June 21, 2017
BUSK 2017: Jonathan Pinto
Your first contact with music?
Michael Jackson or Back Street Boys, I don’t exactly remember.
What do like about playing music on the street?
It’s liberating, for both oneself and for passersby, especially when they start dancing. It’s a reminder of something humane: that people do stuff, we’re not just machines on our way to and from work.
Which artist or concert impressed you particularly and why?
Pixies and Velvet Underground, they both made me wanna do music. I had never heard anything like it before. Just amazing, original music and it just inspired me. Concert: The Flaming Lips, same there, amazingly inspirational performances.
The soundtrack of your current life?
A lot of roots reggae and at work: Queens of the Stone Age and Belle and Sebastian aaand…. roots reggae.
What does it mean to be a musician?
It means to be a samurai and a warrior, it means self-discipline, it means refining your art everyday, whatever you have to do to to keep your mind sharp, whatever situations you have to expose yourself to in order to keep your heart open. To be a musician is dedication and staying true to your dreams and ideals.
What does your family think of your choice to be a musician?
They support it.
Dream concert – impossible concert: who would you like to hear?
The Clash! with its London Calling line up. That would be the most important one.
Best or worse experience of your musical career?
Best? I can hardly remember, I like to think that it just gets better and better.
Jonathan plays the sound of the street for the people, selflessly with great passion and hope of spirit. He’s unafraid to befriend his demons and fearlessly quests after truth. His path is authentic,
He can be no one but himself and his destiny is to play this festival.