INTERVIEW: Murdocco

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

I am good thank you, very busy with the release of my new track, learning lots, and starting to enjoy the summer, although the sun seems to be making us wait?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Take Me To The Stars”?

“Take me to the stars” is a song about being in a bad situation and wanting to be somewhere far away, beautiful, ideal, in another galaxy. It is a dialogue with a bird where I ask him to take me to the stars…

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

I think it was a time when, things were not very good for me, I was under a lot of stress. Inspired by David Bowie´s “Black star” album, which had a huge impact on me, and by his music videos and everything that he left behind. I related to it, to that earthy feeling of nature and the journey to the stars. I also wanted to experiment with the samba rhythms and electronic music. That’s conceptually where the song emerged from.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

I contacted my friend Robert Chandler and I asked him if he could do a video for the track, I explained what the song was about, he immediately got a good sense of it, he created the animations that interact with the different elements of the song, and then I recorded myself singing at home after we did the photo shoot for the artwork of the track. He then fused it all together, the deep sounds of the rainforest, the stars and that desire of going somewhere far up in the sky. Robert has a lot of experience, has done work for lots of musicians, including Depeche Mode´s “Fragile tension”, so I didn’t have to interfere, when he showed it to me, it was perfect! 

How was the recording and writing process?

I started off replicating the samba rhythm trying to make it more electronic, I then added the chords, and inspired by Hermeto Pascoal, I introduced the bird sample. Then I thought I should speak to this bird in the lyrics, so that’s when I thought of asking the bird to take me to the stars. Of course I then added percussion and vocal harmonies typical of Brazilian music, a jazzy piano solo, and the synth bass.

There are lots of elements, but it has a lot of repetition of the hook by different instruments, which makes it really catchy. Even though it sounds like a happy song, it is very lonely, because of course birds can’t reach the stars. I wanted to create that contrast, because it is all about hope, that illusion that keeps you going when thinking that things are good somewhere far away.  It’s the calling of the instinct of adventure and survival.

What role does Uruguay play in your music?

There is a lot of music fusion in Uruguay, people like to play around by mixing elements of different genres. It can be very creative and surprising the stuff people come up with, it can be very good. I guess that’s what I tried to do as well, I am not sure it has much to do with Uruguay though …

Do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Yes, I like collaborations. Sometimes it’s nice to let the other person get started and then I add my thing, other times I leave the track and give freedom for the other person to do what they want. I love collaborating. 

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

Yes, I am now releasing three more singles. Then an EP or album with Dario Germani, we are still discussing and working on it, perhaps in October. And probably after that, I would like to do a studio album, let’s see how much we can achieve. Fingers crossed….

Any tentative release date or title in mind? 

Next release will be in August or early September this year.

What else is happening next in Murdocco’s world?

I am very excited about having my music out there, and now that the pandemic and the rules are easing, I am hoping to be able to start thinking of gigs, and doing live shows.

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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