Music and I

I love listening and playing music, specially songs based on guitar riffs (rock, pop, blues, heavy, ...) I play the electric guitar and I am passionate about them. I can also play some notes on a bass guitar, and some basic chords on a piano.

I have many favourite musicians and bands. My preferred guitar hero is Brian May from Queen, who is the number one in a large list (including Mark Knoplfer, Eric Clapton, Slash, Jimmy Page, ...) I also admire some Catalan artists, such as Quimi Portet, Josep Thió, Cris Juanico and Adrià Puntí.

I have attended dozens of live rock concerts. I've seen Deep Purple several times: never with Ritchie Blackmore -but once with Joe Satriani-, and I've seen Glenn Hughes playing many of their hits. I've witnessed Queen reincarnations with Paul Rodgers and I've seen Brian May solo as well. I've attended concerts by Knopfler, The Cure, Guns'n'Roses, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Adele. Naturally, I've attended many concerts by Portet, Sopa de Cabra, Lax'n'Busto, etc.

In this page you'll find some notes my relationship with rock music.

Behind me, the building used for the cover of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti (New York, 2003).
With my friend Jordi Miracle and Mr. Quimi Portet (2004).
Tickets, tickets and tickets.


This is the music project I'm currently involved in. It was conceived as a cover band, but since 2016 we are including our own songs in our set list. You have more info in Casablú's website.

A selfie in a rehearsal.
The first gig at Pilée in Reus, June 26th 2015.
Playing at Castell del Paborde, la Selva del Camp (2016).

La Tarambanda

At the end of XXth century, I was in a band called la Tarambanda. We played rock and pop with lyrics in Catalan. We played across Catalonia, including important events such as Fira del Disc de Reus, Senglar Rock, Mercat de Música Viva de Vic, in Girona with 40 Principales, etc. We were high ranked in the first Sona 9 music contest and Tarragona's DO. We recorded two rough discs: one with Cisco as lead singer, in Estudi Entrepins (Tarragona) by Jaume Moncusí and another one with Anna Cusell as lead singer in Estudis Tívoli (El Vendrell) by Jesús Rovira. You'll find more info here.

La Tarambanda, with Cisco Rius and Andreu Martínez.
La Tarambanda, with Anna Cusell.
Live in Valls (2000).
Reunion in La Secuita (2008).
Cover of the disc recorded in Estudis Tívoli.


The first concert I did was in Valls, at Pub Zapping, May 31st 1996. It was with my first band: Àpeiron. We played around the Tarragona area for two years. Our songs were hard rock, and we covered some songs, for instance Louie Louie and Smoke on the Water. We recorded a rough disc in Estudis Entrepins (Tarragona) by Jaume Moncusí.

The first Àpeiron concert.
Àpeiron live.

Guitars, amps and effects

My first electric guitar was a very cheap Strato copy (Session Pro), and it was complemented with a cheap solid state amp and a Boss distortion pedal.

In 1994 I bought a cheap Ibanez guitar and a Marshall 3310 mini stack (solid state with MOSFET technology). In 2014 I restored the amp with the help of my father.

In 1996 I bought an Epiphone Les Paul Double Cut, and I replaced the original P90 pickups with a Dimarzio Humbucker and a P100.

In 1998 I bought a Crafter acoustic guitar.

Around 2000 I had my first all-tube guitar amp: the infamous Marshall DSL 401, that suffered from design problems (I had to resolder the tube's plugs from time to time). I couldn't afford a Telecaster, hence I bought a cheap Yamaha Pacifica. Some years later, I interchanged it with the bass guitar of Eduard Solé.

In September 2001 I bought my wonderful Fender American Standard Telecaster. It had some cosmetic and electronic improvements in 2014.

In 2016, for my 40th anniversary, I received a special present from my wife and sons: a surf blue tele guitar build by Xavi Martínez including a drawing by my sons in its headstock.

Also in 2016, a micro Orange head amplifier came in, together with a Roland Cube 80 that I use live.

I love using the clean channel of the amp and using some effect pedals. I currently have these ones: a Boss tuner, a Morley wah/volume, a TS9 Ibanez overdrive, and four Mooer pedals (delay, crunch for soloing, chorus and distortion for heavier riffs).

Ah... and I also rehearse with a lovely roland Cube 20!

My first guitar.
My Ibanez and the Marshall 3310.
With the Les Paul Double cutaway, and Eduard with my current bass guitar.
With the Yamaha Pacifica, in la Fira del Disc de Reus.
My acoustic guitar.
With my Telecaster.
The refurbished Marshall 3310.
My 40th anniversary blue tele.
The lovely micro Orange amp.
My basic-but-lovely pedalboard.

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Av. Països Catalans 26
43007 Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
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