Cavaquinho player, composer
I am a musician from Rio de Janeiro, specialized in samba and Brazilian music. I play cavaquinho, typical musical instrument used in samba and other rhythms from Brazil. I am also a composer, music producer and music director.
I have a home studio, where I can record and make music editions. I can also write arrangements, compose songs and themes and produce tracks, as well.
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Interview with Joao Callado
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: It was the musical play Zeca Pagodinho - Uma História de Amor ao Samba. It won the 2018 APTR prize for best music for theater. I was musical director, arranger, conductor and cavaquinho player.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I've been playing cavaquinho with the singer Teresa Cristina in her lives, during lockdown, and recording cavaquinho in my home studio.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Julio Florindo, bassist player.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital AND analog. Depends of what you have and want.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: A good work. Done with thought and care.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I think that art and music are among the most powerful and wonderful things that humanity invented.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They're often worried about not knowing to write or read music, but I say it's not a problem, since they have and idea of what they want.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it doesn't involve hard work, time and discipline.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do they want for their music.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go to the links, hear the music, see the videos, know the work.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My cavaquinho, a computer, a good headphone, a external HD and a mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am a professional musician since 1998. I played a lot (and still do) with Teresa Cristina and Grupo Semente. But I also worked with Marisa Monte, Caetano Veloso, Zeca Pagodinho, Diogo Nogueira, Roberta Sá, Paulinho da Viola, Zélia Duncan, Adriana Calcanhotto, Turíbio Santos, Yamandu Costa, Paulo Moura, Marc Sway...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I play mostly Brazilian Music, especially Samba. But I hear all genres, and have worked with all kinds of music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Peter Gabriel. I love his music, with Genesis and solo, since my teens.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be sure and do as planned, but be open to the opinion of the other musicians and engineers.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Samba, MPB, Bossa Nova and Brazilian Instrumental Music. But I also work with Rock, Jazz, Funk and Blues.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing cavaquinho and composing music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have worked as composer, instrumentalist, arranger and producer of many songs. I can bring experience, creativity and knowledge.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I'm composing, I always seek balance between invention and communication. When I'm working for someone's project, I always seek what is best for the music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Avid Fast Track, Marshall MXL 2001 condensed microphone, cavaquinho, ukulele, keyboard, electric and acoustic guitars.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tom Jobim, Paul McCartney, Steve Reich, Mauro Diniz, Wanderson Martins...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Playing and recording cavaquinho, ukulele, guitar and keyboards; composing songs or instrumental themes; arranging, producing and directing shows, recordings and musical plays.