Leandro Chernicharo


Born in Rio de Janeiro, I had my first contact with the guitar at the age of 13. Much of my life as a musician was dedicated to playing in my own bands and accompanying other artists, having participated in several festivals, which gave me great experience with live performances. At the age of 18, I was part of the band of Michael Sullivan, renowned Brazilian singer and songwriter. It was at this time that I started teaching guitar lessons. In 2007, I went to live in São Paulo. There, I studied improvisation and Greek manners with Edu Ardanuy, one of the greatest rock guitarists in Brazil. It was also in that year that I recorded and released, independently, my first album, "What lies underneath". The following year, I recorded my second album, "Neverending trip", released, also independently, in early 2009. With this work, I managed to sell some copies around the world and play some songs on independent radio stations across Europe and Asia. Returning to Rio de Janeiro in 2009, I went back to accompany local artists and took advantage of the advancement of communities and social networks on the internet to make some international connections. Between that year and 2014, I worked on projects that yielded participations in 3 independent albums: "Coração de luto", by Gustavo Borner; "About that time" by The Haywire Hopefuls and "5541" by Shattered light.







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

Music is the mais reason I'm alive today. Not kidding, ok? It's literally like this.

What is your music dream?

Only do things related to music in my professional career. Unfortunately it's not possible yet. Yet...

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

Selfish thoughts and actions must be erradicated or the world will never be a good place to live.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Nosso lindo balão azul

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

There are many, but Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughan are above the clouds to me. Bon Jovi was my favorite band for years, what made me love Richie Sambora too. I love music, so the artist is not that relevant if the musis is really good. I love Yanni and Taylor Swift, you know? Good music is good music...

What inspires you to make music?

Life doesn't exist or have any meaning without music, in my opinion. Everything can inspire me, but be able to keep playing and stay alive and healthy is the most inspiring thing to me. Music is responsible for that. But, if you want a word as an answer, I'd say love. Love is the engine of life, so that's what inspire me: love.

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

That it's fucking hard to love in this cruel world, but it's possible and, more than that, it's necessary. Keep loving, guys! :-)

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

Alive, free and strong. When I'm performing I don't feel the time, the natural aging of things. It's like everything else is dead and the only thing left is the stage, those songs and people. It's really magical.

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

It's hard because music is becoming a product used to make money and famous people. The artistic side of it is slowly dying and something must be done to stop it. Thank God there are places like Drooble, YouTube and Facebook to open doors freely to people like me, that want to make good and pationate music. I believe that there could be much more tools like that. I think that would help.

What do you think of Drooble?

I'm too new here to give an opinion, but it seems to be really amazing, the tool we've all been looking for! Let's wait and see!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Not being able to work only with music and have to split my time with other jobs to make a living. That's extremely frustrating.

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

Yes. I talk about local artists to everybody I know and go to their gigs everytime I can.

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

The same as ever: be a good musician, be honest in his or her songs, do something different from the majority of other musicians and be brave to have the courage to never give up. The big difference between nowadays and 20 or 30 years ago is that we have the Internet and don't need big labels anymore. That's a good thing, but must be used correctly and that's the big challenge. The more you manage the internet merchandising skills, farther you will go. That's my opinion.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Marcio Pombo, Banda Malibu, Projeto Leyla and myself of course! hahahahahaha!!!