What are your names?
What is your genre of music?
Alternative/ Singer songwriter.
Give us a little bio about you.
Shining at the forefront of the music scene, Marcelo Deiss embarked on an innovative music career in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since. From an early age, Marcelo Deiss always knew that music was life’s calling, and set out on a mission to become a respected solo artist. Marcelo Deiss is a Brazilian born, London based artist whose music dances between indie, blues, folk and rock. His music details themes about social alienation and human condition in subjects like greed, hypocrisy, absurdity and despair. The South American artist feeds off irony, satire and a dose of dark humour to make audiences see the obvious that goes unnoticed in everyday life.
What made you go into music?
Truly, the love for it. I started taking guitar lessons when I was around 13 and was instantly hooked. I feel like it’s the one constant thing I have control of. The passion that I have in writing and recording makes it easy even when it’s hard to write or record.
Who are your influences?
Let’s see, I’ve been highly influenced by artists such as Ben Harper,, St. Vincent, Albert King, Sufjan Stevens, Thunder cat, Wilco, The Band and the list goes on and on and on… Honestly I’m not trying to sound like any specific artist. People tell me I sound like a lot of stuff. I think that’s the reason why I’m not trying to attach myself to one particular sound or artist. It creates a bit of a mystery to the mix. There’s something special about the unknown. Subjects that really inspired me are visual things. Physical art, films or books. I love reading ( especially during the pandemic) watching stories and feeling the connection with what I’m seeing. This often sparks inspiration which leads to me scribble down on a piece of paper or write notes on my phone.
Are you a signed?
Nope not yet!
You released your new Ep ‘HURL’, tell us more about the EP.
The big picture is that music continues to approach subjects that we face everyday. We are numb by adds, likes, fake news and we are losing touch with ourselves. In the meantime the planet is dividing itself. We are losing track of what’s real and what’s not. In a nutshell, the songs are a reflection of that. A discussion about these subjects. Lyrically the difference this time is that instead of only talking about them, I’m writing about standing up to them. Like trying to make a difference the best way you can.
Describe each track in two words.
ONE – Standing together.
On the Way Out! – Capitol circus.
JuVenTuDe – Youth today.
Fragments (Tell Me About It) – Rabbit hole.
Chiba City Scene – Neuromancer book.
Hurl – Standing Rock.
Who did you work with on the EP?
I worked with two producers. Mauro Motoki and Fabio Pinczowski. Mauro has previously worked with me on my first three singles and also on a previous project of mine called The Kings in Ely Street. He has a ton of knowledge when it comes to studio work. He has worked with a variety of different musicians in and outside Brazil. Fabio is a multi-instrumentalist and has been working with several Brazilian artists such as Lucas Santtana, Roberta Campos, Marcelo Camelo, Vanguart. He is also one of the creators of the new HBO series “Clubversão”, which has guest-starred Gilberto GIl, Milton Nascimento, João Donato, Ney Matogrosso, Céu and many others. Fabio produced the new songs with me and also worked on the mixes. Victor Rice from New York worked on one of the mixes. He’s a Dub producer and musician from New York that’s been living in Brazil for about 20 years. Victor has a great method of mixing the songs, where his equipment is 80% analogic which provides a real cool vintage sound to the songs. Percussion by the Norwegian jazz drummer, Stian Olsen. Stian is a great guy and brought a lot to the table when we were recording these songs. Brett Shaw from 123 Studios in London mixed two songs. Brett is a talented Producer/Engineer and worked with Florence and the Machine, Foals, Lady Gaga, Robyn, Daughter, Clean Bandit. The masters were made by Reuben Cohen from Lurseen Mastering in LA.
What was the writing and recording process like?
For this one we got a combination of people. The songs came about in different sessions and studios between London and São Paulo. They were also mixed in different places. I started writing and recording about two years ago. The EP is a register of different timelines with different people.
Will we see a music video for any of the tracks?
We already have one music video out for the track Fragments. Two will be coming out during the course of the next month, one of them being the video for Hurl which will go live on February 18th.
What else can we expect in 2021?
Right now I’m just enjoying the release of my EP. Hoping to tour later on in the year whenever that’s possible and working on releasing my first LP along with new videos in the middle of the year.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully 3 albums down. Signed and playing loads of gigs!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Consistency is key”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Guitar, water, harmonica, ukulele, Haribo vegan gummy sweets.