The Beatflux – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TB: I’d say some sort of Santana/Nile Rodgers but working on several music genres;
PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.
TB: Originally from Brazil, I’ve played the guitar since the age of 12. At some point, I found out that’s what I wanted to do in life, so I followed the same route as most; Starting a band and play live. I also realized how tricky it could be and how easily you could start working as a function band, as it juts easier to have that first cash flowing. I was fortunate then to have an opportunity to start working at this excellent music studio back in Brazil. Starting as a runner and moving up. That gave me a lot of experience and background. Then at some point, I fell stuck and wanted to expand my music and career, so the UK was the right decision.
I now have my music studio in Hackney, The Secret Warehouse of Sound, where I work with other artists, producing and mixing and also working on my music projects.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TB: Big question! Obviously as a guitarist primarily, I would say, the Blues ones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Hendrix. Then Page, Gilmour, Cantrell, and the list could go on forever!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TB: Being able to have a more stable and sustainable music career, and hopefully build a strong team behind my vision where I can free up some space to focus more on songwriting and practising
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TB: It would always depend on the projects I’m working with. I usually start with a guitar idea, could be a riff or some sort of chord progression. Those ideas would bring me some kind of mood, maybe the idea sounds sad, or aggressive, and with that, I’d start to brainstorm the lyrics with Enrico or someone else. Then, I sometimes begin to improvise and mumble some melodies while playing the track, and some interesting lines would come up. I use those lines as the plot for the lyrics.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TB: Shows? (just kidding!) For now, by the fact the most band members are in Brazil, it’s not feasible to think about gigs. I guess we’ll have to wait for a while for that to become a reality. Regarding promotion, it’s the same as everyone else starting out. Word of mouth, internet and some PR.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TB: It should be paid. Also, I really don’t think the subscription idea is working as it should.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TB: Since I’ve Been Loving You- Because it’s one of the greatest songs ever written. The performance is stellar as well.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TB: Don’t get me started with that!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TB: Hopefully, it’s yet to come.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TB: I’m working on three different music projects. The Beatflux’s new tracks, and also a Jazz/bossa album and a folk EP
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
TB: Listen to our EP, and if you like it, you know why you should be there!