(( MENSAJE DE MACK : Esta es la biografía
de uno de los cantantes más talentosos en el mundo del rock hoy en
día, Andre Matos. Andre Matos ha trabajado con diversas bandas, entre
las que destaca Angra, grupo del cual se salió debido a diferencias
surgidas con su mannager. En estos momentos, Andre se encuentra un poco desaparecido,
pero al parecer resurgirá con su nuevo grupo llamado Shaman. Esta biografía,
también les permitirá prácticar su francés. ))
Nom : André Coelho Matos
Né le 14 septembre 1971 à Sao Paulo (Brésil)
Viper jusqu'en 1991
Angra de 1991 à septembre 2000
Shaman depuis septembre 2000
Projet solo :
Virgo avec Sascha Paeth.
André Matos est né le 14 septembre 1971 à Sao Paulo.
Il est entré dans le monde de la musique très tôt, lorsque
ses parents lui permirent de jouer du piano lors de sa dixième année.
Depuis ce jour, la famille d'André ne cessa de le supporter dans ses
choix musicaux tant au simple niveau d'une passion qu'en ce qui concernait
sa carrière. Pour atteindre un haut niveau de maîtrise, André
s'entraîna durant de nombreuses années et fit preuve d'une grande
discipline. Après tout, devenir un musicien n'a jamais été
une partie de plaisir ! Mais André avoua qu'il ne s'était jamais
imaginé faire autre chose. Il savait dès le début qu'il
était important de travailler dur et d'écouter son coeur car
la musique est quelque chose de magique et la magie ne peut être exprimée
par des mots et prisonnière de règles. Il faut la laisser libre
! La créativité d'André provient probablement de ses
diverses influences qui proviennent d'horizons différents comme la
musique classique et la pop brésilienne autant que du heavy métal.
Les deux premiers albums qu'il acheta étaient les Bee Gees et Fair
Warning de Van Halen mais son premier concert fut celui du chanteur brésilien
Eduardo Dusek, en 1982. Trois ans plus tard, André se rendit à
l'historique festival Rock In Rio. Van Halen était alors l'un des groupes
préférés d'André avec Iron Maiden, Kate Bush,
Manowar, Peter Gabriel, Beethoven, Chopin, Sagrado, Mozart, Rush, Queensryche
et Caetano Veloso.
Avant qu'André ne fonde Angra avec Rafael Bittencourt, en 1991, il
était déjà connu pour son groupe Viper. Un groupe qu'il
avait rejoint dans ses jeunes années. Avec Viper, André a enregistré
deux albums et acquis énormément d'expérience sur scène.
Lorsqu'il prit la décision de quitter Viper en 1991, son intention
était de faire de la musique classique. André avait étudié
la musique classique, la composition et la direction d'un orchestre à
l'université, et continua jusqu'au diplôme en 1994 alors qu'en
même temps, il formait Angra. L'appel du métal se fit à
nouveau entendre. André avoue que "le métal est ce qu'il
y a de plus profond et puissant. Seule la musique classique peut rivaliser
en puissance mais le heavy métal est également flexible et très
varié. Il y a tellement de choses différentes que nous ne nous
en lassons jamais ! Et finalement, le heavy métal est synonyme d'une
attitude très spéciale des gens face au monde. C'est pour moi
le meilleur moyen de m'exprimer !"
Influences: Eric Adams, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Kate Bush
Groupes favoris : Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Kate Bush, Manowar, Peter Gabriel,
Beethoven, Chopin, Sagrado, Mozart, Rush, Queensryche et Caetano Veloso.
Albums favoris : Powerslave (Iron Maiden), Sign of the Hammer (Manowar),
Fair Warning (Van Halen), Hounds of Love (Kate Bush), Le Concerto pour Violon,
Le Concerto pour Piano No.5 (Beethoven), Passion Us (Peter Gabriel), 4 Ballads
(Chopin), Grande Espírito (Sagrado), Requiem (Mozart), Scoundrel Days
(A-Ha), Roll the Bones (Rush), Stabat Mater (Poulenc), Cavalo de Pau (Alceu
Valença), Rage for Order (Queensrÿche), Cores e Nomes (Caetano
Veloso), 1985 (Chico Buarque).
Interview with Andre Matos of Angra
Andre Matos, vocalist of Brazilian melodic-power-speed metal band Angra, speaks
about their latest release (Holy Land), the music scene in Brazil, and his
aspirations and goals.
I understand that Angra means "Goddess of Fire". Is there any
particular reason you chose this name?
We just chose the name because it was a Brazilian name and there's a town
here called Angra, which is a beautiful town. It was a name that we thought
would sound good in every language, but, on the other hand, would also mean
nothing. We tried to run away from a meaningful name. We discovered the meaning
of the word later on, but I think it fits the band's sound well.
Could you elaborate a bit about the conception and recording of Holy Land?
Particularly the mixing of Brazilian and Classical music with Heavy Metal?
