Many thanks to mario
mendoza codice's keboard player forgiving us the time for the interview.
1. ¿ When and
how did the idea to form codice was born?
Codice emerges as a
project more or less 10 years ago. The brain behind the concept was Marco
corona who was composing progressive music and was searching for musicians.
Marco Corona arrived to Monterrey in 1992 at that time he contacted fernando
gamez (who became our first drummer) and so the plans to forma a band begun.
Fernando got hold of yours truly (mario Mendoza-keboards) and then i talked
to marco gil (our first bass player). With this configuration we took our
first stepsand finally hector gil joins us with his vocals constituting
the original band.
2. ¿Who are codice’s
and keyboards, ARTURO GARCIA-BAss, DAVID MARTINEZ-drums, MARIO MENDOZA-keyboards
and LUIS MALDONADO-vocals.
3. ¿How did you
came about with the name codice?
You can learn a lot
from ancient cultures through their codex. In these codex remain the message
of a specific place and time. through our music We want to express our
4. Where did the members
got the interest for music?
first trhough the great
musicians that you are exposed to (regardless of the genre). then you discover
an instrument and from then onwards the direct contact with live musicgives
you constant feedback.
5. ¿ What do
you think about the need of formal musical instruction vs autodidactic?
Do you think these influences how successful a group is and the quality
of the music they make?
its influence is really
important, although it is not an absolute law. There are very amazing autodidactic
musicians, they have the touch , it is in their nature. but for people
like us that lack the talent, studying helps us to better understand what
happens within music itself and allow us to grow as performers and composers.
6.-¿ Who or whom
has influenced in codice's music?
many, the list is long
but i can probably mention KING CRIMSON, GENESIS, YES, EL&P, BANCO
DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, UNIVERSE ZERO, FOCUS, LE ORME, ETC
7. ¿Which are
the main difficulties you have had to overcome? progressive
music's minimal or nill promotion associated with the lack of knowledge
of its existance by most people. THere are also the economical issues,
such as high repair costs when the equipment fails (that has happened often
8. ¿Which are
your most satisfactory moments?
the moment we step
on the stage to play... meaning, each and every one of our presentations.
9. ¿Why did you
chose Progressive/Symphonic music?
we are influenced by
it. although lately we are getting involved in different styles, such as
ZEHUL (MAGMA's school) and ROCK in opossition which probably will
show in our next album.
10. ¿How do you
define codice’s style and personality?
we try to be a serious
group, we try not to change because of the ffashion or pressures. We try
to express our true and real taste. For us it is more important to offer
an honest work and enjoy it. If money comes with it it is great, if not,
our position is still the same.
11. do you think that
part of your success may be due to having start the project in california
and your contact with the music scene in californian?
NO, in fact most of
the work was developed in monterrey (mexico), although we cannot deny the
enormous help we received by DAVID OVERSTREET from aRT SUBLIME's label.
the support from Art Sublime has been crucial in your success. do you think
this is the way other groups should follow to succeed?
that is a difficult
(and compromising!!! ha,ha,ha) question. My personal opinion is that no,
not necesarily, everybody has to find their own pathto follow. But as you
mentioned, in our own case the support from ART SUBLIME HAs been very important.
13. ¿What is
your opinion regarding the reasons for most of our progressive musicians
and groups to have a short lived existence? ¿How do you see yoursleves
with respect to the others?
There is a significant
influence from the mexican economy. Progressive music is not a money maker
machine. this forces musicians (that like progressive music )to engage
in other works and comitments that have a better reimbursement,Eventualy
they get saturatedwith all these ocontracts and duties that then they lack
the time and \/or energy required for progressive music. I don't
think there is one place where progressive is well paid, however in first
world countries musicians do not have to saturate themselves with other
engagements to sustain themselves, therefore they have more time...the
conditions are different and this is true in other manifestations of art.
In our case we have different jobs and activities but the love for this
kind of music makes us find time for codice.
14. With the latest
technological advances, one would think that progressive/symphonic and
experimental/electronic music should have had a great comeback. Why do
you think this has not been the case?
We believe that in
fact it has happened, but is differnet than what happened in the 70's.
Perhaps it is not noticeable because it is not music for the masses, but
currently there are many people with incredible ideas. Times have changed
over the last two decades and all these changes are seen in the new prog,
experimental, electronic and other musicians.
15. ¿How do you
see the musical scene in Mexico and what do you think aabout televisa's
monopoly and manipulations?
In mexico we
have everything: superb, good, mediocre and bad musicians. Televisa's artits
belong to the last two categories (with few exceptions). Promotion is given
only to those that are biusiness only...just to make money regardless of
the quality. TV AZTECA is just the same, just remeber what EMILIO
AZCARRAGA JEAN said: "we produce lousy tv because mexicans are fucked"...no
16.-How do you envision
the future of progressive music and in particular of hispanic progressive
We have high hopes
that it will continue to grow and expand, We also hope that new bands wil
appear and will share their views to the prog scene.
20. ¿Which are
codice’s future plans?
Continue to playand
promote our CD alba y Ocaso and work in our new material to be included
in codice's next CD.
codicefor opening up your doors and share your experiences with us.