Band members: Fred Gonçalves, guitar; João Vaz, bass guitar; Sérgio Lopo, drums; Sophia Vieira, vocals
Genre: Alternative, metal, rock
Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal.
Artist of the Month for June 2015 is Cinemuerte, from Portugal!
Cinemuerte is a Portuguese rock band formed in Lisbon in 2002 by Sophia Vieira and João Vaz.
They started playing live all across the Portuguese musical landscape gathering experience and achieving one milestone after the other, until in 2006 they independently released their first album Born From Ashes.
In 2008, Cinemuerte released Aurora Core in Portugal. Aurora Core featured nine tracks including the first single AIR, and The Night of Everyday written by Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell).
In 2009 guitarists Tiago Menaia, Fred Gonçalves and drummer Sérgio Lopo joined the band and Cinemuerte recorded the new wave song by British singer Kim Wilde Kids in America, released on the album Metropolis Club 79/89.
In 2011 Cinemuerte’s Wild Grown was released – their third full-length album. Cinemuerte signed with Sony Music Entertainment for a worldwide distribution deal. In 2012, guitarist Tiago Menaia left the band but was never replaced.
At the end of 2015 Cinemuerte released DHIST, the first EP of a concept trilogy.
The second release will be launched in 2016 and the last of this studio concept work in 2017.
In the last two years the band has been on tour in several different Portugese cities and there will be two big upcoming concerts in the second quarter of 2016, in Lisbon and Oporto.
We had a little electronic interview with Sofia, co-founder and lead singer of Cinemuerte. Enjoy
When and why did you start making music?
Most of us had the dream to play. We were influenced by many bands and musicians we used to see on TV or listen to on the radio, especially in the 80’s. We believe it’s a kind of magic, like in the Queen song… that bell that rings inside your mind. We felt that call.
What was your first ever job?
I worked as a radio presenter. Soon I realized that playing other artists records was not what I wanted. I needed to dive into the music.
How did you earn your first money as a musician?
I personally earned money on music copyrighted with our lyrics and music.
As a band, at the very beginning we couldn’t expect to earn any money on stage since we had no stage experience. There was a long way to go then.
Where you surprised? So much, so little?
So little! But not surprised.
Live or studio, what suits you best?
I prefer studio work. A lot is possible.
Your favorite part of a music production
Composing is so much funnier.
Where would you like to live, musically speaking?
I would like to live more on earth. I’m a bit dreamy.
Where would you like to play a gig?
It is not important where you play but why you play.
Your idea of a perfect gig
A telepathic gig would be awesome!!
Your idea of a disastrous gig
My recurring nightmare is that I forget the lyrics. It can be a disaster.
Your favorite outfit for a gig
Black is black.
Your favorite music instrument.
The most musical natural sound
The sound of silence.
Which works are you most proud of?
Aurora Core in the past, and the next one that we will release this year. I have the feeling it will be our best work ever.
What is the most important skill required – besides talent – to become a successful musician?
The best concert you’ve seen in the audience
The Mars Volta and Massive Attack.
The most beautiful album cover ever?
This last one of David Bowie, Blackstar. It is impressive.*
The last track you listened to?
Track number 3 from Bowie’s Blackstar, Lazarus.
The last single/EP/album you bought?
Again, David Bowie’s last album. I bought his album inexplicably the day before he died.
Describe your music
*Note: the little Twilight-Zone-moment that the article went online in July and Sofia talks about David Bowie’s death has an explanation! We moved the Featured Artist Contest to the Global Rockstar online Magazine when it went online in September 2015, so the first six Artists of the Month didn’t have an article so with the Artist of the Year contest we decided to catch up with them. Between Holiday Season and everything it was not easy and Sofia happened to answer the questions three days after David Bowie left us. (The fake publication date is only because I like things nice and clean!)