INTERVIEW: Brazil’s Libra

Hi Zeh, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi guys, thanks for having me! It’s a pleasure! I’ve been great, super excited about my new release with Libra.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Flakey Town”?

“Flakey Town” is Libra’s second single. I recorded all instruments at Sir Tiger Studio in Los Angeles, CA. The song was produced by Will Golden and me. For this song, I invited my friend and amazing singer Elyse Cizek to sing with me. I’m really happy with the way this collaboration turned out.

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

“Flakey Town” is about relationships in a big city like Los Angeles. I’ve been living in this amazing and super diverse city for almost 7 years already and there is inspiration in every corner. “Flakey Town” speaks to the feeling of being stranded and alone in a city that can swallow you, especially during a crazy and tough year like 2020.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Definitely! I am planning to release “Flakey Town’s” music video a couple weeks after the song release. I am working with the photographer Allan Wan who is directing the video. He did a photoshoot for Libra before and I love his aesthetics, so I am pretty confident that the video is going to be very stylish. 

How was the recording and writing process?

My idea with Libra is to release one song at a time instead of releasing a full album all at once. This way I can dedicate more on the recordings, the aesthetic and promotion of every song. Also, I am going to have a different singer joining me on each song. Libra is all about collabs. Nevertheless, all the songs are already composed and pre-recorded as a demo. I spent one year after I launched Libra composing and writing all the songs. I thought that I could be more creative and do it slowly without any pressure. 

What was it like to work with Elyse Cizek and how did that relationship develop?

It was amazing! I met Elyse through a friend that I used to play drums for. She was singing backup vocals in this band and we did some rehearsal and a couple shows together. She is super professional and killed it on the recording session. It is hard to do collabs when you have to be social distanced because of covid. We didn’t have the chance to rehearsal together before going to the studio, but we had a great connection in the studio, and I think you can feel that energy when you listen to the song. 

What role does Brazil play in your music?

You can take the Brazilian out of Brazil, but you can’t take Brazil out of the Brazilian. It’s a joke, but it’s true. In Libra’s compositions, I try to mix Bossa Nova chords with the indie rock/pop vibe. It’s subtle but it’s there. Famous Brazilian artists like Caetano Veloso and Jorge Ben Jor are big influences for Libra compositions. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, the plan is to hit the studio to start recording the next single in the beginning of April. Very stoked with my next collab. The pre-production is sounding great, so I am very eager to start this new musical journey. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I don’t want to make any promises, but I am planning to release the song in the beginning of summer and  *spoiler* that’ is what the song is about. 

What else is happening next in Libra’s world?

Super excited for the next projects with Libra! I am finishing “Flakey Town’s” music video and planning to release it soon. After that I am going to hit the studio to start recording the next single. And I am planning to do an amazing photoshoot with French photographer Laura Moreau to release along with the new song. 

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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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