SIM São Paulo 2018 - Day 2

The second day of SIM São Paulo started a bit slow as fatigue starts to set in. Things move fast and it’s pretty busy trying to network and see showcases. Luckily in the morning panel and endorsements a band advertised their showcase and I got to see the Black Pantera. Tribal beats, groove a la Living Colour, old school metal, a really nice blend showing that Brazilian metal is alive and well. 

Black Pantera in action

Black Pantera in action

Conan Osiris doing his thing

Conan Osiris doing his thing

I had been told the previous night of this Portuguese “phenomenon”, Conan Osiris, and that is Hoult check him out. I’m not sure what to make of it but it was a... shall we say... interesting show. 

 


 

During the day, in one of several networking moments, I got to meet Tuyo, who Tainá Mota had mentioned to me in the studio, back in Portugal. They told me they had a showcase and I had to check it out (or Tainá might have killed me when we got back in the studio). It was a very cool show and I highly recommend checking them out!

Tuyo preparing for their showcase

Tuyo preparing for their showcase

Silibrina showing great groove and taste

Silibrina showing great groove and taste

It was then time to go the evening part of SIM. Tonight it would begin at Instituto Brincantes for another Connecting Dots event. After having some nice Portuguese food, I went inside to see their performance of Filipe Catto. It was a nice surprise and the inclusion of a cover of Canção do Engate by António Variações was a very nice surprise. Then Silibrina came on stage and blew the roof! Super nice Brazilian instrumental fusion with a great groove and musicianship!

Kokoroko showing how it’s done

Kokoroko showing how it’s done

It was time to go to Jazz Nos Fundos and check out the Jazz Re:freshed showcase. It was a packed house and I was getting really tired but I’m glad I went because I got to see Kokoroko perform. It was a great performance, super nice groove and tasteful playing. The Afro Beat scene in London continues strong. 

SIM São Paulo 2018 - Day 1

Day 1 of SIM was an intense one. A lot of networking was done and I got to see some great acts that I didn’t know of. The started with the Jazz Re:freshed breakfast where I kept the London connection alive. It was a nice event and I got to meet a bunch of cool people. 

Jazz Re:freshed breakfast

Jazz Re:freshed breakfast

A little later on was the Canadian-Quebec networking event where I got to see Afrotronix perform, a great mix of African infused electronic music. 

Afrotronix doing their thing

Afrotronix doing their thing

This was followed by the MIL networking event, it was time to meet my fellow countrymen. I got to see Surma perform and that was great. A one woman show that was pretty intense, check her out if you can. 

Surma in action

Surma in action

It was time to relax for a bit so I went to see the master Yamandu Costa in action. My mind was blown the musicianship and technique. If you ever have a chance to see him play live, do! You won’t regret it.

Yamandu Costa in action with his 7-string guitar

Yamandu Costa in action with his 7-string guitar

It was then time to move to the Must Bar for the Connecting Dots night. The night started with Marmota, a jazz quartet from Porto Alegre that was very enjoyable to listen to. It was then followed by Diego Moraes, and that is a name to remember! Super groovy songs with a powerful voice. The bari and trombone added a nice texture. I would love to see him play with a full horn section, bass player and some background vocals! It was then time to get some rest and get ready for Day 2.

Marmota doing their thing

Marmota doing their thing

Diego Moraes rocking the house with tasteful grooves

Diego Moraes rocking the house with tasteful grooves

SIM São Paulo 2018 - Opening Night

Yesterday was SIM’s opening night at Cine Jóia. It was a very cool event and it’s really looking to be a great networking event. There are a lot of great talks lined up and I am even speaking alongside Marcelo Fruet about production and artistic authenticity on Saturday 8th. Read all about it here.

Fabiana Batistela delivering a great speech

Fabiana Batistela delivering a great speech

Contemplating the mix

Contemplating the mix

With budgets forever shrinking, efficiency is of the upmost importance. Engineers are expected to be able to do great work in a short time or it’s not worth your while.  A template is often a good way to mix efficiently. If you look at interviews with many mix engineers at the top of their game, you will see that they often use a template. 

Focusrite RedNet at JigSaw24

Focusrite RedNet at JigSaw24

This past Thursday I went down to Soho to visit JigSaw24 to attend an event on Focusrite RedNet. Focusrite has a long history in the audio world and when they first announced the RedNet line I was curious but a little skeptical. It seemed like a solution to a problem I didn't have.