https://music.apple.com/us/album/staring-at-paradise-in-times-of-chaos/1496211265

 

https://music.apple.com/us/album/staring-at-paradise-in-times-of-chaos/1496211265

Luigi Carneiro – We Work Well Together

 

Luigi Carneiro – We Work Well Together

 

ARTIST NAME: Luigi Carneiro

 

SONG TITLE: We Work Well Together

 

ALBUM TITLE: Staring at Paradise in Times of Chaos

 

RELEASE DATE: 01/31/2020

 

GENRE: Commercial Pop

 

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Brazilian born American musician Luigi Carneiro has been a musician since the age of 12.

 

Passionate about The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Seal and Sting, Carneiro has a long career as a singer/songwriter that spans from albums, musical contributions, jingles, and music production.

 

He lives in Salt Lake City. He is married and the father of 3 kids.

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a song from the start to the end.

Writing/recording a song is a long-term relationship. From the inspiration, the idea up to the point of structuring the song with its tempo, lyrics, chords can either be a quick process or a lengthy one.

 

If the song is good, then it can move to the recording process, arrangement, mixing and mastering. And that involves listening to the song/mix in different sound systems to see how it sounds in different mediums and all.

 

After the release, you might perform it live, do clips…so as I said, that becomes your child.

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Elaborate on the gain and loss of being a musician/artist.

I could never look at it as a loss, ever. I have always felt a deep connection with music, and most importantly with the people that make music. The bond is amazing.

 

Music is the universal language. I know that is cliché to say, but it is true. In music, you don’t see barriers, discrimination, or prejudice. And that is very important to me. To see everyone as equals…

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Tell us how you connect people with your music.

I write music that speaks about situations we deal with in our daily lives.

 

I don’t try to fit in any style specifically but only music that sounds honest to me, and messages I believe in.

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Mention your greatest song up to date.

The most popular one is called ‘Photograph.’ But my favorites in the album are ‘4 Weeks’ and ‘We Work Well Together.’

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Tell us what you hate most about the music business.

Well, not hate. It is just a hard business to be part of, but no different than any other.

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Discuss how you monitor your digital distribution and streaming.

That is done by the record label I am signed to; Dying Light Record. They provide me with quarterly information about that.

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State the obstacles that a new artist can face as a starter.

Oh, there are many. From the cost of basic equipment, instruments and ways to record their music, to promoting it, creating a following and selling their music.

 

However, I believe that nowadays, this process is a lot easier than when I started in the ’80s.

 

Back then; everything was controlled by the big record labels. If you were lucky to have a contract, you would be at their will to be played on the radio stations which was the only way to promote your songs.

 

Now we have many forms of digital platforms, social media, and blogs. It makes “playing on the radio stations” irrelevant. So good for the new artists…

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Tell us how you will tutor a new artist in the music business.

I would do the same as my Mentors like Bruno Bona, Marcelo Lima, and Luiz Schiavon did to me in the past, which is to listen to every style of music I can. Even the ones I don’t like. You need to be curious.

 

Challenge yourself outside of your comfort zone.

 

Participate in jams, recordings. Feed from talents around you and give back to those that need yours.

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Explain how you record songs.

It depends on the song’s style. Upbeat songs I might start with a drum loop and go adding basic elements.

 

In this new album, I would send the song structure to Marcelo Lima, he would lay his guitar tracks or keyboards, send it back to me and I would record the backup and lead vocals.

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Discuss digital and analog recording.

My first experiments with recording started at home when I was about 12. My dad had an AKAI 400DB Reel to Reel with a system called SOS or Sound on Sound.

 

Because it used a regular 1/4” tape, the more “tracks” you recorded on it, the worst and noise the previous tracks would sound. But that is what gave me the first understanding of how the recording process worked.

 

The first album I recorded with my band Alderan, was recorded in an analog Studer 24 track. The sound was really good still despite a bit of “tape noise) but still great warm and wide.

 

Next was the ADAT, which was “digital” but using VHS type tapes of eight tracks per tape. It was a very complicated process putting tapes, removing tapes or having multiple machines running at the same time. It did not last long and was soon replaced by the brilliant Digidesign (now Avid) Pro Tools. I still use Pro Tools for most of my vocals, instruments, etc.

 

I have also been creating my basic drums, loops, and samples on Logic, which is easy to work with.

 

Basically, I am not a purist. I am all about digital and with so many plugins and peripherals available, a good mix and master can make any recording sound as full, as warm and rich as any analog.

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Tell us your opinion on adding effects to vocals.

All in favor but needs to be relevant to the mix. Some songs you want a more intimate connection with the listener and a dryer vocal can help you with that.

 

Other songs might require a bit more effects like reverbs, delays… So, it all depends on the recipe you are cooking.

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Tell us how you eradicate noise in your recording.

Instruments and microphones nowadays have very low natural noise. That is a big factor. Then a properly treated studio does the rest.

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Describe the theme of your lyrics.

I focused on themes that I can relate to and relevant to the world around us. The main goal is to try to lift people’s lives and feelings so they can find within themselves the strength to fight their adversities and challenges in their daily lives.

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Tell us if you consider singing about politics or injustice rather than love stories.

I do, in fact, one of my favorite songs in the album is called “In Your Prayers” which is about how people feel entitled to speak on God’s behalf while judging and discriminating against people from other countries, origins, and beliefs. I believe we are all the same.

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Discuss the registration of your songs with your Performing Rights Organization.

All my songs are registered with BMI Music. They are very effective in protecting copyrights.

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Discuss how you distribute your music.

My label, Dying Light Regards have been outstanding in distributing my album around the world via Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, etc.

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Discuss how you cope with the crowd on the stage.

To be honest, it has been a while since I performed live. But for years I played to very large audiences as well as nightclubs and bars.

 

I never had stage fright or stressed. Quite the opposite, I feel very motivated and feed from the fans and never had a bad experience.

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Elaborate on the song.

We Work Well Together came from working with my wife Lisa on a house we were remodeling.

 

After 3 months of work, the house looked amazing and my wife said: You know what love? We Work Well Together. That got stuck in my head and I developed the song to embrace the idea that people of every background can always work together and achieve success!

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

Luigi Carneiro is just my name. And the title of the album, STARING AT PARADISE IN TIMES OF CHAOS, has suddenly become even more relevant in this new life the world is experiencing with the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

The idea of the title is to be able to always look at the positive things in life even during difficult times.

 

We need to focus on what we want to achieve even when everything is against us.

 


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