Experimental Live from Bmind delivering a spiritual recording supporting his latest "ARCH104 YEMJ" release!
Read below an Interview with the artist expressing some genuine feelings about his music and his beliefs!!
--> Could you tell me a little about yourself? Where you are from? How long have you been in Sao Paulo? What have you been doing there?
Sure! I'm from Atibaia, a city in the state of São Paulo. I was born and raised here. It is close to the capital (São Paulo), so it is pretty easy to come and go for appointments, concerts, studies etc...
I've been trying to live life in a quiet way, taking care of garden plants, gathering inspirations in the wind, and composing what makes my heart flutter.
--> What are your current projects?
I have worked hard my Bmind project where I explore minimalist, organic, spiritual and introspective sounds. These are compositions ranging from Techno to IDM, Trip-Hop and instrumental waves.
I 've been very dedicated to the production of soundtracks, special effects that I love doing. This is for animations and art installations. I have done a range of things with the staff VJSUAVE (www.vjsuave.com).
I appear only in the LIVE ACT format. I like to take my drum machines, effects box, Ableton live and a good mixer to play. So the whole presentation becomes unique because half of it is always improvised.
I also present myself and compose music in partnership with Roger Brito, friend, trumpeter and musician of the State of São Paulo Experimental Repertoire Orchestra. Together we make a very live improvisation with influences such as jazz / fusion / techno. Along with Roger, I also have my Jurema project, where we explore more Brazilian, quiet and instrumental sonorities.
I compose songs with my friend Dee Bufato. We are studying a new presentation format working in pair, where I play the LIVE effects and drum machines while Dee is mixing it on vinyl. We played a few times, did some tests and we like a lot. It is a very interesting format. My latest release on Archipel is in partnership with him.
I'm currently also producing an album of ambient music designed to relax, in partnership with another friend and one of the best drummers and percussionist I know: Alexandre Lora.
I am recording, producing and writing with him. We use instruments like derbak or hang drum among others. This is a fantastic experience.
I'm also producing my second album with only the quietest and transcendent musical. This is the first album: (https://www.soundcloud.com/bonspensamentos/sets/bp001-bmind-bons-pensamentos).
I am always writing new things. Sometimes in a techno atmosphere, sometimes a calm brought by a guitar.
--> Tell me a bit about your latest release for Archipel? How did it surface? The production process?
This Release for Archipel was produced in partnership with my friend Dee Bufato. He spent a few days at my house, here in Atibaia. These were good days of work and feelings for the 4 compositions .
The EP was baptized “YEMJ”. It is inspired by the Orisha of Umbanda Yemaja (spiritual deity who represents the purifying power of the waters of the sea). Even the voices and atmospheric sounds of the track YEMJ were recorded during a ritual where women come into vibration with these energies.
The process of the album happened in a constructive way because we had already produced together a few times and rolled a couple good tunes.
As soon as he arrived, we opened Abelton, turned on the machines, microphones, plates, valves and begin to create the mood of the first track.
We had already recorded the shaker; it came out of a box of bullets that was in Dee’s pocket. Then we created the soul of the track. We went to a live recording where we defined the entire history of the first song and also recorded the track’s rides and crashes (cymbals).
As I said before, everything flowed quite naturally. Very much like when recording, lots of writing and recording: cups, life shakers, toads, dishes, crickets, cars, rocks, wind, everything. After we mixed it, then created and recreated and acclimatized the music to it.
The drums usually come from an MFB-522 (I love the 808 sound) and organic elements: cymbals, shakers etc… And a bassdrum JOMOX M-BASE11.
Dee makes beautiful kick games and spot on micro-percussions.
It results in intelligent avant-garde sounds, that is rather like joining minds and working together.
He has a very critical vision and is always attentive to what's new, serious and underground.
I like using granular synthesis based on the samples that I record myself, I always find very interesting tones.
Mixing the power of an analog clap with the subtlety of a human clap with the transient of a snare/rim all well and set in humanized mix is pretty damn cool.
Usually it takes a good amount of time to create the basis for my music. Finding the ideal tone for everything, making the clap games and parts of the music, the initial loop, all opened in my 14 auxiliary and send play…
Writing well is only making a few edits. I then mix everything with love. I like to do this in the most natural and fun way possible. This is giving me itch to spend considerable time in the live arrangement view ... ☺.
--> You seem to have an intimate relationship with that water goddess from the way you talk, but also in recordings sounds as you explain, why is that? Why that goddess in particular? Why does it attract you more than any other element?
Yes, I have a fondness for Yemanja. Many people here in Brazil do.
But I confess that my true goddess is mother Oxum, goddess of fresh waters, regent of the throne of love, the goddess of fresh waters, waterfalls, we can say that they are sisters.
I used these in recordings as it was present in a ritual where he rolled a very large energy and I had the opportunity to capture it.
When composing came to my mind, I thought it would be the time to use these recordings that I had saved some time ago.
But I have a much deeper connection to the water. It has the power to heal, cleanse, to take away the negativity, transforming most of the first mantras (chants) the world has heard through the music of waters of the sea, rivers and waterfalls. Can you imagine the energy that a place has where the sound of water is repeated endlessly to thousands and thousands of years? It delights me.
