Room 44 @ THE NICE ROOMS presents
"Lucky Lupe: The David Ferreira Interview"
Date of Article: 19th May 2017
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David Ferreira and Tiago Salsinha formed the instrumental duo Lucky Lupe in Lisbon, Portugal in 2012.
In May 2017, The Nice Rooms caught up with one half of the duo, David Ferreira, to find out more about the group and their music.
David, welcome to The Nice Rooms and thank you for answering my questions in English - Good job really, as my Portuguese is non-existent! How about I start by asking you to describe Lucky Lupe and the music?
What's your own musical background?
I was born in Portugal and formed the group You Should Go Ahead (YSGA) in 2004, an indie rock quartet who recorded their first album in 2006. In 2007 we were invited to play at the festival South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, and also performed concerts in New York to promote the band in the United States. Back in Lisbon in 2008, the second album entitled Emotional Cocktail was recorded. YSGA has shared the stage with Placebo, The Strokes, Los Hermanos, She Wants Revenge, Prodigy, Dirty Pretty Things, Devendra Banhart, Maximo Park, Ben Harper, Gabriel o Pensadorr, Buraka Som Sistema, David Guetta and others.
Photo courtesy of: https://noisey.vice.com
In 2012 I joined the band Armada, a rock and roll quintet who released two CDs: Classic in 2013 and Spiral in 2014. As well as Lucky Lupe, I'm also guitarist for Drugstore (the famous band of the 90s) and host Balcony TV - São Paulo.
David, I have to ask the "Where does the name Lucky Lupe come from" question although I have a feeling it is something to do with musical loops?? :-)
Yes, you are right, when we first started using loop stations, we had to learn how to use them while playing as a band, one thing is to use one at home just to study, the other is to actually use it while playing a song with a drummer, thats a totally different film :) We went to some troubles and difficulties in that learning process.
OK, this is for those people who have not heard Lucky Lupe's music before - If I was to ask you to choose one track that best represents Lucky Lupe's music, which one track would you choose and why?
I dont have a favourite track, or one track that I think that best represents Lucky Lupe, I think that the 6 Track EP is almost like a trip and you have to listen to it all. If I had to choose one I might go with ITQB or Delay Song.
Lucky Lupe: "Delay Song"
Performance live on Balcony TV
Run time edit: 6 mins 52 secs (2016)
I'm looking at the pedals on the video there ...
Listening to Lucky Lupe, it often sounds as though there are more than just 2 people playing instruments...
You mentioned the 6 track EP in one of your earlier answers. Is it true that it was recorded in 2 days?
Yes, it´s true , we did it in two nights at our studio back in Lisbon, on the first night we did all the drums, and on the second night we did all the guitars, bass and synths.
It was a lot of work because we didn t have much time, but we had done a decent preproduction and we all knew very well what we had to play in each track.
What also helped was the fact that we rehearsed a lot, so we knew pretty good all the tracks and this helped us not to waste to many time recording them. We lost some time to get the sound we wanted, after that was just "press Rec button"
Lucky Lupe: "Funk Song"
Live at Nimbus Studios
Run Time: 7 mins 30 secs (2015)
It was lots of fun, we played 2 shows (Friday and Saturday) and in between we did a live session at Lab Studios, we recorded and filmed a live performance, hope it's out soon for everyone to see it.
It's always great to play live shows and this was no different. We truly appreciate going out there and play music, meeting new people, show our work to new people, listen to the bands that also played at the festival was really nice.
Are there any plans to release any Lucky Lupe on vinyl David? I think vinyl would be the perfect medium for your type of music.
Any word on your new material?
Well, I'm working on new stuff as we speak, I have already pre-produced 3 new tracks, and there are a few others in the oven :-)
On behalf of The Nice Rooms Webzine, many thanks for the interview.