Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, currently Los Angeles based guitar player and songwriter Edgard has his own musical identity, blending Blues, Jazz and Progressive Rock into his own musical Fusion.
How would you describe your music?
My music is a truthful representation of who I am. Intense, soulful and free. Improvisation have a great part on my music and performances. I believe that on every show we’re able to capture the moment’s energy and manifest it’s uniqueness.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
I’ve always found easy to write my own music. New songs simply poured through me. After I moved to Los Angeles and worked with many different projects, I realized that It was about time to start focusing my attention and energy on my own project. I’m releasing my debut Live EP “EDGARD | Live at Bedrock LA” on September 14th at the side stage of The Hotel Café in Hollywood. It’ll be available on every streaming platform.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
This a hard one to answers briefly. First and foremost, Jimi Hendrix stands tall. He has been my greatest inspiration since I’ve picked up the guitar on both my playing and songwriting. Derek Trucks is my current major influence. His soulfulness, tone, touch… It’s just incredibly inspiring to witness anything he plays. I’m also greatly inspired by Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Gales, Mark Lettieri, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson. Nowadays, Artur Menezes and Marcus King are some new artists that are inspiring me.
What inspires you?
I believe we can find inspiration in everything, as we never know when and how the creativity spark will get lit. I’m always trying to keep experiencing different stimulus. On ordinary things, I take different routes or ways than usual to keep things fresh. Curious enough, by living the moment we are truly improvising, aren’t we?
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I enjoy both. I think every song has their own creative process. Some songs melodies and harmonies just randomly appear. Sometimes, the lyrics are the ones the start the process. By instance, the track “Soul’s on the Road” on my Live EP was written while in the van during a tour earlier this year. At the same time, “Deep Inside” was written while jamming at home and arranged with my bandmates rehearsing in the studio.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Another tricky one. I find fun to perform every single one of my songs, I must admit. But I believe “Soul’s on the Road” could be a favourite with it’s up-tempo swing feel and the general vibe of the song.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
To go on tour alongside Tedeschi Trucks Band would be incredibly rewarding. Derek’s musicianship inspires me a great deal and to be on the road with them with definitely be memorable and incredibly inspiring.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
The music industry have always been challenging. I believe the current state the industry finds itself it’s kind of controversial. Having in mind the access and demand for new content, as well as how easier it got to make releases and keep working, It’s a great moment of being independent. At the same time, it’s tricky because the amount of new content surfacing on a daily basis is huge. So in order to stand out, it really requires some identity and purpose. I also believe that currently, the best way to go is to perform as many great shows as you can and strive with live music performances.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
When we were performing in Colorado on my last tour, we’ve performed for a local fundraiser in a outdoors venue. Funny enough, we had a adorable wind storm halfway through one of our sets. In the middle of one of the songs, we were struck by a surprisingly strong wind-blow, and the PA system stand didn’t manage to hold still. Even one of the cymbal stands didn’t hold against that wind and tumbled to the ground as well. It happens, but it was peculiar to see all this havoc around us and to keep going through it, despite all of this, and to properly finish the song.
What are your future plans?
After releasing my debut Live EP, I’ll be supporting it’s release with many performances. The EP release party will take place at The Hotel Café in Hollywood on September 14th and on September 20th I’ll be performing in Las Vegas at The Sand Dollar Lounge. Be sure to follow me on social media to be updated with show dates and news. On October I’m going back home to Brazil for a 3 week tour. I’m also planning a European Tour in the near future.