We got to know Han Luis Cera, the lead singer of Mutant-Thoughts.
My name is Han Luis Cera. I’m the lead singer and synth freak for the Bristol-based Synth Prog Rock trio Mutant-Thoughts.
Where are you from?
I myself am from a city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia called Barranquilla (pronounced Barrankeeya), the same place Shakira is from. The rest of the band is from the South West of England.
How long have you been together?
We started with Josh, our bass player, about four years ago. Tom, our drummer joined the band about two years ago.
How long have you been playing music?
I started playing music at school. I was playing covers of famous Latin American bands like Soda Stereo and then life took a bad turn, my father passed away and being the provider of the family, things got very very difficult for us. I had to leave music aside for many years and move to Europe. After a few years, I got my family to move to Europe with me, and things got a bit better for us. I then decided to study music and sound engineering, and that’s when I got back on track with music. Eventually, I decided to move to the UK, looking for musicians for the project, and that’s how it all started.
Why should people listen to your band?
If you’re looking for something new and different, I think you’ll like Mutant-Thoughts. If you’re looking for something that will challenge your ears and your mind, then I think you’ll love Mutant-Thoughts!
What is your ideal touring line-up?
Probably Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Muse, and Depeche Mode.
What does music mean to you?
Everything vibrates. Music is the best type of vibration. It comes from the heart, works its way to the instrument, travels through the air into our ears, and then, if done properly, it can reproduce that same feeling the artists felt when they wrote the song. And if that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.
What was the first record you bought when you were younger?
I used to record music onto cassettes when I was a kid. I remember when I moved to Europe I bought Around the Fur by Deftones.
What artists first inspired you to start playing music?
Probably Soda Stereo. They are huge in Latin America, but never really made it in Europe. They’re an Argentinian band from the ’80s/’90s.
What’s the most aesthetically pleasing album cover that you have in your collection?
The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.
What kind of movie genre do you think your music would best be the soundtrack for?
I would hope for anything by David Lynch, but I’m not sure he’d agree!
Recommend us a record, a book, and a movie…
Album: Laughing Stock by Talk Talk
Book: The Madman by Khalil Gibran
Movie: Mulholland Drive by David Lynch
Any last words for the readers of Highwire Magazine?
Please don’t kill me!