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A Dirty Dozen with ALEX NOVAES, LEO BOMENY, and BRUNO LAMAS from SOFIA – April 2020

| 11 April 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Brazilian-bred, Los Angeles-based alternative rock trio SOFIA has released their new single “Closer” along with the official visual for the emotional track. Set against a steady drumbeat and spacey guitars, “Closer” tells the story of someone on the verge of giving up on the relationship because their partner seems to enjoy the chaos that comes from confrontation more than being happy and at peace with the relationship itself. “Closer” and previous single “Coconut” are the introductory tracks off SOFIA’s debut independent EP Stories For The Sleepless, due out June 24th.  Comprised of Alex Novaes [guitar], Leo Bomeny [vocals, bass], and Bruno Lamas [drums], the group’s original music is inspired by bedtime stories, fairytales, science fiction and fantasies with the hope that the stories and characters woven throughout give the listener a sense of belonging and acceptance.” We get Alex, Leo, and Bruno to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

Photo Credit: Lucas Bomeny

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The song “Closer” tells the story of someone on the verge of giving up on the relationship because their partner seems to enjoy the chaos that comes from confrontation more than being happy and at peace with the relationship itself. There are hidden things in the lyrics, but we’ll keep them private. We want the listener to have their own interpretations.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Alex: I had mandatory piano lessons when I was about 7, and a little bit later on decided to learn the guitar after stealing some of my brothers records.

Bruno: It all started when I was a kid, like 4 years old. My parents would show me a lot of music, but I don’t why I decided that I wanted to be like Phil Collins. I would sit for hours in front of the TV that was playing a VHS with his live show, and I would be hitting stuff with pencils and whatever I could find that makes a sound. And I remember as if was yesterday, for Christmas my dad gave me a kids drum kit, blue finish, really awesome, that I bet he regrets because I was making noise for the whole day, watching and pretending I was Phil Collins.

Leo: My father is a musician and producer, so ever since I was a baby I’ve been around music and studios. It just naturally progressed into it being something I was doing for a living.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Alex: The 2 records I stole from my brothers that were life changing for me at the time were Iron Maiden’s The Number Of The Beast and Brave New World.

Bruno: I don’t have a specific example, but for me, the whole point of a live show is to elevate the energy of a recording, for me it’s super boring when I go to a show and I listen to the exact same thing as the recording.

Leo: John Mayer Live in LA DVD, The Beatles Abbey Road, Coldplay X&Y, and Michael Jackson Thriller.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Alex: It’s hard to choose only five, but I guess the main ones are Metallica, Pink Floyd, Iron Maiden, The Beatles and Faith No More.

Bruno: Mutemath, Blink-182, Phil Collins, and John Mayer.

Leo: The Beatles, John Mayer, Coldplay, Muse, and BB King.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Alex: Sir Paul McCartney! Just for the honor.

Bruno: Billie Eilish, John Mayer, Halsey… I believe they are great artists who I admire and would be amazing to create with them.

Leo: Ian Kirkpatrick, he’s a genius.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

We’re an alternative rock trio. I think one time someone called us a boy band, it’s not technically wrong because we are a band of boys, but it was funny to hear that.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Alex: Well, we all cook together sometimes, we all drink together sometimes and for the acoustic guitar part, it’s usually me or Leo.

Bruno: Leo and Alex are great cooks; I’m very good in eating whatever they make.

Leo: Usually Bruno might get the guitar while either me or Alex cook. Bruno does not cook.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Alex: I feel like Muse was the last really big rock band that hit me. That was about 7 years ago.

Bruno: When I met Aaron Sterling, one of my favorite drummers!

Leo: John Mayer. I grew up listening to all his music and one day saw him do an acoustic set at The Hotel Cafe 6 feet in front of me. Still can’t believe I was there.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Alex: There are lots of parts. Being able to play music with your friends, bring music to other people, rock down the houses in places you’ve never been before. And my utopic dream always was being a soccer player when I was younger.

Bruno: The best part of being a musician is to spread love and make people feel good. Before I started doing music full time, I used to work as a graphic designer, I believe I would be still working with that!

Leo: I honestly don’t know a life without writing and playing, it’s an escape, hobby and a job all together. But if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be a psychologist.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Maybe something like “hey guys, how was your first experience playing at the main stage of Rock In Rio?” And the question we are all tired of answering probably is how do we define our music. That’s the one thing since we first started playing together that we decided not to do, because we wanted to be open to write any type of music we wanted. And we still are.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Alex: I remember one time I refused to join a band that was way bigger than mine, playing way more gigs than us, just because our singer was a big friend of mine and hated the singer from the other band. Later on, the same guy joined another band and left ours! So, living and learning.

Bruno: I don’t think so. Every situation makes you grow up and learn. I was lucky enough to have musicians that I work with that I trust to point my mistakes and to advise me what I can improve or what I could have done better.

Leo: Not really, it’s all part of a learning process, even if you don’t know it yet.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Alex: Metallica’s Kill Em All, just because if I was part of the recording session on that album, that would mean I would have joined the band, haha.

Bruno: James Brown, The Beatles…I feel like the energy and how organic things could be back in the day is something that I really admire, would be awesome to be a bee in a room with them.

Leo: Sgt Peppers would have to be the choice for me. It’s when The Beatles really innovated with their productions and made a huge leap from not depending on having on the song only what you can perform. That opened an entire world of sound choices for them and every time I listen to that album I’m blown away.





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