Making Music to Survive

I come from a city in the south of Brazil called Curitiba. Growing up, I was always interested in getting involved with music- my father was a violinist and my mother a ballerina. Music made sense, it runs in my blood. At the age of 7, I started playing my first set of instruments.  By 9, I was already making songs as good as a 9 year old could make. By 11, I had learned every instrument in the Bateria (a form of Brazilian samba band). But due to the repetitiveness of the rhythms, I quit shortly after to keep exploring what else was out there. When I was around 13 I remember watching Armin Van Buuren’s Imagine DVD, and that’s when I began experimenting with and producing electronic music. 

With all of that being said, most of my choices throughout my life were made without having any major influences to guide me. My father passed away when I was five and I rarely saw my mother when she wasn’t drunk. For as long as I can remember I’ve had to fend for myself, even if that meant making my own money as a kid so my brother and I wouldn’t starve, or looking out for him as much as I would look out for myself. This major lack of influence has, in turn, been my main inspiration. I’ve always done what feels right in the moment and I’ve allowed that feeling to be a guiding figure for my music and especially for myself as I get older. 

But Momma ain’t raise no fool, put me in GOD$ green earth and I’ll triple my worth. The only reason I can afford to eat and control my own destiny is because I found passion in composing music.

The most important aspect of the Marcioz project for me has been releasing music I truly feel passionate about and enjoy- thankfully, that’s been entirely the case so far. With other projects, I’ve had to make sacrifices in regards to the quality and creativity behind each release as a means to an end. The Marcioz project has been a protective way for me to explore a new set of boundaries and find peace in the uncommon/unknown. It’s been terrifying but the success I’ve seen so far has begun to yield the results I have been dreaming of since I first started making music.

My new EP, MULTAO TRAGIDY draws a lot of inspiration from the Mulato archetype in Brazil. Being the son of a Polish violinist and a black ballerina, I’ve dealt with high levels of profiling my whole life with no end in sight as a result of the current political climate in Brazil. 

There is a series of stereotypes about the Brazilian Mulato which have evolved over the years. Despite the explosion of Brazilian Funk and Samba music, the stereotypes and interpretations of people with curly hair haven’t changed. My goal has been to reimagine Brazilian colonial music through millennial eyes and ears to help redefine the social image of a Pardo. Since Pardos make up 46% of the Brazilian population, and our own interpretation of this stigma is of self-hate, I’d like to rebuild this perspective based on my readings of vanguard and old colonial music. More than anything else, It’s important for me to make music affirming Pardos because of the cultural narrative shift in the last few years. 

I create art inspired by the reflection of what I see in my own reality. Most of my wishes feel surreal at this point, but that doesn’t matter much. Living in extreme poverty made me accustomed to levels of livelihood few will ever experience. When you are met with those conditions, every aspiration you may have feels unattainable, so why not aim as high as you can?

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