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Operario

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About Operario

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  • Birthday 03/26/1988

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Brazil
  • Interests
    Writing deep, thoughtful lyrics about society and life in general.

    Have a proclivity for philosophical and psychological themes

Collaboration

  • Songwriting Collaboration
    Interested

Music Background

  • Musical Influences
    I'll just list the bands/singers/composers that had the most impact on me:

    - Pink Floyd
    - Deep Purple
    - Guns N' Roses (certainly not for their songwriting prowess)
    - Nobuo Uematsu
    - Yasunori Mitsuda
    - Angra (Brazilian power metal band)

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  1. Hi everyone. I'm going to be completely honest with all of you here, there's no point in trying to look like something my band and I are not: We're a 4 piece band (keyboards, drum,s bass guitar, guitar) Progressive Rock band and are starting to get our stuff together (as in "we at least don't pay to play anymore", haha). We create our own songs and seldom do covers, and since we've been playing a lot lately, we're needing new material ASAP. Here's the catch: English is not our native language (please don't ask "why don't you sing in your own language then ?" ), and I guess I'm the only member who can actually write in English. All our songs that actually have lyrics (8 ATM, 6 instrumental ones) were written by me. But since I'm also not a native English speaker, sometimes the words I use just don't sound right... or optimal, to be more precise. That's why I'm looking for help here on Songstuff. We've got central ideas (regarding both music and themes/lyrics) for at least 3 albums... so what I'm looking for is a partner to help me make these ideas come true. What is required of you : - That English is your first language, quite obviously - It is absolutely necessary that you have some knowledge of Rock music, specially Progressive Rock - That you are the kind of person who analyzes the world... that observes society and everything that is wrong or right about it, and knows how to write about that. That is interested in and understands human emotions not limited to love or sadness. That you are willing to be different, to be unusual, to be original, to be unique. That you hear the sounds and immediately can see the images, and can turn them into words. In fact, that you are a poet at heart. That is why I said we are looking for a partner, not just a collaborator. This is really intended to be a long-term relationship. It doesn't HAVE to be that way, but we're really looking forward to that. Things we DON'T require from you : - We don't expect you to play an instrument. If you do play a little (or very well... who knows ?), that's better. But that's not required. - You don't need previous experience. The band had a nice conversation a few days back (when I told them I'd like to post this topic here) and we came to an agreement that it is indeed better if you are little experienced. That way we can grow together. - I'm not sure why, but I felt it was important to say this: we'll never ask you for money. I guess that covers it all. I apologize for such a wall of text... couldn't be helped. Anyway, if you are interested, PM me or contact me at rbandeira108@gmail.com By the way, our band's name is Opera Rio. We currently don't have any recorded material (except very low-quality "homemade" recordings), but just to give you some perspective of what our sound is like... imagine that Pink Floyd and Deep Purple had a child that was brought up by... well, Yasunori Mitsuda and Nobuo Uematsu Thans in advance !
  2. 1. Do you sing, play an instrument or instruments? What instruments? When did you start playing? Did you teach yourself? I play acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar and harmonica. Started playing acooustic about 14 years ago, when I was 11. "Upgraded" to electric a year later and it has since then been my main instrument. Started playing bass when I was 16, out of necessity: the church I used to go to didn't have anyone to play that, so I stepped up. I only do it when absolutely necessary really. I do find the sound it makes pleasant to the ears, but to me, the playing itself is just not fun enough. Started learning harmonica from a friend when I was 17 and well, I'm still on the basics there. I don't believe anyone is really autodidact... you always learn from somebody, be it a friend, a relative, or a music teacher. As for myself, my mother taught me the first chords I ever learned. Then I took lessons in church (it was a social work, free of charge and stuff) for a month, and quit. Took private lessons for 3 months and quit again, classes were just TOO boring. Then started learning by myself. A couple of years ago noticed learning some theory couldn't do any harm, so I actually watched a BUNCH of youtube videos from various teachers and got to a point where I don't consider myself completely illiterate anymore haha. 2. Are you in a band or bands? Kind of. I play with some friends, but just as a hobby. None of us ever took it more seriously 3. Do you write songs? Yes, both the lyrics and the music 4. Do you record your music? Not yet. But I'm very interested in having a small home studio to record at least some basic things. 5. What other roles do you perform in the music business? N/A 6. Are you a tech head? Well, I know more than just the basics, but I would hardly call myself a tech head. 7. What country do you live in? Brazil 8. What are your ambitions? I'll assume this question pertains to musical ambitions. Well, I intend to be part of a rock band that is not just "more of the same". It may be just me, but I feel rock and roll is very weak these days for the lack of originality/creativity in most bands. 9. Do you draw/paint/write stories/computer art/dance or other creative pursuit? I rather enjoy writing some theories I have, mainly philosophical/extistential things, some analyses of human nature and society... but nothing too deep. 10. What would you like to get out of Songstuff? I expect Songstuff will help me develop my ability to write more meaningful lyrics, ones that after finished, I may actually read through them and think "well... that's pretty good"
  3. Hi folks. I'm a 24 yo composer/songwriter from Brazil. I've been playing guitar for almost 14 years now - electric guitar, my main instrument, for about 13 of these - and I've been keenly interested in songwriting for about 4 months now, which was when I actually started considering creating music of my own instead of just playing other people's stuff. It's good fun for a while, but finally lost its appeal to me I'm here mainly looking to develop my ability to write meaningful lyrics. All modesty aside, I consider myself pretty decent at writing the music, chord progressions, arrangements etc. But I can't seem to write lyrics without looking at the finished product and thinking it sounds just silly, even when it does pass along the ideas I'm trying to convey. And I don't think it's for lack of knowledge of the English language either, since I usually am not happy with the songs I write in my native language either. Anyway, hope to get to know you guys better, make friends here, learn from those who have knowledge to offer, humbly share any knowledge I may have amassed along the years. Good luck to all of us =)
  4. Welcome to the forums Operario :)