David Cantero (Madrid, 60 years old) caresses the curves of a turquoise blue Fender Stratocaster, then admires a cream Telecaster, then praises a Gibson Les Paul that looks fiery. "This is the vice of guitars, the poison that is injected into us: we always want to have more," he says. He began to play the guitar already tallud, ten years ago, inspired by bluesmen like Magic Slim or rockers like Jimi Hendrix , of which he covers with his rookie band Hey Joe (whose incipient career was cut short by the pandemic). Can you play like the electric gypsy? "Well, we do Hendrix songs, but it doesn't mean we play them like Hendrix," he laughs.
Guitarist Cantero, who is also a novelist, poet, painter, cartoonist and something else, is in the Arde guitar shop Madrid, where up to 700 of these instruments are kept, between the warehouse and the exhibition, which, hanging on the walls, are a candy for the eyes. Cantero is what used to be called a Renaissance man, although now that is called a polymath . His artistic side arises especially at night. "I am a very night owl, that's when I get creative, and I've always been able to cope well with just a few hours of sleep," he explains. During the day, like Batman, he exercises his public life, as the presenter of the Telecinco noon news, his best-known face, literally.
He has been at different times and channels for more than 25 years telling what happens, before he was next to 16 no visible from cameras. And he says he has managed to reach that fragile point between the sobriety that the news anchor is supposed to be and his own personality. "At first you arrive wanting to play a role, then you realize that you have to be yourself: this is how you manage to connect with your audience," he says. In that time, everything has happened to him: on one occasion he became ill through an hour-long newscast and when he finished, with his boots on, they had to take him straight to the hospital because he could not stand.
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pandemic The news of the 21st century has been the pandemic , which has made him very hopeless, both because of the virus itself and the surrounding humanity. "I am irritated by people who go through this drama, when around there are people dying," he says, "I do not like deniers either, nor do I understand that we give them a voice in the media if it is not to point out their ignorance. In this I get very belligerent. ”
Cantero considers himself one thing above all:“ If they asked me why I came to this world, I would say to be a father ”. It is credible: although in the photos he tends to frown like a tough guy, to the real deal he transmits a certain sweetness, like that of the cartoons that hangs on his Instagram. As a young man he did not see himself in the role of father, but now he has a son from his first marriage who is over 30 and two from his second who do not reach 20. With these he plays video games, for example, the apocalyptic and fabulous The last of us : "That game is the host, but I have to admit that I am not very good at killing zombies," he says, "it scares a lot, because the dystopia it tells does not seem so crazy seeing the reality in which we live."
He did not play video games as a kid, but grew up in the rural surroundings of Ávila , jumping between cliffs, fields and animals. “I'm glad I grew up away from technology, because there was none. When I was a kid there wasn't even a TV. Then there was a channel, then two… And now we are going towards the television of the future, which will be on demand ”, he predicts. You just turned 60 "chestnuts", and you just can't believe it. "I see it as the last few meters before reaching the top of the roller coaster and starting to fall irretrievably," he exemplifies somewhat sinisterly. Age has given him that image of a silver fox , with gray hair, like George Clooney , which, the truth, goes very well for the news. Of course, expect to have fun until the end. “And if things get ugly, take advantage of the Euthanasia Law that has just been approved . I have seen too many people die suffering more than necessary ”.
Before leaving the store, the journalist gives notice that he has to bring a couple of guitars, of the eight that he has at his home in Brunete, in Madrid, for their tune-up. They tell him that when he wants. "When you adjust the guitar and it adapts to you perfectly, it is amazing," he concludes while making the gesture of holding an invisible one in his hands. And then the news will be given.