Interview with Muca (Music producer and mixing engineer at The Secret Warehouse Of Sound) of The Beatflux

How did you come up with the name "The Beatflux"?

Muca: The name came out of an accident. You know, finding non-existing band names nowadays can be quite challenging.  It was some sort of misspelling with Beatnik that became Beatflix and then I decided to go for The Beatflux as I think it's more musical. 

According to your bio, the band is mostly located in Brazil, but one member lives in London. Was this an issue while recording your material?

Muca: Definitely with nowadays technology a lot of things have changed for good. To record our first single, I actually went to Brazil and we recorded the rhythmic session altogether. For other drum tracks, I went again to Brazil with some guide tracks (note. Jean Dolabella recorded the first single while Iafellice recorded the other tracks for the EP). I went to the studio with Iafelice to record the drums, got everything on a hard drive back to London to record the overdubs, then Enrico recorded the vocals at his home studio in São Paulo. We had video talks before the recordings, and some back and forth, where he'd send me the vocal stems and I'd download it and add to my mixing session.

What is the meaning behind your debut single "Bleeding Myself?"

Muca: That came out the idea of some sort of mental pain and suffering in a metaphorical way!


Have you got a favourite lyric from the song? If so, please explain its significance

Muca: Hard to say, but I'd say the last line of the chorus "When silence dies." This could be either the beginning of an explosion or something else. If the silence dies, what happens next? 

What was the best piece of advice you've been given in life?

Muca: Not becoming a musician. Too late now !

If you could play a show with three genre-appropriate bands, who would they be and why?

Muca: That's a hard one, and impossible to happen. I'd say playing with Led Zeppelin, Alice In Chain and System Of A Down. Is anyone up for it?

In recent weeks, modern technology has enabled bands to perform live or pre-recorded sets for streaming on sites like Facebook, Youtube & Instagram. Do you believe this trend will continue once venues open again?

Muca: It's definitely there to stay, somehow, and it will find it's own audience. We're still humans, though, and we need real connections. After this period, people will be crazy to go out and check out live bands. 

Do you believe it's possible for modern-day bands to achieve the kind of fame that trailblazers like Bowie, Queen & Nirvana reached in the past?

Muca: Unfortunately not. For various reasons, I could write a book here. Information and music are too diluted and fast. The good news is maybe the new generation of artists will be more grounded to the earth and less into the rockstar idealisation  I think this has brought out severe psychological issues to loads of people trying to achieve this sort of status. Always getting frustrated and never appreciating what they have made in music. 

What three goals would you most like to achieve in music?

Muca: Write as many songs as possible. Keep working in music till I die (no retirement for me!). Being able to actually make some money in music so this career becomes more affordable. 

What is your favourite memory from performing live?

Muca: Tricky one. I remember a couple. One with my previous band when we played for a packed out venue. Two hours of both covers and originals. It was super intense in the right way! Personally, I prefer to play for big crowds. It's a bit scary playing for very few people where you can see everyone's faces staring at you. The other one was actually after the show, very early stages,  when I was 17-years-old and in my high school's band. We had this gig and some of the band members wanted to play 'Seek And Destroy' by Metallica. I thought, as we were performing it live too many times, we shouldn't do it, but after our last track, the drummer started playing it. I said no and left the stage. We had a massive argument in the dressing room and the teachers were worried that we'd start a fight! Afterwards, I left to enjoy the party and when I came back my distortion pedal was gone. I guess I learnt early two of the main things about playing live and having a band. 

Any nicknames you can share? 

Muca: Muci, which is little Muca in German

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