Luís – 6 degrees

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Luís - 6 degrees

Luís – 6 degrees

 

ARTIST NAME: Luís

 

SONG TITLE: 6 degrees

 

ALBUM TITLE: Left It in the Summer

 

RELEASE DATE: 21/02/2020

 

GENRE: Indie-Pop

 

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Luís Fernandes grew up in Madeira Island in Portugal and was exposed to music from a very young age, as his parents were both part of a traditional Portuguese folklore band.

 

At six years old Luís started studying classical piano, and from there on started seeing music as a possible career path, taking the routes of Jeremy Zucker and Alec Benjamin.

 

At school, he learned how to play the guitar and already at twelve years old started writing and recording original songs.

 

Now Luís is nineteen and he’s studying Music Performance and Recording at UWL, trying to further his capacities as a producer, as well as a performer.

 

He has been releasing music online for about three years, putting out a few tracks and two EPs of all original songs.

 

His latest project is an EP called “Left It In The Summer”, released on the 21st of February. Made up of 5 tracks, the EP was completely written, produced and mixed by Luís.

 

He wishes to release more music in 2020, as well as gig throughout London and Portugal and build up his artistry.

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Tell us what your fans are saying about your music.

Overall, I’ve been getting great responses from people! I’m glad they like this newer stuff, as it means a lot to me.

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Tell us the factors you consider in choosing a song as your favourite.

I think it’s different every time, but meaningful and personal lyrics will always grab my attention.

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Tell us the names of producers you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

I’d love to work with Jack Antonoff, he’s such a skilled and creative producer and one of my heroes from that field.

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Tell us the names of the songwriters you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

I love Kacey Musgrave’s songwriting style and how direct it is. She’s able to construct phrases in such a poignant and beautiful way.

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Tell us your favourite TV show and state your reason.

It’s a mixture between The Crown and Black Mirror. I’m a sucker for period dramas and mind-twisting thrillers.

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Tell us your best mood to create a song.

I really dislike the myth that artists must be miserable in order to write a good song, and it’s not true! Some of my favourite tracks that I’ve written were made when I was in a good place.

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Tell us your interpretation of fame or success.

I’m a very career-driven person, sometimes too much for my own sake. But music is the basis of everything I do, and that’s the most important thing.

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Tell us the names of artists you will collaborate with if you have the chance.

There are a bunch of artists that I’d love to work with, but one that comes to mind is Jeremy Zucker.

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Tell us about your experience performing on stage for the first time or recording in the studio for the first time.

One of my first experiences on stage was at a singing contest in Madeira when I was 6. I was always singing everywhere I went but doing it for the first time in front of hundreds of people was a scary but exciting experience.

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Tell us how you approach songwriting.

It varies from song to song but it’s always autobiographical and personal. I really like to approach songs from a place of storytelling.

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Tell us your opinion on blending genres or experimenting with sound.

I love when artist try new things and blend genres, that’s something I’m looking forward to doing in future projects as well.

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

Not very well, and that frustration mainly goes into my songs. It’s a very therapeutic way of getting emotions out there.

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Elaborate on what compels you to sing.

I wouldn’t know myself, it’s just something you don’t know how to explain and that’s why you have to say it through music.

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Tell us the comparison between digital recording and analog recording.

Although I love the warm quality of analog equipment and recording, there’s something special about being able to compose and produce a song with only a laptop and a microphone. It completely enables you to have the world at your fingertips.

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Tell us how you record your vocals.

I don’t have the best set-up, but one way that I’ve recorded vocals is sticking the microphone in the middle of the closet. You can really get into that sweet spot where you have a bright but also cozy and warm vocal.

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Tell us the software you used mostly for recording.

I use Logic Pro X, I find other DAWs a bit too confusing for my own taste.

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Discuss the selling of CDs and the selling of digital files through digital stores.

I used to buy loads of CDs, and I still do for artist that I really love, but streaming is the go-to these days. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have Spotify to be honest with you.

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Elaborate on the song.

This was the last song that I wrote for the EP, I really wanted a track that gave the listener an insight on what this project was about.

 

There’s a lyric that goes “I’m walking London streets like I know my own mind” so I used rain samples to really evoke the feeling of walking around in London. It’s basically about how living in such a big city can sometimes get really isolating, I can get wrapped up in my own thoughts easily and it’s hard to snap back to reality.

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

Well, my name is Luís Fernandes, but I thought I’d just go by Luís. And the title of the EP is “Left It In The Summer” which is basically leaving all the negativity and cynicism in the past and, in a way, starting fresh.

 

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