Hailed as one of Brazil’s most important young talents, Luísa Maita and her band blend electropop rhythms with the hypnotic beats and the syncopation of her native land. Deeply rooted in Afro-Brazilian, samba, bossa nova, and jazz, she takes it a step further with a sound that is both ethereal and grounded by the bass, with lyrics in English and Portuguese. Her first album Lero-Lero reached first place in sales on Amazon and iTunes in the Latin Music Category and you probably remember a couple of her tunes as part of the film Boyhood. She’s currently on tour for her second album Fio da memória, a record about love, yearning for freedom, struggle and renewal .
Maita and her band came straight from playing in New York City at the Subrosa Club to play at ACL, with little sleep in between. But that didn’t stop them from offering their innovative meshed sounds to a mellow crowd on Saturday afternoon at ACL.
Where were born? What is your favorite childhood memory?
Sao Paolo, Brazil. A lot of people in my family making music together because my father was a composer, my mother was a producer and, of course, they had many musician friends. They would play spontaneously and it was one of the most beautiful memories in my mind.
What inspires you?
Each album is different, and I hope it continues to be. It’s so nice to be inspired by different things. My first album was more visceral, when you put everything you’ve lived in just eleven songs. The second album I wanted to do something more aesthetic, thinking about musical production, thinking about different wishes that I had.
What do you think of the Olympics in Rio? Did you participate?
I recorded a song that played a lot of times during the countries’ parade. I did the first video about the Olympics when the idea first came. It was such an honor.
I watched soccer, Brazil vs. Germany, I saw Olympic gymnastics, basketball a little bit but Brazil lost in the third game.