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My name is Pilar, but I've been called many names (Pili, Pai, Pailar, Pepper, Pailipai, Cupy, Penny, and the list goes on and on...). I grew up in Marbella (Spain), which has always been my base camp, but I'm a "restless ass" (as we say in Spanish) and haven't stopped moving around since I had the power to do so. I'm just trying to find my spot in this world, I guess.
I like to be surrounded by nice people, see everything I can and live life spontaneously. You're welcome to join me.
I know it's typical, but just try to enjoy the moment, live life every day if possible, never say no to any opportunities that may bring fun or something new to your life, be spontaneous, never fear new experiences.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've hosted a lot of people in my flat in Madrid and I must say I absolutely love it. Couchsurfing is one of the best ideas someone could have come up with.
Personally, I've never actually stayed at someone's place through CouchSurfing, but I've stayed at unknown people's flats and, if I was able to sleep in a bed full of sperm spots, I think I can stay anywhere...
I have a bit of an obsession for music; Rock, Indie, Classical, Blues, Jazz and Electronic Music are some of the genres I mostly listen to. My greatest hours of pleasure are at concerts and festivals. There is nothing like listening to live music for me. I also really enjoy doing (and watching) ballet, watching good films and getting together with some good friends and organize a spontaneous trip somewhere; camp, bonfire and guitar = Paradise. Photography, film, advertising and graphic design are what I've been dedicating myself in the last years and, even though I love doing it, I don't love the current industry so much. Everything's internet now and it's not what I signed up for. So I made the huge decision of pursuing my dream job; working in Music. So, now I'm a Tour Manager for classical music orchestras and choirs and would love to move into tour-managing Rock bands :D. Maybe someday!
- graphic design
- ballet dancing
- live music
- electronic music
Music, Movies, and Books
My film taste has radically changed to independent and arthouse movies and documentaries. I've reached a point where I can't stand watching a typical blockbuster Hollywood film. Nevertheless, there are a couple of famous filmmakers whose films I usually enjoy, like Woody Allen (although he's starting to piss me off), Wes Anderson, Kubrik, Polanski, Sofia Coppola, Tarantino, etc...
If I told you all the music I listen to, I'd be sitting here till next month... The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley, The Black Keys, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, The Velvet Underground, Radiohead, The White Stripes, BRMC, Skip James, Bonobo, Nicolas Jaar, Erik Satie, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Ravel, are just a very few of the bands and musicians I like.. there are just too many.. but I think you can get the direction I'm going...
I usually like to read classic books. Some of the books I loved were Humiliated and Offended by Dostoievsky, For Whom The Bell Tolls by Hemingway, Dracula by Stoker, Pride and Prejudice by Austen, The House of Bernarda Alba by Lorca, some Edgar Allan Poe's stories, and other classics.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The first thing that comes to mind was a night on my InterRail trip, when my friends and I decided to sleep in the streets of Paris and I will never forget the moment when a homeless guy came to us and said: "Hey girls, you're sleeping in my place!" Eventually he let us stay there while he continued drinking his beer and driving around with a bike he "found"... Other homeless people came to us and were veery nice and specially funny... they were drunk..
One of the most beautiful, breathtaking and unforgettable experiences I've had was in Canada when my uncle and I took our kayaks to some recondite part of the Saint Laurent. The only thing we could hear was the breathing whales around us. But, if that wasn't enough, the Beluga whales decided to join us. You can't imagine what it is having 20 curious Belugas around you, playing and racing with you.
To sing Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's songs with lead singer Robert Levon Been after one of their concerts in Madrid.
See The Rolling Stones rocking on their 2007 world tour. Best concert of my life!
A week at Glastonbury. I don't think there's anything left to say.
Rappelling somewhere in Utah, at 2am with a full moon, tipsy and in a mini-skirt.
Meeting Ricky Maymi, lead guitarist of the Brian Jonestown Massacre while my sister and I were walking towards the venue where they were performing in Madrid. I had just smoked a joint to be in the perfect mood for a psychedelic gig, and while we were walking, Ricky (who I hadn't recognised at first) was walking right in front of us with a friend. I literally said to my sister: "El porro que me acabo de fumar, feels fucking awesome!". Right in that moment, Ricky and his friend turn around and ask with smiling faces: "What was fucking awesome?" I answered smiling back: "The joint I just smoked!". The start laughing and ask us if we wanted to go to a gig with them. We said we were already going to a gig and that it was probably the same one. Suddenly, they start laughing like crazy saying: "Ha, she thinks we're going to the same gig... hahaha... I am the guitarist girl!".
We ended up having a great night with all their friends and were even invited to join them on their tour to Portugal. Knowing what they would be expecting having two young girls in their bus, we refused and stayed out with their friends.
While on tour with one of my orchestras, we ended up sharing our hotel with Fleet Foxes and Primal Scream in Bilbao. I met them both, but it was Primal Scream with whom I had the pleasure of enjoying an hour long conversation about music and the business. Lead singer Bobbie Gillespie called me "the psychedelic Tour-Manager", as I had seen them at the Austin Psych Fest (Levitation) in 2015, and whoever has been to that festival, knows what goes on... He even wanted my number, which I regret not handing to. It was amazing!
What I Can Share with Hosts
Everything but my organs :D. Sharing's caring.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, United States