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Gustavo Cerati

Background information
Born August 11, 1959 (1959-08-11) (age 50)
Origin Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Rock, Pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass, Sampler
Years active 1982 – present
Website www.cerati.com
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster
Paul Reed Smith Custom
Jackson Soloist

Gustavo Adrián Cerati Clark (born in Buenos Aires on August 11, 1959) is an Argentine artist and songwriter. During the 1980s and 90s he was a member of the Argentine Rock group Soda Stereo, along with Charly Alberti and Zeta Bosio. In the early 90s, with Amor Amarillo, he pursued a solo career.

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Career

Cerati recorded two solo albums while playing with Soda Stereo. These albums are:

  • Colores Santos (Holy Colors) (1991) A project with Daniel Melero. Songs to highlight include "Vuelta por el Universo" ("spin around the universe"), "Tu Medicina" ("Your Medicine") and "Colores Santos" ("Holy Colors").
  • Amor Amarillo (Yellow Love) (1994) A totally new album and the very first album with his solo name. Participation of Hector (Zeta) Bosio, ex-bass player for Soda Stereo, on the song "Amor Amarillo" ("Yellow Love"). Singles to highlight include "Lisa" ("Lisa"), "Te llevo para que me lleves" ("I Take You So You'll Take Me"), "Pulsar" ("Pulsar") and "Bajan" ("[They] Come Down") (a remake of a song written by Luis Alberto Spinetta).

Cerati had six solo albums after his career with Soda Stereo. The albums are:

  • Bocanada (Puff) (1999) This album was his first official solo album. Heavy use of electronic samples and beats were used. Some outstanding songs from this album are: "Engaña" ("Deceive"), "Río Babel" ("Babel River"), "Bocanada" ("Mouthful"), "Puente" ("Bridge") and "Paseo Inmoral" ("Immoral Stroll"). During an interview, Cerati said that he would like to name this album "Cerati Iluminado" ("Cerati Illuminated") in regards of the lyrics and music they arranged for the records.
  • +Bien (+Well) (2001) Soundtracks of the movie of the same name, directed by Eduardo Capilla, in which he also stars and makes his acting debut. Another soundtrack he produced was for the movie "Solo Por Hoy" ("Just for Today")
  • 11 Episodios Sinfónicos (11 Symphonic Episodes) (2001) A live recording of Cerati singing with a classic orchestra playing some of Cerati and Soda Stereo's most popular songs.
  • Siempre es Hoy (It's Always Today) (2002) The third non-instrumental album of his solo career; A new perspective of his music and sound. Some highlights of this album include "Karaoke" ("Karaoke"), "Cosas Imposibles" ("Impossible Things") and "Artefacto" ("Artifact").
  • Siempre es Hoy / Reversiones (It's Always Today/Reversions) (2003) A compilation of remixes from the album "Siempre es hoy" performed by several artists of the ambient electronica around the world.
  • Ahí vamos (Here We Go) (2006) It's probably his most rock-oriented album to date. An album that combines Cerati's guitar roots and a melodic style. It includes songs such as "Un lago en el cielo" ("A Lake in the Sky"), "Crimen" ("Crime"), "La excepcion" ("The exception"), "Uno entre mil" ("One in a Thousand"), "Adios" ("Goodbye"), "Me quedo aqui" ("I'm Staying Here"), "Medium" ("Medium"). Hector Castillo and Tweety Gonzalez were the responsible for the sound engineering of the album.
  • Fuerza Natural (Natural Force) (2009) Is the fifth album by Gustavo Cerati on stage as soloist, released on 1 September 2009. The album features a folk sound with acoustic guitars and presence of mandolins. The first cut of the album was Déjà vu. It also includes songs such as "Fuerza Natural" (natural force), "Rapto" (kidnapping), "Magia" (magic).

Cerati is known for his lead and rhythm guitar talents and for his ability to play intricate lead solos on guitar while singing in key. He released his latest album, Ahí vamos, in April 2006, in which his guitar playing is featured prominently as opposed to the heavy use of electronic samplers as in Bocanada. Ahí Vamos was certified platinum in Argentina in only one day.

Cerati has several electronic music alter egos as well, namely Plan V, Ocio and Roken. He has produced albums for other artists, most notably Sueños en Tránsito ("Dreams in Transit") for Nicole and Mar ("Sea") for Leo García as well as for the band Friccion. He is a contributing artist on several albums for artists such as Caifanes, Los Calzones, and Shakira.

Despite stating that the Grammys do not matter to him[1] he attended the Latin Grammys ceremony on November 2, 2006 [2][3] where he won for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song [4][5].

On 10 March 2007 Cerati played a free concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The show was held in a popular square and main streets were closed. The concert was the closure of the Summer Programme of the city government. The government estimated that between 150,000[1] and 200,000[2] people attended.

On 7 July 2007 he performed at Live Earth with Shakira in Germany.

Personal life

He was married to Chilean model Cecilia Amenábar from 1992 till 2002. They have two children: Lisa and Benito. Cecilia collaborated in vocals and double bass in Gustavo's first solo album: Amor Amarillo. Later on he dated supermodel Déborah de Corral, former girlfriend of Charly Alberti during the mid-nineties. Déborah appeared as a guest singer in Gustavo's album Siempre Es Hoy. Some songs on his next album, Ahí Vamos, seem to talk about their break-up. He is uncle of musician Benny Vega.

Discography

Gustavo Cerati has released five solo albums. He is best known for his work with Soda Stereo: seven studio albums and three live albums.

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Solo releases

Soda Stereo

Other Records

  • +Bien (Movie Soundtrack) (2001)
  • 11 Episodios Sinfónicos (Live with Symphonic Orchestra) (2001)
  • Canciones Elegidas 93-04 (2004) (Compilation, European edition)
  • Canciones Elegidas 93-04 (2004) (Compilation, American edition) (CD + DVD)
  • Siempre es Hoy: Reversiones (2003) (Double CD- Remixes Compilations)

Other projects

  • Fricción (with Richard Coleman) (1985)
  • Colores Santos (with Daniel Melero) (1992)
  • Colores Santos, The Remixes (1995)
  • Plan V (with Andrés Bucci, Guillermo Ugarte, Christian Powditch, and Hugo Chávez) (1996)
  • Plan Black V Dog (with Black Dog) (1998)
  • Ocio - Medida Universal (with Flavius E.) (1999)
  • Ocio - Insular (2000)
  • Roken (with Flavius E., Leandro Fresco) (only live presentations, no album or record was done) (2004)
  • Nicole - Sueños En Transito (Producer) (1997)
  • Leo García- Mar (Producer) (2000)

Collaborations

  • Outlandos D'Americas - Tribute to The Police, with Andy Summers, song "Tráeme la noche" ("Bring on the Night")
  • Tribute to Queen (Soda Stereo, song "Someday, One Day")
  • Los Durabeat (Beatles Tribute)
  • Shakira - Fijacíon Oral Vol.1 + 2 ("Día Especial" "The Day And The Time" "No")
  • plasticos from Los Calzones-tribute to Argentine rock songs made in ska version (en la ciudad de la furia)
  • Bajofondo - Mar dulce, song "El Mareo"
  • "Savage" guitar solo on Los Brujos debut LP's song "Fin de Semana Salvaje". He also co-produced this album with Daniel Melero.
  • "Caifanes Vol. 1" - Guitar on "la Bestia Humana".

Awards

References

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