Rodrigo Cotelo, composer, musician and Music Director of the debut music collective group #Bloomerangs, is today’s next featured artist in “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the inner workings and personalities of our artists. Read on to discover what fever Cotelo is nursing.
Who was your first favorite artist(s) growing up?
I was raised listening to the Beatles and Vivaldi daily and my parents would use The Bee Gees as lullaby’s to put me to sleep. Until age three those should be named as my favorite artists. From 3 to 9 there were the Mexican boy band groups that dominated my air time (Parchis and Menudo -where Luis Miguel and Ricky Martin came from). From 9 to 12 Sting and Queen were right up there as well as numerous 80’s Pop and Rock groups. Past that I became a Hard Rock and Metal teenage riot youngling until I discovered Jazz at age 17-18 thanks to John McLaughlin’s music.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Justin Bieber is the one I bring up the most music related. I think he is overly hated and his musicality and sensitivity are off the charts! It happens when you start being produced by USHER at 6 years old.
If you could spend creative time anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?
Any place I haven’t been to. Discovering new places is super fulfilling to me. From the ones I have already visited, I’d take recording gear and spend a full month at Lake Powell, UT. One of the most beautiful spots on earth is right there in the middle of the Glenn Canyon.
What would you say to an artist performing your work that nobody else knows?
This music is about enabling the performers around you with a sonic/harmonic environment for them to shine and bring the best of them servicing the music.
I would also tell them that music is something greater than any person that writes it, arranges it or even listens to it and that the performer is the lucky guy that gets to connect with music (that “something greater”) by becoming one in it.
What does this album mean to you personally?
I wrote about it in the album describing “Horizon Sunset” but I did it in a more philosophical generic type of English. Aside scope to that is that is music that I wrote and recorded as I was starting to close down my studio and a chapter in my life when my now spouse and I decided to get married and move to the US. Hence “Horizon Sunset” and what it could mean to new opportunities that come together while letting go…
Is there a specific feeling you want listeners to tune into when hearing your work?
It’s a plethora of different feelings! Each tune has its own vibe and some of them are stylistically and genre divergent from each other because they are meant to have a different feel. I have done similar things throughout my career as a recording artist for my solo records as well, to me, it’s just a testament that we are not monochromatic in what/how we feel even during one single day. It also speaks to multiple interests and human impact to all that surround us. We are all different from each other and this album is indeed about the humans that brought it to light that’s why it became a collective album (#Bloomerangs), something greater than my individuality.