Romero Ferro

Illustration by: Bárbara Lopes

Interview by: João Miguel Fernandes

romero ferro matéria negra entrevista ilustrada

Ocupation: Musician

Click here to read the interview in portuguese


1 – Tell me about a moment in your childhood that was particularly important to you.

I had a very beautiful childhood, and several remarkable moments. But I remember a lot when I sat on the living room floor to listen to music with my father! We had a radiogram, and he had many records on vinyl or on k7 tapes. These were moments that were repeated several times, and today I realize how important this was in my life. Because they were my first musical references!

2 – The digital evolution, especially of social networks, has mixed talent and mediatism. How do you manage what is published on social media? Do you have a structured plan or do you share things of your personal life?

I do a little of both. I have a team that thinks about the posts with me, we mix between professional posts and personal posts. Social networks have become a powerful communication tool … powerful and direct! In them I speak directly to all my fans, and I get instant feedback! It’s a trivial tool these days, but something that needs to be used with limits, just like everything else in life.

“Empathy is what most brings us closer, from it we come to understand the place of other people in the world, our place and the place of the whole universe. We come to understand everything in a more profound and complex way. It is a daily exercise and very important. And from there our feelings like love will come, for example.”

3 – In an increasingly digital and online world, how do you see the evolution of music these days? Do you think the “album” format is dead and is the single that has more value?

The market has been consuming everything very quickly, in music it’s no different. I think we have reached a cool horizon with streaming, and we will spend more time working with it, there is a lot to go into. The single has worked with more dexterity as follows: if an artist still doesn’t know the path that will direct their album, then releases a single to test their audience. Or simply, the artist has an album already released, and wants to make a different single, then he can release a single. Because releasing a single is much cheaper. But the album and the single complement each other, one does not take the place of the other. But each artist needs to know the exact timing of launching each of the products, and this is very much related to the timing of each career.

4 – What are the things closest to us and which are the things that most distant us as human beings?

Empathy is what most brings us closer, from it we come to understand the place of other people in the world, our place and the place of the whole universe. We come to understand everything in a more profound and complex way. It is a daily exercise and very important. And from there our feelings like love will come, for example. Selfishness is the feeling that distances us the most. It’s the inverse of empathy. But there is a funny thing, the two need to exist in a balanced way in our lives, we need to think about the other and the whole universe, and we also need to think only of ourselves. There has to be time for everything. And that dose of what it should be, or how much it should be, has to be administered by each person, it varies from human to human. In that way we are building and evolving. From the moment we set out to be better every day, everything changes around us. People waste a lot of time trying to change other people, I think that’s a huge mistake. Only I can improve myself, I can’t do this to you. Only you can.

5 – Who were the people who influenced you most in your life and why?

 

Wow! It’s hard to think of people who have influenced me the most, because all the people who pass through my life end up influencing me in some way, and change me a bit. I believe we are constantly in the process of maturing, changing, reinventing ourselves … Sometimes someone who passes by so quickly creates a hurricane inside us! And look, I don’t think internal hurricanes are bad things, on the contrary! I think all these anxieties we live in are synonymous with maturation, movement. I want to be restless all the time! But I can safely say that my parents influenced me a lot, after all they created me, and gave me all the first notions of the world. After them, it comes the rest of the world (laughs).

6 – Portugal and Brazil are closely related, because of obvious reasons. What do you get from Portugal? Mainly in the arts.

 

I think Portugal is a beautiful country, we will always have a very strong link throughout our history from the period of colonization onwards. We have almost the same language! And this closeness seduces me. I have many friends who live there today, and are always sharing their wonderful experiences. I plan to meet the country in person soon, and do shows out there as well. I still want to immerse myself more in Portuguese artists, especially music, I know less than I would like.

7 – Your look is very relaxed and free, but very careful at the same time, is it an extension of your personality? What is Ferro like on a daily basis?

 

Romero Ferro in a daily basis respects very much his internal will, I am very vain, sometimes I wake up and I like to leave well dressed, but there are days that I’m very wild. The artist Romero is very connected in an aesthetic, I really like to think about it and respect the whole universe that I create for my works. None of this has standards. But I think of all my videoclips, the colors, the moments, the transitions … I walk already creating all this world behind.

“”BregaWave” was the term that I found to translate what I was doing, it is something completely new, which I didn’t see anyone doing. It’s the merger of Brega Pernambucano (a regional rhythm, very famous in my state), with elements of New Wave and Pop music.”

8 – Your sound mixes various styles, from pop to new wave, going through more classic styles like electronic music from Kraftwerk or Toro and Moi. How does your composition work? Do you often take influences from other artists to create your identity? Is there much planning?

 

I am a very free person at the time of writing, I respect my inspiration, my emotions a lot. But in this last work I recorded, I learned to channel ideas and write thinking about an already pre-tied concept. It’s a new way to use my art, and I loved to unravel it. It’s a record that will be out now in July, and that was very much planned. All steps!

9 – Tell us a little bit what “BregaWave” means.

 

“BregaWave” was the term that I found to translate what I was doing, it is something completely new, which I didn’t see anyone doing. It is the merger of Brega Pernambucano (a regional rhythm, very famous in my state), with elements of New Wave and Pop music. It’s been a challenge to create this whole world, I’m loving it!

10 – Your video clips have a very bold aesthetic. Do you participate in your creative process? Are you constantly looking for other visual artists to collaborate or follow a more traditional line?

 

Too much! I love to participate in everything, everything has to go through my supervision. Of course I trust professionals who are going to work with me, and I need to be always adding up. I already write the songs thinking about what the videos will be, and all this in a much bigger context!

Back

This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work!

Please upgrade today!

Share