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PeDRo PRaTeS - Goodbye Old Friend
PeDRo PRaTeS – Goodbye Old Friend


Tell us about yourself.
Music was my babysitter from 2+ years old, my sister ever since. I’ve traveled a lot, first time alone at age 8, lived in many countries. Through this journey I accepted that creativity is my deepest connection to life, transitioning from hard science to art.


Tell us about yourself as an artist.
I’m a freestyler, not very good at anything specific, more of an ancient Greece, renaissance artist type. I make video poems (Vimeo), dance, paint, write, and I developed Metaculinary as a vegetarian chef.
Tell us about the genre of your music.
I mainly see music as instrumental, freestyling with or without words in the background, and what is mostly called music now I see more as sung poetry. I don’t see this as a hard border, but within this vision, in the past decade, I’ve mostly favored the musical side. Very recently I’ve opened to including written poetry (with ‘Insiders’), and to be honest it felt like a deep release too… so I think I will be looking at the word side more from now on.
Tell us about the story behind your song.
Even best friends end up drifting apart, and this has never been easy for me – it’s about a number of dear friends that I’ve had to accept to let go of to keep peace.
Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.
Freestyling is the only thing that feels real to me now, and every one is unique. Often not sounding like anything known – or sounding like too many references at the same time – is too different for most. I’ve often wished something more commercial came out of me, but even when I think this happens, I usually find that the mainstream western ear doesn’t easily recognize musical tunings from other parts of the world. I’m hoping the good side of globalization will make way for greater sharing across continents in music too.


Tell us about the recording and production of the song.
This song was part of a process of letting go, it was all recorded in one day, produced the next as a catharsis for a difficult time. I’ve learned a lot about production since, but I also like the fact that the production style is a complete ‘picture’ of that moment.


List the names of blogs, radio, or TV stations that have supported you so far.
Emerging Indie Bands Blog
Culture Mag
Tell us more about your music career, experience, and future goals.
I only admitted to myself I was a musician at around 25 years old. In my family, this wasn’t understandably accepted as a sustainable career, so I struggled for 9 years in many colleges and many different countries trying to find something between engineering and economics that never really happened. In my last academic effort, my parents helped me spend a short time visiting a high-profile US music college, but I was so surprised at the level of standardization that I finally dropped all college ideas for good. I began to realize that not having had musical training had been a blessing in disguise for the way I am. .. And also that I could only make an income mostly fixing networks and computers. In the past few years, I’ve started teaching music, supporting kids and adults to freestyle and trust themselves and accept their own unique creativity – rather than conforming to what is contemporarily accepted for personal expression -, as a way for integral peace.
Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
I sing and play much as I see those jogger ads, as an outlet more than anything. Nothing inspires me as much as jamming with anyone passionate about sound, and then it is shared directly without the need for recording. I mostly record so I can share.


Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.
From what I see commercially, there are trends that you can see emerging, like Muse, Bastille, Sia, or Diplo’s successful recipe in dance. From then on, for a (sometimes not so) limited period of time, all major broadcasters usually give it lots of airplay. The other way I believe needs lots of patience; I always take comfort in (Searching for) Sugar Man’s story.
Tell us the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Making sure to only go up to where work feels like play, even if this means having another job.
Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from blogs lately, and this has only confirmed something I believe is essential to help keep positivity in any creative industry. For a while, I worked in a large kitchen serving up to 200 PAX daily. Literally every day someone would come up to me and say “that green thing was really off”, and another one would come up that same day, about that same green thing being the best pesto they had ever tasted. The most common comments were often potatoes – “needed more salt”, also just after someone remarked “potatoes were too salty”… every day. But most days all the potato trays vanished quickly often with people looking for more. In all, the blog and industry feedback feels just the same…
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I freestyle 99% of the time, I rarely know where I’m going. Recently out of necessity for a school I’m working at, I rediscovered lyrics writing, something that I hadn’t done since my teenage years. When writing lyrics I always feel more like a poet with a sound background than a non-thinking musician that sees music spawning words here and there in balance. For a long time I rebelled against this, but truth is I enjoy poetry even if it makes me think – sometimes exactly because of this -, as a sharing; so what I do not compromise is to record all my music, and then sing without words what feels flowing with the sound. Sometimes some words or similar sounds come out. I then sit and see what words fit the feeling and metrics of the vocal sound flow.
Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.
Literally, hundreds, Nitin Sawhney, Manu Chao, Burial, Will Holland, Flavia Wenceslau, Bonobo, Zero 7, Camille, DJ Dangermouse, M.I.A., Santogold, Flux Pavillion, Flume, Die Antwoord, Diplo, Dub FX, TOKiMONSTA, Kanye West, Lorde, LCD Soundsystem, Brad Mehldau, Bon Iver, Cassius, Liz Fraser, Mark Knofler, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Big Wild, … likely thousands.


