Three years after “Operación Triunfo”, with a platinum record behind it and a reissue with collaborations from India Martínez and Antonio José, Cepeda would have released a new album this summer, had it not been for the pandemic . Tomorrow night will be on the stage “Unplugged” of La Santa Market, in Santa Cristina d’Aro, one of the stops of the acoustic tour this summer, where he reviews hits and advances songs yet to come.
Luis Cepeda (Ourense, 1989), known artistically and popularly only as Cepeda, left the Academy of Triumph operation more than two and a half years ago. He has since published Beginning, which was a platinum record, and Our Principles, an extended version with collaborations by artists such as India Martínez and Antonio José. With nearly a million listeners on digital platforms, the artist planned to release a new album this summer, With your feet on the ground, and present it on a large format tour. The virus, however, has delayed it until early fall. Meanwhile, he reviews his successes and advances new ones in acoustic concerts around the country. Tomorrow is the turn of Santa Cristina d’Aro and will play at the Unplugged Experience of La Santa Market.
After three years, do you still notice prejudices about having been on a TV show?
There are prejudices. There will always be. I will always have the “label”, although, little by little, I take it off, because what I want to do is my own music, as is normal. I am very grateful to the program for giving me the opportunity, but when you leave you are already working on your own. Nor is it wrong for me to be associated with Triumph operation, but if I want to have a name, or be someone special, I’d rather be just Cepeda, than the triumph Cepeda. But I think everyone wants that, even if they say no. I will always keep the esteem and whatever they want to do with me, I will do it. You see a lot of that on the networks. There are a lot of fans who are because they like the show and that’s why they listen to your music. And you have haters because they like someone else on the show who isn’t you. There are always a thousand stories like that.
Manu Guix, who also acted in La Santa, explained in this newspaper that he had learned to give Twitter the importance it deserves, according to him, none. How is this process going?
I don’t give it any importance, but to people who speak badly and have no constructive opinion about me. To those who always support me I do give importance. I read bad things and good things, but the bad ones are obvious. I used to give more weight to negatives, but now I don’t. I’ve already learned that Twitter is a world apart that has nothing to do with reality.
Did being locked up in “OT” make confinement easier for you?
On the show he was with people and I lived the confinement alone at home. But I’m very homely, I always say that and it’s true. I had no problems, I even had a good time. It would be closed for two more months. But being locked up in the Academy has nothing to do with it; you always had in mind that you were working on it and you didn’t feel confined.
A couple of months ago he worked with David Otero of El Canto del Loco on a new version of Just as you are, fifteen years after the original. How did it come about?
I met him in a very strange situation, right after leaving Triumph operation. I saw him and said “oysters, David Otero.” I went straight to him to sing a song of his and we started talking. He thought of me to reverse the theme because I sang it at my concerts before the first record, when I didn’t have enough repertoire and had to do versions. She told me that there was no one better than me, who was already singing it. And on my new album there’s also a song with it, which is called 2017. I told him that since I had made one with him, he had to make one with me.
Will the new album arrive soon?
It was scheduled for July, but we postponed it to late summer, late September, or early October. It should be in October. I don’t know the day yet, but it will be.
A Gentleman he speaks of a “world full of hypocrisy.” Has the virus accentuated it?
I want to think that the virus has made us better, but idiots will continue to be idiots nonetheless. Good people will be better and I was able to see it first hand. I don’t think I’m wrong. The pandemic must somehow come out in history books, like the Spanish flu, which everyone has studied. I think 2020 is a year full of things that would make it possible to study it as the most catastrophic year of the 21st century. I don’t know if we’ll remember it, but we should do it as an obligation in case it happens again, to make things better.
Have you always released music regularly, has it been a natural process or have you felt pressure from the record company?
When the record company wants to release something, I already have it ready. I bring work to day (laughs). I always compose. In fact, there are some songs that didn’t fit me on this record and will come out on the next one. You have to meet some deadlines and if you don’t have songs or work, you’re in for a treat. But that is not the case.
Do you still start from personal experiences to write?
The singer-songwriter format is always present. I talk about my own experiences and others that are not mine. On the new album there is a song about him bullying, which is based on a person in my class who suffered from it. Me too, but on a smaller level. To write it down I thought about the bad times they made him go through and how he wanted the weekend to come to go home and be quiet. I talked to him and he knew what was going on and what he was feeling.