RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BRAZILIAN ARTIST AINHEEKY
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
A – I got into music when I first had the opportunity to listen to The Beatles’ discography on CD, by the end of 1992. A cousin of mine moved to my small town with his brand new CD player and several Beatles and Paul McCartney albums. As I started to delve deep into Fab Four music I learnt how to play the guitar, started to write songs and then came the dreams about being a musician for life.
Introduce us to you and your musical history?
A – My name is Henrique Neves and I began writing songs when I was 14 years old, then started a band with that cousin and other friends in Cruz das Almas, State of Bahia, Brazil. Later on we stablished as a trio and went on doing gigs at the state capital Salvador. We recorded a demo EP, toured several states and underground festivals countrywide and even released two CD’s through a small indie label from Goiânia, State of Goiás. We disbanded when I was 26 and I retreated from music altogether. Pandemic brought me back from my 15 years hiatus and here I am looking at my back catalogue to present it to the world.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
A – I’m still learning and slowly progressing at the technical side of music, and I see it having more and more potential as I gather some experience with dealing with different mixing and mastering engineers. Promotion is really hard and expensive, so I’m trying to focus on a long term career and quality over quantity.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
A – That’s a fantastic idea, for sure. I hope to get some attention from American and British audiences after featuring on RGM!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
A – Not exactly, but I strongly suspect we the common people are kept way apart from what’s really happening in the world by all governments through human history. I have a feeling we’re not the first advanced technological civilization on Earth, because things get too fuzzy when you look back in time up to 7,000 to 10,000 BCE.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?
A – Well, I know it’s a shame but I’m totally unaware of what’s going on in my country or state indie scene, let alone in my current midsize town.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
A – Don’t release anything you’re not most confident and proud of. You can never get rid of a crappy catalogue coming back to haunt you.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
A – I can’t remember, it feels like years since we’re in this mess. But I can tell you my wife and I adopted a rescued puppy and couldn’t be happier with our second dog daughter. They’re our life saviours in many ways.
What was the worst experience on stage?
A – That’s hard to pick just one. I went through empty venues, hostile audiences and “overperformance” while opening for Placebo in Salvador. It was painfully awful.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
A – I just returned from the beyond two months ago, because of a perforated stomach ulcer. Had to go through an open surgery and the doctor told me I was virtually dead, with no reasonable explanation as to why I have survived.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
A – I would describe it as utterly melodic and uplifting, and I would expect the little greenie to have a smile on its face while it listens to my music.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
A – I think the good sense of melody and classic pop rock songwriting, which stands proudly away from this nowadays obsession with hooks all over the place.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
A – I wrote it a few days after Tom Petty’s death, and I got thoroughly inspired by his songwriting, mainly by the rhythm and by that heartland rock feels.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
A – I started with the verses, having in mind tunes like The Waiting and You Got Lucky, by Petty & The Heartbreakers. The chorus came up shortly after, first with the riff and then the melodies. Lyrics are always the last thing I come up with, because I find it the hardest part of the whole process, as opposed to creating music in my head.
What was the recording process like?
A – I produce and record all by myself in a spare bedroom. First I program the drums (with real samples), then I record the bass (for real), acoustic guitars, then I start to improvise with electric guitar tones, sounds and riffs, and only after I edit the whole instrumental is that I go to record the vocals, normally days or weeks later.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
A – I don’t know, I’m always learning. Sometimes I write a lot of tunes one after another, sometimes I’m totally uninspired for a long period of time. I think that more and more I need a trigger to start writing a song. In this case, it was Tom Petty’s unfortunate passing.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
A – I would change everything and I never think any of my recordings are 100% finished, só chances are I’ll revisit all of my tunes in the future.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
A – Well, I got a song called “goalden skeye” already on streaming platforms, and I’m almost finishing my next single, which is gonna be more poppy or indie pop, a little dancing and less rocky. It might be put out there in early January 2023.