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THE STREETERS HIT THE ROAD TO SUCCESS
Three talented guys hailing from totally different walks of life, have come together through one common passion, to form one of the most successful and admired bands of the moment. Since the band was established in March last year, The Streeters has soared to success, making an impact on music lovers throughout Murcia and Alicante; and proving that age and nationality pose no boundaries when it comes to music. The band plays a blend of music to suit audiences of all ages, from sixties and seventies classics, by the likes of The Doors, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix; to contemporary hits from The Killers, Bruno Mars and Farrell Williams. Similar to their wide ranging musical repertoire, the band members themselves form quite an eclectic mix, with Lead Vocalist and Bassist, Oscar hailing from Bolivia, Drummer and Percussionist, Sergio being Spanish; and Lead Guitarist, Austin, originating from Rotherham, England, who aged just fifteen years old, has become a real focal point for their audiences. It was in fact this infusion of young talent, pointed out to QR by an enthusiastic groupie, that also sparked our interest in the up and coming, relatively new band on the block.
EL NIÑO MAGNETICO
Better known to his friends and fans as “El Niño Magnetico”, Austin was born and raised on music, with his Dad and Manager, Bryn, encouraging his growing interest from an early age. The family moved to Caravaca de la Cruz when Austin was four, where he has grown up mainly listening to Spanish Artists, and was bought his first Spanish guitar when he was nine. He took private guitar lessons for a time, and also attended a workshop with the Animeros of Caravaca, although confirms that his best learning tool was the internet, from which he would sit and watch hours worth of tutorial videos on You Tube. It soon became apparent that Austin was a natural, and he began to receive invites to perform and record material with other musicians, including the band Neuman; and Spanish Indie Rockers, Love of Lesbian, who invited him to join them for a few songs during their two sold out concerts in Murcia. Austin cites Fito y Fitipaldis, Mark Knopfler, Jimi Hendrix and Muse as his main influences. Early days as his confidence and musical talents expanded, Austin’s hunger for performing live also spiraled, and he hooked up with Oscar, to form his first band, Magnetic Jukebox, in February 2014. Oscar was certainly no stranger to music, having begun singing at the age of eleven, and taking it to a professional level in 2008. He had previously been involved in local bands including Arroz and Roll, The Berry Chuckit and eighties rock band, The Verbenas. However, his musical talents and ability to read music originally evolved with the accordion, which he learned to play when he was just six years old, and went on to teach whilst studying music at University. With an obvious flair for this instrument, QR wondered why he no longer played it? “There is not much call for accordion players in Rock and Roll bands! So I sold all my instruments to buy a guitar!” he laughed. Fair enough- his current success indicates that it was a smart move!
Within a month of their joining forces, Oscar and Austin teamed up with Drummer, Sergio; who was also known for his amazing appearances with Los Springers, Los Duques and Los Fanaticos; and thus, The Streeters was borne! Already boasting a solid fan base, the band are now in great demand, with back to back performances booked at various venues throughout the summer, and right through until February 2016. Regular gigs include Monroe’s Music Pub, Torrevieja; Pablo’s Bar, Playa Flamenca; Lansdowne, Playa Flamenca; The Hen’s Teeth, Villamartin; and The Arches Bar, Las Alcazares. The band can also be seen performing along with an additional Bass Guitarist, Alberto, as Magnetik Surf, when Oscar explained that they perform a slightly different set, comprising more classic rock tracks. Magnetik Surf was among the bands performing at the Rock Against Cancer Concert being held at Monroe’s Music Pub on 10th May.
The Streeters have many exciting plans for the future, with their main priority now being to expand their repertoire based on audience requests. Oscar commented that “We are incredibly busy, with up to four gigs booked on certain days during the summer. It is tiring and puts great pressure on us physically, but we are making a living doing something which we love, and not many people have that privilege!” He went on to say that they are planning to write and record their own material in the near future, to keep their performances fresh and give their fans something really special. “Recording our own songs is definitely the next move for The Streeters. As soon as we can find time to set aside for it that is!”