In October 2011 Bandplanet sponsored Chile’s biggest talent-spotting competition, Talento Crudo, in Santiago, Chile. From hundreds of talented bands and musicians, Chilean rock/metal band Chocloneta took out the top prize – a much sought-after spot playing at the huge Unirock Alternativo festival in Cali, Colombia. As part of the Talento Crudo prize, Bandplanet is also sponsoring Chocloneta’s flights to Colombia for the festival.
Formed in 2005 by a group of childhood friends, Chocloneta mix classical rock with metal, Latin American and indigenous Chilean rhythms. With the Talento Crudo competition under their belts, the band now has their sights firmly set on bigger things, and is getting ready to bring its powerful, high-octane music to a wider audience in Colombia. Bandplanet spoke to Chocloneta recently to get the lowdown on the band’s unusual name, their rigorous training regime, and their most memorable moments from Talento Crudo, as well as how Bandplanet is helping them get to Colombia.
Is there a story behind how you chose the band’s name?
We wanted to find an original identity that reflected the essence of who we are. So we decided to create a concept that reflected the identity of Chileans, and Chile. We wanted to create a word that would be a sort of representation of the country as a whole, as a region, as a society, as a people, and as South American. The goal was to come up with an entirely new word, but one that at the same time reflected our identity as a band. The ‘CH’ is present in many Chilean words and concepts – the name of our country, Chile, ‘Choclon’ (crowd), ‘Chorizo’ (person of character), ‘Chela’ (beer), ‘Choclo’ (corn) etc. We wanted the band’s name to reflect these important national elements. We started to combine the words and eventually we came up ‘Chocloneta’. And so with such an unusual name, the rock band Chocloneta was born.
How did you celebrate winning Talento Crudo?
Well, we had huge party/BBQ with our biggest supporters – the Chocloneta family. It may sound like a cliché, but as a band we feel that the people around us play an important role in the life of the band. It’s always amazing for us to see how friends, siblings and close relatives are committed to supporting us, and are willing to make sacrifices for the band. So, the Talento Crudo victory was celebrated by everyone. Our family and friends are what allows us to bring forth all the power we demonstrate on stage.
Best moment during Talento Crudo?
That can be summarized by the moment we heard the magic words… ‘And the winners are… CHOCLONETA!’ It’s difficult to explain how it feels the moment before the final verdict, when you don’t know whether you will be chosen from a selection of many great bands. The most important thing is never to lose faith in believing how good your music can be. We had a lot of great, fun moments with the other bands, for example, the interviews for Channel 13, being with other musicians in the qualifiers, and so on. All these emotions and events went through our minds in a split second. Then, without even realizing it, we were screaming with joy. Our friends hugged us ecstatically and yelled: ‘You won! You deserve it, you deserve it!’
What are you doing to prepare for the Unirock Alternativo Festival?
The way Rocky trained before fighting Ivan Drago in Rocky IV is nothing compared to how we are practicing, haha! We are currently discussing many creative ideas and rehearsing a lot – training mind and body. We also have a lot of work to do organizing everything for the trip. We are also planning to stay on in Colombia after the Unirock Alternativo Festival to perform at other nearby locations, so that we can bring our music to even more people.
Have you chosen the set list for Unirock Alternativo yet?
We have all our material at the ready; however, the exact set list will depend on the crowd’s mood and how crazy we all get for the show. The more feedback we get from the crowd, the more we want to rock! That’s when the performance gets really special, when the show turns into a true Latin American rock festival – where the audience is the special guest.
Do you have any special rituals that you perform before a show (ie, drinking a beer/singing/ringing your Mum), or talismans (ie, a special shirt, hat or shoes etc.) that you take on stage for good luck?
As always and as Latin Americans, we entrust ourselves to divine forces. Everyone has their own beliefs, but sometimes we all get together before we perform to share strength and energy – we find words of encouragement that inspire us to give the best performance we can. It is very much like a sporting contest – we try to motivate each other so that we can perform with lots of energy, and transmit that energy to the audience. We’ve often been called a high performance rock band, primarily due to the dynamic spiritual and physical energy we have on stage. But the exact rituals, spells, talismans and lucky charms of the band’s members are secret … for now.
Are you working on new music at the moment?
We are always inventing, creating, mixing and thinking about music. At the moment our priority is obviously preparing for the festival, but there is always the possibility in our minds that any new idea we come up with could become Chocloneta’s big hit.
How has Bandplanet helped you get to Colombia?
Well, Chocloneta has eight band members, excluding people working on the technical side. Going to Colombia would have been very difficult for us to achieve without Bandplanet’s support. So Bandplanet’s support has been invaluable, allowing us to focus on other aspects of the trip without worrying about how we would all get to Colombia. Going to Colombia will be an amazing trip, a journey in which we hope to perform the same way we do at home – with courage, passion, and energy.
The Unirock Alternativo festival will be held in Cali, Colombia in late March/early April 2012.
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