What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I started playing piano at the age of 12 in Middle School in Miami. We had an elective class to choose and fill up the schedule and I thought it’d be easy but I ended up getting really into playing the piano and reading music. When I was 13 my mom gave me an electric guitar and from then on all I cared about was Jimi Hendrix. I learned guitar by playing along to cassette recordings of his music. At the age of 18 I got turned on to 3 records that changed how I viewed music: Smiley Smile by the Beach Boys, Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt by John Frusciante and we’re Only it for the Money by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. I got a 4 track and started writing and recording all my own stuff and have never stopped since.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Everything’s Fine is our current release, it’s a 12 song LP that took about a year to make. I recorded it at home by myself on audacity using drum machines synths and guitars. It’s out on vinyl and cassette, very limited edition, we made 250 LPs and 50 cassettes. We also release a video for ‘The Ballad of Cool Lane’, the first track on the album which was shot in Margate, on the coast of England and we’re quite happy with that video, we’ve been getting a good response.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
My main music influences are Frank Zappa, Syd Barrett, Brian Wilson, Arnaldo Baptista, Os Mutantes, Pepeu Gomes, the Flaming Lips, Ween, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, The Butthole Surfers, The Residents, Captain Beefheart, Black Sabbath, Devo and as of late some 80s new wave like the Buggles and Naked Eyes.
Non-music influences are mainly painters, I love Jean Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky. I also like Dadaism and William Burroughs and stuff like his cut-up technique, I love sound collage but also how he uses it in text. I like reading about yogis, occultism and esoteric stuff too. There’s lyrics on the record about Crowley, Madame Blavatsky and Krishnamurti and the Theosophists hehe
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Since myself and most people that know my stuff have a hard time putting my music into a box I’ve come with a genre called the Pyschomequie, which is basically there to describe something that everyone has and is capable of making as long as it is true and intuitive and not filtered by judgements of the mind so it ends up being you and a very personal thing. I hear the Psychomequie in my favorite artists like Syd Barrett and Brian Wilson, they make unique music that come from the heart and is a representation of their personalities in the world. My close friends that have heard my new record say my personality comes out in these songs so I think I did a good job.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Albums: Axis Bold as Love by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Oddyssey and Oracle by The Zombies and Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.
Books: The Baghavad Gita, Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda and Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Movies: Down By Law by Jim Jarmusch, The Big Lebowski by the Cohen Brothers and Bill Hick’s Saneman
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
I prefer the studio setting. I enjoy performing live but in the studio it is where I think the magic happen when you have an idea in the thought world and you have the experience of making something you hear in your head come out of the speakers, that is one of the best things about being alive for me.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
I’ve been recording and playing music for a few years now so there are loads to choose from…If I have to choose one I then that suppose getting to meet and open for some of my heroes like Os Mutantes when I was playing with my band in Brazil.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Out of the 12 coming out on this new album I would have to choose The Ballad of Cool Lane because it’s the one I think I have come closest on the recording to how it sounded in my head so I’m happy about that, it was one of those that the entire song just came to me with lyrics and everything and it was done in 10 minutes. I never sit down and think “oh I’m gonna write a song now” I’ll be walking down the road and I will just hear it in my head then it is up to me to record it somehow.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I have been rehearsing with my band for the last few months and we’ve just played our first live show at the Dublin Castle in Camden this year. My album Everything’s Fine is available in vinyl now through my bandcamp page (link below) and we got a couple of new songs that I’m working on that will be released as singles in the next couple of months. For one of them the track is already recorded and we’re mixing it at the moment.
What is your favorite thing to do ever?
I like to meditate.
Photo credits: Danielle Neves (1st one), Emmet O’Malley (2nd one)
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
Connect with Luiz Bruno:
Merch Store: https://luizbruno.bandcamp.com