One of the wonderful things about running starfrosch is, when you can be in contact with extraordinary people. People like Roger Subirana, an autodidact who reaches millions of listeners. Here are his thoughts.
Please introduce yourself.
I’m a composer born in 1978 in Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona). Self-taught, I began to compose my own creations at the age of 12. Although I perform live, I consider myself more a composer and producer than a singer. My discography is about 8 CDs strong. In addition to my personal productions, I’ve composed many styles like classical, jazz, new age or Celtic, through electronic to techno or symphonic rock. I’ve done compositions for films, TV, theaters, dance, etc. My last soundtrack was the original soundtrack for the official film of the history of the FC Barcelona “Barcelona Dreams” (2015) directed by Jordi Llompart and distributed by Filmax International. My compositional work also covers the field of advertising. My music has been part of major international brands such as Shiseido, Inverse or Ducati.
What’s your focus with your music?
I compose my own music as a personal diary where I explain my inner life through the music.
How do you define and measure your success?
I think that real success is, when you compose music for your own needs, without thinking it’s going to be liked by anyone. But then you see and feel that a lot of people like and feel your work very much. When this happens, it’s like a real treasure.
How did the Creative Commons license help you with your career?
CCommons license, mostly thanks to Jamendo’s platform, has made my music known by millions of people.
Please pick three tracks from your work that best represents you. Why did you choose them? Can you tell us something about the creation process?
Shednerya is just one track with a duration of 60 minutes with over 850 tracks of instruments. Since I was a child it was a dream to compose some kind of suite like the 70’s groups Yes, Oldfield, etc. did, but in my own style.
The orchestral point of no return: Point of no return is a special track. I think that is the song that touched most of the people. The original was composed in 2008 and this more orchestral version was composed in 2013. With more mature style, I think.
Between worlds: I think that is another special composition for me, because you can find at same time the sweet and the subtlety of the music with few instruments and fragments. We can find epic passages with a lot of instrumentation.
Why do you give away the music for free?
Well in fact CCommons is not synonymous for free. In my case, it’s only free for personal use. It’s not allowed to use my music in commercial works. In other words: “Enjoy this music and share if you like, but if you make money using this music, give me a little part of it”. It is a fair way for listeners and musicians.
Do you have new or upcoming works that can be interesting for listeners?
Oh yes. Now I’m working on my 9th CD. I think it will appear next year.
What did we forget to ask?
Hmmm, a lot of people ask me about the lyrics of some songs. My songs are small soundtracks and the voice is used as a pure instrument, for this reason the lyrics are phonetic and have no meanings. It’s not a new thing, in the past Wim Mertens or Adiemus, for example, did something similar.
Thank you very much for the interview. It’s a pleasure to meet you