Kiko Loureiro birthday interview
Guitar virtuoso Kiko Loureiro may not be a household name like Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, but his chops are no less impressive. The Brazlian fretster best known for his brilliant work with São Paulo prog-metal contingent, Angra has just released the expanded edition of his fourth solo album, “Sounds of Innocence”. On his birthday weekend, after performing and filming a concert for his new DVD, “The White Balance”, Loureiro connected with Metalholic to talk about his latest release. We also discussed the making of the new DVD, what’s next for Angra, and he tells us if there will ever be a second Neural Code album.
The new edition of “Sounds of Innocence” was dropped on June 18. iTunes released a special package containing the full album and track by track instructional videos – the first time this feature has ever been included on an iTunes album release. Additionally, a Kiko Spotify app “Soundrop” was issued on the same date.
“‘Sounds of Innocence‘ brings a balanced mix of Latin grooves with traditional shredding,” explained Kiko. “It comes at a more mature point of my career but still has first time excitement to it.”
Although the album is completely instrumental (which helped establish the guitarist’s career in Europe and Japan), according to Loureiro, it is an incredibly personal piece of music, that will succeed in establishing him in the U.S. (a main goal for Kiko, as it is the country that he now calls home). Loureiro wrote the album while spending a year in Finland:
“All the reflective moments during the past year of my life are somehow represented in the ten songs from ‘Sounds of Innocence.’
“These compositions depict my experiences in perfect form. They combine my past to what I am now – remembering the innocent times of a distant past but simultaneously being humble enough to keep innocence as an important value at present. It keeps me learning, exploring, developing and sharing. I love what I do, and this involves a unique feeling that music is something that unites us universally. Music doesn’t belong to me nor anyone. The more I create, the more innocent and free I feel to present and share my music.”
You can check out Metalholic’s exclusive interview with Kiko below, then get your ears on “Sounds of Innocence”.