The Argentine keyboard player, 55 years old, died yesterday in Quito due to cancer of the gallbladder. He had been doing the Latin American tour called Soda Eterno for two years. The musician and producer Daniel Sais (1962-2018) believed that the last two years of his life were very dynamic for his career.
In August 2016 he started the show entitled Soda Eterno to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his entry into the Soda Stereo band. In this project he proposed to interpret the most popular songs of the Latin rock group. The success was such that it allowed him to tour cities in Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico. In the latter country he was invited five times.
The musician had two years in Latin American tour, but unfortunately he could not continue. Sais passed away in the morning of yesterday in Quito, leaving the musical project of Soda Eterno as his last presentation in life.
The reason for his death was cancer of the gallbladder, according to his relatives. Sais was the keyboardist and leader of the group, which started with Argentine singer Caio Arancio, bassist Gabriel Moreano; Pablo Estrella (guitar), and drummer Juan Carlos Macio for the first show in Quito.
Over time some musicians rotated. The Fourth Soda Sais was always a fan of Soda Stereo and in an audition in 1987 in Argentina he managed to join the rock group that was at the top with hits such as “American Blind”, “Tremor”, “Prófugos”, among others. Daniel, with only 24 years, participated with Soda in his Latin American tour, where he recorded the long play (LP) live Ruido Blanco (1987). Then he traveled to New York for the recording of the album Doble Vida (1988), where he composed the song “Los languis”, in co-authorship with the other members.
Soda Stereo was always a trio formed by Gustavo Cerati (voice and guitar), Zeta (bass) and Charly Alberti on drums. For what Sais integrated the select club called “The Fourth Soda”, to refer to other musicians who accompanied the band.
Sais retires from Soda Stereo in 1989 for family matters. “My son Christopher was about to be born and I had to go on tour. I decided to leave because that was an important event in my life, “said Sais in an interview with EL TELÉGRAFO in July 2016.
Experiences in Ecuador Sais, restless and dissatisfied spirit, left his native Argentina and settled in Ecuador since 2003. He was first in Guayaquil, where he worked in teaching, advertising, and in the production of several Ecuadorian artists. In Guayaquil he formed the Dynamo band, in homage to Soda Stereo, with local musicians such as Fabrizzio Ferreti and Pete Castillo.
In 2013 he settled in Quito, where he also became involved in the music community successfully. It is in the capital, where he has the idea of the Soda Eterno tour. “It was a surprise show, I did it in 2016 to commemorate my time in Soda. And it was for a single show and we have already 40, between Ecuador, Mexico and Colombia, “he said in his last interview this year with EL TELÉGRAFO.
For Daniel, this stage of tour described it as a “second adolescence”, saying “it is a gift of life, I go to 56 years old, many at my age are with their grandchildren, and Me?, “Rocanroleando”. After 15 years living in the country, Sais considered himself an Ecuadorian, so much so, that on tour he emphasized that Soda Eterno is a national group.
He said it because the musicians who accompanied him on stage Pablo Estrella (guitar), Santi Izquierdo (bass) and Frank Guerrero (drums) are Ecuadorians. “I always say it’s a local production.“
With his death, the concerts he planned to do next August in his native Argentina, Chile and Uruguay are canceled. As an irony of fate, Sais prepared Soda Eterno as a tribute for his passage in Soda Stereo. But nobody imagined that in these two years, when playing in the different national and international stages, he was just saying goodbye. (I)