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Interview With 'EDGARD'

Firstly, introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your project and how you came to be?

I am EDGARD, 25 years old Brazilian guitar player and songwriter born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. I’ve been playing the guitar for 18 years and I moved to Los Angeles back in 2015 to follow my passion and to study music. While attending the Musicians Institute I’ve musically grown so much, getting in touch with and opening my mind to many sounds. There I’ve also met many talented musicians who became dear friends and whom I also make music with. I’ve always found easy to write and I wanted to make my own music, to materialize all the sounds that I hear inside and touch my very soul.

What were you up too prior to the project, was this always the chosen path or did you have other dreams and aspirations?

Music was always a certainty to me. Even though sometimes it’s not easy to go with it and embrace your passion, I’ve eventually went and allowed myself to be immersed and working with it. Aside from my own personal project EDGARD, I’m also currently performing with several projects in Los Angeles, such as the Funk/Fusion band, Mr. Giant, the country artist Christie Huff with whom I’ve just got back from tour with, the Frog/Fusion trio Moonkings and I’ve been sitting in with the Prog/Rock Polymorph frequently.

Tell us about your latest EP and why our readers should check it out.

I’m at the moment recording my debut Live EP “EDGARD | Live at Bedrock LA” featuring only my original compositions. It’s an intense Blues/Rock live show experience with improvisation and energy! It feels great to finally share the sounds I hear and how it is to experience my show. The Live EP will be released on September 14th at The Hotel Café Side Stage in Hollywood and it will be available on every streaming platform.

Have you ever come face to face with someone within the music scene who has left you awestruck and why?

To witness Eric Gales live and meet him was such an amazing experience. I was a couple of feet away while he performed and everything on that performance has inspired me. His attitude, humbleness, musicianship and especially the message of the show were a big source of inspiration.

If we were to head out to one of your live shows what can ourselves and others expect?

Be ready for a lot of intensity and dynamics, featuring a great deal of improvisation. To improvise is my greatest joy. Creating something on the spot, capturing the energy of the moment as well as the dialogue within the band and letting it flow. Be ready to take part in a sonic journey with a fusion of Blues and Rock.

If you had one artist/band that you could go on tour with tomorrow who would it be and why?

Definitely, Derek Trucks. Nowadays I can easily say that he is my biggest inspiration and to be able to witness his playing, night after night, would be so much insightful and inspiring. To jam with him would be incredibly rewarding.

You can spend an hour with a musical icon living or dead, who would you pick, why and what would you speak about?

Jimi Hendrix, for sure! He has been my biggest influence since I’ve picked up the guitar. Everything, from his songwriting, to his sound as well as his touch and approach of the guitar have inspired me so much. I believe we would chat a lot about music in general, specially regarding guitar playing, I must admit. Also, I’m definitely sure we would discuss life, purpose and different perspectives, as well as some more deep and spiritual subjects.

And finally and most importantly is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?

Totally! Yippie-Ki-Yay, my folks! ahahaha.

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