Luiz Faria

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Luiz Faria
Where are you currently based?

I’m currently based in my hometown, Jaboticabal, it’s a small town in the countryside of the São Paulo state in Brazil. And there’s not much things to do, especially in the quarantine. But I’m always travelling.

What’s been happening recently and how has your Covid experience been?

I’m still in lockdown since March and in the first week I thought I’d be crazy, to be honest. And didn’t happen, because I took all my time to start to make songs and lyrics that were popping up in my head, and I started to go back and look into the music that I’ve already put online or the songs that I’ve finished, and in my mind were finished, and started to make it completely different with these songs.
And quarantine has helped me so much, allowing the time to look inside myself and not to be just like “freaking out because of what’s going on out there and I can’t change”. Of course, there’s a lot of things that change your perception and make your mental health pretty bad. So I started to think about who I am today as an artist and who I am going to be tomorrow, you know. Because everyday we wake up as a new person. And the things that I’ve wanted to say in my music.How did you first start playing music?

I started to play music when I was 12 years-old. I’ve always been in love with music, my parents used to have a local radio station, so growing up in a house like that was like heaven. Surrounded by vinyl collections, albums and all the equipment get you inspired. And I remember thinking: “this is really what I love to do.”. But then I went to Disney Channel Brazil to act in some TV shows and I came back to musical theater.

And in this meantime, I was still writing my own songs, but I decided to put just covers on YouTube, in acoustic or acapellas, from pop songs. Because I was so afraid of putting my music out for the world, and looking back now that was the most non-sense fear I’ve ever had. And I held myself back when I was at university. So when I started to put my songs on, it was like taking all the cuff around my wrists and finally breaking free, because I wanted to be recognized by my music and not like “the cover guy from YouTube”.Your new single ‘No One Who Loves’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?

My new single ‘No One Who Loves’ is influenced by the sound of my favorite bands and artists, like Oh Wonder, FINNEAS, Taylor Swift and LANY. The songwriting of them is amazing. And it’s so different. I’ve been making pop music for a long time, and I always wanted to be involved in everything. If you take my first single ‘Battle Scars’ and this new one, you will see a whole path and how these songs connect. And I wanted to make music to make people feel things and create an atmosphere, because there’s a story to tell.

How did you go about writing No One Who Loves?

This is a very crazy story. I was reading a book named ‘Chain of Gold’ by Cassandra Clare, which I’ve been a fan for a long, long time, and while I was reading the last pages of the book in a very intense way and feeling very connected with the characters’ dynamics in the story. And the last chapter crashes you and there was a line saying “no one who loves”, and I thought it would be a great name for a song.

So the next morning, I could not work and get away from that story inside my head. Since I was 12, the only stories that I’ve told in my music were about myself, people around me and my feelings and broken hearts. And then I wrote a verse about the characters and after an hour, I had the complete lyrics of the song in a different point of view, very away from mine. And that was the first time that this happened.Where and when did you record and who with?

That’s the most complicated part when you’re in quarantine. So I had to set up a home studio to record my new songs from home. I started to seek different music producers and looked over my favorite songs and artists, and through Love You Later, I discovered that she has an amazing producer named Jordie Saenz. So I sat down and wrote the top line and piano guide a month ago and sounded like a ballad in my mind. But at the same time, I wanted to go in another direction.

How did you approach the recording process?

I’ve sent Jordie the demo and gave him 100% of the liberty to make the song happen. Usually I’m always the co-producer of my music, my last single ‘Delicate’ was produced by myself, but with ‘No One Who Loves’ I was willing to give the full power to the music producer. And Jordie took all my references of sounds and turned into this amazing indie-pop track and changed the whole point of view of the song, because in my mind it would be the piano and violins. When I sent the first mix to some people, everyone was surprised by how it sounded.

And it’s hard to be away from Jordie, especially being in Brazil while he’s in California. So I recorded the vocal tracks and sent them to him. But I’m used to that, because I’ve been producing music with friends in London and Vienna like that. For me, it’s very important to see how people are responding to this new single.Where can we listen/buy?

You can listen on every single streaming platform and you can buy in music stores. I know that there’s a lot.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I’m listening to a lot of songs and artists at the moment, Taylor Swift’s Folklore, which is a masterpiece of her songwriting and Aaron Dessener’s production. The singer-songwriter named Luz. I’ve been listening to a lot of Vance Joy, because he’s the best to uplift your mood. But I’m also listening to Jessie Ware’s What’s Your Pleasure, one of the greatest albums of the year, Jack Garratt, an incredible producer and singer. And there’s Twilight Driving, a British band and with incredible lyrics.

What do you like to do away from music?

Well, I’m a marketing analyst in a brand agency in Brazil, so I’m always making things around art. I love to write stories, which I already published in a sci-fi book series ‘The Dark World’ in Portuguese and planning to publish it in English next year. And recently I discovered that I love to make drinks. And travelling.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?

I’m planning to release more songs, actually I’m already recording them. And for the first time I’m collaborating with songwriters, which is new since I’ve always written my songs on my own. But first I need to release ‘No One Who Loves’ music video, before diving into more music and different sounds. And I can’t wait to see and hear them.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

My favorite food is Pizza, because c’mon, everyone loves pizza.
And my favorite place isn’t a place, but the idea of it. It’s going to concerts, no matter where. The atmosphere and feeling before a great concert is beyond everything and this is what I’m missing the most this year. But I can’t wait to return to these places next year when everything is normal.



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