The album took more than one year to produce. From the point we started
composing the music to the point when we developed the master was about one
year. The album took a lot of effort; it was more difficult and more complicated
than we expected. The Latin music parts and the Classical arrangements were
the difficult parts. The arrangements were much more difficult. We were under
a big time constraint from the record labels on one hand, but we found a way
to make it happen with more time. We had enough time for developing and improving
When we recorded we wanted to bring about some originality. Some bands copy
other bands and that's something we don't like to do. We are classical musicians,
we are Brazilian people, and on the other hand we like heavy metal. Nothing
is more natural than mixing all those together.
What exactly is the songwriting process in the band?
It varies a lot. Sometimes we write together, and all the members give input.
We record everything and later we listen to the material and mix the best
parts; other times the members write their own songs. On this record even
though the songs were composed differently all the arrangements were done
together. The whole band was living on a farm out in the the countryside and
we had to leave with the album ready to record. It was a lot of fun.
How would you compare Holy Land with your previous album, Angels Cry?
Holy Land is very different from Angels Cry. It's a deeper way of thinking.
It's a kind of a concept album and so it sounds a lot more unique than Angels
Cry. On the other hand the songs in Angels Cry are good individually. I think
that's the main difference. While Holy Land is good as a whole, Angels Cry
is good on an individual song level.
Could you elaborate on the concept behind Holy Land?
The concept was born from the song Holy Land. I wrote that song by myself
and presented it to the band. The whole band was into the same mood, talking
about things from Brazil, mixing of culture, race and religion, etc. From
this song the whole concept was born. The album is about Brazil, about our
homeland, not about the country itself but about the culture and the mix of
races in the culture.
Being a Brazilian metal band to achieve international acclaim, you're often
compared to Sepultura. What are your views on this comparison?
Sepultura is the first big Brazilian band to break out internationally.
They went out and showed to the world what Brazilian bands can do. I respect
them a lot. What they did is very important. People say Angra has imitated
Sepultura somehow. Sepultura were a band that was breaking out of Brazil and
we thought if they can could do it we could too, but musical and concept-wise
I think we have little to do with each other. There was a trend that was going
on at the same time and a lot of people were doing the same thing. I like
their attitude and music however. We're proud of having a band like Sepultura
come out from Brazil.
I've heard that you'll be on an upcoming Judas Priest tribute? What song
will you be covering?
It's already out in Europe and Brazil. That was a very nice project. It
was an invitation by the German press We were invited to perform the Painkiller
song. It was a hard song to record, but not entirely bad since we used to
play it live as a cover song. The result is very very cool. My voice is very
different. I tried to sing it much more aggressively. I think you will like
it if you're a Angra fan.
Do you plan to tour or record with a real classical orchestra any time soon?
That's a question of money. It is something for the future that we intend
to do. We plan to record with a philharmonic orchestra in the future also.
Will you be touring the U.S. at all in support of this album release?
Right now things are being negotiated and the options are remote. We'd love
to tour the US and I'm looking forward to going there. I hope we can make
it pretty soon because we're anxious to play over there.
We have difficulties in the U.S. to release the album or getting there to
play. In Europe or Japan there's no problem; they have a tradition and a culture
of heavy metal. We've been told to forget the U.S. markets, that they are
very trendy, that they go for things played by MTV. It's a pity that we don't
really have the opportunity to work there. It's a pity that people who like
the music don't have the opportunity to see a band they like.
What are the band's influences in general, and what music do you like best?
We have many influences, like Iron Maiden, Sabbath, and Judas Priest. Deep
Purple is very important. Queen was a big influence for the band. As for me,
Eric Adams from Manowar has been a big influence. I enjoy his voice. I also
like Bruce Dickinson.
What're your views on bootlegs?
I don't think it's a big problem. We have many bootlegs out. Each day we
discover a new one. I think it's a good sign. My sincere opinion is that people
who want to listen to the music will buy the record. Everyone who buys the
bootleg will have a record. That's a problem for the record labels but it's
a big advertisement for the band. We're not looking for money, but we're looking
for an opportunity to make our work grow and give it exposure.
Could you shed some light on the Brazilian Heavy Metal scene?
A couple of years ago there was a big thrash metal wave. But right now,
there's lots and lots of melodic bands in Brazil. It's a style that's growing
strongly. One month ago we had the Masters of Rock with only melodic bands
like Iron Maiden and Helloween. It was pretty cool. We may play in the next
How do you think you've influenced the scene in Brazil?
We have had the opportunity to talk to a lot of kids. Most of our fans who
are musicians say that we're a big influence and it's very nice to hear that.
It means our work is being recognised.
Where do you see Angra in the future?
Our plans are to grow as much as possible, and improve much more as musicians,
getting to a higher professional level. It's difficult to turn into a professional
band in Brazil. It's a country that hasn't got the right possibilities. On
the other hand, we spent a lot of time outside, in Europe especially. It's
important for the band that we have these external markets. We wish to work
with different markets and different countries and go on doing the music we
like. That's our biggest dream. That we don't have to turn heads down and
just do what the record labels want us to do. We don't want to become repetitive
and boring just in order to make more money.
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