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My name is Pablo. I write and produce music with a lot of influences from various different styles and genres – mainly progressive rock and metal, ambient music, blues/jazz, orchestral music and game soundtracks.

I tend to write mostly concept albums and rock operas. For those who might not know what these are:

  • A concept album has an overarching theme, like Dream Theaters “Six Degree of Inner Turbulance”, where every song is about a different mental disorder.
  • A rock opera has an overarching story that is told over the course of the album, like, for example, “The War of the World” by Jeff Wayne, or pretty much every Ayreon album.

I write, record (or program) and mix all my music in my homestudio with occasional help from guest musicians.

Somewhat of a biography:
I started playing electric guitar at the age of 18, mainly listening to the likes of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Iron Maiden. At some point I started to recording myself and started to make some very basic songs, mainly consisting of improvisations and lots of layered guitars.

After a while I heard about Arjen Lucassen’s project “Ayreon” which blew me away completely, and opened up a whole new world of possibilities – one guy who plays all these instruments and mixes everything himself? Genius! I started to look into audio recording, mixing and learned how to play bass and keyboard. I tried drums, but for various reasons never got into it too much, altough I’d love to.

Over the years I got into more and more complex music, discovering Devin Townsend, Frank Zappa, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Steve Vai and many more – and, naturally, tried to copy elements of their music to fuse it with my own style.

I’m a huge fan of combining different styles of music and adding unusual instruments to well-known setups, like adding a flute to a rock band or a saxophone to a black metal album.

My goal is it, to work a full orchestra into my music, because I love the sound of it. The “Concerto for group and orchestra” that Jon Lord wrote back in the days was a huge influence for me in that regard. It was new, it was exciting and it opened all these possibilities, all the things you could do if you add an orchestra to a rockband.

Obviously, learning how to really use an orchestra is a pretty big task though, and I’m not yet there – but I’m learning, and I’m making progress, so one day I’ll have the perfect mix of both worlds! ;)

And for those of you who might be interested in that sort of thing…

My Equipment:

Instruments: Jackson Guitars, an Ibanez 5-string Bass, a Yamaha DGX-220 Keyboard

Studio: Cubase 5.5, Vienna Suite, Vienna Instruments PRO 2, Vienna Ensemble PRO 5, ESI Juli@ soundcard, Mackie Onyx 1220 mixer, AT-2035 microphone, Yamaha HS 80 monitor speakers, AKG K-271 studio-headphones, Line 6 POD X3.

Drums: Superior Drummer 2.3, Metal Foundry, Latin Percussion, Twisted Kit, Roots.

Virtual Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition/PLUS, Vienna Imperial, East West Symphonic Choirs/Voices Of The Apocalypse.

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