Brazilian Musician, Singer, Composer and Producer
"My first album "Sambadi" is coming out soon under Favorite Recordings.
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Lucas Arruda was born in 1983, in a Brazilian state called Espírito Santo, near Rio de Janeiro. Coming from a musical family (his dad and older brother are musicians), he started playing and listening to music very young. At the age of 13, he was already playing professionally.
Lucas tells: “At that time, my relationship with music was mostly about discovering different sounds and records. Because as a kid, before I even started to play, at 7-8 years old, I only listened to three records: Abbey Road (The Beatles), Back In Black (AC/DC) and The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire. Those three albums prepared me in a certain way and made me absorb all the possible music information: It had Pop music, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Rock and much more…”
Then Lucas spent most of his teenage years exploring and studying electric guitar. He also created a rock band with his older brother, Thiago, and still speaks greatly about that time: “It was a very important time for us. We played just the classic stuff: Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Rush. We had lot of fun and we traveled all around our state playing in various places. But we came to a point where we wanted to do something that represented us more. Was great fun and good times, but not enough consistent I guess.”
Around 2001-2002, Lucas totally immersed himself into Soul, Jazz, Funk and Brazilian music and he began studying piano. Why this choice? He answers right away: “One day I was watching Brazilian TV and Marcos Valle appears with a beautiful Fender Rhodes! I decided to buy one, and man… my musical life totally changed from that point!” Lucas quickly explored this new instrument and deeply expanded his musical range of skills. All these changes resulted in the birth of a new project, as he remembers: “I was talking with Thiago about putting together a new band, a Soul/Funk project with Jazz and Brazilian influences. We immediately decided to give it life, and that’s how Du Black band was born.”
Du Black started in 2004, with a music concept based on North American black music and Brazilian sounds. And in 2006 the band started recording their first album called Soulshine.
Lucas says proudly: “Soulshine is a great album! We were very young, but I think that we’ve done a great job with this record”. Made of their own compositions, the album also contained a cover of “Considerações” by Funk-Soul Brazilian legend, Carlos Dafé. A track recalling very good memories for Lucas: “Dafé loved the album and our version of his song. Besides we received so many messages and compliments from people like Ed Motta, William Magalhães (Banda Black Rio), Robert Lamm (Chicago), Hyldon (Brazilian soul legend), or Paulinho Guitarra (Brazilian guitarist).” Additionally another track called “Quilombo” was also strongly acclaimed and played by several international radios such as Nova FM (Greece), Mariupol FM (Ukraine), Dublin City FM, or BBC6.
From the growing notoriety obtained with this first release, the band began to work with various other artists from Espírito Santo. “We played a lot of gigs, backing very different artists and singers. This was very fulfilling, because one day you’re playing Funk and another you’re playing Samba and Bossa Nova. We’re very versatile and we’ve quickly been recognized for that.” he recounts. The band thereby collaborated with great artists and singers such as Tamy Macedo, Idalina Dornellas, or Bossa Nova’s legend, Leila Pinheiro. Lucas also worked on the side for several other projects. “I received great affection from all the people I’ve worked with until today. People like Tamy, Jota III (Brazilian rapper and producer) and even artists who I only play one gig with, like Marcelinho da Lua (Bossacucanova), B Negão (Planet Hemp), or Leila Pinheiro, have added so much to my music career. I’m very grateful and feel blessed to have played with those artists.”
The Studio & Solo era: Sambadi
In 2011 Lucas decided to build a recording studio with Thiago. This decision was a large step in his musical career, as he states: “With your own studio, it becomes much easier to make music and to create! For me that means boundless opportunities to do music with anyone around the world. It’s pure magic!” The next two years were indeed filled with great new collaborations, as Lucas worked alongside artists like Azee Project and Danny Perez (English producer), but also wrote songs with Guida de Palma (Jazzinho). Now 2 years after he launched this home-studio, here comes Sambadi, the first solo album by Lucas Arruda!
He explains: “My first intention was just to record some kind of themes, but I realized that the tracks were strong enough to be released in some way. I think that’s the first time that I was doing something I really wanted. It’s all me in this record, you know.”
On this recording Lucas also started to team up with Fabricio di Monaco (Modo Solar), who clearly became a fundamental piece who helped materialize the project, as Lucas relates: “Fabricio introduced me to Pascal Rioux, and made the perfect connection between me and Favorite Recordings, as they released the Modo Solar’s ‘Natural’ EP few years ago. He’s a brilliant musician and a great human being. Besides he wrote wonderful lyrics for the Bossa track, ‘Alma Nova’. He’s a great partner and a friend”.
In Lucas’ words, Sambadi is also highly inspired by Rio de Janeiro: “I’m living between two places, but my music and my heart are all in Rio. That city has so much musical history and vibe. The beach, the sun… all this inspires me a lot”. As for the musical side, the album almost sounds like a tribute to his longtime heroes, with tasty influences by Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Marcos Valle, Azymuth, Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti amongst many others. And Lucas also humbly concludes: “With Sambadi, I really hope to honor all the guys who influenced me. I’m also very grateful to Favorite because the Label really believes in the record and gave me artistic freedom. This is beautiful and that’s all I need.”