Aviador Dro (short for El Aviador Dro Y Sus Obreros Especializados) is an electronic band from Spain that formed in Madrid in 1979. They were part of the Movida Madrileña. In 1982 they created Dro Records, a Spanish independent label.
In the late 70’s, a group of friends leaded by Servando Carballar were writing fanzines in the post-dictatorial Franco regime in Madrid, Spain. They were enthusiasts of science, technology, futurism, films, board games and of the music from bands such as Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Devo, Kraftwerk, Sex Pistols and many more. They decided to form a band as a better media to communicate their ideas. In 1979 “El Aviador Dro y Sus Obreros Especializados” was formed by Servando Carballar (keyboards), Arturo Lanz (vocals), Gabriel Riaza (bass) and Juan Carlos Sastre (guitars).
In 1980, La Chica de Plexiglás and La Visión became the group’s first records, followed by Programa en Espiral and Alas Sobre el Mundo. In 1982 they founded their own label called Discos Radiactivos Organizados (DRO) to release their own provocative anthem, “Nuclear Si” (“Nuclear, yes, of course…”) as a single. DRO was to become the most important independent label in Spain. After issuing 1983’s double album Síntesis, Aviador Dro started touring around Spain, soon having the opportunity to open for Stranglers and David Bowie.
Aviador Dro were pioneers of synth-pop in Spain and even invented the term techno-pop, which they used in late 1979 to describe their music in interviews. The band has had several line-ups with their leader Biovac-N as the only remaining original member. From the first Aviador Dro lineup, a number of members split to form Esplendor Geometrico, with a more radical approach to music. Their most creative period was between 1980 and 1985.
Among their most famous and best known are the following quotations:
“It is necessary to assimilate the systematized sense of the life to be able to be happy” (1979)
“The human being will disappear. Even more, it is necessary to annihilate it to pass to a mechanical state. In this state, there won’t be individual freedom, the collective freedom will only exist. Neither there will be problems because each man-machine will be properly programmed and we will all be happy.” (1979)