Behind the piano: Javi Lobe

Behind the piano: Javi Lobe

What’s your name? 
My name is Javier Lobe, but as an artist name I use Javi Lobe

Where are you from? And where do you live?
I am from Zaragoza, Spain. I have lived in the same place, Zaragoza, all my life.

How long have you been playing the piano?
I began to the play the piano about eight years old, so, for almost 30 years.

Do you play other instruments as well?
No, I don´t know play other instruments. I would also like to play the guitar, the drums, the saxophone…but I don´t have time to learn.

Tell us about how you started playing music.
When I was child my family had a piano because my elder sisters studied music. In the beginning I didn´t want to learn to play the piano but the insistence of my middle sister led me to start and take it seriously. They didn´t succeed until I was 12 years old!

How long have you been making piano music?
I made my first songs at age 16, but, seriously, writing music for the piano started around 2015.

Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
At first it only started as a game. While listening to music I played the piano trying discover the chords that were being used. That’s how I learned to play without a score. Then I started to investigate and realized that I could compose my own songs

Have you made music in other genres before?
Yes, I have composed mostly music for dance. And also versions and arrangements for piano and strings, in which I blend NeoClassical/Ambient sound with modern Minimal Electronic music.

What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
There are so many. In my youth I was inspired by composers such as Michael Nyman and Yann Tiersen, and nowadays I like composers such as Ludovico Einaudi, Johann Johannson, Olafur Arnalds  and many more.

And, as always: the question from my five year old son!
Where do all your songs come from?

Well, the truth is that I would not know how to tell you. I only know that when I compose music for piano, this is my natural way of expressing myself, it is my own language. And we each have a way of composing that makes us unique and different.

Thank you for this Javi!

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