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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Adriano: I was around 10 years old when I first listen to Powerslave from Iron Maiden. Before that, I was a kid very much into Peter Frampton (Breaking All The Rules) and Europe (Final Countdown) type of music approach. It was just an appetizer for what is to come. Iron brought me a deep feeling of passion for the way instruments and vocals were being put together. The power of the songs, the energy on the compositions… was love at first sight, and I immediately knew what I wanted to do: play the guitar and write music. After that, a gigantic number of new bands were being searched and discovered by myself… what a pleasure!
And if I wasn’t a musician, I’d probably be working as an engineer.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Adriano: that’s a great question. Since music became the driving aspect of me, I always found it very important to keep my mind and body balanced so the flow of ideas can count on the air space needed in my brain. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I do sports (bike, tennis…) mainly to be healthy of course (sure, I enjoy a lot of external activities, and the fun to play tennis, for example), but on the other hand I also do it to make sure I’ll be spinning my body and recycling what’s inside.
I also would like to mention the emotional side of it, as for many years I work my consciousness with a psychologist. It is something outstanding to know better about yourself, your reactions, what causes you pain… to search for your own puzzle is the key to a peaceful mind.
How long has your band been around?
Brutta has just been formed. We started working on the songs at the beginning of 2022, so we’re around just for about 5 months.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
Adriano: today I live in São Paulo, Brazil. I have plans to move my family to Europe (better life opportunities if you live in a 1st world country). But independent of the location, the music flows apart from it. It’s all inside and it’s all about finding the right way of putting it out, regardless of where you are physical, I guess.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Adriano: I was working on the lyrics of one of our first songs, and I was looking for a short and strong name for it. A couple of ideas came in, and Brutta was one of them. I remember Gledson saying, ‘oh man, this name is great! Why don’t we use it for the band’s name instead?’. It was funny as I had the same thought in my mind, so it was instantaneous, and Brutta was officially formed.
Brutta: brutality. Our music is brutal, heavy, charged with wicked atmospheres, and an ‘in your face’ sensation. Therefore Brutta represents that perfectly.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
Since Brutta is a brand new band, we didn’t act live yet.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Adriano: Tom, Gled and myself, of course, and we’d be needing another guitar player to fulfill the lineup. For me, Eric Rutan would fit like a glove.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Adriano: I learned to play guitar by myself. I used to reproduce songs from Iron, Slayer, Death, and a huge number of awesome bands. That was a fortune thing I guess, ‘cause I manage to practice my ear a lot. So I’d advise to always use actual technologies to learn how to play (mainly dedicated to the technical aspect of it, like shredding exercises, and the music theory), but never giving up playing your favorite riffs by your ear. That’s something very enriching for young musicians. And for my younger self, I’d probably say ‘dude, pay more attention to guitar exercises now. You’ll have plenty of time to compose music. It’s funny until nowadays when I grab the guitar and start warming up, without knowing I’m creating stuff instead of the warmup or doing exercises… what I can do? It’s bigger than me, ‘shot'…
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Adriano: don’t sell your guitars man, you’d be very happy checking on your own musical instruments museum some day :)
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Adriano: Brutta’s debut alum contain one song called Bastardo. It’s about living a religious life (and basing yourself on it) without being aware of what really causes you existential pain. To be blind praying strongly and asking for change or forgiveness will never solve the problem. Even with all knowledge available around us nowadays, the fact that a gigantic number of human beings around the globe prefer the easiest way (thought out the dogmas of something folkloric, written to be misunderstood) still amazes me a lot. That’s way probably the song Bastardo it was made with fury against ignorance.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Adriano develops some riffs and put them together. Then Gledson composes the drums parts. Tom gives his final touches with the bass lines. The lyrics come afterward along with the vocal line melodies. When all is set and we are happy with it, the song is good to go.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
We are not looking for a specific message to get across our music. It is very difficult to generalize this. Each song carries a different message. Each riff or each lyric carries a very particular aspect. In the end, the final result is an independent and living organism.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Sure, it’s come to have different mindsets and different approaches towards the band and its construction. The connection between us is so fluid that all disagreements are good disagreements, ie, we manage to talk and expose our thoughts and desires. We are very humble and open guys. We’re also very talented and passionate about what we do. This means we appreciate each other thoughts and approaches a lot. So it’s very good to think of what the other is bringing and focus on incorporating elements that in the end will only do good for our final product: the band and its music.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Be aware that this is just the beginning. If you are into extreme metal, you’ll be surprised by the sweetness found within the music we created. We will compose more material to form a solid base of music, and also incorporate more fans into our band. Future concerts can be expected for sure. For now the spotlight of what’s coming up it’s our debut self-titled album: Brutta. Its release date is settled to 17th June 2022, and believe me when I tell you: it’s a fucking massive spotlight!
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