Interview: Fernando Alejandro
Every city in the country needs a Fernando Alejandro. A founding member of Cop Warmth and now the default, by age, leader of punkfusion experiment Somosuno, Fernando has edged out a niche as a forward thinker in the underground Houston music scene. But what makes Fernando such a cornerstone of this community is not his history or his chops rather his constant smile and enduring positive attitude. We managed to tie him down long enough to answer a few questions both silly and serious. He loves answering in ALL CAPS.
What does Somusuno mean?
SOMOSUNO means Unity. All kinds of Unity. GALACTIC UNITY, EARTH FORCE UNITY, CONSCIOUSNESS UNITY, CULTURAL UNITY, MUSIC SCENE UNITY. UNITY IN DIVERSITY. SOMOSUNO is a movement of vibrations that makes ONE feel good. SOLO EXISTE LA UNIDAD ARU-CU-TUCU-TA.
Does playing in a band with a family member present comfort or tension?
COMFORT. WE ARE CARNALES, WE LOVE JAMMING TOGETHER AND SHARING THE SAME EARTH.
What is the motivating factor for making music for you?
LIFE ON ALL LEVELS OF EXISTANCE is the motivating factor. OUR BREATH AND THE COSMIC BREATH. CULTURES, FOOD, HUMANS, PACHA-MAMA. VIBING WITH OTHER VERSIONS OF OURSELVES AND MAKING THEM FEEL GOOD.
Does it help to have a particular musical philosophy or should someone be practical from start to finish?
DO WHAT YOU FEEL AND OPEN UP TO WHAT IS REAL…. BE YOU, WORK FROM WITHIN …..We’ve always been practical, but our philosophy is “if we feel it, we play it.” We also love comedy A LOT and sometimes comedy is spontaneous and random. This is our COSMIC COMIC PHILOSOPHY
Name me one Houston musician that inspires you?
B L A C K I E (after listening to ABOVE GROUND over and over, the way i looked at music and at myself changed.)
Fill in the blanks: Houston is the center of the musical universe because__________?
Houston is the center of the musical universe because WE ARE REAL. WE ARE HIGHLY EVOLVED MINDS, THAT WORK TOGETHER IN UNISON TO BRING ABOUT A COSMIC ORGASM IN ALL DIMENSIONAL LEVELS OF THE EARTH ( including in the Heart Chakra of the Earth which is right underneath Elenor Tinsley Park by the way) WHICH THEN GIVES BIRTH TO AMAZINGLY TALENTED ARTISTS OF ALL KINDS AND EACH OF THEM MAKE A UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE TAPESTRY OF MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IN THE MUSICAL UNIVERSE. WE ARE HOUSTON MUSIC BECAUSE OF OUR WORK, DEDICATION AND LOVE FOR THAT WHICH REASSURES US THAT WE ARE ALIVE….MUSIC!!!!! LOVE ALL LIFE. LOVE HOUSTON. LOVE YOURSELF. AGUANTE FREE PRESS! INLAKESH!
Somosuno perform in 3D April 30th @ Super Happy Fun Land