On October 9th, 2014 Pau Dones of Jarabe de Palo arrived in North Carolina to perform at the Pour House Music Hall in Downtown Raleigh. I was able to get in contact with the group that brought him to Raleigh, Raleigh Sonica in order to get Arroz Con Pollo and listeners of WKNC 88.1 FM an exclusive interview.
Jarabe de Palo is a latin rock band that originated in Spain. I grew up listening to their hit songs La Flaca and Agua. It did not even occur to me that I would get to interview Pau Dones himself one day! He walked in with a smile on his face and a t-shirt with a cartoon tiger on it. Admittedly, that was a surprise but it just shows his personality. As we got ready for the interview we spoke a bit and I confessed that I was nervous. He told me “I’ve been doing this for 20 years, don’t worry take your time.”
Pau Dones, a singer songwriter, has been in this business for 20 years and from the way he speaks he is nowhere close to being done. The album La Flaca was released in 1996 and 18 years later, their new album Somos was released. In the interview we spoke of his inspirations and his motivations for music. We also spoke about their favorite moments. The most revealing moment was when I asked Pau Dones what his hobbies were. He answered that he likes to write music. He also pointed out the irony of a singer songwriter that as a career makes, writes, and performs music that spends his free time making even more music. To me that just shows the passion and dedication that he has to Jarabe de Palo and music as a whole.
For the full interview follow THIS link to the youtube video or download the audio below. Warning, it is in Spanish!