Organoclorados is a brazilian rock band that makes a dense and energetic sound, although melodious, with arrangements that try to escape from the commonplace, combining dancing cadences with strong lyrics. The main influences come from the post-punk and gothic of the 1980s and the psychedelia of the 1960s, but they also flirt with the blues. The lyrics have symbolism, reality and nihilism interactions, always looking for unique ways to express thoughts, opinions and feelings, sometimes with scientific terms and paradigms to address everyday themes, novels and reflections or existential, social and ecological criticisms.
In 2001, they released the album Princípio Ativo, which led the band to do many more shows and spread music on the radio. In 2016, they released the EP Organoclorados Remasters and started releasing songs on the streaming music services. The album Quântico came out in 2018 and from 2019 on they began recording and launching a singles series. The most recent album, entitled Efeito Residual (Residual Effect), has been released in digital format on December/2020 and March/2021 by two different independent labels in Brazil.
André G (bass), Alan Gustavo (guitar), Artur W (acoustic guitar, guitar, voice), Joir Rocha (drums and percussion) and Roger Silva (keyboards and backing-vocals).
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Rock is the genre that best describes our music. Organoclorados makes a dense and energetic sound, although melodious, with arrangements that try to escape from the commonplace, combining dancing cadences with strong lyrics. Post-punk and new wave are in our music's roots. The lyrics have symbolism, reality and nihilism interactions, always looking for unique ways to express thoughts, opinions and feelings, sometimes with scientific terms and paradigms to address everyday themes, novels and reflections or existential, social and ecological criticisms. As our introductory phrase says, a rock with multiple vibrations.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
"Organochlorines" is a group of insecticides used in agriculture. They have great residual and cumulative effect. The band's name comes from the first song, the one that started the story. The chorus sings "organochlorines" several times and the crowd started calling the pair of friends who founded the band by that name. At an event, even before there was a band formed, we were announced like that and after that we adopted the name.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
The main influences come from the post-punk, gothic, psychedelia and blues. Joy Division, Echo and the bunnymen, The Doors, The Cure, U2, The Smiths, R.E.M., Blues and Brazilian Music form a broth that generates our music. Books and poetry also greatly influence our musical style, song arrangements and ambiance.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Since 2019 we have been working on recording and releasing singles on the streming networks and this serves as preparation for a new album. We wanted to launch in 2020, but the pandemic made us postpone the plan. Even so, we released a digital album Effect Residual, a kind of appetizer, which mixes some singles and songs from the first two albums, to celebrate the band's 35th anniversary. We continue to work on producing the new, as-yet-unnamed album, which is due out in late 2021 or early 2022.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
The main objective has always been to present our music, our writing style and the message contained in the lyrics to as many people as possible. The Plan of Action includes the release of singles, albums, music videos, content on social networks, airing music on radio and, of course, as soon as possible, returning to the concert schedule with the presence of the public.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
It's hard to choose a favorite because it depends a lot on our mood at the moment. It also depends on the interaction with the audience and the environment where we are playing. But based on recent history, it could be said that they would be "Até o Sol", "Segunda-feira Ressaqueada 2015" or "For You, Girl", because of the energy transmitted and the dancing and lively reaction of the crowd.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Our biggest challenge is to join a different audience circle from the current one, have greater space in the media and thus reach other levels and transform this process into resources to support the musicians and the band's costs. Balancing our music career with our lives outside of music (work, family, study...) has always been a constant challenge.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
There is no fixed formula. The creative process is completely free. We always try to keep an open mind and sharp perception to start a composition from any starting point: verses, complete lyrics, a guitar riff, a small piece of whistled melody, anything is possible. From there, someone brings it to rehearsal and we start experimenting to see if it's feasible. Sometimes the song comes practically ready in the mind.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Through social media, the relationship with the public is enhanced and if you learn to manage these relationships well, the possibilities multiply. Better understanding our audience is essential to improve. Of course, we have a defined line, but knowing the impressions we leave is of great importance, as it helps us to improve. Another cool thing is keeping up with what other artists, bands and people in the entertainment industry have produced.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Joy Division, Echo and the bunnymen, The Doors, The Cure, U2, The Smiths, R.E.M., Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Deep Purple, John Lee Hooker, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Nirvana and other Brazilian Rock bands and Orgaclorados songs, of course!
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
We did it and continue to do it because we can't make a living exclusively from independent music here in Brazil. We all studied when we started making music and then we had formal jobs. Currently, we continue like this, in order to have an income that can finance our musical production.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Just believing in your dream is not enough. Just wishing is not enough. You must have your feet on the ground, humility to always learn from mistakes and successes of yours and others, listening to opinions and criticisms. And mainly to have a minimum plan, an objective, short, medium and long term goals, however small they may seem. And when you're close to making it, already plan the next thing to do or produce.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I think I would try to create a kind of incubator for new talent, training courses in career management and music production, and a label specializing in independent artists. Also, try to find a way to fund early-career artists without exploiting them.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is something that we always look for, at least in some part of a musical arrangement, in some performance or in a lyric. And this is a point of crucial importance for Organoclorados. This search for originality, fleeing from the commonplace, motivates us a lot. It's in our DNA.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Our music and lyrics represent who we are, what we think, our life stories, and how we perceive the world and the people around us. They expose us in a true way, without filters, disguises or masks. We make music with heart, body, soul and brain. That's Organoclorados.