What is your name and role within the band?
Gorka Urbizu, vocals & guitars.
How did you start?
I used to play keyboards in a quite naif band when I was 14, then I decided I wanted to play harder music. So I borrowed an electric guitar and founded Berri Txarrak in 1994 along with my friend and drummer Aitor.
Where are you based?
We come from a small town called Lekunberri, close to Pamplona, in the Basque Country (Europe).
Please give an example of your music writing process?
I go to the rehearsal space with some guitar riffs, some chords, several ideas. Then we work on the structure of the song (which is quite basic, we’re kind of a verse–chorus–verse-chorus–bridge–double chorus band). Then I finish the song at home again, where I write the vocal melody and lyrics.
What are you working on right now?
We just released a vinyl single on the Record Store Day and we’re playing it live in a summer-festival tour in Spain, France, Belgium, UK… Meanwhile we keep on writing new songs for an upcoming album.
What is your gear setup?
I use a mixture of Peavey 5150 and AC30 Vox heads with Marshall cabinets and a few effect pedals. We have different tunnings and that’s why I play different guitars live: mostly Gibson (Explorer and 335) and Fender (Telecaster and Jaguar).
What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?
I like reading and watching movies, but honestly, I am a 24/7 music lover.
How would you describe your music genre?
I’d said we play rock, but it’s more about the attitude, i don’t like our music to be labeled. If you listen to our 8 albums you’ll easily find that we love all kind of music. Sometimes is more powerful and full of angry (specially live), but I personally love good melodies, so there’s always a poppy touch to it. I recently read an article about us, it said we were a mixture of Black Sabbath and Weezer. I’d say it’s more than that, but he was preety accurate somehow.
Do you know any music theory?
Yes, I went to the music school since I was a child, I also studied to be music teacher in the university.
What are your plans for the future?
I want to be playing music till the day i die.
How did you get into music?
I’d divide my musical life in two different parts. There was an academic beginning: I used to play piano and accordion and sing in choirs. Then, at the age of 12-13 I discovered rock music: I quitted the conservatory, grabbed a guitar and started writing my own songs and playing live with my band.
What are you listening to at the moment?
John K. Samson, Wipers, Anari, LoTom, Mastodon, The Bronx…
Who are your top 5 influences and icons?
Pedro The Lion, The Weakerthans, Weezer, Nirvana, Tom Waits, QOTSA…
When are you playing next?
I’m in the van right now, on our way to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival, we’re playing tonight, how cool is that!? 🙂
Please feel free to include any extra info.
We’ve played in all continents but Australia, that’s not fair!!