An Interview with Tibi and her cello
By Sebastien Gahan - Saturday 2nd April 2011
The Insurrection at Liverpool’s FACT saw many artists perform to an appreciative crowd of people but when Spain’s Tibi & her cello performed an electrifying and impressive set the people in the room were in numbers not seen since the opening night of the event. Those who have seen Tibi & her cello in the live setting before will nod their heads in complete understanding of that fact and if you haven’t yet had the pleasure to catch Tibi and her very lovely cello in action yet, get down to one of the many shows she performs in Liverpool.
Following the performance, and amid the mutterings of positivity regarding her talents from the remaining guests, she approached me and asked if we could do the interview I had suggested a few weeks before. Of course, I said yes. So it was that the side of FACT’s latest café became the venue for our conversation on all of manner of topics from the show, the music to the differences between her native Madrid and the city where she has lived for the past few years. That city is, of course, Liverpool.
Our chat began with the show that had wowed the crowd at The Insurrection so much they were seemingly speechless afterwards. ‘I really enjoyed it! We played for the first time in Liverpool in an acoustic way and I’m very happy because everyone was quiet with smiley faces. Very nice!’ She looks even more pleased when I mention that it’s the busiest we’ve been since the Launch and discussion then moves to her highlights of the show: ‘ Especially with the Spanish song La Vida Sera, people were clapping along. And it’s great that people enjoy the music so much! That’s really nice indeed!’
Tibi hails from Madrid, in Spain, and I wonder what differences she found in Liverpool with her hometown: ‘It’s interesting! When I first came here it was hard because my English still wasn’t very good – still I’m fighting that! – But I’m getting better! Also the weather, food and people – everything is different. But that doesn’t mean better or worse or anything like that! I’m really happy in life and I think (Liverpool is) a great place. You can hear music everywhere and see different live shows every day. I’m really happy to be here!’
As we speak the sun is shining in from outside and surely that is one thing she must miss not being in Spain? ‘I started to think that the weather and the sun especially are so so important!’ The sunny nature of her home comes across on her excellent E.P. “Lost in the sounds…’ and when I ask her if she has any highlights from the record she pauses, in thought, then says ‘Difficult. I can’t choose just one song!’ Another pause; ‘ All of the songs are special to me but I’m really happy with Because You Look At Me, which helped prove to me that I could play and sing by myself, and ‘Could I Stop Rolling’ which I feel really proud of…’
Finally I enquire if she would play at the Insurrection again: ‘Yes! I really enjoyed it. Of course I would!’ With that, she heads off into the sunshine leaving memories of an excellent gig and an even more enjoyable interview. Check out her E.P. “Lost in the sounds…” as it really is an excellent listen, a perfect match with the sunny weather surely due to us soon!
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