Caio Souza is one of those contemporary artists who know no limits to geniality and build no walls around his creations. In his own words, he is a “wizard of sounds and crafter of musical metaphors.”
He is releasing his new album Tools of Evolution, and we had a chance to talk to him about the project and his ways to perceive, create, and understand music.
Mr. Souza, you are one of those all-rounded musicians with many skills. You are a composer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer, and teacher, to say a few. Why did you develop so many talents, and is there a particular one that interests you the most?
Well, from my point of view, one is not limbs, organs, and bones the same way I am not the things you are calling me. They are skills that I’ve developed throughout the long journey that has brought me here. We often misclassify people according to their social and professional expectations, but that’s just a lazy way to categorize people.
I could easily say that I appreciate writing music more than anything else. However, if it were not for my production skills, my entire musical thoughts would sit in the realm of ideas for a much longer time before turning themselves into sounds. Sometimes I start writing in the old school way with pen and paper, and then I quickly turn to an instrument to better understand the idea I was envisioning. In a heartbeat, I might already be recording, and soon enough, I’m thinking of new notes and layers to add to it. It’s a full circle.
In a few days, you will release your new album Tools of Evolution. Can you talk to us a little bit about the project?
Sure! Tools of Evolution is a journey, a concept album that takes you in the quest for renewal. I had terrific people collaborating with me in this project. Alexandre Jannuzzi and Alberto Menezes played instruments and mixed some of the tracks. Jo Pratta, my art director and a never-ending source of inspiration, helped me with the visual part of it. Felipe Areas was my recording engineer oversees. Maria Mattos was the photographer in Los Angeles, and many others shared their talents with me to make this possible.
The title of your work already evokes a pretty strong idea. As the mind behind it, are you suggesting your listeners a musical development or giving them new musical tools?
Honestly, I don’t believe I should be telling people how to relate to my compositions, nor any music whatsoever. There is a story being told in the album. An art piece has, or at least should have, a message within it. However, it is only through the listeners that a musical piece can genuinely have any real meaning. Evolution is movement, growth, the path to something more, and the tools are the ways to achieve so.
You have been working writing soundtracks for a long time. What made you decide to invest in a solo album right now?
Writing music is an ongoing thing in my life. Creating is something that I’m conditioned to do. Sometimes I’m hired to do it; sometimes I do it because I’m stressed out, or because I have a strong thought in my head or even as a way out.
After so many years of writing for others, I realized that it was about time for me to do it for myself.
We just opened the door of a new decade. Should we expect any evolution from your part?
I recently opened a recording studio, music space, and creative temple. Banana Music Studio – www.bananamusicstudio.com – is a facility that helps people giving body and soul to their audio projects. Right now, the studio is producing songs, recording audiobooks, and just recently, we implemented a new multi-screen system to create and sync music to picture in the best possible way.
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To live is to evolve.