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Gins Paredes Gimnez (Murcia, 2000), better known as walls. He rose to fame at just 16 years old when he won a regional final of the Red Bull Battle of Roosters. After several years of success in the world of improvised rap, he left it to go to pop-rock with his own songs. And it did not go wrong, although the public of the battles continues to criticize him for it. With nearly a million monthly listeners on Spotify, he dreams of collaborating with Leiva.

QUESTION – You are Gins and you are Walls, is there a person and a character?

RESPONSE – Always. There always is because it doesn’t make any sense for me to behave on stage the same way I behave with my friends or with my mother. What I do try is to adapt those aspects of myself to my character to feel more comfortable. I am a very outgoing person who has social skills, so I try to make my character someone close.

Q.- In that construction of the character, has it cost you to change the ‘me, freestyler’ to ‘me, musician’? How has that process been?

R.- Easy because it has also changed my way of thinking. I’m not the same person I was when I was doing freestyle and then it wasn’t a problem for me what they would say when I started doing pop-rock. To this day, you get into my social networks and there are a lot of comments that are nonsense. Maybe a TikTok goes viral for me and it’s like: “for what you’ve been left for”, “drugs are giving you a trick”… Shit like that, I don’t care because I get carried away by the good energies and for the pea that loves me.

Q.- The public of freestyle is sometimes very… I don’t know how to define it.

R.- They are very Nazi. It’s okay, you can tell. I mean, from the good sense of the word but it’s like it’s his move and anyone who gets out of that is a loser. I feel super proud of what I am doing and of having been part of that movement even though now I have nothing to do or what I do.

Q.- Why did you decide to do pop-rock instead of something more urban, which is the most listened to and what most young musicians do?

R.- Because it’s what makes me feel most comfortable. I mean, I really like urban music, I really like reggaeton. It is music that I consume, but I don’t know if I would feel comfortable doing it and, above all, I don’t know if it would fit me. Also, since I was little I listened to everything but with El Canto del Loco and movidas as well as that I felt cooler. I imagined myself playing in the schoolyard. It is the music that transmits me the most.

Q.- It is true that for a few years El Canto del Loco was the best. Then young pop-rock groups stopped coming out until now, several of you are taking it up again.

R.- It’s just that I believe that pop-rock will never die in this country, but I do know that it needs a facelift from time to time and changes its sounds. It’s a music that transmits a lot, that connects very easily with young people, that makes you sell a lot of tickets… That’s why I think that the people who champion the genre have to get together and adapt current trends. I like to put digital drums or synth urban.

Q.- Do the artists of your generation feel the support of those of the previous generation?

R.- I haven’t collaborated with any of them, but my colleagues have. Hens has a song with Despistados and Pole with Dani Martn. So much. I would love to have a song with Leiva, but I don’t even know him. I’m sure they know about us and they’ll be proud.

Q.- You were talking about TikTok before. You have already been born in an era of social networks, how do you approach them as an artist?

R.- I wear them much better as a consumer than as a creator. It is very cool to enter, see the stories of my friends and have a laugh. As a creator I have a hard time looking good to upload something. Not physically, but to see that something is beautiful. So it makes me very lazy. It is something that I am learning because just as an artist in the 80s had to go to the radio and do fifty interviews, I have to upload these things to networks. It’s part of the gig.

Q.- Are you very self-demanding?

R.- I am very self-demanding and a perfectionist, but I am also very lazy. It’s hard for me to do things, but when I don’t see them right I think I’m an asshole and that I should have done it right. In the end I work twice as hard for Mongolian.

Q.- Are you very aware of the numbers that your songs make?

R.- I’ve made up my mind not to look at them so much. Do you know Spotify for Artist? It is an application for artists in which you can see how many views a song has at any given time. It is updated to the second. And that for the head is super harmful. I have decided to take these types of things off because I have already entered into a philosophy of: I live off what is cool for me, I am 22 years old and we are going to try to have as many visits as possible but without getting excited.

Q.- Have you ever needed professional help to manage success?

R.- No, I’ve had a lot of luck with that, but the day I need it the least, I’ll go there. I have always leaned on my loved ones.

Q.- Have your parents always supported your career as an artist?

R.- Let’s see, they always told me to study. They thought I could do well but the vertigo is always there because it is a profession that does not depend only on you. One day people cross the wire and pass your face forever. So they encouraged me to study and I haven’t finished my degree in Journalism yet, but I’ve started it. They are super involved with me today.

Q.- Why journalism?

R.- Because I did a year of ADE and I think it was the worst decision of my life. Fatal. I like to communicate. In addition, the work of the journalist seems super necessary in society, as important as a teacher or a doctor can be.

Q.- And, having that mentality, don’t you consider yourself as an artist to be a speaker of topics that you believe are important for society?

R.- Let’s see, if I have the opportunity to give voice to something that I consider important, I will do it on networks or at a concert. Because I do believe that I have the capacity for people to listen to me. But I am against this current that the artist has a moral and social responsibility over people. Education has to be given by parents and teachers. I try to take care of my forms and express myself in a way that can contribute to young people, but I understand that another artist might not want to do it.

Q.- I am not referring so much to educating but to being a speaker of causes such as, for example, climate change if you are concerned

R.- Sure, yes. But it is that, that there is a current now that public figures have to be careful what they say on networks because many young people follow them and I do not agree. Less nonsense. I mean, if you’re a fascist then yeah, don’t upload shit because we beat you up, you know? But within normal limits, which are not extreme, each one with his move. That’s right, the moment I see anything intolerant, I block. I can’t with the fachas.

Q.- Man, but they can tell you that you do not tolerate freedom of expression

R.- Do you know what’s up? That tolerating an intolerant person makes you intolerant. If you see a person hitting another and you do nothing, you have the same fault as the one who is hitting. So if a person gives an opinion against human rights, he goes against freedom. And one person’s freedom ends where another’s begins.

Q.- Do you consider that you are connected with the problems of people your age or do you feel in a bubble?

R.- I don’t sit in a bubble. For starters, because I’m not rich. And then because I’m not extremely well known. I consider myself a normal kid. Besides, I like to feel like part of the rock of my age.

Q.- What is your opinion of fame? Would you like more people to know you or is it something that makes you dizzy?

R.- Always more. The more the better. I like what I do and I want it to reach as many people as possible. And the consequences that it can bring to be a problem of the Gins of the future.

Q.- Have you seen that the ego has harmed you at some point?

R.- The ego had two very important moments in my life. The first was when he won the Red Bull. Then I lost my mind. He was a killer and I felt like he was Travis Scott and then my best friends warned me. And, the second, has been recently. I had a very important conversation with a manager because I felt that ego was negatively affecting my career. I think that the ego is necessary and that you have to have it if you are an artist. You have to be in love with what you do. But I had a toxic ego, an ego that made me compare myself to others. I used to think that if my music didn’t work it was the fault of the industry, the fault of others, instead of the fault of my work. I was never to blame. That bad, bad, bad ego. To this day I still have an ego, but I try to make it as healthy as possible.

Q.- Finally, where do you see yourself in ten years?

R.- With 32? Well… I don’t know if this is very typical of someone my age, but I would like to have a son or a daughter. I have a lot of paternal instinct and I think I will be a good father. And, nothing, I will continue to dedicate myself to this. Slowly. Match by match.


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J. A. Allen

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