David García Máñez, singer of the music group Codigo Bushido, sang at the presentation of the BASQUE LUXURY MAGAZINE in January 2016. A couple of months later, we meet him again to know which his next projects are. Therefore we accompany him to Japan, country were David looks for inspiration.
What makes David García Máñez 10.000 km away from the Basque Country?
I consider traveling important to grow, evolve and open the mind. In my case, this trip to Japan has another clear objective: to write a new album.
The idea was to search a different environment and inspiration, and the truth is I am getting it. I expect to be over three months in Tokio where, apart from making tourism, I will try to integrate myself and live like a real Japanese. In this place there is a piece and an order that make these streets so special. Tokio is an incredible city with magical retreats. From my point of view, a destination nobody should miss.
The result is being really positive and I hope to go back home with my notebook and phone full of ideas, sentences and melodies.
The name of your musical project is also related to Japan. Why did you choose that name?
Bushido is a code of regulations or ethical rules, which the samurais used to embrace and practice in ancient Japan. It is made of seven points that allude to justice, courage, loyalty, sincerity, honour, respect and compassion. I identify myself very much with this code and I like it being part of my everyday life.
What meant to you to sing at the presentation of the BASQUE LUXURY MAGAZINE?
It was a pleasure to take part in the presentation. I think the magazine and the idea of BASQUE LUXURY cover a space that didn’t exist until now. San Sebastian and the Basque Country are standing out as touristic, gastronomic and cultural destinations, and I think is a wise decision to create this magazine that gathers, diffuses and promotes the culture and luxury of all the sectors of our territory.
After Japan, the next step is Mexico. Which are your projects for America?
Mexico is a complete opposite metropolis to Japan, but with its own personality.
The world of music is a bit messy and, apart from living the adventure of going there, I think it will be an appropriate place to present what will be my third album.
Right now Mexico is considered the “door to America”, that’s why I am going there, betting, trying luck and giving the best of myself through presentation concerts.
But you will always be bonded to the Basque Country, aren’t you?
Of course, it’s impossible to forget our home, especially when we leave it. I think it’s for all of us our little oasis, and in my case it will always be my headquarter.
The Basque singer Mikel Erentxun, apart from a friend, has also been very important in your professional career…
I meet Mikel in a TV show. He was my musical coach. We felt a connection from the beginning and we have a lot in common. Ever since we become good friends. We have shared roads, trips, dinners, concerts and I had the opportunity to learn a lot with him. He is a great artist and even better friend.
In my previous album, Cien Flechas, Mikel cooperated in the preproduction of the demo and after we recorded duet the fourth song titled Escrito A Fuego.
Another important support for you has been the artist Jorge Cardarelli. How did you two met?
Jorge Cardarelli is another important person in my live. He is an open book with whom there is always something new to learn. Generous and good advisor.
We met in a birthday party of a common friend. I remember that while everyone else was eating and drinking, we were seated in two armchairs in a corner talking nonstop. From that day on we become really good friends.
Jorge contributed on the image and decoration of the presentation of the album Cien Flechas, which took place in the theatre Victoria Eugenia in San Sebastian. He has helped me out in photo shootings and, in addition, he has granted one of his artworks as cover for my next album. It’s a luxury to count on someone as capable and creative as him. Jorge is an artist with positive energy and lot of class in his work.
In your previous work you talked about optimism and about how hard is necessary to work to make dreams become reality… Which are your dreams?
My dream is to continue making songs and, above all, play and give concerts. I love it, I enjoy it very much and, even though it’s not very politically correct to say it, I think I have something good to offer. I will continue working and giving my all.
Which are your goals for 2017?
The mission for 2017 is to publish and present my new album, which I expect to bring to light in February.
Lastly, we would like you to recommend us a song for our readers.
I will recommend a song that certainly will be included in my next work. Is called Apagarlo es imposible. It’s a ballad and it talks about dreams. Achieving them is priceless. They don’t grow immediately, but if we fight, I’m sure that we can always reach them, and we can get to be whatever we want.
With your permission and to say goodbye, I would like to recommend another song, one of my favourites: Johnny B. Goode, by Chuck Berry.
Thank you my friends of BASQUE LUXURY for this interview. It has been a pleasure.
Work, excitement, perseverance and lot of rock&roll.