"Have Fun, One Day You're Gonna Die" – An Interview with Vurro

Post Author: Connor McInerney

Have you gotten any feedback from animal rights groups? I can imagine the skull is offensive to some people.

VURRO: I think for everyone it means something different… for me it means, the image of VURRO means personage of the dead, be wise, let things flow, be natural. Live in nature.

You’re currently working on your first album. Can you tell me anything about the sound you’re going for? Is it similar to your live performances?

VURRO: For some songs, I keep the 50s, 60s rock and roll style. Some songs mix in more Spanish styles, some more modern sounds with the synthesizer. There’s some ska. I’ve got a lot of songs, really…

What’s your recording process been like? When do you anticipate finishing the album?

VURRO: I have a four channel tape recorder, with eight mics feeding into a mixer. I process the tape recorder than to digital. I don’t know when I’ll finish, sometimes my new songs are a lot better than the older ones. I don’t know how long the wait will be but I’d like to finish, I want it to be perfect and I get lost in creativity and the fun of recording. I think it’ll be three months, but not much longer.

I’ve been following your project for a while so I’m excited to see hear what it sounds like.

VURRO: It’s crazy shit. Thank you.

You did a lot of touring last year, going to Southeast Asia, Japan and touring extensively through the United States. What was that experience like, being on the road worldwide while still being an independent artist?

VURRO: Well it’s amazing, it’s really crazy. Made a lot of friends, I started in Spain and went to some gigs in Europe, then Canada, then the U.S. After that I was in Brazil and Vietnam, then China, Japan. I never had a problem [on tour], I made a lot of friends. A lot of good people in all the world.

Was there any experience that stood out to you while performing all over the world?

VURRO: The vision of humans together, different but having a lot in common, the good feeling is everywhere. In every country.

You’re touring Spain and Portugal through May and June. When do you plan to perform stateside again?

VURRO: I hope to come back this year – maybe some days in October. I’m recording the album and taking time, putting my songs online. But this year I want to play music – I don’t know, maybe next year. That’s the creative process.

Vurro is Esperanto for “zero.” Do you speak Esperanto?

VURRO: [laughs] No, no. Burro written with a B in Spanish means donkey. If you write it with a V, in a “bad way,” when you say “you are a vurro!” It means you are ignorant.

I guess the English equivalent is between being a donkey and being a jackass.

VURRO: Yes, that’s it.

So why did you choose that as the name for this project?

VURRO: Well, when I started doing music seriously, some people attacked me, said that music is not a good dream for me. They say, “you need to study, get a good job, you gonna be a vurro,” if you keep playing the piano and don’t study. Now it’s like, yeah I’m a vurro! I’m playing around the world, I have my heart in the music I love. That’s me, I’m a vurro – no problem.