Francisco Maia


I was born in 1981 and soon (3/4 years old later) I started to realise that I had a very responsive hearing in terms of psychoacoustics and perception of sound itself. When I had my first video game console 8-bit (an Atari 800XL) which helped me to gain more instinctive knowledge about sound synthesis ,while I was obsessed with video gaming . I also used to manipulate static white noise with my screen tv, I spend hours doing that I reached a point I didn't hear the white-noise itself but other "imagining" sounds . At the age of 7 I started to respond emotionally to music, listening to my parents vinyls and cassetes . That was the basis to my journey around the world of music. Nowadays I have a degree on Electronic Music Composition, Programming and Production.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

A source of energy that flows thru your ears and resonates framing pictures inside your head.

What is your music dream?

I'm already a daydreamer, so as a daydreamer, musician and composer I already feel fulfilled. Even if you achieve success you will never feel truly complete, because when money comes in, everything changes, your life style changes and suddenly you realize that you don't have time to think about yourself but only your own business and that consumes you as an artist.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

The world never gonna be changed by music... Listening and composing good music is a escape where you can abstract from all nonsense and evil from this mental house called society.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

We all stand together - Paul Mcartney and the Wings.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Nine Inch Nails (favourite), Aphex Twin, Bjork, μ-Ziq, Squarepusher, How to Destroy Angels, Mão Morta, Boards of Canada, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Nirvana, Pixies, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, Soulwax, Clinic, Deftones, Faith No More, Beastie Boys, Autolux, Giant Drag, Dead Confederate, Joana Molina, Jeff Buckley, Morphine, The Velvet Underground, Tindersticks, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Grandaddy, Grouper, Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Fiona Apple, Tom Waits, Papas Fritas, Ivy, Ben Folds Five, Eels, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Charles Earland, Jimmy Smith, James Brown, Esquivel, Tom Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, King Crimson, Yes, The Alan Parsons Project, The Beatles, Os Mutantes, David Bowie, Giorgio Moroder, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Duran Duran, New Order, Steve Reich, Raymond Scott, Max Richter, Ennio Morricone, Angelo Badalamenti, Johnny Cash........

What inspires you to make music?

When you don't have someone to share your emotions with, put those inner emotions on your artistic work.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Several... but analysing and reflecting on human nature's behavior is my focus. I identify myself as an "Alien Observer".

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Tension.... I'm not used to perfom at live, I'm pratically a "studio" geek and take control of my own station.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Sometimes I don't see musicians... I see "wannabes" (and unfortunately that's why I never had a chance to start a band with other people). I see a serious crisis in art nowadays. Only a few artists can be truly original. A true original musician thinks and create good art outside the box.

What do you think of Drooble?

I think of Drooble as a really great platform with a lot of potential that help artists to achieve some visibility in the "underground" scene. But honestly for what I have been listening (especially in the charts pole) this makes a platform just for "music amateurs", and I'll explain why I'm saying this: I'm a musician and all my life I've been linked to music, listen to (A LOT) of music generes and styles, and I have been too perfectionist in the field of music and I got a degree on Electronic Music Composition and Music Production which changed completely my perspective about music. For people like me who put their soul and creativity in our artwork, we should be compensated for that. For people who want to be an "copycat" I completely disagree the policy here, because people should be in their right place, in their right job and career. I think this should be more selective to a "special audience" of true and unique artists.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

If I feel frustrated, I'll go for vengeance and make a song.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Unfortunately I live in "small" city (and I'm not talking only about size but also mentallity). Local cultural org. don't support the local artists. They just favors the most famous artists, and is an outrage the money they get thru the kind of music they perform.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?


Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of. (Control Top) (Viagra Boys)