interviewed by henrietta garnham
URUGUAY > LONDON
ROAM: So, what do you do and where do you live?
GASTON: I'm a musician. I search for songs and sounds. I live between Kensington Olympia and Muswell Hill.
What would you say is your genre of music?
I am quite skeptical of labels, even though I enjoy creating them. [Being] forced to enter a genre in my [social media] sites descriptions, I came up with "Rural Pop", acknowledging the diverse influences of my music and the futility of trying to name a sound. I eventually updated my genre to "Music".
Do you do live performances? If so, where?
These days I play mainly around London. This year I organised a series of concerts with other bands and artists in "Bohemia", Hackney Central.
Where else can we find your music?
My Soundcloud and my website (links below).
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on my first album called 'Segundo Tiempo', 'Second Time' in English.
When did you realise you wanted to become a musician?
I was always fascinated by music and sounds. I mostly listened to Uruguayan Milonga, which is very similar to tango but more acoustic. Funnily enough I listened to European music too - Jacques Brel for example. I love French music.
Who is your favourite band?
The Beatles. You will notice all their songs are different. They were experimental, true innovators.
What is your favourite item in your studio?
A well-tuned guitar. My acoustic guitar is always ready to play and sing.
Where are you originally from?
I'm from Monte Video, Uruguay, South America.
What does 'displaced' mean to you?
Tough question. It's a heavy word with many meanings. it's a natural phenomenon, a violent phenomenon, a conflictive phenomenon. That's all I have to say.
Is there a particular moment where you have ever felt displaced?
We have all been there. Thinking back, there is a song by The Beatles called 'Nowhere Man'. When I listen to it, I can think of displacement. It goes like this: "He's a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody..."
What is it like to be a 'creative' in London?
London is a fertile ground for creatives. It attracts us. Oh, and the rain helps the creative side. You tend to stay in the studio. I personally find myself to be very inspired on those kind of days!
Why London? How did this city influence your work?
I chose London because I always had an affinity with British music culture. The 60s especially influenced me.
Name three things you miss the most about your home country.
Certain people, definitely the sunsets and the rehearsal of the carnival when you hear the drum bands walking the streets. It's beautiful.
What don't you miss? If anything!
I'll give it a miss!
If you you could move from London, where would you choose to go?
What are you up to later today?
I'm going to set up my studio for a recording session I have tomorrow.
What will your day look like at age 70?
I'll still be searching for new songs to play. But I want to be close to a river, a small one. I'll be surrounded by family and maybe friends (if they're lucky!). I will have days full of sun.
Visit Gaston's Soundcloud here: soundcloud.com/gastongorga/colores
Or visit his website here: www.gastongorga.bandcamp.com