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WITH SALVADOR’S VOCALIST/GUITARIST NIC GONZALES By Andy Argyrakis
From its inception at the
tip of the 2000s, Salvador’s
continuously turned the Christian
music scene upside down with
its Latin-infused potpourri of
pop and rock packed with plenty
of timeless sensibilities. It’s no
surprise that all of the musicians
packed therein are amongst
the industry’s most celebrated
and seasoned, while the group
remains a consistent concert
staple due to its jam-tinged
tendencies. Fans and newcomers
alike can catch the famed players
on tour this spring alongside
Jaci Velasquez and catch a crash
course on its career thus far via
How Far Is Heaven: The Best of
CCM: What can fans expect from
Salvador’s current concert tour?
GONZALES: I think there are a few things that people
can expect. I also believe there will be a few things they
can expect will be absent. To clarify, I feel like there
are some basics that get lost in the mix if you let it. We
thrive on music basics. We want the band to be air tight
in a live setting. We hope to inspire others as we have
been inspired by Christian music. Songs are important,
but I also hope tone and passion are tied together with
it. Frills are not our style. We don’t carry a huge crew so
with that comes some elbow grease and honesty with the
instrument. I also think that radio gives you an inside look
into music and musicians you may not ever get to listen
to. We love when people come to a concert and leave
telling me they only know one song of ours. It makes me
feel good to know they know a little more about us now.
CCM: For those who haven’t seen the band before, how would
you describe the jam sessions that happen on stage?
GONZALES: Jam sessions can be extended intros, outros
and solos in a concert. It truly feels like you are inside
someone else’s mind process with music as a common
denominator. It will feel like a dance on stage. It ﬂ ows with
no fear of failure. You always have the song to fall back on!
CCM: Why has the group gravitated towards such a wide
array of instrumentation throughout the years?
GONZALES: If you want a big sound, it takes people!
CCM: What would be your all time dream musical
GONZALES: Salvador with The Imperials.
BREAKING IT DOWN
Brand: Rittenhouse Guitar
Specs: Relic Custom ‘50s Stratocaster
Pros: Great build
Cons: New Builder. People don’t know him yet, but
they will: www.rittenhouseguitars.com.
Price Range: Unknown