By Adrián López | Intro: Elia Maqueda. August 9, 2012


Adrián López is one of those one-man bands that inhabit the streets of Malasaña; and that’s without playing any instrument, at least that we know of (although there is a legend that says he was once seen singing on Picnic’s palm tree stage).

He is in charge of what some people would call “shaking” the cultural scene of Madrid, with a smile that seems to be stuck to his face, with a friendly nature without artifice or forced stances. Born in La Coruña –although he has lost his Galician accent, if he ever had it–, he has been for many years now immersed in the Madrilenian multitasking: not for nothing he designs, collects, deejays –he is resident DJ at Tupperware Club as Adrián LeFreak, has taken the booths of countless clubs and festivals, and has now set up a management agency for “indiyeis”–, directs –short movies and music videos– and runs with Eva del Amo one of the most special bars of the capital.

A few months ago we could enjoy in Picnic an exhibition of the posters he has designed for several music shows. Today he has prepared for us a selection of videos by some of the stars of those posters. But, as we just said, this is only one of the one-hundred-and-million things he does in a single week. Do not lose track of his doings.

"Sparky's dream" - Teenage Fanclub

Deserved heirs of the sixties’ pop melodies, Teenage Fanclub is one of the bands that never fail when you want to change the decade because you can easily mix them with The Who or The Byrds. The top section of the poster is directly inspired by their album Thirteen.

"Oh! Vanity" - The Charlatans

The nineties never belonged to Blur or Oasis. The third option, Pulp, have proven that they also came back for the money. But The Charlatans never left and they have stayed faithful to their solid musical beliefs with retro influences. Here, they update and add lyrics to the instrumental Time Is Tight by Booker T & The MGs.

"Requiem (No fui yo)" - Deluxe

After several music videos with zero budget, it was time for the record label to pitch in so we could pay all the regular collaborators. Thanks to that I was able to direct this oneiric trip to the rhythm of a melancholic and inspired Xoel. The first design I saw on the streets was of his seminal formation The Elephant Band.

"The Laws Have Changed" - The New Pornographers

Called "super-band" by those who know their solo careers, this Canadian band addicted to POP took Simon of The Desert by the great Buñuel as a reference to make this music video for their second album. As I’m a great fan of both, I love how it turned out.

"She Said" - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Rock and roll made flesh, energy in abundance and a touch of freakish B-Movie, so it's hard not to feel identified. I was also given one of the silk-screen prints they commissioned to Paul Pope, one of my favourite artists/cartoonists. This poster was rejected by their manager with this same sentence: "Less volcano and more rock and roll"

"Sugar Assault Me Now" - Pop Levi

Pop Levi, another powerful spirit with a retro-glam touch. They have a collection of catchy melodies always ready to be played. This was one of the first commissions from Mercury Wheels, the agency that trusted me to design posters from bands I would have never imagined.

"Whatever happened to my rock n'roll (punk song)" - BRMC

Although many people got to know them through the film 9 songs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are much more than the song I have chosen for this playlist, and there are four or five different ones that tend to rotate in my sessions.

"Wolf like me" - TV on the Radio 

I can’t stop imagining what Otis Redding would be doing if he hadn’t died in that plane crash… What I know for sure is that if he had been born a few decades later, this is the kind of music he would be doing. Dancing soul for the 21st century. A great hit in my sessions. The poster was hard to bring into being, but it was justified.

"Emerge" - Fischerspooner

The label electroclash may sound old, but they were the ones to take over the task of dignifying the electronic music for all of us who started with Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim or The Prodigy and didn’t want to/could not get into house. This song ended up being the hymn of that movement, but Fischerspooner have continued evolving with their multidisciplinary proposal until today.

"Playgirl" - Ladytron

Fetish band for a whole generation of Malasaña goers (how many of those reading this used to go to Barbarella at the Nasti club?). It is undeniable that the Ladytron singers were once the muses of the indietronica. I haven’t included them in one of my sessions for some time, but they are always in my iPad, just in case the session takes me to them.


"O.N.E." - Yeasayer

The rookies of the list, an example of today's alternative music: a touch of electronica, tribal influences, a bit of folk and dancing tunes. When I learned they had studied art I was a bit on the defensive, but they accepted the simple design of the poster right away, which always makes me happy.

"He Doesn't Know Why" - Fleet Foxes

When it’s time to close a session in a bar, unlike in a club or festival, any experimented DJ knows you can’t finish loud. A quiet song to calm everyone down and insinuate that we are done and it’s time to leave. Fleet Foxes are perfect for that, and for many other things, like for example putting together amazing vocal harmonies.


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