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revolutionary brothers    What was your objective when you started up the
Revolutionary Brothers 10 years ago?

When we got together at first, we just wanted to hear reggae music in bars and other places, you know, dust off our records and spread the music we love as an alternative. We were younger, we just really loved bringing our records along and though we didn’t have much experience, we got a great buzz out of mixing and playing our music. Through doing sessions and time, Revolutionary
Brothers has become a family with Konsul and Yanu...as well as with Costas and Mr Garlik... We then developed our small studio (Inda Glory Studios) to produce our work.

You’ve organised a lot of sound systems and party sessions. Are those who think that the Basque Country is only punk, rock and folk wrong so?

There is much more variety in music today. Historically, in the Basque Country, other musical styles have been more to the fore in bars, youth centres, at festivals... but it has to be said that Jamaican music had carved out its own niche too, its heard in more and more places and has become more prevalent We have always liked to get things going, to talk to other bands, so we’ll keep plugging away at that till reggae is everywhere!

So much songs to play... different artists and big, big names, was it difficult to get them on board?

Well, it certainly hasn’t been easy. It’s taken us two years since we started choosing stuff and began to speak to different artists. Some were easier to get involved than others... Some of the
original ideas/artists we had fell by the wayside and so we got others onside. That said, we have kept fairly close to our original intentions. We’re well-chuffed with the results.

As regards the actual recording, it couldn’t have been easy to organise a project that included so many different people? What was that like?

Our approach to the whole thing was based around each individual artist and singer. We didn’t follow any set sequence. An example of that was the Jamaican musician Wayne Smith. We organised the recording session to coincide with when we brought him over to play in San Sebastian, about a year and a half before we actually released the CD. On the other hand, we recorded a couple of songs with Konsul and Yanu about a week before the CD was due to be finished. Generally the rhythm of the recording was subject to the
needs of the moment and the ideas being developed.

So where do you see the Revolutionary brothers project over the next ten years?

Where? God knows! Our intention is to continue our production and organisational work, our concerts....all in reggae. Ten years have gone by but the spark that was ignited in us by music is still there, so we’ll just carry on, thank you very much! As our last CD says: Revolutionary Brothers have So Much Songs to PLAY!