--> What about your future projects? Your collaborations? Any that had a particular impact on you? Any projects/interests aside from music?
I'm working on the soundtrack of the new film of VJSUAVE which will be called “A Natureza invade a cidade" (Nature invades the city), which was a very special experience, both for the work and the people involved, a very good energy hanging over them! :)
I'm beginning to introduce myself now as Bmind, but also as a more subtle perspective, where I explore more progressive, psychedelic and transcendental sounds, something hovering above new age but also which sometimes has the groove of trip-hop.
I presented myself at the end of last year in one of the largest art festivals in Brazil with this project, the Festival Multiplicidade. (http://www.multiplicidade.com). It was a very cool experience, a touch of different clubs and rave energy in open air, for an audience with many children and people in order to take a yoga, meditate or just enjoy a sweet Sunday amid nature.
--> Festival Multiplicidade is a very interesting concept! Is it popular in your city? Is it happening every year? You must feel right at home in between all those trees and vegetation... Is there 1 festival in particular you would dream of playing at?
Yes it is a very interesting festival, I was very happy to participate.
It happens once a year, it is quite popular among artists in Brazil. It is a friendlier festival for art in general and not just "electronic dance music" but it usually happens in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Yes I felt very comfortable in the midst of those centennial trees and birds singing.
My dream would be of playing in big festivals like MUTEK, Sonar, Burning Man among others...
--> That soundtrack for the movie, are you coproducing the movie or it is something you are out of?
I have a very nice relationship with the film's producers. They are my dear friends, they help and encourage me to follow this path of art. But the movie is their own production, even though they give me a lot of freedom with my composition.
--> What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your spare time?
I love taking pictures of the beautiful things we see in everyday life, taking care of plants and herbs from the garden, walking in the mountains, I love hanging around with my hand recorder and record sounds from the place where I am, all that is always very useful and delicious to create music then.
I practice Jiu-Jitsu almost every day. It helps a lot to decompress, as well as getting away from the studio a bit.
I like to meet waterfalls and mountains, new places, people and flavors, taste the delights of life and always smiling, even when you cannot seem to be.
I've been doing some videos too, just having fun. Maybe even leave some time for the music YEMJ.
My hobbies always go hand in hand with the work, everything comes from the heart :) I love what I do!
--> Do you play any real instrument? Ever wanted to create, or did create a live on this sole basis?
Yes, I play guitar, acoustic guitar, and I love to make noise with shakers, drums, cymbals and anything that makes noise hehe!
But I'm not a professional musician, just make noise and play what I feel ... ☺
--> Have you ever tried moving out of your city? Or is it your haven of peace for your mind and music? Where would you say your influence comes from?
I've lived in São Paulo for a few months, but I did not adapt, and also the proximity of Atibaia makes not much difference, except for the chaotic traffic, pollution and neighbors who do not greet… Yes, my house brings me peace, the mountains bring inspiration, air and friends do as well... But I know I want to go and live a little elsewhere in Europe, North-America, Indonesia etc… I still want to know many things of the world, I think the time to leave the nest is coming.
--> Has your approach to this album been completely the same than your Podcast gift to us?
Yes, I tried on both the album and the podcast to do something more atmospheric, intimate and surreal, but also with more danceable and intense moments.
It was something more dedicated to the mind than the hips.
Usually I submit the same themes, but it is in a more danceable approach, with more marked drums used in clubs and parties, something with more punch.
Here the podcast travels extensively and I tried to do something really mental, experimental and spontaneous.
--> You sound like a very meditative person, is this the approach you take to your music? Do you need peace of mind when creating or that sparkle of intense excitement? Is it more like jamming and improvising than actually feeling something at a particular time?
Not so meditative, hehehehe, I increasingly need to get myself focused, calm and follow the middle path.
To compose, I like being alone, or with good friends, with a clear head.
But often sad or bad events make me run away and take refuge on the guitar or in the studio. It is a strange thing, sometimes I want to make music and I cannot, nothing comes out that pleases me, it has to be an amalgamation of all. Inspiration, calm head and right time are what I need.
But often days pass without any particular output. Then someday, I go to the studio and an album is out... But usually things get out of jam sessions.
--> You seem like a very happy person, where does this come from? How do you incorporate this feeling, this spiritualism into your productions?
I always try to spread happiness, smiles and good feelings to people, I'm not very good with words and with music it is sometimes easier.
I confess to you that I often felt sad and unable to see light at the end of the tunnel that in relation to music is very difficult to live from art and music here in Brazil, especially with a more experimental and underground sound.
But still I never gave up my dreams, to be able to live and support myself with my art. These last times I'm starting to feel positive things and improving my work that is beginning to be valued without me changing my focus, that has always been to do what I feel without worrying about trends and what the scene is asking. This continues to tread my path by what I feel and not by what I see, almost paraphrasing the genius Vincent Van Gogh saying "I paint what I feel and not what I see".
I think that's how I incorporate these things into my music. It is where I can pour my daily influences, it is expressing what I feel and think.
Sometimes we are just a channel for something bigger that could spread your vibration to more people.
Since the man is man, he beats the drum, dances and connects with the energies of nature through music and dance. They actually are only one thing.
Hugs and good vibes here from Brazil!
Interview by PH PARADIS.