Hot on the heels of the completion of his album “Original Volume 2”, Minas Gerais musician Agá Erre has unveiled the music video for his song “Um Belo Dia”, a preview of his upcoming work. The track “Um Belo Dia” features a new mix in the music video and captures the essence of modern pop created by Agá Erre. The song invites the listener to revel in love and fun, with stunning natural landscapes and cultural and spiritual elements from Minas Gerais as a backdrop.
The music video, which features dancer and Grupo Corpo dance teacher Clarice Barboza, was filmed in historical locations that Agá Erre considers fundamental to the development of the film, their art. Some of the settings include the Sabará Municipal Theatre, the second oldest theatre in Brazil, with over 200 years of history.
The song “Um Belo Dia” was recorded at Tutano studio in Belo Horizonte and produced by drummer Davi Maciel, who also contributes instrumentation to the track. Other talented musicians, such as Guilherme Fonseca and Doca Rolim on guitars, Adriano Campagnani on bass and Hugo Bizzoto on keyboards, completed the recording.
The creation of the music video was motivated by a mixture of feelings and artistic inspirations that drive Agá Erre. The artist shares: “I often feel an emptiness and go in search of filling that space. It’s much easier to walk when you know you’re going in the right direction. He considers the opportunity to create in music to be exceptional and continues to take it easy, paying respect to those who have gone before him.
Agá Erre has a history of collaborating with various musicians from Minas Gerais, building solid connections and partnerships. He has performed on various stages, including the Virada Cultural in Belo Horizonte, as well as in concerts in locations in Minas Gerais such as Itabirito, Serra do Cipó and Diamantina.
“Um Belo Dia” has a modern pop feel. What inspired Agá Erre to create this sound and what is the message behind this song?
I was rehearsing the song “Eu sei que vou te amar” by Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim for a concert I did at the invitation of the French Embassy, at the Santa Izabel Theatre in Diamantina, MG, and at the end of the song that riff came into my head and I took Tom Jobim’s chord in a simpler progression, in a sort of “Jack Tequila” way. When we talk about love, in my case, inspiration always comes naturally.
The music video for “A Beautiful Day” has a mixture of backdrops, from natural landscapes to historical sites. What is the meaning behind these settings and how do they relate to the song?
We recorded in Sabará, at the Rosário Church, we recorded at the Sabará Municipal Theatre, which is the second oldest active theatre in Brazil, these are places steeped in history that speak for themselves and we did our best to add traditional and modern locations like the Pampulha Lagoon to bridge the gap between past and present…
Can you tell us more about the participation of dancer Clarice Barboza in the music video and how this collaboration added to the visual narrative of the song?
Clarice Barboza is a dancer, a dance teacher at Grupo Corpo, she added a lot to the dance, she brought what she had to add, she brought her truth, a black woman who lives on the outskirts and decides to make a living from art, she has to have courage, and that’s where we meet.
The clip has metaphors and an approach that avoids clichés. How do these choices align with the message Agá Erre wants to convey?
The choices are aligned with valuing the simple things… that’s the point, we try to make the natural seem real, that’s the idea, understanding a little of our past is part of it.
The song was recorded in Belo Horizonte with the collaboration of various musicians. How was the process of creating and recording the track?
In fact, we recorded in various places, I recorded the vocals in the South of France, and each artist who took part sent their recordings to a studio in Belo Horizonte to finalise the editing and mixing.
Agá Erre mentions that music is an invitation to the pleasure of love and fun. How does he try to convey these emotions to his listeners?
Once again I’m talking about the simple things… that’s it, taking a bath in a waterfall, enjoying a sunset from a viewpoint, meeting someone you like after a journey, and all of this with a good beat to listen to, then everyone uses their own tools to add to the music, I deliver the lyrics and the composition, the musicians add to it and the music takes on a life of its own.
There is a clear influence of cultural elements from Minas Gerais in the music and the music video. How is this cultural heritage reflected in Agá Erre’s work?
In the same way that the mountains of Minas Gerais influenced Clube da Esquina and Bahia influenced Tropicalismo… no matter how far we go into the world, our roots have a great influence on who we are and consequently on what we do.
Could you share a little more about the mixture of feelings and artistic motivations that drove Agá Erre to create this work?
Seduction, elbow pain, coffee and a great will to live, it’s a full plate, isn’t it?
Agá Erre has collaborated with various musicians and performed at different venues in Minas Gerais. How have these experiences shaped your musical journey?
I’ve played in the underground, pubs, nightclubs, cafés, in church, I’ve sung rap, but I’ve also played pandeiro in samba and pagode groups… the important thing is to always be on the move… time moulds us to what destiny demands.
What can fans and listeners expect from the “Original Volume 2” album that is currently being finalised? What are Agá Erre’s future plans in music?
You can expect a complete album with a beginning, middle and end, very much tied together in the overall concept, the songs meet and complete each other, it’s an album to listen to from start to finish without skipping any tracks, this record really surprised me positively, of course doing independent work isn’t easy, but at the same time it’s something that gives me freedom, so I tried to put reality in my favour and make my limitations my great differential. As well as taking this work from the studio to the stage, which is already a big challenge, in the first quarter of 2024 I’m starting a tour of Europe, performing a solo show as an interpreter, where I sing and play classics from bossa nova and samba.
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