What Brazilian music is hot right now

Da Cruz - Between fever and chills

No, this article has nothing to do with swine flu. After all, Mariana da Cruz, the main female actress in the story, also comes from Brazil and not from Mexico. At Da Cruz you get cold and hot because of the music and not because of the bacilli. Enchanted by the cheerful singer, I flirted straight away in the Frauenfelder Artist Area: "I can see the heat, but where does the cold of Da Cruz come from?" She smiles and looks to the side. Not out of embarrassment, but because that's where the cool element is. Ane Hebeisen, a Bernese electro veteran, takes on the responsibility: "This is the Swiss glacier music that is making its way into our music. We are already doing a balancing act somewhere with the Brazilian and the electronic elements. And they come from me. " I counter: "Urtypische Schweizer Industrial" and allude to the fact that Ane was once a member of the Swamp Terrorists and thus at least spurred on my later metal / electronics passion.
But already I turn back to Mariana and ask what kind of Latin music she used to play. - "I mostly played traditional music. Ane then encouraged me to try something new. Something more modern with a classical background." Ane tells how he "found" X in Lisbon and what happened next: "Back then I was looking for a new project, a new singer. Somehow it just worked out. So I'm a couple with my mobile studio Once flew to Lisbon and we worked on pieces. Then we decided to record an entire album and she moved to Switzerland. It's been going on ever since. " I come back to the temperature and ask if she misses Brazil. Mariana: "No, not so much anymore. Okay. I have to look ahead." Ane throws in that Sao Paulo isn't as warm as one thinks. There is a certain logic behind the fact that he found her in Lisbon. The Portuguese capital has been the number one destination for many Brazilian exiles since colonial times. From there we went on a trip around the world. Mariana: "First up to the Alp! And of course I knew this picture from a magazine. Blue skies, white mountains - the total cliché. But when I was there, I had sooo strong feelings. It was great to stay there and to work. It gives me a lot of inspiration. "
The technical possibilities in Brazil are of course also given. But what about the infrastructure in tidy Switzerland? - Mariana: "I do need quiet to work, but sometimes a little chaos. So that was never a problem for me in Brazil." The two not only play with temperaments and mentalities on stage, but in general. The balance is also provided. Ane: "After we had made the first album on Bettmeralp, we went to Brazil for the second one and rented a studio there and pre-produced a lot of things. Maybe that's why it sounds a little more urban. We also worked with a local percussionist who played to the preprogrammed electronic beats. The album was primarily made in Sao Paulo. " This is a big city, but one that has retained its charm, the Brazilian says with sparkling eyes and lets me in on the differences between the laughing Rio and the urban Sao Paulo. According to Ane, there should be sounds there that hardly any European has ever heard.
For the Da Cruz electronics technician, that must be pretty interesting too. Ane: "Even in my previous projects, it was actually always the goal to incorporate the electronic elements as timelessly as possible. That hasn't changed. The big challenge with electronic sounds is really not to be statute-barred after two years. From that point of view, I use the technology as organically as possible. When I work on a base drum, it may sound like a Brazilian drum. " I conclude that it should be beneficial that the Latin rhythms such as bossa nova already have a very classic touch. Ane: "This connection and amalgamation is exactly what interests me particularly. Although you can still just notice that not everything is played instrumentally." Latino music - although of course not everything from Costa Rica to Buenos Aires is generally valid - remained in the classical works for a long time. But then it was more and more absorbed by pop culture. Rumba, samba, tango, bossa nova - suddenly all became hip and suitable for the hit parade. I take the opportunity to have two experts in front of me and ask how they see this explosion of Latin music. Ane: "The potential is already a little exhausted. Especially the fusion of electronic and Brazilian music. There were so many questionable things. So these so-called 'brasil flavored' tracks, as they were called back then. Many really bad productions have the full potential actually crushed. At the moment in Brazil you can see an opening towards psychedelic music. The electronic is actually quite through. It was fun for us to see how people reacted. We were on tour in Brazil and were actually considered something perceived totally new things. "
The trend from Brazil has actually died down, say Da Cruz and Ane, explaining why the Brazilians were now surprised by a Brazilian woman: "There are only a few exponents at the moment, but no Brazilian trend. We were therefore seen as our own because it is either at the moment very experimental, very wacky or it has to be big-screen pop. We got caught up in an intersection that hardly exists otherwise. People now felt both with us, so that on the one hand it is catchy, on the other a little wacky. We were again very astonished about it ... "The latest Brazilian current comes from the Bettmeralp, I conclude and ask Da Cruz how things are going now? - Ane: "We are already in the process of recording the new album. Today there were already five new songs among the ten that we played. After the first album, I had the marathon effect. Like when you asked as a runner at the finish when you'd like to play the next one and you're just exhausted. Now from the second to the third album it just flowed. There are so many ideas in the room, new ones are added every day. At the moment I'm working on one piece that is more sounds like German-American friendship, because like Brazilian elements. So there is no rumble and no alignment difficulties. Funky elements will probably be weighted more heavily, African ones too. We will then also go to Brazil and the pieces can definitely still have some direction assume. But at the core we know where it's going. " That it was a double-edged sword for her to open Saturday on the main stage of the Openair Frauenfeld should also be mentioned here. Accordingly, the vigil was at 6 a.m. Nevertheless, Mariana smiles and says: "It wasn't even that difficult to start so early. And it was good and still had quite a few people." Well then, see you next year. Same place, a little later?