PHOTOS: Killick & Delene with Ale, Pau, Dany. Monterrey, Mexico.
I love to connect people.
Late last year I introduced Luis Villarreal and Killick, suggesting they work together. Sparks flew, tickets were booked.
Killick truly has an exceptional ear for record production. He moves incredibly fast in the studio, decisive. He has a gift for capturing the raw essence of a performance, and intuitively I knew he would expand the girls' soundscape.
What I'd love to do with my time with The Warning is work on a project that gets to the heart of creativity, the place where it emerges, before it is codified into a song or genre. The very root of spontaneity, the spark of improvisation. Using your ProTools and my field recorder, I'd like to record snippets of sound from each of the musicians that I'll compile when I return home.
I'll also be glad to help with pre-production on the material for The Warning's new album. You're already so good that it will only be about tiny details. This is a great position for a band before their studio session! (Killick to Luis via email)
They named their collaboration Slabs & Blooms...
ALBUM: Slabs & Blooms album No Mistake Mixtape. Recorded March 15-16, 2018. If you think you know already what The Warning sounds like, surprises await.
The Warning fans are something special. Intensely devoted, it's awesome to witness. They crowdsource video by coordinating cell phone footage and fly to Latin America from all over the globe for live performances. John Evans is a member of that inner circle, and he kindly keeps me up to date...
Hope this is finding you hale and hearty.
Knowing you don't do social media, or at least not much of it, I thought to send you some info on the latest stuff The Warning has been doing. This year has been an epic one so far for them: playing the iconic Whisky-a-go-go, the two Killers gigs in Monterrey, the Roxy Festival in Gudalajara, and their best show of all - the Hell and Heaven festival in CDMX!
The Hell and Heaven show was a real eye opener in many ways. I know Luis was not at all sure about doing it, perhaps wondering if the band's format was a fit with all the VERY Heavy Metal bands that were scheduled, but thank goodness they did! That decision was totally vindicated by the reaction to their performance. By the end of their session, the crowd was estimated to be around 20,000; by far the largest they have played to. So big in fact that my friend commented that the guys at the back were in a different postal zone!
The point is though, they were playing at 3.30pm, long before the heavy hitters were due to be playing. So the majority of the crowd were there to see THEM. (I'm guessing that opening for Def Leppard in CDMX last year will have helped that enormously). The others who didn't know them were instantly converted as soon as Dany shouted out to them in Spanish. 'Wow, a Mexican band!!'
The crowd were treated to the best stage performance, worthy of bands that have been doing it for years, and treated to 30ft images of Dany with Spearfish! Perfectly clear images that really showed the beauty of it, along with that wonderful sound. I have shown the videos to many folk and have had people fascinated by it as soon as they notice the splayed frets.
Dany really LOVES that guitar.
All the best my friend,
Rick, That is awesome, thanks for letting me know and hope those students get inspired by your incredible instruments. I’m sending you this picture from last Friday, we played Hell and Heaven Festival at Mexico City, it went amazing!! Also attaching link to a little video so you can watch what I was watching on stage, just amazing, we didn’t expect it. (Luis Villarreal)
VIDEO & PHOTO: Hell & Heaven.