Barcelona based Carlos Sicrock; known to some simply as "Pasta" or "Carlitos", is a perfect example of how the Spanish and Catalonian cultures seem to produce such passionate Electro producers. Perhaps you could say it's a bit of a balance between having been right in the middle of the expansion of the sound through the 80's and 90's; as many of the old school and new school artists of international fame have visited the region, not to mention the sound has always had its share of popularity with its people. But also that in some ways they have also been "cut off" from the true epicenters of this music, making them perfect spectators of the sound and culture.
With New York, Los Angeles, Miami and London being hotbeds for this sound and where the majority of the pioneers originated from, to some degree it could be said that aspiring artists and lovers of the sound in Spain and Catalonia couldn't help but observe in amazement as Electro grew to become such a global phenomenon, going on to influence music in general in so many ways, and giving them in particular a sense of curiosity and appreciation for the music that is evident in the productions to come from the region year after year.
Carlos remembers growing up in a large family that was very musically diverse, offering a broad enough palette of listening that everything from the sounds of James Brown to Pink Floyd, passing through Supertramp and Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest would give him a very open mind to many styles of music. But none would impact him as much as the emerging sounds of Electro. He recalls, saying that: "I started listening to Electro, and from the first moment I was totally hooked. I remember the first time I heard Cybotron; specifically the "Clear" theme, [also] Hashim, Warp 9, Man Parrish, The Jonzun Crew, and Afrika Bambaataa". He goes on to explain of a time when Afrika Bambaataa came to play at the Amnesia club in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Catalonia, and getting a chance to breakdance for him. "When they closed the album, you could break dance for them while they collected the synths and other stuff, they freaked out but I did much more. To think of all the times I had danced to the theme Looking For The Perfect Beat, Planet rock, etc., and now they were the ones congratulating me. It was something of an eternal emotion"
Carlos SicRock would first come into being as an artist, with his debut on Electroclub Barcelona Records with "sicRock Praxis"; a 4 track digital EP that was quite an astounding first release, soulful and delicate, yet fierce and profound in a brooding, very intelligent and enigmatic sorta way. Carlos Sicrock would shortly after follow up on the "Don't Stop The Bass Vol. 5" compilation with the song "Microglobe", and later signed on to German imprint Subsonic Device, where the artist would bring us the single "Termicsic", and the EP "Galactic Nomad And The Grey Walker". Two marvels of sound that catapulted Carlos Sicrock to international recognition on a label that had been making waves for years at this point.
Since then, Carlos Sicrock continues to gain momentum as a devoted Electro artist with a keen sense of how deep this sound can go, and why it's worth every bit of blood, sweat and tears to keep digging. Having released on various compilations like the recent Crobots Vs. Cancer (Dalekovod V6), and the past few Urban Connections installments, not to mention the EP "Estructuras" on rising Spanish Electro label Elektrodos Recordings, we can expect much more in the future as he continues to evolve and grow as an artist. As he explains: "I will continue on the same line trying to produce everything that comes out of my twisted head, as projects I have several pending references that in theory are about to come out".
For now, check out his discography and support this fantastic Catalonian artist! You won't be disappointed. The tunes you will find will bewilder you, and challenge you emotionally and mentally. This is highly sophisticated stuff guys!