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Spanish Sounds: Meet The Winner of Our Butterscotch Blonde Telecaster Giveaway!

Jan 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM | Rock Square News | By Rock Square

Rock Square has had giveaway winners from across the globe, but our Blonde Telecaster winner is our first from Spain!

We are eager to get to know all of our community members better and connect with music fans from all walks of life, which is why we’re pleased to introduce the proud owner of our Butterscotch Blonde Tele, Carlos Falagan!

While we don’t require our winners to sit down with us for an interview, Carlos was happy to indulge our curiosity and it just so happens that he has quite an interesting story to tell. Not only is Carlos our first winner from Spain, he is also the youngest.

Inspired by metal and hard rock as a teenager, Carlos began playing guitar at the ripe age of 14 and received his first guitar, a Spanish style acoustic, on his 15th birthday. From then on he knew that music would forever hold an important spot in his life.

Now as a young adult Carlos plays lead guitar and sings vocals for his band, Fallen Rage, in addition to his acoustic fingerstyle solo work, which is rooted in his Spanish heritage.

My best inspiration is the music I listen to. Every day it gives me new ideas to make my songs, create new sounds and it is what feeds my music-dreams the most. Also the things that happen in life are a strong inspiration, especially when I write the lyrics for my songs. 

Beyond Carlos’ musical motivation we asked him a few questions about his musical interests and future aspirations – his responses were so alive with a passion for sound that we’d like to offer up his answers in their full, unabridged glory below.

RS:  How has growing up in Spain influenced your taste in music? 

Carlos: I suppose I've been influenced by Spanish guitar music. I like a lot of pieces of classical and flamenco guitar, especially Paco de Lucía ones. Spanish guitar has also given me a passion for acoustic guitar, not in the way of classical or flamenco music, but in a modern way, fingerstyle, which has so much in common with traditional acoustic guitar.

RS: What kind of music do you like?

Carlos: I like metal, acoustic fingerstyle, rock, and some pieces of classical music, but in Spain there are a lot of great metal and rock bands, which are the styles I like the most.

RS: Who are your favorite bands/artists?

Carlos: My favorite bands are Machine Head and Trivium and my favourite artists are Zakk Wylde, Petteri Sariola, Antoine Dufour, Andy James, Paco de Lucía... and many more!

RS: When did you know you loved rock ‘n’ roll?

Carlos: I don't remember exactly, but at the age of 15 or 16 I realized that rock, hard rock, and metal were my favorite styles over the rest. They are the most motivating, inspiring and de-stressing styles.

RS: When did you learn how to play the guitar?

Carlos: I began to play the guitar at 14 with a friend's guitar. For my 15th birthday my parents gave me a Spanish guitar and since then, I haven't stopped playing.

RS: What kind of music do you play?

Carlos: I play, almost the whole time, metal and fingerstyle, but the last 3 months I'm digging into blues and rock.

RS: Are you in a band?

Carlos: Yes, I’m in a metal band called Fallen Rage—on vocals and lead guitar. At the same time, I also play the acoustic guitar and create my own songs. It's more of a solo fingerstyle project. But it's a solid project, and I’ve released my first album called "Changes." It's a homemade album, but the quality is good enough to enjoying listening to the music. It’s available to download for FREE on my website if anyone is interested.

RS: As a young musician, where do you see your future in the music industry?

Carlos: It's hard to say; at least in my country it’s very difficult to make a living as a professional musician. I'll keep trying and hope it works, with my band and with my solo project.

RS: What is your favorite guitar style to play and/or to listen to?

Carlos: My favorite guitar style to play is metal or hard rock, but to listen, it depends so much on the moment.

RS: What do you plan on doing with your new guitar?

Carlos: Play and play and play. It's a really good guitar to spend the time playing at my home and improving my playing. It's very comfortable, and maybe in the future I could use it in a band.

We love getting to know our winners and want to learn more about all of our Community members. Don't forget to check out our latest Giveaways here, you could be next!

Check out Carlos rockin on his new Tele in the video below!

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