Down in Dry Town

Posted: November 8, 2017 in Whatabout music


This is the first blog post for Dry Town Studio, the outlet for all things Whatabout Music.  I opened the studio over 3 years ago, after leaving the initial Whatabout Music studio in L’Hospitalet, called “The Emergency Room”.  The studio was shut down because the owners sold the building, and literally tore the whole building down.  So all the vibes from the 100+ albums recorded there were torn down with it.  Gee, how Zen…

SO, I had the fortune to buy an old ground-floor office in Poble Sec back in May of 2014. It’s small, but comfy. As they say, it’s not the size that counts… At first it was all about fighting that “new studio smell”.  Creating vibes, waiting for the new paint smell to dissipate, and making the space feel comfortable for anyone who walked through the door.  Finally after 3 years, I can say it has the vibes…

Some interesting projects have been created in our little studio in Poble Sec.  I’ve produced a good 15 albums since opening the studio, and many other talented Barcelona-based and NON-Barcelona musicians have passed through the doors to contribute their energy.  In the studio, I’m now joined by the very talented engineer (and producer) Aurelien Gana, who has great ears, and also great abs (so they say — I’ve only seen photos)…

Just a quick glance over what is coming : Currently Aurel is finishing the debut album of Israeli musician Ofer Ronen.  I am currently working on a Whatabout Music covers album, where I’ve put together bands to cover songs from artists on the label.  You can hear some of the albums recorded in the new studio here :

Sunshine Suite : Whatabout Music Uncovered 

Carola Ortiz : Sirin : Amor Prohibido

Anita Zengeza : Promo video  

Jorge da Rocha : making of video 

Piccola Orchestra Gagarin : Vostok

Danny the Lip : Heavy Breathing

Tal Ben Ari & Mel Seme : Skyland

Stay tuned.  Surely there is much more to come…

Lots of love,
Dave Bianchi


Selva de Mar

Last Friday we joined Selva de Mar at their entrancing #UnAltoEnElCamino performance at Capella Mare de Déu de l’Esperança, a quaint little chapel in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. The night was presided by an unsettling saddened note considering the farewell nature of the occasion, but the mood was lightened by the possibility that it may just be a pit stop for Selva de Mar and we will hopefully be hearing much more from them in the future.

The chapel was packed, a couple dozen pews on either side of the long isle lined with a mesmerized audience. Needless to say the acoustics were beautiful and the perfect mesh of aural delight ricocheted effortlessly off the stone arches.


Sasha Agranov conjuring intricate cello lines entwined with Pablo Wayne’s dominating water drum and unique Hang techniques. They were joined by an arsenal of heavy weight musicians on the Barcelona music scene: Oriol Roca on the drums, Stelios Manousakis as sound tech, Eyal Streett playing the bassoon, Igor Binsbergen on the vibraphone and Feli García Zecchin on the clarinet. Spellbinding vocals by Stephanie Pan and Mû Mbana. Dave Bianchi performed a thought-provoking piece as closure before the crowd roared for an encore.


It was a truly special event and it was palpable that every musician on that stage is genuinely passionate about their craft and that every member of the audience left with an exhilarated feeling of well-being. If you weren’t there you will never know what you missed, but don’t fret over it as it was all caught on video and as soon as it is ready we will make it available for you to enjoy and for those of you who were there to relive the experience.


7 years… Wool Anniversary !

Posted: December 31, 2013 in Whatabout music

To celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Whatabout Music, we are offering a 32-track compilation on iTunes for only $7.99 (or 7€ through any Europe iTunes store).  The comp features 30 bands, with a hand-picked selection of songs recorded between 2006 and 2013.  Click here and Enjoy!





Just kidding. Well, partly. There will be Hard Rock as in Hard Rock Cafe but that’s as far as it goes. On Thursday night Annie Goodchild (Melou) is back in Barcelona to accompany Maarten Swan (Melou). Here’s a little reminder of what they sound like together:

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We are so ecstatic we may just pee our pants, and if you don’t like it we’ll eat our pants.


Link  —  Posted: December 3, 2013 in Maarten Swaan, Whatabout music

Whatabout Samantha de Siena?

Our very own, Samantha de Siena, is playing the Voll Damm International Jazz Festival tonight!! Go on a sweet, seductive musical journey with her and witness the lifting of the veil in person. Damm she’s good!


Link  —  Posted: November 21, 2013 in Samantha de Siena, Whatabout music

So imagine you’re on your way to a gig in the Monseny mountains in the middle of winter and your van breaks down…here’s an easy way to build a stove and save the day…or night. Just make sure you have beer cans (sexy beer anyone?) and some pure alcohol (the kind you buy at the pharmacy). You should already have all your instruments with you so just huddle around the stove and have a little sing-a-long. If all this seems like hard work just use your cell phone to call for help. You’re welcome.

Video  —  Posted: November 19, 2013 in Whatabout music

Do not miss the last one..

Posted: November 1, 2013 in Whatabout music

Next weekend is your last chance to see the Whatabout music and Sow What project.

Last serie of musicians playing together for the first time to give us a great moment of live music.

You can listen to the previous sessions by clicking her 🙂

See you next Friday with Maarten Swaan, Arecio Smith  &  Mathieu Aupitre !!!