Lisa: Define the mission of Cor.
Diego: The mission great question: to show that I am human, sinful, imperfect. I bleed, loose my temper, get angry, scared, most of the time I don’t know what I’m doing, don’t follow me. to show that God the father loves me and is love. Jesus is perfect, died on the cross that I may find freedom from my sins, from my guilt and shame. The Holy Spirit is a part of me as my counselor, to teach me to be authentic, real, how to live free.
Lisa: Have you managed to make any new discoveries as the time passed during your creative process? Do you think that at some point of that process your writing approach changed much?
Diego: Yes, the lyrics have gone from questioning if God is real and if he really loves me, to finding freedom, love not through the Bible, not through people, pastors, churches, but through a relationship with God himself.
Lisa: What types of change do you feel your music can initiate?
Diego: The music has also changed, as time has past we have found that the future sound of COR although unpopular is christian punk leaning toward old English sounds of rebellion toward established religious temples, being taught how to think when God gave us free will,
Lisa: Your songs have a way of expressing those “raw, every day” emotions that people experience – how do you manage to capture those feelings?
Diego: We capture those feelings by listening to the pain inside peoples lives, the hardship we’ve experienced in our own lives, but most importantly, God creates us with a specific purpose and to be able to live that life out he gives us gifts.
Lisa: What ideas did inform “Choices Taken” in particular?
Diego: I have friends that lost their innocence at a very young age, rape, child abuse, i was told I was worthless, useless, violence. this gave us a damaged view of life and people.
Lisa: How did you document the music while it was being formulated?
Diego: When we record we first start with the guitar, then drums, bass, and lastly vocals, I do the mixing and we pay for the mastering. The most difficult part of a song is to match the lyrics with the rhythm and then bring the instruments to life.
Lisa: Describe your approach to recording.
Diego: Don’t write with your mind, you have to understand how your senses take it in and how it changes your life, remember how it runs through your body, inside your heart.
Lisa: What advice or philosophy might you impart to other musicians, be it in forms of creativity, technical stuff, the business side of it, or anything else?
Diego: The technical aspect is so hard because one has to combine soul and spirit, with instruments and they both have to come alive so let the song breathe, give it space.
Lisa: What is your view on technology in music?
Diego: The business side: everyone can make an album load it on any social media platform, my advise if you can’t find anyone to help you with this part: is to dedicate 10 times more of your time to market your music than to record it, be patient and keep your music alive by promoting it, and trying to find your space where it belongs, where listeners identify with your sound and lyrics. don’t stop creating or loading music to this platform people get bored real quick so you have to be constantly loading music and changing your look. Always have material ready, for example: we released 12 songs September 30, 2020, and in march 2021 we are releasing 6 new songs to social media that are recorded and ready to be uploaded. We are working on our second album that will come out September 30 of next year of which we have 18 songs written, 2 already recorded, 2 in the process of recording. Most importantly enjoy it, I don’t know how many people we will reach with our music but, it’s a hard business to be in, so don’t miss the point of all this, the point is to enjoy it.
Lisa: What are your plans for the future?
Diego: Future plans for the band are to go live, record videos to load on youtube, enjoy the music, life, and all the unexpected things that occur in a world that looses it’s meaning as time moves forward. Stop and enjoy the coffee.