Big Ups With Ed Motta

Name, Location, What You Do:
Eduardo Motta I’m born and raised in Rio de Janeiro RJ, I’m a recording artist since 1988. I started in my school years on a hard rock band, one of my best teenage memory is the music of Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher, The Who, Humble Pie, etc.

Influences:
From Donny Hathaway to Stephen Sondheim, from Steely Dan to Burt Bacharach. Lots of movie composers like Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Alex North. Some of my lyrics are inspired by film noir stories and French/Belgian comic books.

Favorite Records at the Moment:
Wayne Shorter’s Emanon is brilliant, I bought it just last month.

Best Digging Story:
When I found almost complete collection from Lloyd McNeil on his label Asha in Rio’s downtown, almost 20 years ago. It was very expensive on eBay and I paid something like 10 dollars or less for each one.

Favorite Mix and Why. Any Genre, Any DJ.
I prefer to listen the whole thing created by the artist, to enjoy a selection made by somebody else never make sense to me, in my world it never ever happened.

LP, 12”, or 7” format?
LP, million miles away. My collection has almost 30K, maybe only 300 7″, and no 12″at all.

Junk Food You Can’t Live Without:
I’m a fat man that has a epicurean lifestyle, so junk food was never my thing, to eat something on a paper, industrial food etc. I use to write about wine and restaurants for Brazilian newspapers, the first guy to write about natural wine here back to 1997. I love french and Italian classic food. French wine from Burgundy is my religion.

Most Memorable Gig Played:
It was a gig with Jazz Sinfônica in São Paulo back to 1995, it was the first time I worked with an orchestra live, to hear my compositions in that aesthetic was unforgettable.

Record That Never Leaves Your Record Box:
Royal Scan, Aja, Gaucho from Steely Dan, and Fagen’s Nightfly, the most perfect music I know, it has everything I love, great compositions, great arrangements, great musicians, great studio sounds, great lyrics.

Shout Outs, Last Remarks, and Gig Info:
I’m touring and making new songs for a new album in 2020.

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