Gloria García7 de febrero de 2014 | Por Ana | Categoría: Un café con, Vida de la EOI
Por Javier García.
Gloria García is a singer songwriter who lives in London. She gave a concert at the EOI on 29 November 2013. Before the concert she had an informal talk with English teacher Javier García Vega, and we also enjoyed the video of her song “Runaway”.
Javier: Gloria is going to tell us about the beginnings of her career, her music career. So, hello, Gloria, welcome to Logroño, to the OfficialLanguageSchool. Can you tell us about the start of your life in London? Why did you go there and how were the beginnings of your musical career?
Gloria: Thank you. First of all it’s a pleasure to be here because I studied here. I studied English and then German, so it’s just great to come back. I went to the UK in the year 2000 and I went there because most of the singers, songwriters and music that I like is in English, and because it’s closer than America. So I just initially went to give it a go for about a year, and I’ve been there for 13 years now. I just went to initially see what it was like, to see the opportunities, and I liked it a lot, so I stayed. Do you want me to tell you a bit about how I started there? Well, I’m not going to tell you my whole life, but I’m going to tell you a bit about how I started there. I went there in the year 2000, initially. I’ve done all, you know, different jobs, all legal, from working in hotels to working in an office, and then around the year 2001 or 2002 I started taking part in things like “Open mikes”. Do you know what “Open mike” means? Open mike is basically when people go and play and sing; they play like 3 or 4 songs, and it’s very popular in England. So I went there and then I took an interest, so I started taking lessons, hanging out with musicians. Then I went to the London College of Music and did a diploma for teaching singing, which is something that I still do, I still teach singing, and really one thing led to another, and started recording for people or songwriting more, co-writing, meeting producers, and it’s been a long road, really, but it’s been a very varied and very interesting road, yeah.
Javier: So, can you tell us something about the place where you live? I think it’s near London, but not exactly in the centre of London. You live in Windsor. Is it a little town or a middle-sized town? Is it better to live there than in the centre of London? I suppose you have a famous neighbour, the Queen. Do you ever meet her in High Street or shopping at Tesco?
Gloria: Yeah, I do shop in Tesco’s. Well, yeah, I live in Windsor. Windsor is just outside London, and I like it because it’s greener and seems fine depending on what area you live in London. I know a few people that have lived in London and it can be quite hectic. I lived in London for a while, in the west area called Ealing and I liked it, but sometimes you kind of miss being close to the green side, and that’s really what Windsor offers. So, basically, in a half an hour drive I’m in London, so it’s not too bad.
I’ve seen the Queen. I saw her in Ascot. Anyone knows Ascot? The races, the horse races, and the hats? I saw her there in what they call “Ladies’ Day”, which is when you wear your amazing hat. So I like it. I like it living there because I tried London and I prefer to live a bit more outside, and you have a bit of both.
Javier: Very soon we’ll hear your music, some of your songs. You write them yourself, but what about the music you like listening to? Can you tell us about your favourite singers or bands?
Gloria: Well, I like loads of different kinds of music; especially today I’m playing stripped up versions, I’m playing very acoustic versions of my songs, but primarily I like pop and soul, and I’m going very electronic at the moment, but I’m not playing electronic tonight, so I sing nowadays from people like Emeli Sandé to, going back in time, people like bits from Madonna or Depeche Mode, that kind of thing, which are very varied, and even going further back, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, those are my kind of influences, but I hope you can see in the music, although sometimes it is just a bit random, what happens when you make a song.
Javier: Before listening to your songs, we’d like to watch a video. We can see an image of it. Was it hard work, to do this video? Do you have any special memories? I suppose it was shot on the coast of England, but I don’t know exactly where. So, can you tell us something about how the video was made?
Gloria: Yeah, the video was done in Bournemouth, in the south of England, and it was made in June. We were very lucky, because, if you’ve lived in England, you know that this kind of weather, when you see it, is not very often. You don’t usually have that, but this summer has been quite good. I happened to have a really good director for this video. We went through the scenes and all we wanted to get. We went to something very summery that was like “boy meets girl”, they fall in love, let’s go on holiday, that kind of thing. So, I’m gonna die when I see this, but it was really good fun, all done in a day.