Brazilian music has always been a part of us, but it’s even more valuable now because of the sentiment or the theme of the actual song. So I feel like ‘Street Livin” is paying homage to what we started and it’s touching on a lot of serious themes to DACA, immigration reform, prison control… all the things we address in the video.
I know Brazilian music. I have worked with Brazilians many times.
I’ve been touching instruments since the day I was born. My mother is Brazilian, and she listens to Brazilian music. My father was a musician, and I’ve seen pictures of him when he was in a band playing guitar and piano. He loved country music, Frank Sinatra, and stuff like that.
I listen to all those kinds of music, from classic soul to hip-hop to Brazilian music to, you know, jazz to indie to alternative. So whatever. I listen to all if it. Classic rock and classic pop, all of that.
For me Brazilian music is the perfect mix of melody and rhythm. It just bubbles rhythmically. If I had to pick just one music style to play if would be Brazilian.
I loved the Brazilian music I played. But this is finally me. For the first time I think it’s really me.
This was during a period when I was producing Brazil ’66 records and got infected by Brazilian music.
When I was a young teenager, it was all about The Clash for me and that sort of English punk stuff. Then the Clash led me to all these other kinds of music: classic rock, Stevie Wonder, world music, and Brazilian music. I got serious about jazz when I was probably about 14 or 15.
Brazilian music has been a part of almost every record I’ve done, and I’d eventually like to record an entire album of Brazilian music.
My interested in Brazilian music stemmed from wanting to find a musical identity other than the salsa and meringue that I was inundated with in Venezuela as a child.
It didn’t even occur to me that I’m the last person in the world who should play salsa or Brazilian music.
Brazilian music has many of the ingredients that I strive for in my own music: Strong melodies and a disciplined but intense rhythmic concept, and interesting harmonies.
We deliberately used elements from Brazilian music and from African and Asian music. Now people can hear that but then it sounded so abstract, they couldn’t hear it.
I like to listen to African music; I like to listen to Brazilian music that’s not just Choro. I love to listen to Radiohead, I like to listen to James Brown – any music.
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