Brazilian trio Subburbia – Emil (vox, bass, samplers), Marina (vox, guitar) and Ernani (synths) – teamed up with Amercican acid muse Labanna Babalon ‘MaLIFE’, an exotic dark stoned single that was mixed and mastered by the Massachusetts prodigy J£zus Million, who already produced songs of Charli XCX, Brooke Candy and Sasha Go Hard.
Suburbia will release (soon) a mixtape with nine unreleased songs about rage, violence, viciousness, sex, escapism and individualism, marked by influence of contemporary artists like Dj Mustard and Kindness…
Can you talk a bit about ‘MaLIFE’?
I created this song for the pretenders. For the ones who defend a certain moral and in the end they do exactly the opposite. For these people I’m a kind of a bad influence and I’m so glad for that cos in the end I’m the only one being true.How did you form?
Because of Pet Shop Boys. They are a wonderful band and they made this wonderful song called Suburbia. We all grow up in the suburbs so is a great name to describe us.In 2011 the band already existed but with no success. Then when our bass player left the band (thanks god!) I met Marina, who played bass a few gigs. She was a young girl with a lot of talent. Marina was a school dropout who was too smart for college. Once she joined the band and started to compose, the things started to happen. So I kinda own this to our ex-bass player, KKK.
What inspired you to make music together?
Boredom. Our city (Curitiba, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Paraná) is a cold and conservative place. So, this is really inspiring to us.
How do you sell…to someone unfamiliar with the sound?
I would say “Delete all the concepts that you have, try something different”.
What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?
The hardest part is to be in the music industry. Cos it makes you feel like a whore and transforms everything that is cool in music in something bureaucratic. But you know, at the end of the day, it’s a job like anyone.Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
We listen to a great deal of music. So, in the beginning one of us come with some ideas for a song, then we say “this is too rock, we need some hip-hop or electronic shit” or vice-versa. We don’t want to sound like anyone but we still want to make pop songs. It’s hard, but I think we’re on the right way.
Who are your influences in the music industry?
Billy Corgan, Lil Wayne, No Doubt, Prince and cheesy artists like Air Supply, Counting Crows and Journey. But we’re listening a lot of new music that’s changing our point of view like DJ Mustard, Kindness, Tuff Love, Lakutis and Le1f.
Tell us about your next show and why we should be there.
It will be in a festival here in Brazil, but I can’t tell you cos is still a secret. But you should be there cos it is something that you never saw before. Even if you don’t like rock, hip hop, pop or electronic, I assure you that Subburbia is not a band that goes unnoticed…
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk