Indie Bossa. Two worldwide well-known styles, but united by the hands of Ale Vanzella. What seemed to be difficult to understand, it is easy to hear Ale's style in his songs. The mix of Indie Rock with Bossa Nova gave a unique identity to the artist, and a different reading for the future of Bossa Nova, until then always closely linked to its roots.
Ale Vanzella is able to revitalize the Brazilian style of making music with a new energy created for the stage.
by Ale Vanzella
Estilo Musical: Bossa Nova
Spotify: Ale Vanzella
01. Let's talk about the process of creating music. We want to know about your inspirations. Who are your idols and your heroes? Is there any influence from other musical genres other than the one you produce today?
I listen to a lot of things besides Bossa Nova, in fact, my biggest influence is rock and indie. I was very influenced by bands of the 90s, Nirvana, Alice In Chains and also from bands like Strokes and Arcade Fire. In Bossa I have João Gilberto as the greatest influence.
02. Tell us a little bit about your creative process for writing your music or producing your music. Are your melodies beginning to be created from the guitar or do you have some other creative method?
I often create a base on the guitar, then add the melody and lastly I write the lyrics. Sometimes the songs take years to get ready and sometimes minutes. I create a lot and record all the ideas (several are discarded), later when I record an album I listen to the old ideas and join with the new ones and try to find a seam that unites the identity proposed to the disc.
03. We understand that the music industry nowadays is different from the past. How does the market influence the production of your material today?
I try not to have too many market interferences in the albums, as Bossa Nova is a genre of niche I believe that allows the greater possibility of innovation. Usually when you play something very popular there is great pressure on the format, however, when you run out of the mainstream, you have the advantage of experimentation.
04. What is the connection between the music you produce and the place where you live? How does the city's music scene contribute to the creative process?
I am from a small city of Rio Grande do Sul, more precisely from Guaporé in the Serra Gaúcha. When I was a teenager and I was learning to play drums the city had a really cool rock scene, there were several bands and places to perform, no doubt this interfered and helped a lot of my musical training and reflects until today.
05. How did you find out in this style, Indie Bossa?
João Gilberto aroused my interest in Bossa, after I listened to the album 'Chega de Saudade', I started transposing to the style of music that I had written for some time, grunge songs and alternative rock, so the idea came up to record an album that merged the styles, from there arose the Indie Bossa.
06. Tell a little bit about how other musical styles can influence your work without getting lost or taking a direction you do not want.
Sometimes the influence occurs in the sonority of a certain instrument, in the form of playing or in the way of placing the vocal in a band. Not necessarily being influenced by some music or artist causes that particularity to be inserted in a logical way in the composition, sometimes a chord on the guitar brings you to a song you like and this will start a totally different theme. I understand that the most important thing is not to want to sound like another artist, but to seek other aspects as a way to improve their composition.
07. For you, how can we continue to produce and disseminate Brazilian music in what it has produced best? What makes us different?
I feel we have the same problems as other countries in sharing and spreading our work. Songs that are something more than simple entertainment, it has always been like this. It's a little bit of work, little by little with persistence. Today music is being spread by streaming platforms, shows, and social networks, especially streaming was a major breakthrough for independent musicians. The important thing is not to be in a hurry, as the entertainment ages, but the music stays. This explains why we remember artists and songs from the '50s, '60s, '70s, etc, and we do not know what the music of the summer of 2010 was, and if we listen to it, it will sound outdated.
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