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INTERVIEW: Glue Trip

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1) Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, VENTS! A lot of cool things happened to us this year and we are feeling great. Thanks for asking.

2) Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fancy”?

“Fancy” is the second single from our last album: “Sea at Night”. As an artist I am always searching for something new to work: new sounds, new experiences, new inspirations and “Fancy” is the song that most represents this search. It was created while I was trying to get psychedelic and disco music together. The track really breaks with the main aesthetic from our past works and brings a new psychedelic electronic vibe to Glue Trip’s work. It was one of the first songs I created for the album and it defined how other songs from the album would sound. “Fancy” also features two guitarist friends: Pedro Francisco and João Yor that created fuzzy awesome guitar solos!

3) Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Finishing lyrics is really hard for me. I am always writing about something that touches me at the time and it usually stops making sense after a few weeks. But with “Fancy” it was different because I always wanted to write about inferiority complex and how our society is always trying to shrink other people dreams. “Fancy” is addressed to people that struggles for their dreams and have been confined in this eternal battle that is: doing what you love without people around you giving the support you need. Not any particular event inspired me, but this whole feeling.

4) How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Daniel Vincent (Director, Designer and Animator) showed the script and asked me to star the video. At the time he lived in São Paulo and I was in João Pessoa it was Carnaval and we needed to be together to capture the images. I flew to São Paulo with a huge hangover and we filmed everything together on our phones at his dad apartment and some friend’s house. It was really fun and cool to be part of the process. He uses the process of rotoscopy to make the animation and after capturing the images he draws frame by frame and starts his own trip. I really love the video and the idea of a lonely guy going out for a special night, ending at the beach at night. It really fitted with the song and completes the album experience for me.

5) The single comes off your new album Sea At Night – what’s the story behind the title?

Our sound and aesthetic have always been close to the ocean. We were born in a coastal city and the sea is the best place to be in a sunny day with your friends, but when the night comes the ocean looks like a strange place to be and that was the metaphor I used to create this transition between the first and the second album. I wanted the album to sound more mysterious and less obvious, like a ride into the deep ocean with a lot of strange creatures and unexpected lights. On the first album I used a lot of solar instruments: acoustic guitar, organs, electric pianos; on “Sea at Night” I wanted things to sound much darker and used a lot of synthesizer, beats, fuzzy guitars and a bit less delay on the vocals. I also love to take a dive into the ocean at night it’s less crowded and the water is warm. A unique experience if you are in João Pessoa.

6) How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote and recorded all the songs at my itinerant home studio. Drums and Percussion were recorded at Angelim Estúdio and played by CH Malves and Pablo Ramires. All the voices were captured at Estúdio Peixeboi, but the skeleton and base of all songs were recorded at my studio. And a lot of friends helped me with participations and giving advices: Gabriel Araújo, CH Malves, Rodolfo Salgueiro, Felipe Lins, Joy J Music, Pedro Francisco, João Yor, FM, Pablo Ramires, Beicinho. To record the instruments I used an Apollo Twin Duo and Apogee Duet as my audio interfaces, I used two microphones mainly: the SM57 and a Rode K2. As I didn’t had a deadline to finish the album I tested a different process to create the songs for this album, I started the songs on the computer with a beat or synth line and after the base was completed I started playing with voices and melodies and then I started the writing process. That’s not my usual process, but I was searching for new ways to unleash my creativity and I thought that worked for me at the time. But I still love my usual process of composing with acoustic guitar and a piece of paper. It’s painless and more enjoyable!

7) After the major success from your previous work – did you feel any pressure when working on this record or rather the opposite?

I felt a bit of pressure because we stayed 2 years without launching new material and that was killing me. People were constantly asking: “When is the new album coming?” and I keep saying the same thing: “It’s coming but not now”. Creating an album takes a lot of time and patience, if you feel some kind of pressure to finish it as fast as possible you will bypass important stuff and you need to feel a bit confident to release it. It’s really difficult to feel 100% confident about releasing an album, because there’s always something you would change, but you have to put your intuition to work. I don’t know if “Sea at Night” was what our listeners were expecting but I think that was a necessary work especially for me. I needed to get this out of my chest so I could have a fresh start and evolve as a composer. That’s why this album is so important to me.

8) How Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Daft Punk has influence your writing?

I think I captured a little bit of each project to construct my ideas. I love how Daft Punk contributes with another artists and it all ends with a superb result. They are also into repetition in music like me, creating mantras is awesome and have a direct connection with meditation and Buddhism. UMO has influenced me by all sides, I listened a lot his whole discography since I discovered them. He creates his fantasy worlds, is so sincere in his songwriting and at the same time mysterious. His choices for song names are also something to be admired.

9) What role does Joao Pessoa play in your music?

The city plays a major role in my heart as I have recently moved to São Paulo and left family and friends there. All I feel is nostalgia and love for João Pessoa. I grown up and lived in the city for my whole life, but I always felt I had to leave the city someday. It’s a really beautiful city in the northeast of Brazil with paradisiac warm beaches and special people. As I told you before the connection with the ocean is strong and that inspired me a lot. Now we live in São Paulo and the challenge is other, everything is new and this city is already stirring us in many ways. I am sure that the next works will be a mix of influences between the two cities.

10) Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

When you work with art everything is welcome to inspire, but you have to get attached to the things that really matter. This last year Childish Gambino was a huge inspiration for me. Not only the musical material, but also the way he looks at the world. I have consumed all Donald Glover’s interviews and love his world vision and how he contributes to society with such a relevant work as Atlanta (TV Show) and Childish Gambino (Band). TV Series, art, books and especially movies are my main source of inspiration. At the moment I am listening a lot of Gilberto Gil, Solange, Jards Macalé, Kali Uchis, Ney Matogrosso and watching a lot of Nelson Pereira dos Santos movies. Probably the next Glue Trip material will come in Portuguese.

11) Any plans to hit the road?

We are planning our first tour out of Brazil for the next year and we are really excited to travel the world and play our sound to people that never watched our live concert. This year will be playing in some great festivals in South America too, but I can’t give any details right now. All I can tell is that are some cool festivals that we always dreamt of playing. If you want to be updated about that dates follow us on Instagram (@gluetrip), we’ll give all the details there.

12) What else is happening next in GLUE TRIP’s world?

Many changes are happening right now in Glue Trip’s world. The whole band has recently moved to São Paulo and I’ve been writing a lot of songs on the acoustic guitar (just like the old days). I am in a really fertile moment and decided to work on my songwriting and melodies before going to the studio. Probably a feel singles will be out very soon, songs that I worked after the release of “Sea at Night”. There are also some videos for songs from the “Sea at Night” that will be released this year with some really cool videomakers! Things are changing for us and I think there’s no going back for us in this trip.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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