFAP: Our new disc Tears from the Fallen Angels is a very ambitious album. We believe that each tear tells a story. Sometimes the stories are happy, other times these are sad or talk about sacrifice, anguish and liberation. Each and every one of these tears transforms the self and gives meaning to it.
The album is a double story based on a number of things that happened in real life. On one hand, we tell the fairy tale of a little girl that, after turning 9 years old, finds herself in situations for which she isn’t prepared. However, among all the darkness there is always hope and she will find it in her imaginary friend, who will be her unconditional ally and also her secret weapon.
And those who love to read between the lines would love to reflect about the philosophical ideas that we propose in our album. The girl references the concept of society, her imaginary friend references the concept of culture, and her father is the institution of faith and her mother the concept of history.
OS: Who is your favorite band?
We also get our inspiration from some of the great thinkers such Nietzsche, Sartre, Foucault y Marcuse and classical authors such as Lewis Carroll, Edgar A. Poe and Lovecraft, among others.
OS: If you could play with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
TFAP: We would play with everyone! Alice Cooper is coming to Argentina in May and so is Iron Maiden. We would play with bands like Dream Theater, and legends like Roger Waters. Sharing the stage with great bands always provides an opportunity to learn new things.
You can read more about The Fallen Angels Proyect on MTV DEMO, and help support them and other great Latin American artists on their way to the top. Stayed tuned and be the first one to discover exciting bands that are changing the face of la música en español. ¡Provecho!
This year was a curious one in GRAMMY world, with some heavy hitters being shut out and some less popular acts finally getting a chance to shine. The ‘Record of the Year’ category is dominated by urban pop, with just one band”CMT Artist of the Year Lady Antebellum (nominated in six categories)”bringing up the rear with their country album Need You Now. Eminem leads the pack with ten nominations for his smash success Recovery, landing on the list for ‘Best Rap Album,’ and Love The Way You Lie, featuring Rihanna, scoring nominations for ‘Record of The Year,’ ‘Song of The Year,’ ‘Best Rap Song’ and ‘Best Rap Collaboration.’
Other hip hop standouts include Cee-Lo’s three nominations for [Forget] You for ‘Record of The Year’ and ˜Song of The Year’ and ˜Best Urban Performance’. Jay-Z made the list for ˜Best Rap Album’ with Blueprint 3 and again with newlyweds Alicia Keys (with Empire State of Mind up for ˜Best Rap Song’ and Best Rap Collaboration) and Swizz Beatz (with Onto The Next One contending for ˜Best Rap by Duo’ and ˜Best Rap Song’). Keys’ album, Elements of Freedom was shockingly snubbed from all categories, despite its heavy radio play. Swizz Beats is also nominated for Fancy, his collaboration with Drake, whose debut album, Thank Me Later earned him a nomination for ˜Best Rap Album,’ while his single Overscored him a bid for ˜Best Solo Rap Performance.’
On the pop front, Katy Perry is the front-runner with four nominations for her album, Teenage Dream. Ke$ha’s debut, Animal, failed to garner any attention for the saucy newcomer and Lady Gaga‘s Bad Romance popped up on the shortlist for ˜Best Female Pop Vocal’ but was slighted in the categories of ˜Song and Record of The Year.’ “Dance In The Dark” earned Gaga a ‘Best Dance Recording’ nom and Telephone, her duet with Beyoncé, earned her a nomination for ˜Best Pop Collaboration.’
B.o.B fared well with his debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, earning him five nominations including ˜Record of The Year’ and ˜Best Rap Album’ while his single, Nothin On You featuring Bruno Mars is making a run for ˜Best Rap Song’, ˜Best Rap Collaboration’ and ˜ Record of The Year’. B.o.B’s duet with Paramore front-woman, Hayley Williams is also up for ˜Best Pop Collaboration.’ Meanwhile, Mars came in with seven nominations for his work with B.o.B., his single, Just The Way You Are and his work as producer with The Smeezingtons who are up for the ˜Producer of The Year’ title.
˜The ‘Best New Artist’ category seems the most diverse with contender Justin Beiber going head to head with Florence and the Machine, Drake, Mumford & Sons, and Esperanza Spalding (who was curiously excluded for any noms in the Jazz category) for the honor. Usher‘s, Raymond V Raymond will go against Chris Brown’s, Grafitti for ˜Best Contemporary R&B Album.’
This is the year of new beginnings. In addition to Chris Brown’s nomination, fellow tabloid darlings Lee Ann Rimes and Fantasia, whose troubling private lives made very public headlines, end their year on a happier note with nods for the former in ‘Best Female Country Vocal Performance’ and the latter in ‘Best Female R&B Vocal Performance’ and ‘Best R&B Song’ for “Bittersweet.”
There’s a good chance we’ll see last year’s ‘Best New Artist’ winner Zac Brown Band on stage again this year, this time sans stick puppet”2009 addition Clay Cook was unable to accept the award with the band for their win last year because he did not have a credit on their first album. They’re nominated for ‘Best Country Performance,’ ‘Best Country Song’ and ‘Best Country Album.’ Other country favorites Keith Urban, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Jewel also received nominations.
No huge surprises found among artists in the rock categories, with multiple nominations for veterans Jeff Beck (‘Best Rock Album,’ ‘Best Rock Performance’ with Joss Stone and ‘Best Rock Instrumental’) and Neil Young (‘Best Rock Song,’ ‘Best Rock Album’ and Best Solo Rock Performance’) while Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, John Mayer earning one nom each. Hard rock and metal showcased no new artist nominations either: Ozzy Osborne, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, Korn, Megadeth, Lamb of God and Slayer.
For the complete list of nominees across all 100 categories, visit Grammy.com
By Cortney Wills with additional reporting by Paula Gould
Cortney Wills is a pop culture journalist born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She has lived in LA, Chicago and NYC and enjoys all things entertainment.