Líbido is a Peruvian rock band formed in 1996.
Band members are Salim Vera (vocals, guitars), Antonio Jauregui (bass), Manolo Hidalgo (lead guitar), Jeffry Fischman (drums) (1996-2005) and Ivan Mindreau (drums) (2005-present). They are winners of two Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica, in the categories: Best Artist -- Southwest (2002), and Best Artist -- Central (2003) and have toured all over Peru.
1996-2000: early years - Libido:
They released their self-titled album Libido in 1998. It included hit singles like "Como un perro" and "Sed". Líbido started touring all over the country. As a result of the success of its first album, the group began to play at Peru's premier venues; meanwhile, their music began to be noticed by North American radio stations with Spanish rock programming, in specialized magazines, and on music web sites.
In 2000, the band took a break from touring to record their second album titled Hembra. It was produced by Tweety González and mixed by Doug Trantow, and was recorded in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. This album marked the beginning of Líbido's working relationship with Sony Music, which helped reinforce its presence in the Peruvian market; the market had already been struck by a high level of piracy. The album became number 1 in Peru and the single 'En esta habitación'.. With this album they achieved two #1 hits in the rankings of local radio stations with the singles 'Tres' and 'En esta habitación'. The music videos for the singles were directed by Juan Pablo Olivares y Picky Talarico, respectively.
After this, they took their music to places such as Buenos Aires, Argentina (Buenos Aires Hot Festival in January 2001); the United States (the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, in March 2001; the ASCAP AMPT Music Series Miami in October 2000, and headlining the Show to benefit IRC Miami Chapter in December 2001); Caracas, Venezuela (Festival Nuevas Bandas 2001); and Santiago, Chile (July 2001). During this period they received on behalf of their recording house gold and platinum albums which certified the high sales of 'Hembra' in Peru: its sales in that country were about the same as its sales throughout all the rest of the American continent.
During 2001 they continued headlining festivals in Peru: the Festival de la Cerveza in Cuzco (June 2000) and Arequipa (August 2001 and 2002); the Feria del Hogar (Lima, August 2001); and the Lima Music Fest (November 2001). Throughout this time, they continued holding concerts throughout the country.
September 2002 was a high point in the life of the group. They received a nomination in the first MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica and terminated their contract with Sony Music. September was also the start of the recording of their third disc in Estudios Panda (Argentina), under the production of the Canadian Duane Baron and mixing engineer Thom Russo.
In October 2002, Líbido won the Best South-West Artist honor at the MTV Latin American VMAs. This was a great moment for Peruvian rock music since it marked the first international recognition received by any Peruvian rock band.
In December 2002, the band released their third album Pop*Porn which repeated the success of Hembra, certified double platinum for its high sales volume in only three days on the market. Their single "Frágil" was number one for three weeks on MTV and was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award.
In March 2003, Líbido again took part in the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. This was a preamble to their first U.S. tour. The music video for 'Frágil' ('Fragile') had a strong presence on MTV Central, and had the top spot in the Top 20 for three consecutive weeks. In June, the band participated again in the Festival de la Cerveza Cuzqueña. At the start of July 2003, Pop*Porn was released in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Colombia.
In October 2003, Líbido again triumphed at the second Latin American MTV Video Music Awards (VMALAs), when they won the "Best Central Artist" category for the second consecutive year. This also involved their participation in a live Pre-Show for the VMALAs, which was the first performance by a Peruvian rock band to be broadcast live to all of North America.
In the second half of 2003, the group continued traversing South America with appearances in the Festival de la Cerveza Paceña in La Paz (Bolivia) and the Cabildo Rock & Pop Festival in Montevideo (Uruguay). Meanwhile, in December 2003, 'pop*porn' was published in Argentina by Alerta! Discos (owned by Zeta Bosio), and Chile.
In 2004, Líbido recommenced its activities with the filming of their new video for 'No Será lo Mismo Sin Ti' ('It won't be the same without you').
In December 2004, Líbido released their first live album titled Líbido Acústica.
After a long break at the beginning of 2005, original drummer Jeffry Fischman left the band for personal reasons, and to continue his studies in the US, with his replacement Ivan Mindreau behind the drums.
2005-2009: Lo Último que Hable Ayer:
By October 2005, their new album, Lo Último que Hable Ayer ('The last thing I said Yesterday'), was released. Instead of the rock sound that made Líbido famous, they chose a more experimental sound. With their first radio single "Culpable", they began their promotion for the new album. It was very controversial among fans, who claimed that it wasn't the same without Jeffry Fischman and that Líbido's music has been going downhill.
2009-present: Un Día Nuevo:
After four years of hiatus, Libido returned with the studio album Un Día Nuevo, which was released on July 16, 2009. Months before the release of Un Día Nuevo, Libido had begun a publicity strategy through the mobile phone network Claro. Its two singles are Nadie Sabe lo que Vendra and Malvada.
After Un Dia Nuevo album came out, the band decided to record another studio album. This new album would include some old songs that did not make it on previous albums. It was released along with a DVD featuring the band's greatest hits. After the release, the band left for tour around the country.
years passed after touring they decided to make a new album.