Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Dani Saorin is the lead singer and guitarist, David Adell is on the lead guitar and backup vocals, Salvador Vizcaino aka Salbass keeps the bass flowing and Sergio (Donnie) Donaire is banging the drums. We are all Spanish, born and raised in Malaga, except Dani, who might be Catalonian. We will find out his nationality in the next few days.

We are all from the 92-94 generation (or the Pokemon generation) and started playing music in our teen years, playing in a lot of garages and making our neighbours angry.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

We all played around in bands during our teen years. David and Donnie were in a band with Jack Blakeston, our former bass player and producer. When that band fell apart, they started playing with Dani and eventually the band was born. Eventually Jack left the band and Salbass replaced him.

We started playing Punk and that lead us to playing Ska. Eventually we started playing slower and using less distortion which resulted in our current style.

We have played in a lot of big stages around Spain, but we are still happy to play in our friend’s back yard if we get the chance. For us, it’s all about playing music for people to enjoy.

Our name literally defines our experiences. We are just really really unlucky. We have had all kinds of problems, like stolen gear, an epic guitar drop and getting very electrocuted. Some people find Clusterfucks to be an offensive word, but it’s not meant to offend anyone, it’s meant to describe what we have been through.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

We like to define our sound as Alternative Reggae Rock. The reggae comes from our life philosophy and our love for the reggae bass. The alternative tag is because we can’t quite fit it into anything else. And rock because we like to make noise and we have something to say!

The song Dissolve narrates an inner search for something that fills the void inside your soul. In our case, we found music, who we personify as a woman. We realised that she has always been there with us, flowing through us and giving us her love. The song describes the absolute fusion with music that someone can often feel when listening to a great record, seeing an awesome live show or playing music. The rhythm, the melodies, the highs and the lows…they all become part of you and you also become part of the music. We summarize this in the sentence “Together both we grow”.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Three things you need to know: We like to make noise. If you come to a show you will be part of us. We like palm trees very very much.

We have rehearsed in a ton of different places and we have had problems in most of them. Once we had some serious electrical issues and all of us got some nasty shocks. David could’ve died because of a literal electric guitar. We have had some stolen gear and some broken instruments and we have never had enough money to do everything we want. We have had discussions and fallout, we are only human. And unfortunately we might have lost a friend along the way. That is never a cool thing.

Still though, all that is worth it for the music. All the road trips, the concerts, the crowds…they make the struggle worthwhile, and when we are on stage together, everything else just fades away. In the end all the bad experiences have just brought us closer together.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

Our previous bass player, Jack, stayed in the band as a producer and sound engineer. He has dealt with all our recordings and he takes care of us, he is another member of the band.

We have to mention Alvaro Marban, who was in charge of visual material and was our manager for a short period of time. We parted ways as we had different goals.

We recorded our first EP in Jack’s bedroom a couple of years ago with almost no budget, and we did this second EP in a modest studio in Malaga called La Ritmoteka. Our budget was not much bigger, we just had enough money to rent a decent sounding room with a pre-amp. We tracked all instruments live because we wanted to capture the sound of the band playing together. We then recorded vocals and overdubs.

We do pride on the fact that everything we have ever done is entirely self-produced by the five of us, all under 25 years of age.

We do not have a music video for this EP yet, but we are working on it. It’s gonna be an interesting project.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

We have been playing together for 3 years, mostly around Malaga, although in the last year we have toured quite a bit around Spain.

We have not interacted with labels and do not intend to do it in the near future. We are recording our first album in Madrid next month in a pretty good studio. We are also planning to tour a lot around Spain after the release of the album, and we would like to book a week of gigs in London. We eventually will need publishing and still have to decide how to approach this.

We are also working on a music video and would like to work on some more videos and visual material. Unfortunately this is expensive and hard for us to finance while we are also financing touring and recording. We also want to put out more merch.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

The moment is what inspires us. We all write songs and each one of us has his own workflow, but our most common technique is random bursts of inspiration. Most of our songs were written in under an hour, under a heavy dose of inspiration. We go with the flow and it works for us.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Be real, say what you want to say. Be yourself and don’t try to express something that you don’t feel.  Don’t worry about what people will think about your lyrics and music, just go for it.

Oh wait, those aren’t the secrets for a hit song but they are the secret to making art.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

If you like music, support your local music scene! Every single big act (well, not really) started as part of a local scene. If you go to shows around your town, you will find some magical music and you will help the community grow. You will also be encouraging artists to make more music so there will be more show. It’s like a positive vicious circle.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Do it from the heart. If music is your passion, go for it, but be well aware that you are entering a difficult world. Whenever the hard path gets you down, just turn it into music. It might not help your career, but it will help your soul.

Also just do a lot of things and try to play as much as you can and don’t spend your free time doing nothing.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

This last year has been a good one for us in this aspect. We won a battle of the bands, won a few contests and got a TV Interview and a live performance recorded for TV. This was a strong year for us but it is only the beginning.

We released an EP about a year ago, with songs recorded almost two years ago. It was self-produced and came out alright but we learned a lot from our mistakes and have improved a lot on this new production. This new self-titled EP has 3 songs, two recorded recently and one recorded about a year ago.

This year we have also played in many parts of Spain and we know every venue in Malaga like the palm of our hand.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Malaga Music Project runs a TV station and have recorded an interview and a couple of studio videos with us.

We have been featured on several radios in Spain, like Radiopolis, Comutopia RTV and Canal Sur. In the UK we have been on a couple of playlists on Gigride Radio.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

We usually start developing songs individually, starting with a few lines of lyrics, a hook, or a chord progression. When the song has some structure to it we start making arrangements with the full band, working on them until we find what we want. None of us is in charge and everyone is in charge at the same time…it wouldn’t work for many people but it works for us.

When it comes to studio work, we go for full band recordings if we have enough gear, if not we do separate tracks individually. We often record vocals on a different day than the instrumentals, so Dani can feel fresh.

We don’t do extreme production to our tracks as we want them to sound as close as possible to our live sound.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Sticky Fingers, The Expendables, Bootleg Rascal, Passafire and Sublime.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.  

We are preparing to record a track with Sevon, a local ragga style rapper. He is a close friend and has a unique style, it’s going to be a really fun track.

If we could choose any artist to collaborate with, it would definitely be Sticky Fingers. They have been a major influence on us and have helped shape our sound as individuals and as a band.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

https://www.facebook.com/ctfsmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/ctfsmusic/?hl=es

https://twitter.com/ctfsmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx1Igoe5YdZ3BVfdlIkJ6UA

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

We are currently uploading to iTunes, we don’t have a link yet. Hopefully it will be up in a few days.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

I don’t know if it was that sad, but we had a crazy experience recently. Dani had his guitar stolen and we saw it for sale on an app. The guy was selling it in the worst ghetto in Malaga. We went to the police and they actually made him do an undercover operation. Like with a wire and everything. Now we might have to put him into witness protection. If we ever say that he is in rehab, it will be a lie, he is probably in a farm in Russia.

Our happiest day was probably when we won the battle of the bands this year. Best crowd we have ever played to, an incredible reception and all in all an incredible experience, followed by the best road trip ever.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

We would build a house in a quiet place where all 5 of us would live. We would have a recording studio with high-end gear, a concert hall and a swimming pool full of Tuk biscuits. We would also have a paintball field and a helipad. Actually that might cost more than a million dollars.


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