Brownswood Bubblers Ten // João Sobral
August 12, 2013
Featuring on the next edition of Brownswood Bubblers, Brazil’s João Sobral talked to us a bit about his life and his inspirations. Brownswood Bubblers Ten is released on the 19th. Pre-order it from these outlets:
Check the teaser for the album below:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please. Who are you, where are you from etc.?
Well, I’m just a latin american guy, no money on the bank, no important parents or relatives and I came from the country side. I bring in my head a radio song that a traditional writer from Bahia used to say these words: “everything is divine, everything is wonderfull”.
I was born in Sobral, state of Ceará, Brazil but came to Sao Paulo with my parents and my brothers when I was very young.
When I was about to turn 14 I had this dream where I was playing accoustic guitar, I never ever touched a guitar until that, I told my friends about this dream and they gave me a birthday party and an accoustic guitar…and today I see that my friends invested in my dreams without realize it. A good thing in life is having friends. And now I’m really glad my music is being spread over the world, thanks to my parents, Drumagick and Gilles Peterson.
As a writer I enjoy playing with the words, re-inventing them, creating new ones, this is the good of life.
Besides this, I work as roadie for some artists, stage and PA technician, music producer and sometimes I take some risk on the kitchen.
How would you describe your music?
The master Heitor Villa Lobos once said: “Music is sincerity” and I try to be the as honest as possible, my music is what I am, my daily life, my jokes, my feelings, my angry, my anguish, my happiness, my horny, my pain, my music is everything that is inside me.It’s difficult to describe my music because I don’t like labels, but in a general context I feel it as a cosmopolitan pop, a russian or a japanese will feel something when they listen to it.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
Everything inspires me, the world inspires me, my daily life, the life difficulties, from a grain of sand to a space ship.
Women inspires me a lot, but more than everything the life inspires me, definitely.
Whom do you count amongst your most significant influences when it comes to production?
Always when I’m writing and thinking on production I listen to Bob Marley, Amy Whinehouse, Curumin, Jorge Ben, 4Hero, the Gods!
What releases / gigs are out there or coming soon?
On August 3rd I’ll play in Sao Paulo at Centro Cultural Rio Verde, that will be a pocket show where I’ll present my compositions.
On August 4th I’ll play a show of classics from Belchior, a brazilian writer famous in the 70′s.
On August 8th I’ll play my songs in a musical soiree at Praça Roosevelt in Sao Paulo.
Do you have a current DJ mix or any tracks that are available for free download right now that we could point folks to?
Yes, I do. There’s my Soundcloud link where people can listen to and download my songs.
There are some stuff on Youtube as well, just type João Sobral and it will appear something but you can also check these links:
Where can folks go online to check out you and your music?
On my website:
My record label:
And the facebook pages:
What are you going to do after this interview?
I’ll book a party to celebrate the life, thanks my producers Guilherme Lopes and JrDeep and work harder to thrive.
This is it, thanks to Gilles Peterson.
Don’t stop the music.
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