Lucidalabrador is a new emerging act whose members each originate from a different country. Brazilian-born London-based composer Pedro Caetano Leite is a recent Goldsmiths University graduate (like Blur and James Blake). He united forces with a multi-cultured live band that hails from Germany, Italy and Czech Republic. Their music recalls early 2000’s synthpop-rock.
Working as an audio engineer, Pedro chose to explore a hybrid recording method, between high budget studio facilities and his bedroom’s 8-track tape cassette recorder. The result is an intimate EP with a delicate precision called ‘Today Is A Good Day For Friendship.’ It was mastered by Mikko Gordon (Atoms for Peace)
Meet – Lucidalabrador.
For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?
Hey guys, thanks for having us! So after I moved to London from Brazil some five years ago, I met up and started playing with the guys who are now part of Lucidalabrador. We’re quite a mixed bunch, with musicians originating from Italy, Germany and Czech Republic. I’m also a sound engineer and I’m pretty much in a studio all the time, so when I get tired of working on other peoples music I get to have some fun with my own stuff. Over this past year we were working on our new EP that will be released on the 5th of December and we are very happy with the response that we’ve gotten from it so far!
Who would you list as your musical influence?
I think the artists that really made me change the way I compose music were Grandaddy and Sparklehorse. I’m a sucker for mopey people that really know their way around a studio, mainly because I am one (at least the mopey part). But really what drawn me to these musicians were their capability of withdrawing themselves from some really dark emotions for three minutes and just talk about them from an observing point of view – kind of isolated from the real world. Currently though I’d say Bon Iver, Father John Misty, Blake Mills and Death Cab For Cutie are what you’ll always find me listening to.
What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
Last year we were invited to headline a medium sized festival in Czech Republic. It had everything to go wrong, we didn’t have our own equipment and it started raining right before we went on stage. As soon as we started playing though it stopped raining and we had a blast. Watching people taking time to listen to your music, relating to it and dancing whilst the sun went down was unforgettable.
What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
For more people to listen to our music and dance to it!
What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Right now I can’t stop listening to Bon Iver’s and A Tribe Called Quest new album. They are amazing! There’s also this Brazilian band called Donica that are really something else. I went to their gig in Rio earlier this year and it just floored me how talented they are.
Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Absolutely, social media has given us some amazing opportunities. Although it’s got this really dark side too where it can leave people in this bubble and not get a real sense of what is actually going on out there. It ends up becoming this weird platform where you say what you think to people that think exactly the same as you, which to me is just pointless. Anyway, I’d say that is more from a social aspect than music itself, but in many ways it still applies.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
If someone is taking the time to listen to my music and give an honest opinion about what they think, I’ll happily listen to it. Although someone joked around once saying that I’m the kind of guy that will ask if what I’m wearing is cool or not, but independently of what you say I’ll still wear it.
If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
We haven’t crossed the pond yet, touring the US would be amazing.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Oh man, I was able to pay my bills this month so I guess music saved my mortal soul?
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Not really, just a thanks for the people that took time to listen to us. If you fancy it, have a listen to some of our friends music too:
All of the artists in Squareglass (independent label), Snow at Seaside, Jovis & The Bedwetters, Leyendekker, triptych and many more!