DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Aire Como Plomo
Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.
This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we find Miguel Jiménez, guitarist for AIRE COMO PLOMO sat on the beach. The island is far from his home, so how did he end up here and how did he cope with life on Devil's Island?
Find out now...
Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.
You're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
'Chaos A.D' by Sepultura. My teen years were spent losing myself to music and aside from falling head over heels for the old school, it was a big deal to discover what was new in the world. I remember listening to this record and even feeling like it wasn't from the present, but from the future. It was amazing how it could go from brutal to beautiful while completely leveling every sound system. It had a lot of everything, but felt really tight, and you could relate to it as something in the making, especially for us as Colombians and being proud of where you come from, seeing how they were killing it around the world straight out from Brazil.
Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?
'Somewhere in Time' - Iron Maiden
Had the poster of Stranger in a Strange Time on my door and nothing looked more badass than that, until the vinyl made its way to our home and, man, the time you could spend just listening to the record while looking at the wrap-around artwork and counting easter eggs was a total high. Completely indulging our creative, artistic and geek appetite. It was like finding out that bands could be like mythology and albums like movies.
There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?
A good cold beer.
Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?
A Snaggletooth classic Motörhead hoodie. Reminding me of the perfect balance between band, personality and brand. If too hot, tear sleeves
You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?
Andrea, my wife. I mean, we’re stranded, not on tour.
There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?
'Once in a Livetime' - Dream Theater. Had a brutal impact on me growing up. I remember having to travel as a teenager from my hometown to Bogotá just to listen to it (we’re old) on a suggestion from my brother: in effect, it felt like listening to something that couldn't be described… the music genres, musicianship, tributes and production values going on were insane.
You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?
Roger Waters. The man’s given to causes, a survivor and tough as nails.
You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?
Enzo, our drummer. He’s a big guy. Plus, it’s highly probable his meat will make us high. So it’s a win win.
Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?
The advantage of being ship-wrecked with my brother and bandmate is I get to pick double, so it’s Randy Rhoads. As a kid, I remember being so completely blown away by 'Blizzard of Ozz', that I never looked back on playing guitar and wanting to be in a band after that. And as a person, being so highly-spoken for by the world and his peers in spite of the short-lived venture through the mortal realms says it all. It’s poetic to get to save someone like that in the “Devil’s Island” reality.