The album HORIZON
sounds like it was a long time coming. You released your first single
in 2015 and now it's 2017. What's all going through your head
regarding this upcoming release?
We're amazed with it. We
had such an amazing time recording it. As band we're all really good
friends so the whole recording process was very smooth. We
this kind of over-produced kind of stuff. We wanted to do something
that was really raw and rough and I think that we got it. We're very
excited with it and we can't wait to get people to listen to it and
And when you say "raw
sound" are you inferring that you guys produced this yourself or
did someone help you behind the recording console?
We did everything by
ourselves. I have a recording studio here in Brazil so we took our
time in putting these songs together. The whole process of putting
this album together was amazing. It was the sort of experience that
you couldn't have if we had to pay for the studio time. You know what
I mean? This was all done on our own time. So, we're very happy with
So far, understanding
that the album isn't going to be out until July 14th, what sort of
responses have you heard form people close to you guys?
We've sent the album to
people to review and the reviews are coming out great. We were super
excited to wait for the first one and that first review gave us five
out of five. And the three or four reviews that came after it have
said some great things about the album. As for our friends, everyone
was really excited about the album. Everybody is cheering for us and
everybody is supporting us. We really can't wait for everyone to
start listening. It's going to be amazing.
When you think of Sao
Paulo, metal music doesn't come o mind. What kind of scene are you
surrounded by in Sao Paulo. Is it supportive? Is it indifferent? You
It's not at all
supportive. 10% of the population here listened to rock music. And
out of that you've 3% of the population who really digs the heavier
side of rock music. It's very hard here. The scenario is not a great
one. Despite that, we have some great places to play but since we've
been in the studio and laying down the tacks for this album we've
been focusing our attention on exporting what we have to the United
States and Europe. It's all about us wanting to get out there because
here we have our own kind of country music which sucks and a bunch of
noisy dance music. It's just horrible, man!
EDM seems to be
everywhere but do you feel that it's less prevalent in Europe?
The EDM here is crazy.
It's crazy! And people go crazy with it and people support it and buy
stuff. With rock it's completely different.
It always makes me
curious when I go out and I see a guy playing records instead of a
Yeah, it's just some
crazy stuff that I can't comprehend.
So I can imagine that
coming up the States would be a breath of fresh air for you guys.
is. I was in Los Angeles for seven years with my ex-band and we
toured all over the United States and it was amazing. But for this
band, it will be there first time touring the States. They are super
excited. We're always talking to each other about the details and
stuff. We're going to be heading up to the States in September and
we're going to play Los Angeles and then we're going to play San
Francisco, San Diego, Fresno and Santa Barbara. And then
going to be going to Vegas. It's going to be amazing. We can't wait
to be there because rock is something that belongs to you guys.
Bring me back to eh
beginning of OWL COMPANY. How did this whole thing get started?
was living in Los Angeles and I was getting back in touch with my
friend FELIPE who is currently the guitar player for OWL COMPANY. I
was coming u with these musical ideas and I would send them through
SKYPE to him. He was living in Sao Paulo. He told me that he thought
we had something and that we should try to do something with it. We
came up with these rough ideas and these rough mixes of these songs
that we had. That was how this whole thing started out. I was in Los
Angeles and he was here. After a while I came back here to Brazil in
2014 and he and I started a band. It was a natural course for us. It
was pretty cool.
What was your musical
history? How did music become an interest for you?
I was thirteen years old
when my father bought me my first acoustic guitar. And I've got to be
honest with you, I suck at playing guitar. I know how to play the
chords and stuff but I suck at it. I was thirteen years old and I was
trying learn these ALICE IN CHAINS songs. For me they are one of the
best bands of all time. I love them. In doing that I realized that I
could sing. I felt like I could definitely start something here. So
when I was fourteen or fifteen I put together my first band with some
friends form my neighborhood and after that. I didn't stop. I never
stop when it comes to music. I just kept working and writing and
composing. I've dedicated my whole life to music and I've got no
regrets. I love music and I love what I do.
Talk about the other
members of the band. Tel me who they are and what it is that you
think each of them brings to he table that makes this thing work.
FABIO is the bass player.
In fact, he's a super guitar player and bass player. He's got some
very simple yet amazing ideas. He studied at the MUSICIAN'S INSTITUTE
in Los Angeles. And then you have THIAGO on drums. He's probably
played with everyone here in Brazil. He has this super tight sound
and so good to play with him. And then you have FELIPE. He is the guy
who comes up with most of the riffs. We've known each other for a
really long time. I think the kinship among the four of us is really
the songs on HORIZON?
My father was born in
1926 and he lived through the Second World War and all of the
songs on this album are based on the stories that he used to tell me
about the war so the subject matter is very personal but at the same
time it is the point of view of someone who was there and living that
experience day by day. It's such a sad story but
it something that is very rich. He's still alive. He's 91 years old.
All of the songs are based on his personal experiences.
And how does the
songwriting happen within this band?
I'll have an idea for a
riff as does FELIPE. He's always got some great ideas. When we get
together we start showing off our ideas to each other and then I'll
get to thinking that we can start with this and then try that. Once
that is done, we start composing with the band. It starts with an
idea and then we start playing it to see how it sounds.
What songs off of
HORIZON have you the most excited to get people to hear and why?
I'd have to say that one
of those songs would have to be RIDDLE because the lyrics are based
on personal experiences. Another song would be CELEBRATE ANEW which
is the second song on the album. These two songs are special to me
because of the stories. The whole album, from beginning, middle and
end, tells a story. Like a concept album. Every song on the album is
On your upcoming tour
are there any dates that you are looking forward to?
I can't wait to play the
VIPER ROOM again. I played there with my ex-band about three or four
times. I can't wait. It's the best place to play. The venue
isn't very big but the sound is amazing.
With the album behind
you, what's next for you musically?
We're already writing new
stuff. For our second album we want to work with an American
producer . We want this new album to have a different ideas and a
different concept. We've got seven songs for this next album
and but the end of next year we want to start recording it.
first we want to find the right producer. It's going to be a
different album with a different point of view.
for people to come away with after they hear the album HORIZON?
be a s excited as we
are. The album has this heavy, raw kind of sound but it gives
you hope. I think people will dig it. We've put a lot of hard work