Signal Operator: Infidel Interview #24


First I just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. With this interview let's just start with a bit about yourself. Where are you from, how old are you, and how long have you been making music for?

I am from São Paulo, Brazil but moved to Sorocaba 17 years ago. I'm 44 years old and I've been involved with music since I was 17 years old.

How is the music scene is Brazil? Do you find there are lots of musicians who share similar tastes in music? Or is it a struggle to find fellow rivetheads?

The alternative scene has been very weak compared to the 90's. I still know lots of musicians,producers and dj's in the scene and thank God to the Internet which makes a lot easier to stay in contact with all of them. So towards the end of 2015 I decided to release a compilation with all Brazilian Ebm bands and the result was just magnificent, and I got great feedback from that juust the way I wanted to the end the year, you can check out the promotional vídeo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aUkCxJm3YQ or in my bandcamp https://signal-operator.bandcamp.com/ When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself? What led you to electronic music, particularly the heavier kinds of it?

Back when i was 16 years old, i wasn’t really into music believe it or no or whatever I’ve heard I didn’t like it. When i went in a trip with a friend of mine he introduced to me Front By Front which it was around late 80’s early 90’s, and just the sounds, the format of the songs just made go above and beyond my imagination. I sat down and started thinking that could be more bands that sounded like that, not exactly like it but with the same style. Then 1992 came and thats when i bought my first synthesizer which it was a Roland W-30 a sampling workstation and i started writing my first songs. then Someone invited me to be in a project called Anti-aircraft and we release in cassette “Mind Builds” and 1994 we broke up. In 1995 we did another project called Organic Insight and also in cassette we released “No Control of Sense” but again I felt the necessity to do my own thing.

In the beginning the bands that really caught my eyes and I was inspired by were Front 242, Leaether Strip, Front Line Assembly, Mentallo & Fixer but then I started to listen to other types od electronic music like Synth Pop, Minimal Wave, Pos Punk, industrial etc…

What genres of music would you consider yourself to be the most active in, or influenced by? What are your thoughts on genres in general? Do you find them creatively helpful as a template to work with? Or do you find them restricting? Or possibly somewhere in between?

Well, for sure EBM and Pós-Punk even though right now EBM is suffering since a lot of bands sound the same, and comparing to the 90’s where they didn’t have the technology that the bands have now they were better in terms of creativity. Talking about Genres is a bit complicated since people have different opinions, and I thinks there are two sides the producer and the listeners

Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically? What are some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your musical career?

Certainly was a watershed something that moved me strongly spiritually and culturally, put my creativity depends on my emotional state can not produce if not well, at the end of 1996 had some problems and I was away from music back in 2008, I had to I reacquainted with new technologies, migrate from Octamed for Ableton Live was something scary, but I see all this technology as

something incredibly positive and fascinating this adaptation was not easy, I am constantly adapting and learning as a musician and person.

What would you say are your favorite themes and topics to write about? What draws you to those themes?

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