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Going into this interview, I knew nothing about Juan Wauters.  When I asked my brothers about him, they told me about The Beets and played some of his music, and it was great.  When I walked into Red 7 for his show, he had an American flag, a banner, and a luchador behind him.  I had no idea what I was about to see.  What I did see was pure gold.  I was lucky enough to score an interview with Juan Wauters.  Let me just tell you, he is an awesome guy!

 

ANON: How are you liking SXSW so far?

Juan Wauters: We just rolled in.  We haven’t been here in maybe four years.  We weren’t really coming because the vibe of the shows is a little different than the vibe you would get at a regular show.  It had become a little bit overwhelming, and we found it wasn’t really coming, so we stopped coming as The Beets.  But now that we have a new project and a new record, it’s kind of like the same idea but a different name.  We thought it would be important to present it to a lot of people.

 

A: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or experienced at SXSW?

JW: I don’t know.  One time I saw these bats under a bridge taking off in the afternoon when the sun was setting.  I thought that was cool.

(He’s talking about the bats under Congress bridge, which if you are ever in Austin, you should definitely check that out!)

I don’t really remember much.  We usually just try to play the shows and get out of the party.

 

At this point, he started to talk to some people he just met that were from Spain.  We started talking about how crazy it is that people from all over the world come to Austin for SXSW.  Also, how crazy and overwhelming festivals can be.

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A:  So, I noticed whenever you play, you have that set up behind you.  Why do you have that?  Are you trying to convey something to the audience?

JW:  First of all, I’m a big fan of The Ramones, and a big part of The Ramones was the stage show.  They had a friend, Arturo, who made the big banner with the eagle and did a light show.  From the beginning, from day one till the end, this guy was with The Ramones.  I was reading some Ramones books last year, and I thought it would be important to take advantage of that part of the show.  Especially if you can make it your own, it’s a special experience for everyone.  It could always be changed.  These banners are new.  By next year I’m sure we will have another one.   We always have the American flag, but the rest changes.  Matt, the person that I work with, he is in charge of all the music videos, album covers, the banners, he also does a light show.  It’s more to present a visual aspect to the music.

 

(Unfortunately, we weren’t able to catch the light show because they thought they would be playing outside instead of inside.  It’s ok though because it was still a great show!)

 

A:  What are some bands you’ve been listening to lately?

JW:  I listen to a lot of The Beatles.  Lately, I’ve had a Beatles revival.  Sometimes, I have these kicks, and I have been listening to The Beatles a long time.  Recently, I bought some CD’s of Uruguayan music I thought I would like; older stuff, like stuff from the 80’s and 90’s.  I bought this CD by this artist, Mariana Ingold; she’s really good.  She’s a keyboardist and plays synthesizers, some pop music very influenced by Uruguayan rhythms.  I don’t usually like that, but it’s very intricate, interesting, and unique.

 

A: If you could be in a band with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?

JW: I’d play with John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

 

A: Lou Reed or David Bowie?

JW: Lou Reed.

 

A: Best SX Selfie

JW: Like Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars?

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Overall, Juan Wauters is an awesome guy, and everyone should go listen to his music.