Xoel López

Pseudonym: Deluxe
Category: Musician
Birth Date: 12th August 1977
Birth Place: A Coruña
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Deluxe is the project created by Xoel López for singing alone. He spent his youth in some Galician bands such as The Riddles, Los Covers or Elephant Band. During that period, he discovered many artists and styles but he mainly discovered the way to focus his career alone.
His first album, ‘Not What You Had Thought’, went on sale in 2001. Xoel composed all the songs of this record, played all the instruments and produced the record together with Juan Gil and José Martínez. This album, preceded by the catchy single ‘I'll See You in London’, a great success that summer, was launched by ‘Mushroom Pillow’.
This work was a revolution within the scene of the Spanish independent music and after a whole year tour, playing in all the great Spanish festivals (Benicássim, Contempopránea, Festimad, Espárrago Rock...), Deluxe began to be recognised abroad. In 2002, he kept on going on tours and publishing singles at the same time he began to write songs for a new album (he composed 40 new songs in a few months).
‘If Things Were to Go Wrong’ was published in 2003 and again he played all the instruments and composed all the songs, some of them in Spanish this time. This album was about to be produced by Steve Cradock (from Ocean Colour Scene), but the collaboration could not be carried out in the last moment. New influences seem to guide Deluxe’s style on this occasion as he changes from soul to country melodies, always trying to take a bit from here and there. This diversity happened to be positive as the album was successful and Deluxe was one of the favourite singers for the critic in 2003. Xoel began to be more and more interviewed in press, radio and TV and had to travel to Japan and some other countries to launch the record.
Some months later, Deluxe published ‘We create, we destroy’ with some new songs taken from the album recording and began to work in some other compositions for the sound track of ‘El juego de la verdad’. He reissued ‘If Things Were to Go Wrong’ with bonus tracks and started a new Spanish tour for 2004, interrupting it occasionaly for promoting ‘Lovely Luna’, his parallel project together with Félix Arias.
In September 2004, he began to compose new songs for his third CD, using mainly Spanish. ‘Los jóvenes mueren antes de tiempo’ was published in 2005, arousing good critics and making Xoel appear in some of the main musical magazines (Mondosonoro, Rolling Stone, MTV Magazine). In 2006, according to the ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, he was awarded the prize to the best record of the year for ‘Los jóvenes mueren antes de tiempo’.
Deluxe started a new tour all around Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Germany.
He hopes to issue his fourth album, ‘Fin de un viaje infinito’, with Virgin in 2007.

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