The Pija and the Quinqui is he Trendy podcast among Generation Z and one of the most listened to (and seen) in Spain. His presenters are two colleagues in their twenties: La Pija is Carlos Peguer (Don Benito, 1999) and the Quinqui, Maria de los Angeles Maturana (Cartagena, 1998). They met on Twitter when they were 14 years old and became super friends. “At the age of 18 she came to see me in my town and then we came to Madrid to study at the university. Now we are partners and brothers,” says the man from Badajoz, who still has several subjects left to complete his Philology degree. His partner has already finished Fine Arts.
In August 2020, while he was working at El Corte Inglés, mariangas her intimates know her, He entered the program production company as ‘Vodafone Yu’, ‘Special Corps’ and ‘Gen Playz’. There was a drop in the writing team and she proposed Peguer. The idea of making a podcast came from him, because at that time she had become fond of that format, in full expansion. “The success of ours is fueled specifically by the fact that podcats were not successful among young people. This is something we always say: you look at the ‘top’ of podcats in Spain on Spotify and they are all presented by people who get 10 out of us years. We knew how to see the niche of people our age and we exploit it, but we don’t have much merit beyond that either,” they say.
They are delighted, they say, with the tagline “the most successful podcast among young people”, but it bothers them that they take them as their “references”. “We’re sick of saying we’re pretty terrible people,” they say half jokingly half seriously.
They began recording in the kitchen of Quinqui’s house and uploading the episodes to youtube. A few beers and casual conversations and fresh about their urban adventures, worries about love, monogomy -one of their favorite topics-, mental health and everything that annoys them…
With Rosalía came the revolution
In July they received a stroke of heavenly luck. Rosalía, who followed them on TikTok, he chose them by surprise as one of the programs he went to present their new album, ‘motomami‘. That day they changed the reeds for white winemore to the taste of sisters Vila TobellaWell, the Catalan diva went with her inseparable sister, Pili. La Pija and La Quinqui blew up the audience.
It was in that “chill” talk that the artist revealed, among other things, the origin of the gesture in his concerts when he sings ‘Bizcochito’, Already a global meme.
To the Pija and the Quinqui what they like and what identifies them is not asking the typical questions how much you earn or what is the next thing you are going to do… The grace of their podcast is that they go down from normal people to big stars. “We don’t rehearse when rehearsing. We prepare it (or at least Carlos prepares it for him) a bit so as not to go blindly about who we are talking to, although we are usually connected in some way or another to the person. We believe that the ‘secret’ of this is that there is no pressure: most of the artists who come are people of our age, more or less, who sit down to talk with two kids drinking a glass of wine. That relaxes the atmosphere a lot,” observes Quinqui humorously.
Throwing the cane on Twitter
In September signed to Spotifyand although they are no longer in charge of editing the videos, “just talking”, they continue to use the same modus operandi: “throw the cane on Twitter”. And so they have passed by your table Aitanaexplaining why the bangs will never be cut, or Nathy Fluffyrecounting how her years as a university student in Murcia were.
Luck smiles on them, not only have they just won the award for best podcast in the idol awardsbut they have signed by the Stradivarius brand as denim ‘boys’. “We both love jeans and they are our usual uniform,” they remark. “A white short-sleeved T-shirt with jeans is the best ‘look’ in the world. Right now being basic, being simple, is a ‘statement,'” says Mariang, who is also starring in another campaign for Versace Jeans this month. And it is that the woman from Cartagena was a model for a few years, “but I got tired of spending eight hours in a ‘shooting’ without being paid,” she reveals.
“It’s not that they rain on us (offers), but we can’t complain. We are very happy and we feel very grateful,” explains Peguer, a big fan “of the cut of the ‘baggy’ pants and the ‘carpenter'” of the firm of Inditex. In his case, his fashion experience comes down to playing ‘Style Boutique’ on the Nintendo DS when he was little.
The trick in campaign photos, according to her, is to “look very angry, and a little tired”, and “open your mouth a little”, according to him.
In addition to denim fashion, Carlos really likes “people like Joan Pala”, for its “straight cuts and good materials,” he says. And Mariang likes Humana clothes (“when everything is at €1”) and ‘influencers’ like Carla Paucar. And it is that both are also drawn to the world of fashion: “Even though we have two very different styleswe are people who think a lot about what they wear every day when they get up,” they confess.
The older ones may wonder because these young charlatans gave themselves that name, the Pija and the Quinqui. “It is simply an exaggeration of our personalities. We are two people who, coming from quite similar socioeconomic backgrounds, have taken very different paths,” they say.
While La Pija dreams of an episode with Maria Pombo and the Quinqui, with Quim Gutierrez and Taylor Swiftthey do not rule out making the leap to other formats: “If they pay us well, of course.”