The Song Navigator: Refugiados

I have always said that any good piece of music has good drums and a good bass line. You can take a way almost anything else without the song suffering much, but you can’t take away the bass or the drums.

When I was living in the UK I got fond of electronic music. I especially liked ever up-lifting “Happy hardcore” and on the other hand psychedelic “Trance”. However, neither of them got me hooked completely. I found the answer in a hazy basement nightclub. A dark and a little weird looking crowd with their heads covered in beanies, loose army style trousers and swaying purposefully randomly to a breakbeat. And a very fast one at that, 160-180 beats per minute. I didn’t fit into the crowd but the music impressed me.

Through the smoke you could barely see the outlines of a stage surrounded by a massive PA. I didn’t know it then but the main element of the PA system was the sub woofer that boosted out the low frequency, stomach turning electronic bass. The bass and the break beat made, as they quite adequately put it, drum ‘n bass.

The evolution of music has since progressed. Even the mainstream radio has started to play something with just a break beat and a bass line –Dubstep. The main difference to D ‘n B being that the beat is slower and the bass is now not just something you feel in your gut but a more melodic element.

As musicians often do, we often discuss musical issues within the band. At some point we noticed that it is not only myself who is fond of low frequencies and simplicity. Therefore, we decided to put drum ‘n bass and dubstep through the world fusion mill that is Bajo Cero.

Thus Refugiados was born.

-Juhani

Summer gigs in Oulu

Bajo Cero plays two summer gigs in their home town Oulu in June.

The first gig is at Nuclear Nightclub on  wednesday the 26th of June. Nuclear Nightclub was recently woted as the best gig place in town (according to the readers of City-lehti newspaper).

The second gig will be at the brand new Juurihoito Festival at the Oulu market square on friday the 28th. The event is a part of the Oulu Days city festival.

The Song Navigator: A Volar – Take flight

We wrote our song A Volar (“Take flight”) as a request for the final gala of Oulu Music Video Festival 2008. The project was really interesting because the theme that year was Finland and being Finnish. Our challenge was to fuse Spanish language music with being Finnish. We had the chance to perform our song and choreography in front of an audience of a thousand people. The songs theme is really dark – men have left for war and a woman has been left behind, alone, crying on the shore.

 

“To the faraway islands travelled
my loved one, leaving me
on an island without trees
and with rivers of blood. “

 

The songs rhythm is one of flamencos most fascinating, siguyrias, which makes it very mystic, and it suits very well a song telling about the bird of death, bringer of sorrow.

 

“The bird is calling
with the voice of the dead,
the bird is calling,
the bird of oblivion.

And dressed in a blackbird´s gown
it crosses the sky
and changes the light into dark”

Bird themes have always fascinated me, and I also have picture of a crow embroidered onto one of my show dresses. There is a lot symbolism related to birds and people have believed that birds had a big part in the birth of the world and circle of human life. The “swan of the underworld” is a symbol of death, and a “wounded albtraos” is free in the sky but a prisoner on the land. At one time birds were thought of as the embodiment of peoples hopes and dreams, as they could fly upward unto the heavens.

Finnish mythology contains a lot of bird-related thematics. “Lintukoto”, Bird home is the place where a human soul goes in the end after detah. You can also see human soul described as a bird figure, and they believed that the raven took a dead persons soul. In our folk poetry also women could be described as a bird, a bride being elegant with her feathers like a dancer.

-Elina