Playing music is a way of life in Chile; it is an important part of our culture. To play live before an audience of Chileans is to be part of something magical. Our music and our arts are vital to who we are as human beings. The pain that we have suffered at the hands of fascist dictators like General Pinochet has scarred many families and individuals throughout the country. Music is a healing balm for some of these people; and I feel that I am contributing to this process when I play for the people.
Playing to Win Success & Fortune
So, playing to win success and fortune is a secondary impetus for me as an artist in my country. Sure, I like to play in front of big and appreciative audiences, such as the blues and rock festivals that regularly occur in Santiago. It is not all about the money and prestige for me, personally, however, I play so that the people can dance and sing. Music in Chile is, I think, different to how music is seen in the West. Here musicians are not so much celebrities but much loved servants of the people.
As Gepe I have been entertaining Chileans for many years now and the future looks bright. Not just for me, however, many Chilean bands and artists are finding the success they need to be able to make a living from their work. It is all about the music my friend, it is not about the stuff around it. Sure, beautiful women make life a better place, but I play for my soul and for the souls of the people of my country. The folk music of Chile has much to share with the world; it can speak to the hearts of many.
There are no free bets in life my friend; we must all follow our own hearts if we are to find our purpose. Satisfaction in life comes through giving what is in your heart and soul to others. A song that touches the hearts of other people can communicate more than mere words or information. I know that I myself and my friends live for the music. We dance every night and every day. We sing every night and every day. This music is more than any individual, it is a common language between the Chilean people, and possibly the world’s people. Come and hear me play and then you will understand.