Uva Mondays is an Argentine Rock band from Buenos Aires, formed by lead vocalist Diego Lezcano, multi-instrumentalist David Fernandez, drummer Lucas Herbin, Bass player Daniel Casale and lead guitarist Federico Blotta. Their musical style can be described as Classic Psychedelic Rock, with their musical influences varying from bands such as The Kinks, The Flaming Lips and The Beatles. Their music allows them to channel their innermost emotions providing an outlet where they can project a message of hope when dealing with the most challenging moments in life.
The band was formed back in 2013 when Diego Lezcano met David Fernandez at a hotel in Buenos Aires where they had been working together as receptionists.Not long after their first encounter they began recording songs together and Uva Mondays was formed. Their first recording was supported by Juan Ravioli, a talented producer and musician who, today, often serves as the bands sixth member. Since then, Diego Lezcano has collaborated in a variety of projects with artists at La Cocina de Beti, a studio where most of their single “Skypunch” was recorded. Being signed by Rehegoo, has now opened the door for UVA to reach a wider audience, and spread their message of hope in difficult times.
How would you describe your style?
Our musical style has been heavily influenced by British Rock Pop dating back to the 60’s but if you had to classify our genre it would be Classic Psychedelic Rock .
Why do you do what you do?
Music, like it is for so many others, has often been the primary channel for our self-expression. It’s something that allows for the pure creation and expressionism of how we truly feel inside. No other art form stirs the same emotions as music does. When you are feeling lost it is always there to guide you. Being involved in music and having the chance to communicate our feelings, is something I wouldn’t change for the world.
Ambition or talent: which matters more to you?
Both are vital ingredients for success, but if you want to succeed and reach the highest levels of your potential you can’t do it without that inner drive and willpower. Always trying to challenge yourself and never getting complacent is what separates the best from the rest. I value this kind of work ethic, that’s why I’ll go with ambition.
What inspires you to create music?
For us, human connection and the bond we create with those we encounter in life, from friends and family to colleagues and collaborators, is what gives us the real life experience and connection to then tell our story. The possibility of then sharing the creative process is definitely inspiring in itself.
How did you find the scouting process in Rehegoo?
It was highly personalized with a good attention to detail. They really did their research on us and knew how to meet our needs. Aurora Cruz was very helpful and professional.
How did you feel when signing a contract with Rehegoo?
It was a massive moment for us for our music to be recognised as worthy for distribution to a wider market. This acknowledgment of what we have done so far in our career and the fact that Rehegoo shares our creative vision is highly motivating.
What is the greatest achievement of your career so far?
Well of course putting together Uva Mondays, and finishing our first album with the help of very talented colleagues, was a big accomplishment. It took us almost an entire year of production with a lot of blood sweat and tears, so looking back we are all very proud of how far we have come.
What has been the biggest obstacle?
Time is our most valuable commodity and sometimes there is not enough of it to do what you need to do! Of course finances can be very problematic, finding people who want to invest in your art can be tricky. That’s why we are so pleased to have Rehegoo’s support.
What is the best and worst gig you have ever played?
Our favourite performance took place in Thelonius. There was a full attendance, the backline was impeccable and we had a gorgeous Grand piano on stage. The worst show was in October 2018. There was a problem with the electrical power that caused technical issues. We weren’t given enough time to do a sound check, so trying to solve it was, let’s say, very difficult!
What is your worst and best fan moment?
At the studio where we were doing a recording of Skypunch, there was a music production class taking place in another room. When some of the students saw us, they came to tell us that they follow our music, and were very excited about our project. It was a very special moment for us, since we hadn’t really been promoted at all. The most important part of creating music professionally is how it’s received and the fans that enjoy your sound, so it was touching to see how we had engaged a young audience. We have not had a bad experience yet and hopefully there won’t be too many in the future!
What is your favorite song of yours?
There are too many to choose from, but if I had to choose I’d say The Kinks ‘’You really got me’’. It was one of the first pop rock songs I listened to and came about in such an epic era of Rock’n’Roll. The song was super catchy and cool, had amazing instrumentals and vocals and is one of those which you can listen to time and time again.