Exclusive Interview with Eze Salgado

Eze Salgado How did you discover the bluesharp ?
~ The bluesharp arrived to my life after I lost my Little Brother Jeremias. I chose to use this beautiful instrument for therapy, and immediately, I fell in love with her. I played in the begin about 7 to 12 hours a day.

If everything would be possible (waking the dead included), which bluesharp player would you invite for a jam session?
~ I admire the work of people who aren't here anymore, and others who are still here with us and teach us. I'll like to play a Jam with Sonny Terry, Little Walter, William Clarke, Jason Ricci, Carlos del Junco, and Howard Levy. Could be the history of harmonica in a jam. I can imagine it.

What is your favorite blues harp brand / type and tell us why?
~ I have many sets of bluesharps of different brands, but all are Custom Harps and I customized my own harps. My favorites are the Golden Melody, Marine Band and Seydel, and my woods favorites are Ebony, Indian Rosewood, Maple, etc.

What are the most important tips you can give to someone who wants to learn to play the bluesharp?
~ My most important advise to someone who wants to learn to play the bluesharp is to understand that the bluesharp is evolving and doesn't have limits. Spend time, investigate, listen, and you will getting to know new limits on this instrument. In the last years I've played on recordings from Hard Rock, Flamenco, Jazz and Rock to Argentinian Music, and I believe that the evolution of bluesharp is constant. With the basic technics (clean notes, bends, overbends) and soms elementary music theory, and feeling, you can play everything you want.

Tongue blocking or lip pursing, what do you prefer and tell us why.
~ I chose to play with lip pursing because I search the pure notes. When I search a "tradicional sound" I also use tongue blocking and complement both techniques

Give us the 3 most important albums every (beginning) blues harp player must buy.
~ I believe that a harp player needs to listen to albums of bluesharp players and guitar players to understand the language of music. My favorite bluesharp albums are:
Blowing'Like Hell - William Clarke
Big Boy - Carlos del Junco
Cant keep lovin you - Walter Horton

How do you clean your harps?
~ I am touring a lot and for this reason I need to clean my harps all the time. I have products of cleaning specially for my blueshaps, I completely disarm them, clean the reedpleates with detergent and hot water (To remove dirt accumulated by play), dry it quickly, clean the wood bodies, coverplates, check the tuning, and than they are ready for next tour.

What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and...you wish they would? (Please provide your answer as well.)
~ I believe that the question interviewers never seem to ask me is: How do you understand the evolution in bluesharp?

Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ My ultimate recording studio was the one I was in last week where I used a set of harps Marine Band, a microphone shure sm57, compressor, Marshall and EGGT effects, cabinet Vintage Electric 2x12 (Celestion) and Head Vintage Electric UN TWIN 50. I'm talking about the studio of my drummer and Sound Technician Mariano Fazzi.

Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any "rituals" to calm you nerves?
~ I believe I always feel some nerves before going on stage, this fire always is present. My ritual is that I Stay with my friends, jump, play before going on stage, and enjoy this adrenaline that is getting produced when you play live.

What was the most memorable day in your musical career?
~ I had many memorable days in my career, like the day I played with Tail Dragger, a real bluesman, but I have to say that this year I lived a very important day playing with Vox Dei in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of the most important rock bands in the history of my country, and casually my brother is named Jeremias for a song of this band, "Jeremias Pies de Plomo", and thanks to Willy Quiroga for this invitation, I was able to realize a dream.

Eze Salgado

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Answers given on November 17, 2016
Photos by Ruckker and Alenka Gimenez