Five Questions With … Vitor Brauer (Lupe de Lupe & Desgraça)

Band: Lupe De Lupe
Country of Origin: Brazil

Photo by Tiago Baccarin

We’re more than halfway through 2019, which means it’s time to check in with one of my favorite artists: the prolific Vitor Brauer of noise rockers Lupe de Lupe and several other projects. In what may be a Global Garage exclusive, Vitor confirmed that a new album is on the way in 2020. However, that doesn’t mean he’s sitting idle:

“Right now I’m always on tour with my project called Sem Sair na Rolling Stone (“without the support from Rolling Stone” kinda what it means), this project is about trying to make a web of connections for small musicians to make national tours in Brazil. I’m on the sixth Sem Sair na Rolling Stone right now, and later this year I’ll tour with my band Desgraça (a punk funk dance funk carioca band) on the Sem Sair na Rolling Tour also. It’s complicated.” Nuff said.

Five Questions

1. What is your desert island disc (the one album you couldn’t live without?)

Hounds of Love – Kate Bush

2. How did the band members meet (or, for a solo musician, how did you get started)?

I (Vitor) and Gustavo met in our hometown, Governador Valadares, then we met Renan and Cícero and Jonathan during our time in college.

3. What is the underground music scene like in your home country?

It’s pretty rough. There’s a huge gap between well accomplished musicians from the mainstream and the underground music scene. Brasil don’t have the infrastructure for a big tour across the country too so there’s a huge gap between cultures in different states as well. It’s kinda hard specially for a band that makes a “hard to get it” sound like us.

4. What are some of your biggest influences outside of music?

Luis Inácio “Lula” da Silva, our ex-president who is currently in jail.

5. Tell us about your favorite show you ever played.

Don’t know it. We never liked big concerts in big festivals. I prefer small houses with small setups and people together so every small crowded show in big cities like São Paulo is my favourite show.

Paul

Paul experienced a spiritual awakening in high school when he accidentally tuned his radio from the modern rock station to the local college station. He spent time as both a DJ and Music Director for Elon University's WSOE FM, where he also first met sonic soulmate Ryan Sweeney. Paul's favorite genre is "fast, raw, and loud."