Thanks to my SWIT co-host, young Gerry, who turned me on to My Magical Glowing Lens. For it was he who said “I’d like to listen to My Magical Glowing Lens in my Mercedes Benz (but I don’t have one)”. He still doesn’t have one but we do have the marvellous LP “Cosmos” (Honey Bomb Records / PWR Records). It won our coveted LP Of The Week a while back, and we said
“The band is led by singer/songwriter and chief mystic Gabriela Deputski with Gil Mello on bass, Henrique Paoli on drums and Pedro Moscardi on synthesizers. “Cosmos” (Honey Bomb Records/PWR Records), their new LP, is what we’re calling a psych-fi (or psychedelic sci-fi), ring-cycle opera.
Thinks: Cosmos = ((Homer’s Odessey * The Left Hand of Darkness) + Forever Changes) / Moon Safari) and you might have some idea – for this is a cosmic trip, a voyage through space, time and consciousness, a dream diary made real, translated into some of the most beautiful songs you’ll hear in this galaxy or the next. It closes with the breath-taking Madruga, but there isn’t a weak track on here.
So you can imagine my delight when we got the chance to ask Gabriela some questions about the record, politics and where she is going to next. She is a class act for sure.
When did your musical journey begin?
It started with piano, flute and keyboard, but acoustic and electric guitar were the first instruments I really dedicated myself to. Later I started with drums and bass. My journey as a music producer started when I was a teenager. I remember composing a song with drums and guitar all by myself. Something said to me it was what I had to do until the end of my life.
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
“Nevermind” from Nirvana, because it set my mind free, completely free. I remember feeling very free for the first time in my inner self.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
Hard to say… Maybe “Supernova”, because it’s such a mysterious song. I don’t know what that song means or how I did it. I love the flow of the melody and how I feel free when I sing “I’ll fly away from here to remember me. I will get away to get close to myself, go beyond, go most with the sun, to imagine…”. I don’t know what those words mean but I feel like it’s very important.
“Cosmos” is one of our favourite albums of last year, are you happy with the reception it’s received?
Thanks a lot for receiving it this way! I’m really happy to hear it and I’m always so happy and surprised every time I hear it in a sincere way. I always thought that nobody could understand what I was expressing with my songs. To know that people could feel and understand the same feelings made me happier and less lonely!
You said in Rolling Stone “Everything that was produced for this album came from visions, dreams, sensations about other dimensions” – can you explain a bit more about your creative process?
The songs just arise. If I force it, it just escapes from me… When it comes, it comes up in a travel, a trip, when I’m sleeping, or when I’m feeling a very strong and intense feeling about something or someone, without control. Most of the times the song comes with an arrangement and with a strong aesthetic sense. It seems like a being from another dimension just whispers it to me. There was one time (with Space Woods) that the lyric and melody of the song came at once. I was sitting in my chair after listening to the album “It Feels Like Space Again” by Pond. I was sitting on my chair very impressed by what the album generated in my soul and, so, I started to listen to a melody, very low, and I just tried to understand what this song was saying to me… Then, I got my acoustic guitar and started to find this chord and the song came to me as a whole, complete. I remember when I composed “Sideral” I was trying to just imitate the space songs on my guitar and pedals…
How long did it take to put the record together?
2 years! It was a very long and strange time. When I was able to say I had all the songs, I just couldn’t believe it. But I was sure that the songs would be an album, all the songs belonged to the same seed.
How did the band come together?
I don’t a have a band, I have many bands. I call people to come with me on the MMGL ship. I recruit astronauts to come with me on my missions through space.
What song by another artist do you wish you had written and why?
I don’t know, now “The Burning of the Midnight Lamp” by Jimi Hendrix. The optimistic way he approaches solitude and anguish is completely sweet and healing.
What artist(s) has been your biggest influence and in what way?
Hard to say too… I really don’t know. I remember many people that make me feel very free inside. People that make songs that makes me feels like I’m not alone. Artists that make me feel like I’m always in good company when I listen to them.
What’s the best new band you’ve heard recently?
I don’t know. I have heard the sounds of the world. The sounds of the water, of the wind… the cosmic sounds that come to me. Machine’s sounds. Bird songs… The sounds of the plants and of the things. Many things… But I have to listen to many Boogarins recently.
What is exciting you on the Brazilian music scene?
More girls in the music world!
How are you feeling about the political situation there at the moment?
I protest in some way against it at every show. I don’t agree with the measures that the government has taken, it seems like they want to keep the poor in the misery and increase our economy at the cost of the hard work of poor people, to enrich few people who will “make our economy better”. I do not think this is the best way to get a better country. Now we have less culture, they are closing independent clubs and bars. I don’t think they are doing it to maintain our security, it seems like they want us away from the streets, away from entertainment and culture, to make us stay sad and scared in our homes. It seems like they want us working as robots, just to maintain the social inequality. I also don’t agree with the conservatism of the governors. I support the legalization of drugs and abortion and it’s very clear to me that we follow the sexuality we want to follow, there’s no “cure from homosexuality”, as they’re saying, cause homosexuality is beautiful and normal. Religion still influences our political decisions. Making us more sexists and dumbs. And the current government, in addition to NOT being democratically elected (they took the political power), is now taking measures that are harmful to the most part of the population. They are authoritarian, conservative and unilateral. They just want to keep a kind of society that most people have been tired of for a long time… People want change, you can see it in their eyes, you can see it in your friend’s eyes, you can see it your own eyes… And they just want to keep their own power and go ahead with their selfish interest about “classical family” and “classical values”. They are not able to give up their personal desires even though most people want exactly the opposite of what they want. It’s been scary, disgusting. I love this country but it’s been a terrible time to live here.
Do you think artists have social responsibilities at times like these?
Yes! We are public figures, we can say to people that they are not alone with their feelings of repression. It’s so very important…
What’s your idea of success?
To be happy and make all around me happy…
What question would you like to be asked that you never are and what would your answer be?
Question: What’s your dream? Answer: That all the people could live completely in peace…
When can we expect new music from you?
I have no idea. But you can expect a different stuff, something you’ve never heard before 🙂
Gaby also did a wonderful picture for us which will be going into the gallery next week alongside a few other masterworks we have received over the last couple of months. Stay tuned!
Photos by Hannah Carvalho Fotografia, Heitor Righetti, Barbara Carnielli & Felipe Amarelo, Aline Deptulsky Fotografia