Pedro Alves Duarte, composer and guitar player for Kilindu answers the questions:
1. How did you get your initial start in music?
Pedro Alves Duarte, composer and guitar player for KILINDU answers the questions: Me personally I started out at age 4. From an early age music found me trough the gifts my parents gave me on my 4th birthday. A cheap cream colored guitar, a plastic saxophone and a toy accordion with paper bellows, the guitar made my day and the next few decades after!
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
PAD: I am involved in music at 5 different levels; Musician and Composer, Music School Director, Guitar Teacher, Entrepreneur and Manager.
For Kilindu, the aim is to create high quality world music, to record a album every 1,5 to 2 years, win a Latin Grammy and play big venues like returning to Optimus Alive, playing Rock in Rio, Meo Arena, Olympia, Glastonbury Festival, Womex, South By SouthWest. Another goal is having our music in series and films.
As a Intrepreneur, early 2009 I founded a company named “EMMA Actividades Musicais” that is mainly orientated for music education in countries part of “CPLP” – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries”, creating music literature in Portuguese and creating and developing music bands and artists. It currently employs 15 people. My aim is to open 5 new locations in the next 5 to 8 years and maybe one location in Angola. Also I’dd like to extablish the grouds to develop an Indie Lable.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
PAD: Before I could actually play anyone else’s!
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
PAD: Carlos Santana, George Benson, Dave Mathews Band, Wes Montegomery, Herbie Hancock. Why?! Just because that’s how influences work! You just listen to everything you’d like to but only a few stick with you! This is the case, I listen to everything from Tupac and Eminem to Coltrane or Bach and even like popish consumer ready stuff like Imagine Dragons or Lorde but… that just drops off the wagon! Once I start to play those 3 are the most present.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
PAD: This single we’ve just released is a little taste of our upcoming album release in May. We’dd like to ask everyone that listens and thet got to know Kilindu, to please Share! As an independent band there are upsides and downsides. The upside is that you get the freedom to do your own stuff in your own terms and listen only to your heart when you compose and play! Another good thing is that when you pay from your own pockets for everything including the recording master, the full 100% of owner ship is yours to recoup all expences. The down side is that you cannot afford to battle the majors regarding marketing, publications, radio slots, TV slots and even distribution slots! So… we are depending on this here almost free medium- The internet – And the most important opinion maker for us… You! So we ask if you can share!
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
PAD: Kilindu is based in Lisbon and we like to play at Summer Festivals. Our music is best consumed fresh in Spring and Summer!
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
PAD: You just got to listen to “Dead Combo” because they are phenomenal and full of originality, “Black Mamba” also for a more Bluesy approach.
8. Give our readers a roundup of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.