A success among the public, Metturo is a composer, actor and singer of the Latin Urbano and dance electronic genres who was born in Garanhuns, Pernambuco. He became known as a musician after participating in several local events in Garanhuns. Also for his work as an actor acting in plays and when he was an extra and stunt double in the remake of the children’s telenovela Carrossel, by SBT.
Originating from a simple and humble family, of Pernambuco origin and Bahian and Alagoas descent, as well as Mexican influence. At the age of six, he was already doing theater under the influence of his father, who was an actor, and starred in plays at school and also at Teatro Luis Solto Dourado, in Garanhuns. He continued as an actor until the age of 18 and with other actor friends formed an independent theater company called Gypsy Art. And in this theater company they toured through Pernambuco and neighboring states. He has always been passionate about art and music, growing up listening to names like Cazuza, Shakira and Freddy Mercury, as well as rhythms like MPB, Samba, Axé, Latin urban music and Jazz. As a child he had a Mexican friend where he learned to speak Spanish and embrace the culture and influence.
At the age of 12, Metturo began to emigrate to the internet, being one of the first youngest bloggers on Orkut and Facebook, where he became known as Mateus Gomez, and starting what is now called a publi that at the time was not so explored even more. In his city where he received criticism.
In 2017 he returned to SP in search of more opportunities, but he did not find a job or what would be an opportunity, but there he saw that music was something very valued, so he took references from what he heard in São Paulo and when he returned in the same year to Pernambuco he wanted to produce music. Check out the interview!
In addition to being very present in digital media, you also act and sing. Latin Urban and Dance Electronic are the genres you practice. Where did the inspiration come from to choose to work with these two specific musical genres and what does the Mexican influence, coming from a childhood friend, influence in your music?
The inspiration for choosing musical genres came from the moment I started to live with these rhythms. Urban Latin was part of my childhood, I grew up listening to artists like Shakira, Maluma, J Balvin and that made me very interested. Electronic dance came when I met the singer Letrux who became a great inspiration and reference for me. When I was little I had a friend who was an exchange student at my elementary school, and he was Mexican and was living in Brazil and learning Portuguese, everyone made fun of him and I was also made fun of because I was bullied. I already knew Spanish and became friends with him because I wanted to improve my accent and support him, I was his only friend at first and he introduced me to his culture and I fell in love with Mexico to this day.
You started working on social media at an early age. Was dealing with the internet at its beginning easier or more difficult?
I started very young on the internet, it was a universe that always caught my attention, but before it was much more difficult than today. I usually say that before it was all bush, and they had few opportunities. Today it is much easier with the arrival of social networks such as TikTok and many others that have become popular, so it is easier to immigrate on the internet these days. In my time it was more difficult because there was only Orkut and Flogão, until Facebook arrived and I immigrated there where I started to do what is now called publishing. But it wasn’t easy every day was a different attack until I gave up on the idea for a long time.
Exploring very different musical rhythms from most, especially in Brazil, who are your references in this medium?
I usually explore authentic musical rhythms and I like to mix between them. Mainly in Brazil where the best known rhythms are Forró, Funk and MPB. I like to innovate. I am very inspired by Anitta for being a Brazilian who has been doing what I like to do, that is, mixing rhythms and bringing Latin music to our country as it is the single most different Latin country of all. I also get a lot of inspiration from Gloria Groove and I think the way she produces her musical art is super amazing.
At the age of six you started in the theater under the influence of your father, who was an actor. How did this artistic side of your family help and influence you on the path you wanted to take?
My father was an artistic inspiration for me, I grew up watching him acting and talking about his plays and that world for me was incredible, and I wanted to be part of it. This artistic side of my father influenced me a lot in acting I wanted to be like him, and he supported me and gave me all the texts and lines he kept for years. This was a push for me to continue with my desire to act. This encouraged me to keep going. Acting was a way of learning not only in art, but for life.
You are currently focused on growing in the music scene. What is it based on to create melodies, rhythms and scenarios?
I think music is something that simply comes from within, I rely a lot on my life experiences, on feelings, on the pains I went through, with the joys I had, every detail in my life makes me compose a lyric. People around me make me create melodies. There are days when I just wake up, go through something, whether positive or negative, and the melodies automatically come to mind. It simply flows out of the soul.
Would you have a specific musical genre, given that you are an artist who tends to explore different musical styles?
I explore many genres of music, but specifically urban Latin where reggaeton, dembow and rap fit in.
Where did your passion for art and music come from?
The passion for art started through the influence of my father. He raised me listening to what he liked to hear, which was Cazuza and international music, later through him he also discovered theater. And little by little, everything that involved art made me want to do it. I think an artist is never satisfied and the more art the better. Be it music, acting or photography etc.
What are the privileges and biggest challenges of an acting career?
The greatest privileges I had were the highlights and the recognition I started to have, nowadays I receive messages from children and adolescents who say they are inspired by me. That’s a privilege. The biggest challenge in my experience is always having to convey truth and emotion to the audience. You have to generate feelings by doing a performance, it makes the story come to life and it makes the audience also create feelings by watching you in action.
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