Founded in mid 90′s by guitar player Ricardo Falcão, Forgotten Suns stands as one of the most prolific portuguese progressive rock/metal bands of our days.
Their music is often compared to movie soundtracks due to the fact that each and every song reflects a different concept, like a script where music plays a wide role by defining the landscapes and action.
Forgotten Suns recently appeared on Progstravaganza XX: Landmarks, and we teamed up with guitarist Ricardo Falcão who answered the Progstravaganza Questionnaire.
How did you come to do what you do?
Ricardo Falcão: My family musical background plays an important role because my grand-father (José Duarte Costa) was a pioneer in the development of classical guitar in Portugal, he founded a guitar school back in 1953 that stood the test of time, one that I run and teach today – he was a creative genious in his instrument. My father also plays classical guitar and his library of records covered so many different styles and eras (classical to modern rock with synths) that I believe it educated my ears. The trigger that led into playing electric guitar was ignited by an old friend of mine (André Rodrigues) playing blues riffs on his blue Yamaha acustic back in 1991, I was 15.
What is your first musical memory?
RF: I think that it must be my father playing classical pieces when I was 3 or 4 years old.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
RF: From the smallest things that happen on our lives at a personal or global level, from the musicality of bands we admire all combined, from the experimentation of new sounds on a synthesizer to things like… a movie, a painting or a poem that inspire our minds.
We are all really creative so, it’s easier when you bring a thought and after a while on brainstorm we have a concept running.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
RF: ‘Nanoworld’ song was inspired on several epic sci-fi movies all mixed up and the plot consists of a man waking up from a deep sleep, due to a failure in his control chip, to find he’s a slave in a future civilization ruled by machines. Before he tries to escape he first needs to know who he really is, so he acts he’s still under control until he has the opportunity to enter the Universal Library building where he will know something about his past, but suddendly they know he’s free and he must run for his life…the message is about freedom vs control, the way you accept to be on a system and move on. This story doesn’t end here…
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
RF: Yes, first it can go either 2 ways: one should be an interesting concept and guide lines of the story and two, a very inspired riff.
Then the name of the song before we pick the instruments.
What is your method of songwriting?
RF: Like mentioned on the previous answer, after we pick the instruments with the concept in mind, we tend to be very focused on what we want, there’s no million riffs left out…we put almost everything into the blender and turn it on for hours and hours jammin’. We feel totally free about writing, all ideas count, so writing it’s a major pleasure for us.
Lyrics at the end, but the song name can be an initial trigger to have a decisive melody that leads into a chorus for instance. Lyrics at the end also because many segments have 7, 9 or 11 bars, that needs some brains, google and time.
How do you see your music evolving?
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
RF: Stay true to yourselves musically, never ever quit and make yourselves out of the comfort zone. Don’t have too much hurry to come outside, make it real when your heart and ears say so. Find an agent that suits your goals.
What are you looking forward to?
RF: Right now to close the mixings of our 4th album. We have been extremely well treated at MV Studios by our former keyboard player – Miguel Valadares – who now is a sound engineer and CEO at this place. It sounds like Forgotten Suns on steroids, we’re confident in a great sounding release and hopefully to go out doing shows over Europe further ahead promoting it.
Do you think that Progstravaganza compilation series is good way to showcase the potential of many unheard bands on the already overcrowded scene?
RF: Sure it is, the good indicator is that you (curious reader) are here until the very end of this interview!!!
Prog Sphere is compiling the first physical (CD) Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation. Interested acts can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org