My music is more political today an interview with otto sounds and colours gas after eating dairy


It was a hot day in the beautiful town of Amarante, the Portuguese base of Brazil’s MIMO festival. I’m chatting to Otto prior to his show at Parque Ribeirinho in the evening and a day after seeing him talk at a forum about the state of new Brazilian music. We begin chatting about the rich and poor in Brazil. He says people are strangling each other, and while politics is not necessary for the rich, the people need it to ensure adequate social programs.

It’s been a convulsive period for Brazilian politics, and as a result it’s a topic which has become more and more important in Otto’s music – not sloganeering party-politics, but the politics of a loving society. This is reflected in Otto’s latest album, Ottomatopeia, his sixth studio album in a career that began with him playing percussion in manguebit pioneers Mundo Livre S/A before seeing his solo career ignite with early single “Bob” in 1998.

Brazilian music has many intertwined traditions, “we are all mixed and re-mixed” he says, and of his own multi-ethnic background he adds: “I’ve turned out taking advantage of this”. The musician still thinks about the manguebit image of the crab rising out of the mud of Pernambuco with its antennae tuning in to the larger world, both transmitting and receiving. The cycle of life and death goes on, and Otto is becoming more reflective as he passes 50.

He talks about the movie Churchill, Chamberlain said “Churchill won with the English language, he convinced the people that they should fight against Germany because it is not possible to make a peace agreement with blood-thirsty men”. table d gaskets It was the English language that made him win. In Brazil, the only one who can talk to all the people is arrested, incarcerated. He can’t even give interviews. power vocabulary words And he is the most accepted candidate.

Beginning with the impeachment of Dilma, for two years I, like most people, didn’t know how to respond, but my kind of politics is about feelings, not about producing pamphlets. I wanted to talk about things like the mental torture people are suffering, the feelings of people. In Brazil, the press is completely venal, it can be bought and sold, politicians are completely corrupt. So, in this disc I wanted to remind people by using the theme of torture, because we have an extreme right candidate, Bolsonaro [who is now the President-Elect]. I took photos of torture instruments. But I think principally about our feelings, not just people on the left, because when democracy is trampled on everyone suffers, even the elite. People are very pessimistic, and the media are full of lies. This record is a cry against all this. I’m 50 now and I want to express my feeling of being Brazilian, to speak about love.

Modern dictatorships are different, they are more mixed up with commerce now. 4 gas planets It’s not about the army so much. Now a company that wants to make money from water makes sure that a Deputy is elected who will give permission to divert a river, it’s completely destructive. This happened where I live, they blocked a river to sell the water to other places. And they can build a super-shopping centre with security in the historic centre for the middle class, but the people in general lose out. Business is destroying people.

I think Paris really opened up my perception of the world, of what is universal, and it encouraged me to make a living from my art. Playing in the metro was wonderful, it was my first real contact with the public. The manguebit movement was a gift of experience. It showed me that I couldn’t go back, that art was definitely my foundation in life.

There is no-one like Rossi when it comes to charisma. I have a very close connection with my audiences. gas in oil lawn mower I feel I am a singer who expresses popular desires. I’m still romantic, and I have an audience that is very cool, very respectful, and, the most important, they understand me completely, maybe even more than I do myself. I sing about contemporary feelings, I write to liberate, to think. gas in dogs When I go on stage, I feel a desire that is beyond my control.

Traditions exist together with the way the people have developed, it has a history and an identity. In my case, I know that it can bring me what is new, contemporary. I never have to force it to happen, because I know that it’s intertwined in my soul. You have to let it flow, that’s how it is for me. I live much more in the ethnic roots, in the mixture of peoples and in their migrations. The world mixes everything. We are mixed and re-mixed. I’ve come out taking advantage of this… laughs.