"After all this time I think I can reaffirm my conviction to work for music with identity, which is what I've been doing all my life," the singer-songwriter said by telephone during an interview with this newspaper.
His current musical production is focused on a set of six folklore records, to give back to the Ecuadorian teachers of this genre and to promote the culture and sounds of this country.
Flies has not been restricted in his profession. He has been the voice in a series of groups, one of the most popular La Grupa (1998), which among other recognitions won the best international band award at the FIMU (International University Music Festival) 2006, in Belfort, France. "It's a band with which it was very difficult for us to enter the media, to the people; We started making Ecuadorian music at a time when that music was frowned upon, "Flies says. He adds that although it was not a very commercial band, he and his companions managed, with the affection of the people, to be very dear, respected.
"The rump has not been finished," he adds. Flies says that the reason for not having generated anything new at some time is due to personal complications of the members, not to the desire to return to do folklore mixed with what comes to mind.
The adrenaline of being on stage, remember, connect with people, flow with what your instinct dictates is an amalgam that attracts you a lot. He also likes his role as a producer, to be like the director of a film handling that spark that makes his thoughts explode in reality.
"Working on the concept, working on the idea, developing the talent of the artists is something that I absolutely love," he says. But after two decades he can not say that he has a favorite production, he keeps the experiences, the growth, the experiences and endearing friends that each of them has given him.
The commercial peak, he adds, or fame can also be an index that people are reacting to a product, but their satisfaction arises when they know that their work has had real value both musical and human.
Flies, father "ordinary" of three children and a lover of cinema, swimming and gardening, notes a growth in the industry of Ecuador. And although disorganization is one of the biggest problems, he says, he is optimistic. "What is done in Ecuador is a job that can compete with an international market. I think we are about to burst like a country of music, of talent ".
Flies along with Danilo Arroyo are betting on Maki, an artist of "urban wave" native of Macas who opened in March the concert that Calle 13 and Manu Chao offered in the capital. He also works in the discography of the national Gustavo Herrera and the Biorn Borg group.
His family has been the main support and strength for the Quito to complete his projects. "When the family is united, everything starts to work better," he says. With it he has planned, in a month or so, to travel to Los Angeles, where there is a great musical machinery that will be used to reinforce the Latin, to introduce the national in a more powerful market. "I believe that there are the tools, the industry; there are bonuses, it's something to go and propose something to try to be better ".
When he puts on his headphones, he hears everything, as long as it is well done, but confesses to being a fan of "the Ecuadorian movida". To the crazy people who conform it tells them not to forget to create and compose, it is the true strength of the musician, according to the Flies philosophy. He will also continue in his own, he says, with a lot of responsibility. And even better if it's on the seashore.
Ivis Flies began his musical studies in 1991. He joined bands like Punto Aparte, Carbono 14 and Contravía. In the nineties he also participated in several jazz groups.