Rubik 1138 is a progressive instrumental rock band formed in 2008. Originally from Metepec, México, Rubik 1138 takes its name from the Rubik cube, but with the inverse goal: instead of making six plain color faces (in this case, music), the idea is to combine the colors in every face infinitely. The number 1138 comes from the George Lucas film THX1138. The music travels from classic rock, to jazz, nourished with glances of funk, metal, soul, surf and electronic music. The bands live shows are accompanied by real time video projection and lightning.
The band took part in our standard Progstravaganza Questionnaire. Read their answers below.
How did you come to do what you do?
The four of us come from very different grounds. We all have been making music for a long time and played with different bands from different genres. Some of us even gave up on music and retook it after some years to make something meaningful and with no intents of making something huge, rather having fun and doing something that didn’t sound like the pre-packaged music we hear on the radio nowadays. That’s when the band got started and we went through lots of experimentation and trial and error. We tried to converge all of our personal influences to make a new mixture of sounds. First came the music, than the whole idea of wearing a mask so that the show became more of an audiovisual experience for the spectator.
What is your first musical memory?
Didi: Driving through the night with my mom, dad and brother while listening to hours of my dad’s tapes filled with music from Pink Floyd, Cream, The Who, Led Zepp and Uriah Heep. The sounds that came out of those speakers made me addicted to it, so I started looking for more.
Yehoudi: back home when I was a kid. My mom played Rolling Stones’ and Beatles’ albums while dad played Beethoven and “boleros”. I got my first guitar at 4 and when I was 8 I remember writing my first song.
Duddits: Being with my family in the night while listening “Shine on you crazy diamond” and “Cocaine” in a fantastic/creepy trip.
Mopho: My father received a payment with an old Organ, he took it to our house, so I could learn how to play it.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
From everyday life, music, books, paintings, poetry, feelings, random life events. All of us are music lovers and do our own research and then share our new discoveries with the other band mates. We have gotten to know many new artists through sharing all of our personal tastes with each other.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
It is related with the reason why we exist, not only as a band, but in this world. In english, “Bostezo Universal” means “Universal yawn”, and it comes from that Kierkegard idea that God was bored and then he yawned and through that, the universe was created. It is not exactly that we want to transmit that while playing the song, it’s just the idea that the title pops up.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Not really. We like to experiment with ideas that every bandmate shares and make something out of them. We are obviously influenced by other artists and sometimes we try to emulate a certain feel or atmosphere from stuff we like and give it our own flavour. But mostly we try to sound like ourselves and create out of the blue.
What is your method of songwriting?
We get together and jam for a long period of time while trying to come up with new ideas. Sometimes they come in form of a guitar riff, a drum groove or a particular atmosphere. Then we try to create several stages or parts for the same song. Peaks and valleys is our motto. A good composition must be like a story, it has to have an opening, a climax and an ending.
How do you see your music evolving?
We get new inspiration almost every day and we come across new ideas that eventually reflect on our music. We’ve gotten heavier with time but we’ve also added more contrast to our compositions. I think we have matured musically and have learned what the other band members like to play and how we can focus our different approaches when making new material. I would say that our music has gotten more refined with the passing of time and we understand each other a lot better. But then, we also like to experiment a lot, so, who knows? Maybe the next album sounds completely different than this one. It’s all about keeping fresh and having fun.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
Play, play and play. Jam with other musicians. Put yourself in situations where you don’t feel comfortable so you can learn something new. Work hard, and do it every day. Don’t give up on your music just because people don’t understand it . Keep at it and try to come up with refreshing stuff and don’t ever forget that making music is all about having fun. If you’re having fun, you’re probably doing it right.
What are you looking forward to?
Mostly the release of our second studio album “Kafkatik” which will be available in both physical and digital formats and tour it around Mexico and the world. We are planning a small European tour for the summer of 2015. We are also releasing a DVD with some songs from the same album played live in a studio for the fans that want a little extra.
We also hope that our music reaches as many people as possible and we hope to connect and meet new musicians and artists from all over the world.
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