Interview with Benito Cerati
Benito Cerati , who will go through the songs of “Unisex” on Saturday 31 at the Buenos Aires redoubt Roseti, considered “positive” that the artist has interest; s for politics because “art begins to respond to the social context” and I reject the aggressiveness that “exists in social networks”.
After the show in Roseti 722, where he will share the stage with Mariana Bianchini, the musician will perform on Saturday 14 September in Feliza (Córdoba 3271) and in October, Saturday 19 as part of Festival in Vorterix (Federico Lacroze 3455) and Friday 25 in La Tangente (Honduras 5317) with Rocco Posca.
The young artist is one of the faces that, along with artists such as Paula Maffia, Bianchini, Marina Fajes and Marilina Bertoldi, is part of an independent circuit that fuses poetry and sonority: “We are all in it. We know what we want to do and we value it, we are a kind of community, and it is very important because there is a lot of competition in other environments,” he said.
That security is what leads the composer to mark with “Unisex” a turning point in his life: “I am at a time when a professional, rational and emotional cycle is closed. I move forward on a subject and then, from above, I'm sweeping everything else, everything is happening at once and I can't complain.”
And with the same decision with which it is based on social networks, he deepens: “Changing places and human groups to see what it is all about, I look for something that will help me understand more. I'm going for what I feel it constitutes me, and it has to do with social reality and with the breadth of thought. That brought me this far.”
What constitutes you?
Benito Cerati : It may sound like a clisé but I think it's a kind of force that escapes everything and that I experience in its real form. Something they limit, they make believe that you will not be able to feel or that you are not deserving. Love constitutes me. I'm living that now. My thoughts, my social posture, the people around me, all that constitutes me.
Does “Unisex” reflect this internal change?
- BC: Absolutely. Many of the songs deal with this more universal vision I have of love, far from mercantilism. In recent years I was scared by my health and that made me radically change my thinking, valuing the people I have around me and sometimes hard to see that they are there. I figured out what to believe and that's how I move, from a place of decentration and more human. My records are my psychological turnaround and they go through all my processes, generates a great closeness with people.
Closeness that is also seen on social networks!
- BC: Yes, at the time my position generated conflict. In the networks you find a lot of aggressiveness and little patience, which does not happen in real life where they explain if there is something you don't understand. My surname does not mean that I have to be a public figure all the time, I don't think because I want fame or want to stick it with a phrase, in fact it is contrary to artistic recognition. I speak as a citizen about things I can't stand and I know what I'm never going to commune with.
What things can't you stand?
- BC: I feel sorry how people misrepresents history and do not strive to find out well, it's serious and sad. But hunger wasn't expected to weigh any more, censoring my Twitter account helped me think about how to say in a context of sinister personal attacks. And coming out of virtuality I also felt it in the LGBT collective, one should feel safe and you get into the wolf's mouth, there's still a lot of macho comment and individualism, and you have to be informed before you grab a megaphone, criticism in which I include myself. But also excessive flattery feels unreal. I'm looking for people who can see me as a person and without hierarchies. I'm in the fight to get rid of the authoritarianisms one might have.
You have a well-defined political stance but keep your music out of that maelstrom, at some point it was also what Gustavo did...
- BC: Yes. A lot of bands were partidaries. My father grew up with the idea that politics brought divisions and conflicts, and with the idea that art was for art and that he didn't have to mix with politics to be successful. We are now in a very different context and society is politicized again because one of the great successes of the previous government was to return that interest to us, so art begins to respond to the social context. It is very difficult to stay in a superfluous place to please everyone, it costs a little that you do not notice where one is standing and if you do not show anything is also suspicious. I admire my father's writing, his lyrics have a lot of metamensage, and although I can't say what he would think now, I have an idea where he would be standing.
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