Kelvin Bueno

Kelvin Bueno is a creative polymath. Originally from Brazil and now based in London the model, musician and multi-instrumentalist performs in two bands, sings, raps, writes and produces - and it seems there’s rarely a moment when music isn’t on his mind. Inspired by music from an early age, Kelvin’s eclectic taste is now evident in both acts that he performs with. The first, SAZ, is a duo comprised of Kelvin and his brother, with the pair regularly collaborating with fellow musicians to craft reflective, soulful sounds, while the second, Outer Stella Overdrive, is a punk outfit in which Kelvin plays the bass and sings. Part introspective soul, part anarchic rebel, we discover the two sides of Kelvin Bueno.

What is your earliest memory of falling in love with music?

My earliest memories of falling in love with music was singing with my mum when I was a little kid. We used to sing songs of Marisa Monte, a Brazilian singer. Then I properly fell in love with music when I turned 12 and discovered Nirvana – it was then that I knew I was destined to become a musician and be in a band. I had never felt that way before. During those times my earliest influences were Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine and Green Day. I was taking it all in.

You're in two bands playing two different styles of music - how does that difference help fuel your creativity?

I love being able to play in two different bands with two different styles, it means I constantly get inspired by the other style that I play and then blend them together. Also, it allows me to express myself in different ways. With my punk band, it’s more my frustration and passionate energy, and with my other band, it’s more my reflective and thoughtful side coming out, where I explore what’s going on in my head specifically. And both, of course, help me with my own independent stuff!

Can you tell us a little about how the process works with each band, both in terms of songwriting and in the studio, do you play a specific role?

So, with SAZ - the collective I have with my brother - it’s usually conceived in the comfort of our home, we have our own studio and are constantly recording. We produce everything ourselves and my role in that is recording many layers of guitar and bass and then usually just freestyling some singing or rapping. Raw expression is key with this. Often then we collaborate with our very talented friends who range from rappers to singers. With my punk band Outer Stella Overdrive it all starts in a rehearsal room, we just jam it out and the song pretty much writes itself - well the good ones, anyway! I play bass and do vocals with the lead singer Raff (Law) who also plays guitar. It’s a very magical process. Once we have a song, then we take it to the studio and record it properly.

How important do you feel it is for a performer to have a specific style in order to stand out, and how would you describe yours?

I feel like it’s key to embrace your individuality, the ones who stand out are the ones who don’t try to fit in with anyone and often innovate new trends through just dressing how they want to, and not following anything specific. I would say my style is very colour orientated. I’m partially colour blind so often I wear mad colours because to me they look different to how most people see them. I always focus on being comfortable and make sure that my clothes are lived-in. By that, I mean I like to wear clothes and shoes which aren’t 100% fresh, I like for them to have character. Generally, whatever looks good in my eyes I will wear. I have little care for what others wear or what’s in style.

Time for “discs you’d take on a desert island” - what five songs would you have on your playlist?

1) Fela Kuti - T.D.T.M.N, pt 1&2
2) Ray Charles - What’d I Say pts. 1&2
3) The Doors - Light My Fire
4) Bonobo - Black Sands
5) Kendrick Lamar - Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst

What can fans expect from you this year?

This year fans can expect a lot of shows, videos, and releases! We’re about to turn it all up a few notches. All the hard work and patience is finally coming to fruition and it’s time to let it all out so stay tuned! I’m mostly looking forward to touring the world and spreading my sound to every ear.