‘-Do you want to learn? -he said as he approached him the spanish acoustic guitar.
The boy blushed as his hands touched the varnished wood, and the unmistakable smell of rosewood made him travel to a new landscape, a new dimension he didn’t know, but which attracted him in a unique way.
He placed the instrument on his knees, imitating the many times he had seen it from his master, in silence. And, suddenly, he noticed that at his very young age he could hardly hold this already sacred object. His hands surrounded the body and furrowed among the strings like the morning dew as it slipped through the leaves of the trees.
–This is a D chord. –he said calmly as he positioned his fingers on the thinnest strings of the guitar.
–You must press hard and make sure your fingers don’t touch the other strings.
When he played the strings, the sound came from the guitar as he had never perceived it. It was something magical. Transcendent. Something that he would keep in the depths of his memory.
That’s when it all started.’
JozzySixStrings (real name Jose Salvador), self-taught guitarist, rebel and studious at the same time. He felt that the instrument was the perfect object to canalize and express what is invisible to the eyes. Passionate about hard rock and heavy metal, we could say that the guitar guided him to these influences and not the opposite.
‘The feeling exists. But it’s expressed in multiple ways. You can play just two very slow chords and shed a tear, while transporting yourself into a very personal deep world; or you can play the most complex scale at the speed of light to make the masses go crazy, unleashing an inner fury. In both cases, I’m in a trance, like an altered state of consciousness.’
His musical training arose through self-taught learning, trying to decipher that magical world of notes and arpeggios that fascinated him so much. From a young age he was into some spanishsowngriters (Joaquín Sabina, Miguel Rios) and afterwards influenced by Dire Straits or Creedence Clearwater Revival; Celtic music, quick passages by Vivaldi and Bach, daydreams by Mike Oldfield and aggressive solos by Steve Vai, YngwieMalmsteen and Michael Angelo Batio. But within his multiple influences there was a name that marked him deeply, a band that was revealing in his way of understanding music, of having fun and learning while being fascinated with the infinite possibilities of the instrument. That band, without a doubt, was Van Halen.
His former bands used to shoot on the Catalan scene, and at his young age he had already played in legendary venues in Barcelona as La Ovella Negra, Mundo Canibal, festivals like Sitges GreenSound and made countless performances in great citys and towns around Barcelona. In all of these places there was learning.
As a lead guitar player in Rock On (2011-2013), a classic rock cover band; and By The Face (70-80), acoustic duo of rock and heavy metal cover songs, as a main guitarist too; he didn’t stop performing, composing and working on his sound. In these few and intense years he accumulated an interesting experience on live shows. A great experience for the development of his own conceptual work: SixStrings
What is SixStrings?
SixStrings is the new solo project of Jozzy, whose curious nickname comes from absurd comparisons at his young age with Ozzy Osborne by his friends from high school. This self-produced project comes from the need to express himself, in several of his own compositions, using the creativity boom he developed during the cover band era.
Conceptually, SixStrings reflects the six most important states that he has experienced at some point in his life.
-Freedom and discovery
-Closure and introspection
-Deception and pain.
These six states complement each other forming a perfect balance, the good and the bad, the basis of harmony, Ying and Yang. Being able to manage such a personal musical project has given the possibility of searching deep within oneself, to be reborn with a repertoire of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal songs capable of shaking the foundations of the universe. This is SixStrings.