I have always been fascinated by record covers. Kiss, Cheap Trick, The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Kansas and Pink Floyd to name a few. I had the luxury of growing up with older brothers that loved music. Before the mp3 era, it was a joy listening to a record and looking at every detail on the artwork. How it related to the music, how the designer did it? etc.
When it came my turn to design for a band, I went for it with passion and thinking about all those that influenced me through the years. Here we have some examples of my design work for artists through the years.
Circo – No Todo lo que es Pop es Bueno – 2001. With Jose Luis Cortes Caamaño.
Da’Zoo – Self Titled – 2008
Circo – En el Cielo de Tu Boca – 2005. With Pedro Velez.
Stellarscope – Living Under the Radar – 2005
Un.real VS Psiconautas – Split – 2009
Habish – La Nave de los Locos – 2012
Circo – Alguien /single – 2007
Circo – Antes del Fin /single – 2007
Da’Zoo – Excuse Me / single – 2008
Circo – Cursi – 2007
Stellarscope – This is Who we Are – 2010
Captain Horizon – The Lights of Distorted Science – 2012
Through the years, I have been involved in many projects with my dear friend and artist, Pedro Velez. At college with my first painting exhibit (1994) and as the composer for his book of sketches (1994) called: Apendice. Years later (2004), we collaborated on Circo’s “En el Cielo de tu Boca” record artwork.
On May 2014, I was asked by Pedro to do a soundtrack for his exhibition. Under my alias, The Artificial Shadow Band, to complement his paintings, collages and banners.
From 101 / Exhibit’s web site:
“Additionally, the show will feature a soundtrack by Gardy Pérez, an experimental musician,
long time collaborator of Vélez, and leader of the seminal shoegaze band un.real. One copy of the soundtrack will be available and includes a poster/collage based upon the audio.”
The soundtrack featured quotes by art critics and thinkers. It can be heard here:
Poster for a Rock and Roll show. My band, un.real hosted a show at La Respuesta with Demonsleeper, Similar and My Empty Phantom.
I used Ultraman as the centerpiece of the poster, since I love old school japanese anime and robots. It is also a recurring theme on my band’s artwork.