Quick Questions With Halogram

Quick Questions With Halogram

Halogram is a project of the Spanish guitarist Javier Iglesias and the bassist Dani Mourinho. They met in 2001 and played together touring with different bands all around Spain for 2 years. Later on, Daniel move to London (UK) to broaden his musical experiences within the British music scene while Javier continued his career as a professional touring musician in Spain.

Despite the distance, the two musicians maintained contact. In 2017 Javier and Daniel came back together to give shape to some musical ideas. This is how the project Halogram was born. After the release of the first singles, they approached Periphery’s producer Ermin Hamidovic who gladly accepted to mix their track “The Falling Man” and “Symphony Of regret”. Since the release of “The Falling Man”, and their latest single “Symphony Of Regret”, the band started to get noticed in the Progressive Metal/Djent community which encouraged them to keep working together.

Their new single “Obsolete Future” is available to stream and this time the producer of Born Of Osiris: Buster Odeholm was in charge of the mixing.

Quick Questions With Halogram

Quick Questions

Answered by JI: Javier Iglesias (Guitar) and DM: Dani Mourinho (Bass)

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

JI: Since my childhood I was very interested in the guitar. In my hometown they were loads of local bands gigging everywhere and I always wanted to play like them one day. I started listening a lot to AC/DC and I was amazed by Angus Young due to his playing and personality and especially because he was the main protagonist of the band… and it all started from there.

DM: Roger Glover from Deep Purple was one of the bass players that really inspired me to start playing Bass. It took me months to learn the intro of Highway Star haha! Then Steve Harris from Iron Maiden and Jon Myung from Dream Theater were a huge influence in the way I play.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

JI: I have spent most of my life as a musician testing all kinds of amplifiers and pedals to get the sound what I want. My main problem is that I like versatility, and to achieve that; it requires too much tackle on the stage and a certain complexity and operation during the performance.
About 5 years ago I got the Axe Fx, and my amazement still lasts. Since then it is the only gear I use for live situation and it really covers all my needs.

DM: I just recently switched to DI and In Ear Monitoring. I built up a very nice pedalboard with everything I need, including distortion effects, amps and cab simulators with custom IR loading. Gigging is so easy now; I don’t have to carry heavy equipment and I can hear my own mix on stage! Then for recordings in the studio I’m extremely surprised with the Neural DSP Plugins; the Darkglass Ultra is what we used in the recording of Obsolete Future and sounds killer!

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

JI: Well, so far this year, I have not heard any album that took my attention. The latest single I really enjoyed was “Look but don’t touch” by Polyphia. This is one of the most innovative and fresh bands of the last years.

DM: To be honest; I didn’t have chance to listen any new album in 2020…I’m not aware on any release of my favourite bands. But I could say that I really enjoyed the latest album of Dream Theater (Distanced Over Time) and Alter Bridge (Walk The Sky).

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

JI: I saw Aristocrats playing live last week and I wouldn’t mind to have in my living room Mr. Guthrie Govan; even if it’s only for a few hours.

DM: Jacob Umansky from Intervals. That guy is so talented! I love his style and I think he is one of the best bass players of this new generation. Then I always wanted to improve my slapping technique and for that task, I think Victor Wooten would be best to have a lesson from.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

JI: My advice is to listen to a lot of music and develop the “playing with your ears” technique. Also set a routine and to be constant is very important. And finally, never lose the illusion and try to write and play with your heart.

DM: Do not stick into one specific style. Experiment and try always new things.

 

DM: It would be great if you could check out our social media pages and also include our songs (especially our latest single “Obsolete Future”) in your Spotify playlists. Please subscribe, follow and comment! We are more than happy to interact with our fanbase. Thanks again for this opportunity and for all your support!

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/halogram
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/halogramofficial
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/halogramofficial
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1cNNyzIQeGSz7GslbV52fy