Chaivers He appeared on the music scene three years ago, but due to problems caused by the pandemic, contact with his live audience has been very limited. And, for this reason, this group is preparing a show where they will play all the songs from their debut album Escape.
The members, made up of Álvaro Sovero (bass), Javier Honorio (drums), Hazael Abraham (guitar) and Kokiman Romero (keyboards), united all their influences as independent musicians and released an instrumental material that uses the base of Peruvian sounds as the festejo, the marinera, the huayno and the landó, fused with progressive rock, funk, pop, jazz, among others.
Given this, La República spoke with Hazael Abraham, who spoke about the reception of the public, the music they present and the concert that will be offered on March 31 at La Cúpula de las Artes del Jockey Plaza.
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“We put the name (Chaivers) among all. It is a name that comes from the jargon ‘chivero’, a nickname given to the musician who plays various genres, styles, with many artists. It was a bit like what happened to us as independent musicians, each one separately. As a result of that, we started to make our own music after having worked with other artists, so we said that there is potential. We wanted to turn around a bit what it means to be a ‘chivero’ and do something of our own”, Hazael explained about how the name of the group was born.
– Why make a debut album with many fusions?
Actually, it wasn’t planned. What happened is that each one brought their own musical experiences and influences. We got together to play and it was a synergy of styles, influences, energy that each one has. A bit of jazz, Peruvian music, rock, punk. This hybrid emerged without much thought. It was a natural process.
– In networks they have positive comments, where many highlight their proposal
We are flattered and, furthermore, We are very grateful that the Peruvian public is receiving our music, which is an instrumental proposal. Also because it is not something common in our environment. We are definitely happy.
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– What do you mean by your music?
Express ourselves and tell our story to the people who listen to us through music and that each one as an independent artist has had experiences with many different artists. We are four people who are mixing our experiences and bringing them to the Peruvian music scene.
– The band was practically born at the beginning of the pandemic, how was this experience for you?
Before the pandemic we had only released one song and, when we were going to release the second, it all started. We thought that in 15 days or a month we would return to the streets, but two years passed before we returned to normality a little. We are a band that was born in a pandemic, which has been difficult, but we have managed to pull it off. The second half of the album was recorded during the pandemic. Instrumental music uses a lot of audiovisual content, so we work a lot on that.
– What is your opinion about the revival of concerts?
Music is as necessary as any other activity. It’s art, but it’s important that people become aware of the role of music. The massive shows have been slow to reactivate a bit, but we are at a point where there should be no turning back and everything should be pointing to normal. Also, the energy that is shared between people and a band at a live event is very cool and irreplaceable.
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– Currently, the music industry is dominated by the urban genre, but you bet on the instrumental
All musical genres are respectable. I don’t think any of them are better or worse, but definitely each one accommodates you according to your musical taste, life experience. I think they are all valid, necessary. However, we would like the State to gradually promote the consumption of music in general, be it reggaeton, urban, instrumental.