State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your songs.
Most music is on all major stores and streaming services worldwide, Amazon, Apple, Spotify, etc… under PeDRo PRaTeS or PDRPRTS.


Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Looking back I’d say the first 27 years of my life were mostly a huge struggle outside of vacations and traveling, and since then life has gradually been getting better – I’m now living the happiest days of my life, day to day, in the measure my life becomes simpler.


Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
My partner and I agreed on this already, just waiting on the million now: donating 10% to sustainable charities, 50% we will be investing, 30% for taxes and we keep 10% free for day-to-day life.


Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base.
I think I tried everything I know for the past decade, intellectual property artist associations, all sorts of direct advertising, contacting industry people directly, indirectly, press releases, submission services… I haven’t found any complete solution. I believe the key is secondary propagation – reaching people or institutions that will pass on our music themselves; without this, all investments failed sustainability for me. Depending on how commercial one’s music is, popular media is an obvious channel to focus on, but for very different music I believe finding blogs that appreciate our work is the most sustainable practice, and there are now a number of services helping with this now, like Submithub.


Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.
I got to have a fair amount of time just for production in the past decade, but except for a couple of periods of my life, this didn’t necessarily result in more reach of finished work – perhaps the grail of every artist. Now between other work and family and friends, I find myself having very little time in comparison to produce. Paradoxically or not, what seems to be happening is that all other aspects of my life and the lesser time available are increasing my focus exponentially… so I now go for a complete studio to listener approach for each song more than just publishing song after song. The subtle extra step of taking published work to listeners is a new one for me, to go beyond advertising, and it is making all the difference.
State the official date of release.
This was 2016 work, finally completed this year with the aforementioned connecting step.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
I began publishing under the name Luis Lancaster, which are my middle names. For years I used to spend weeks fine tuning every millisecond of the auditory experience, from sound design to sound stage, in detail levels way beyond sanity. At some point I felt the need to trust more and drop all, so I began publishing under the name Robert Neville – the main character in the I Am Legend story
– as an inspiration to work day to day. In little more than a year I published 3 albums, which perhaps remain my most interesting work so far, as a whole. In 2012 I finally felt ready to integrate all and started publishing under my basic name, simply using my consonants for handles like KRSHN, or SBTRKT, so I am simply PeDRo PRaTeS, or PDRPRTS.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Goodbye Old Friend” is about the inevitable fact even the best of friendships sometimes grow into distant ones, and not necessarily in a peaceful way.
State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.
I grew up on albums; I cherished the album experience much like people talk about TV shows now. They became part of my life and still today most are incredible memories, not only of the work, but of the times of my life I spent with. At some point in the past years though albums weren’t working so much in the music scene from my point of view, but the transition to singles felt too disconnected to be final. So in 2015 I decided to start publishing all I did every year to keep some context, much like those NOW series type I grew up with. This song was part of my 2016 work release PDRPRTS16.

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