Boy Pablo in Lima: the ‘centennials’ also dance


With all due respect to two of today’s most powerful musical trends Boy Pablo, such as urban and k-pop, it’s good to know that there are still young people who bet on guitars and drums. And that there is a legion of even more young admirers like the one dragged by the Norwegian-Chilean Boy Pablo , who appeared last night in Lima.

There was no actual pogo at the Arena Peru show, but there was plenty of desire. And jumping and screaming and a lot of joy. It was necessary for some concert rituals to begin to recover in these parts: from the simple fact that beers and choripanes are finally being sold, to seeing the endearing image of mothers accompanying their sons and daughters to see their favorite artist, a boy like they.

Because Boy Pablo is 23 years old, but he started to become famous at 17 . The son of Chilean parents who migrated to Norway after the Pinochet dictatorship, Nicolás Pablo Muñoz (that’s his name) was educated in Europe, studied music, and at a very young age began to win fans through YouTube, Reddit and other social networks.

When I’m in Chile I feel super Norwegian because I’m a little whiter and because I speak Spanish a little worse than the others. But when I am in Norway I feel very Chilean, because I am darker than those from there and I know how to speak Spanish and all that , Nicolás tells us hours before his concert, when he receives us at his hotel in Miraflores. He has slept a few hours, due to the logical excursions of his tour.

Is it a problem to be divided between these two very different cultures? ” I don’t see it as much of a problem,” he replies . It’s just like a weird feeling, because you never feel European or South American . ”

After the presentation of the Peruvian Clara Yolks as opening act, Boy Pablo goes on stage with his four members: Nicolás himself as vocalist and leader; guitarist Gabriel Muñoz (I’ve known him since we were kids. We used to go to church together, says Nicolás); Judah, on bass; and drummer Esteban (who is my older brother and my manager, he explains). They start with the songs I Hope Ella She Loves Me Back and hey girl , enough to hook the public quickly.

After a few more songs, another very popular one arrives, Feeling Lonely , a song so simple that it tells the story of a young man who has lost his dog and his phone . Perhaps that is where the success of the Boy Pablo project passes: the closeness to youth concerns and problems, which are not less important because they seem light.

Influenced by projects as dissimilar as The Beatles, Tyler the Creator or Los Iracundos, Nicolás/Boy Pablo takes his phone out of his pocket and opens Spotify to show the latest thing he’s been listening to: the new Wallows album, the new PUP album. Also some Paul Cherry and COIN.

How to best describe your music? It may not be too innovative or sophisticated, but in its relaxation it keeps a spirit that is quite empathic with the new generations. When she plays Sick Feeling, to the fury of her fans, she is dedicating it to the PlayStation that she had to abandon ; and when she interprets mustache, she refers to the mustache that still hasn’t grown on his hairless face.

Approaching the end of the concert, Everytime, Losing You, and the two happiest of the night, Wachito Rico and Dance, Baby! are played, confirming that the ‘centennials’ also dance. The closing song is La novela, a song published just a few months ago and Boy Pablo’s first collaboration with Cuco , another icon of his generation and of a similar family constitution: an American son of Mexican parents.

‘La novela’ we made it thinking about the songs we listened to when we were little, the ones our parents listened to . So it was natural to write it in Spanish. It was what came to mind. A very romantic thing, like from the 60 ″, she says.

And it is true that the theme also seems to be a vindication of these ‘wachitos’ of Latin blood who are beginning to break it out of its boundaries. And that sweep away the classic and sometimes hateful image of the ‘rockstar’, that stereotype is now outdated. The times they Are a changing.