Born in Brazil, raised in Italy and then moved to the UK. After releasing several albums and touring with the band Novonada (providing percussion and vocals) Ian Carvalho decided to embark on his solo artist journey in order to have a more personal approach to music. Carvalho’s Italian-Brazilian heritage is blended with the British influences he picked up while in London (where he currently resides).
His solo project’s purpose is to express and convey every experience through a writing not affected by idiomatic or cultural boundaries. Ian Carvalho’s lyrics are a mix of languages and his music is a blend of rhythms, melodies, arrangements, free of rhetorical patterns, with the only desire and intent to deliver a message. He uses the feelings that a word may evoke in the listener, regardless of his ability to understand the meaning of the word itself.
Debut EP “Morpheo in Eros” was recorded mostly at Relax Studio in Florence (IT) with some extra recording at Brother’s room in London (UK) and Casarao Music Estudio in Piracicaba (Bra). It has been produced by Ian Carvalho and Andrea Nardoni (bass of Novonada from 2007 to 2011 and Relaxo studio sound engineer)
Here is our interview with Ian.
How would you describe your music?
It’s a melting pot of cultural and musical influences going from traditional South American sonorities to the hardcore and punk rock.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
The Ian Carvalho Project is my solo work, I played the drums in the band called Novonada for 8 years and when me and the other members decided to take a break from it I started working on this new project.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Sid Barrett, Raul Seixas and Fabrizio De André, one for every country I lived in and that influenced my life.
What inspires you?
Life itself is probably one of the things that inspire me the most together with philosophy, and cultural diversity and histories. Writing about such things give me the chance to think about what influences the human being, how he’s affected by his surroundings, his heritage and beliefs.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I usually collect ideas whenever they pop into my head, If I’m reading something that strikes me in some way, if I’m having an intriguing conversation, anything that makes me go “wow, this is interesting” is a good starting point. It usually write either at home or while travelling.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Most definitely “Dis”
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I will love to tour with At the Drive-in, Slaves and The Kills.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s hard to have a break through if you don’t already have a name for yourself or if you don’t know someone (not necessarily in the recording companies, also being able to get a gig in a busy venue it’s extremely difficult). Plus having the money for promoting your work really helps. If, like in my case you have none of the above you need to work harder.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
During one show with my former band we invited the members of all the bands that were in the audience to join us on stage and to perform with us. It was great to have such a mess around, everyone was playing our song, but using all sorts of instrument. It was a blast! (just in case you want to check it out… https://www.youtube.com
What are your future plans?
Going on tour in South America in early 2017 and hopefully in the USA (where I’m trying to organise a tour for later the same year).