Sergio Daza is a young music composer from Spain. He grew up in Madrid and from an early age his interest in Classical Music flourished.
“I remember when I was around 6
years old, I would get a pen or
any kind of stick that was laying
around the house, go to the living
room, put a Mozart record on and
start conducting a whole
orchestra in my mind! I broke
quite a lot of stuff with that stick when things got exciting!”
When he was 10 he moved to Estoril, Portugal with his family where he began taking private piano lessons. His interest in popular Portuguese music, Fado, grew. Going with his family to eat in a typical portuguese restaurant and then listening to some Fado Music was a must on the weekends.
“I had a lovely childhood in Portugal; Coming from a big city like Madrid and living by the seaside in a more familiar environment was perfect for a 10 year old boy. When I was not playing the piano I was always outside on the beach with my friends!”
When he was 15 years old he lived in England for a year, there he started Saxophone lessons. At age 16 he returned to Madrid where he formed his
first music band (Ska-Reggae), at the same time and started producing electronic music.
By the age of 18 Sergio began getting interested in Flamenco Music, it was love at first sight.
“I remember being at my Grandmather’s in Malaga, looking at an old guitar that was kind of hidden in one of the closets, taking it out and playing around with it. When I think about the guitar, I only see Flamenco.”
He started taking Flamenco Guitar lessons in Madrid for a year. When he was 19, he moved to Granada (southern Spain) where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Language and Culture. He continued taking Flamenco Guitar lessons with some of the best guitarists in the area, (Rafael Habichuela Nieto, Curro el Malagueño, etc).
During his University years, he had the chance to live for half a year in Cairo, Egypt. There he got in touch with Arabic classical music, taking Oud lessons in one of Cairo’s most popular neighbourhoods.
“One of the most magnificent experiences I’ve ever had was when some friends and I spent a couple of days in the White Dessert. I remember one particular evening, while resting at an Oasis, I started playing the guitar, suddenly one of the Bedouins took out a flute and started playing. Soon we became a group of five musicians playing guitars, ouds, flutes and darbukas in the middle of the desert, while a friend of ours danced barefoot on the Egyptian warm sand”
After finishing University Sergio decided to make a living as a musician. His first serious project appeared when he was asked to make the Soundtrack of an Iphone video game called Twinmares. The project went well and the game came out in 2012.
“It was a great experience for me, I love videogames. All kids from the 80’s love video games don’t they? I still play Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Monkey Island, etc…when I have any spare time”