Confident about the future but with a firm eye on the past, Silva is the 23 year-old producer from Vitoria widely tipped for big things in 2012. As likely to namecheck Chopin and Brahms as Tom Jobim or João Gilberto and with a burgeoning appreciation for European electronica like James Blake and Lone, a five-track EP was enough to get him on the bill for São Paulo's inaugural Sónar Festival in May. And then came the hype ...
A classically trained violinist, SILVA, real name Lúcio SIlva de Souza, spent 2009 living in Dublin learning English, playing in a band and busking to help pay the rent at a time when jobs in Ireland were hard for locals to come by let alone a bright-eyed Brazilian student. Earning enough money to return to Brazil in early 2010 with the basic kit to build a home studio, Lúcio set up camp in Vitoria once more and began the process of honing his sound and, ultimately, recording the EP. 'Recording the tracks I never really thought about playing them live' he told Time Out, 'Nobody has seen me play yet, but people are talking about ‘the show’ and that adds pressure of course. But the music came from me, its in me, it’ll be great.'
When did you discover your love for music?
I've always had music in my life. Since the age of five i've played the piano, my grandfather was a baptist preacher so the tradition of singing was in there. I'm not so religious now but that is where my musical grounding lay. When I was living in Ireland a Brazilian drummer found me and we got stuck into the music scene there. They were real music purists doing music for music’s sake, not for money, and that was refreshing. Brazil’s culture is a bit more centred towards making pop, making money and playing big venues. If you're not mainstream its difficult here, but in Ireland I could find a place on the street, open up my violin case and earn enough to pay my rent. I couldn't do that here without feeling like I was begging.
Was it there you got into electronic music?
It was actually after I came back to Brazil that I began to find my sound, getting ideas together, i'd play my violin every day. I brought back enough equipment to build a little home studio and off I went. Its amazing what you can do with a little equipment. I wrote the EP in my bedroom, then met a carioca producer who let me use his studio in São Conrado – Carlos Andrade – and he introduced me to Lucas Paiva who in turn exposed me to artists like James Blake and ended up co-producing the EP.