Last week I had the opportunity to have a lovely conversation with Pablo Schmal where we discussed his music, his podcast, and his hobbies. Pablo is a multi-talented musician who doesn't stick to one "box". Pablo is also someone who believes in mental heath and does not shy away from it during our conversation.
During quarantine he's kept busy by painting shoes just for fun. He was very proud of a pair of shoes he painted that were modeled after the new The Strokes album, "The New Abnormal". Not only has he tapped into his artistic endeavors during quarantine, but he continuously hosts his podcast, "Musicologia". He actually co-hosts his podcast with his therapist (www.pabloschmal.com/video). It's everything music related. I actually caught myself deep diving into it. I asked Pablo what prompted him to start a podcast, which involves interviewing fellow musicians and he stated that he started because he likes to learn the "behind the scenes" of things. He mentioned that he will sometimes be listening to a song and there will be an instrument or sound he can't recognize and it's always amazing when he has the opportunity to interview a musician and ask about it. We actually talked about this for a bit.
After we finished our discussion on podcasts, we discussed his latest work which includes his song Universo Inverso ft. Fer Casillas (video below). It's a beautiful song with an even more beautiful music video. The lyrics themselves talk about a love. A love so close yet, yet so far. A love that would have worked in a "different universe". Now the melody itself is soft and Pablo's vocal's really match the yearning in the lyrics. When Pablo talked about his process, he was so excited. Like many musicians, he doesn't have a specific approach on how to make a song. In explaining this, he mentioned that this collaboration for Universo Inverso was aided through a mutual friend who recommended Fer Casillas to him. This is such a beautiful song and the rest of Pablo's music is also that, a nice ride into his mind with a groovy melody.
To end our fantastic conversation, we went through a fast round of questions. Below are the answers to our lightning round:
1. Favorite food? Mole.
2. Favorite Book? El Arte de Pensar by Jose Carlos Ruiz.
3. Top 3 movies? Indiana Jones 2, Forrest Gump, and The Sound of Metal.
4. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be? Hong Kong.
Thank you to those reading this, check out his music! www.pabloschmal.com/music
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