The Peruvian band Plutonio de Alto Grado presented the song “Nuestro viejo hotel”, which is a preview of what will be their album. Alcazar detour, which will be released in 2022. This project has been worked on in Mexico by Siddhartha, who guided them in the great musical turn that the group has had on this album.
Omar Oriondo, vocalist of the group, gave an interview for La República where he told details of the production of this song and the experience of working with the Mexican artist Siddhartha.
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They just launched “Our Old Hotel”. Tell us a little
“Our old hotel” is the first preview of the new album that will be released in 2022, but we wanted to advance something for this year. This is our second album and it was produced by Siddhartha, who is a very recognized artist in Mexico. and in Latin America, in the indie circuit, and we ventured more for that, for wanting to look for new things, new sounds in a country like Mexico, which received us very well and which, definitely, changed our chip to go there. , record, produce and all that.
The song reflects that: the evolution from a first album to a second album: The interesting thing is that the project could be modernized to more current sounds. For us, our first album is very beautiful, very incredible for what it was at the time, but now there are other times.
How about the experience of working with Siddhartha?
It was definitely the first time that Plutonium had worked with a producer. The first album was produced by me. I am also a producer. But it was like a self-production. This time we needed one more brain for the evolution of this second album and that’s how we ventured and we were always in sight of Mexico, because it is a country that consumes a lot of music, especially indie in Spanish, which is what we do. So, it was the market that best suited our projects and where there are more listeners after Peru. We had contact with Siddhartha in 2020. In fact, this trip and everything that was going to be the recording of the album was going to take place in that year, but the covid just happened, everything was closed and we had to wait a year plus.
With Siddhartha, we shed a lot of our comfort zone, since as artists sometimes you don’t want them to play your song, or such chord, melody; So for us it was: Let whatever happens in the studio happen. Always adapting to the current market of today. Siddhartha is also an artist and he knows, has many years of experience in the Latin market. There was no better guide than him.
This song means a twist for the band …
We come from a first album where there are very marked influences from British bands. It is something that we have always liked. They are bands like The Beatles, where their influence has been very marked on the first album. For the second album, with Siddhartha it was to let go of that.
For this first preview that is “Our old hotel” another vibe is felt, it is something more indie, more modern.
What is this song inspired by?
The song was written some time ago, around 2019. It is a song that I composed in moments where sometimes you have encounters with that special person and there is always that place that in the end is an old hotel. Then the theme goes out there. He is like a ghost because in the end he is like an examiner; then they are like meetings both in person and in your mind where you are there in this old hotel.
Do you have any collaboration with other artists planned for this album?
For this album we have songs that are completely ours; however, when we went to Mexico and produced with Siddhartha, we were able to meet many artists. We were really able to relate a lot, despite being a band outside their circuit, but being with him was very good for us in the music networking environment, so to speak.
We are considering adapting new collaborations of those songs on the album, but in another version. We are seeing if a collaboration could be international or something national, because we cannot forget the artists from here, who are many and very good.
This theme was featured in La noche de Barranco. How did the public receive them?
The official presentation of “Our old hotel” was made in La noche de Barranco with our fans, all very nice. Going back to La noche de Barranco after almost two years for them (fans) and for us it was magical because it is a very mythical place and that vibe was felt.
What are your next projects?
The next thing to come is to make the official presentation of this album in Lima, in a big way, and also to go to the most important cities where we have the fans who ask us – they haven’t seen us for more than two years – and present this new disc in the physical edition also for the boys who want to buy it and acquire it in Trujillo, Cusco, Arequipa, Chiclayo, which are cities where they listen to us the most and miss us.
And after that, we are also going to announce a farewell to what is going to be Plutonium in Mexico. We plan to go with this album. We have a very strong letter of introduction that will be useful there a lot, for a season, to be there, to find them for us. We know it won’t be easy but we are a band that has a lot of perseverance. We want to bring Peruvian music to other countries, especially Mexico.