In this interview, we got to know Brazilian band, Universo. Universo just released a new CD/EP entitled, “Nova Vida” this past December. We spoke with lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Leo Bor to get the inside scoop on Universo below!
Could you tell us a bit about your musical background? You’re a multi-instrumentalist, and you produce as well, correct? What encouraged you to pursue a career in music? What is the significance of your moniker?
I started playing when I was around 10, started with keyboards, then started playing guitars and drums, then it all took over from there. And yes, I am a multi-instrumentalist, I produce and compose as well. Music has the power to bring people together, to connect people to each other, music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable, so my love for music encourages me to keep doing it. Leo is short for Leonardo, my real name and Bor my middle name.
What is it like living in Brazil? How has your hometown influenced you, both musically and personally?
Living in Brazil is nice, since I am also an American citizen, Brazil is the place I chose to live instead of the USA after all. I am not sure how it affected my upbringing and personality, but I can tell I was never influenced by Brazil’s native music. Although we have many talented musicians around, and specially this one girl called Juh Batista I really enjoy listening, she is amazing and she sings like a beautiful angel, she kind of inspire me sometimes and you should check her on youtube.
What experiences and events inspired the writing and recording of your latest release (“Nova Vida”)? Could you walk us through each of the featured tracks? How does this EP differ from or expand on your previous release?
Our love for music, that’s why we keep doing it. This new E.P has a more modern, straightforward and mainstream sound than our previous one.
Nova Vida: Lyrics with strong uplifiting and motivational message.
Vou Vencer: Power ballad type with positive lyrics.
Meu Lindo Paraiso: Plain melodic song with a sincere declaration of love lyrics.
Eternamente: Power ballad style with strong and intense instrumentation.
Alguem Quer: Simple melody with love lyrics.
Eu Quero Voce: Kind of a Pop Rock Ballad from the 90’s
Possivel: A mix of many styles altogether with a motivational message
Could you tell us about some of the musicians and vocalists you’ve worked with to complete your releases?
I am the one who plays all the instruments on the CD. The others are vocalists Meika and Jack, although Jack did not sing in this E.P, he will be in the next one for sure!
How will you ring in the new year? What does 2015 hold in store for Leo Bor and Universo?
We have just received an award for “2014 International Band of the Year” by a USA music publication. We’re going to release a new CD and also a DVD. We got some new stuff coming in 2015!