Music and dance are two inseparable entities. Some of us dream of becoming a singer and hope that our music will inspire people to move. On the other hand, some of us fall for dancing and search for tracks that won’t let us stand still… But what if you have a passion for both? Maybe some of you did not know, but Vitor’s addiction is not just dancing (and cooking – but let’s leave this one for the next article). He started to create his own tracks and in July made an important trip to London to progress with his new project. How did it go and when can we finally hear his songs? Let’s find out.
What was the purpose of your recent trip to London?
I wanted to finalize 3 songs that I have been working on for so long. Now as it was ready, I decided to go on a trip to London to give them the final touch with the help of the right people.
Describe your first moments in London with a bit more detail
I arrived at London Stansted Airport at 7:40 am on Friday and went straight to my apartment at Evering Road booked via Airbnb. My host, really cool young fella called Nate happened to work in a music industry as an agent. What a coincidence! While showing me around the house, Nate told me about his music agent career and it was quite fascinating to hear how the music industry works and how overwhelming it can be. I think it is good to have this insight if you are a baby in the music industry like me 🙂
Although it was only shortly after 10 am and I was dead tired – sleeping was out of my priority list – I took my laptop and started to write the remaining parts of my new track “African Cinderella”. I contacted Mr. Nino and scheduled a meeting with him only a few hours later.
How was your first recording session?
When I arrived at Mr. Nino’s studio I felt like my kids at Hamleys with butterflies all over my stomach and so looking forward to starting my new life project. During the first two hours, we spoke about how the music will look like and we took our time to brainstorm some ideas to make the original version even better.
After that Mr. Nino introduced me to his work and his ideas along with insightful stories about Ghetto Zouk Music and particularly how he contributed to its development. Uff, what a ride! I was getting more and more inspired.
We barely took any time for a break and went straight to mic to start with the rehearsals of the parts that needed to be better. Oh man, I could not stop smiling like a little happy green goblin! When we started our session I felt like in a different space, it was just surreal.
We started with “Vêm Sò” track and on the same day we manage to finalize “Bu Sabi” track and it’s arrangements. At 11:30 pm we were still super hyped about this project. After coming home I continued with the rehearsals and at around 4 am I decided to give myself a deserved sleep.
How did the recording continue? How did Mr. Nino help you with the development of your skills and music?
The recording days were intensive. I could barely sleep due to so much excitement and a creative mood. Waking up at 7:30 am even before my alarm with my emotions all over the place. We continued with the work on the track “My African Cinderella”, perfecting the lyrics and the vocals.
On the last day of my trip, everything was already recorded and I got some practical tips from Mr. Nino to improve my vocals, timing as well as confidence while singing your real feelings out. I can only say he is a genius. He managed to get into my head and redirect my ideas for a better result. As I was departing back to Prague, I was super proud of the work we had done. Now I am waiting for the final touches and soon the songs will be here for all of us to enjoy.
When did you start to sing? Did you always know that singing is something you wanted to do?
My first encounter with music was through hip-hop, more precisely ghetto hip-hop from where I was (Bairro da Pedreira dos Húngaros in Lisbon) and further influenced by Bone Thugs and Harmony. This is still my number 1 hip-hop of all times. They inspired me with the song called Crossroads, I think I was around 14 years old or less at the time. This song made me what I am today and until today I can remember most of it. The speed and the flow and especially the harmony in their vocals. At that time it was something new because all the rap and hip-hop was quite heavy. So my first baby steps started back then with “Bone Thugs & Harmony”.
Singing was not one of the things I wanted to be involved in because I was more into sports even though I got exposed to this kind of music every single day. I was listening and I still listen to 90’s and 2000’s R&B for inspiration.
What genre are your songs? Have you created all of them on your own?
My songs are more like Bone Thugs and Harmony, R&B vocals and spoken lyrics. Ghetto Zouk music is what I call it and what I deeply understand. Now I write my own songs but my first 2 songs – for example for “Vem Sò” I got FleepBeatz company to write my first verses and “Bu Sabi” track was by 80% written by me and 20% written by FleepBeatz company. As for “My African Cinderella”, it is 100% written by me. Other songs on my upcoming album I currently work on are written only by me.
Both beats of “Vêm Sò” and “Bu Sabi” were produced by Samy Cliff Music Production from France. “My African Cinderella” was produced by Dj Sink from Canada. And finally, all the tracks were edited and perfected by Mr. Nino from London UK.
When will the songs come out?
The prelaunch will be done at Summer Tropical Beats festival in Prague on the 10.8.2018. Now I intensively work on the whole album which should be launched by next year.