Focus: Puzzle

15th September 2016

Puzzle is a new innovative artist who is ready to take London by storm. His music brings a whole new vibe not only to the electro-pop scene, but also to the music world, with songs that have real meaning, going deep to the darkest levels of the human soul.  There is something so enticing and mysterious about Puzzle it makes listeners want to discover more. The Brazilian-born artist took to the stage in a dark city bar in the heart of London, and fiercely gave us a show. He instantly grabbed attention with his theatrical make-up, stage presence and amazing vocals. He kept the crowd dancing and singing along for the whole set. His performance was electrifying and his energy was all over the room. He started with his first song Trial By Fire and finished with Comedown, a tale about fractured love.
I had a chat with Puzzle about his definition of the human condition, life in London and his musical career.

Puzzle is such distinctive name, why you have chosen it?
It summarised why I make music. I started writing songs to work out the conflicting emotions going on inside my head, ultimately I want to understand my feelings, looking at all the tiny pieces that make us who we are – our fears, our desires, passions, secrets – PUZZLE seemed to encapsulate that intention.
You have spoken before about the human condition, but how do you define the human condition, and how do you translate that into your music?
Existence is quite a hard thing to understand and accept, when I mention ‘the human condition’ I’m talking about how we, as a species, interact with the world around us while trying to understand the internal turmoil and challenges that come with emotions and intellect. I write about what I observe and experience in my everyday life while trying to make some sense of it all. My intention is not necessarily to have an answer to every question; it’s more about acknowledging that being allowed to ‘feel’ is a starting point on this journey, it’s an intrinsic part of being human.

Your songs are so dark but so relatable at the same time, is that also part of the human condition?
It certainly is. When we talk about emotions we’re talking about something that is abstract – it has unimaginable depth. The deeper you go the darker it gets as that’s where we tend to leave things that we don’t want to deal with, things that are difficult to solve. I try to convey that layer through the use of dark chord progressions and arrangements, I love minor chords. I do understand that feelings are universal though, they may vary in context and intensity but everyone understands what it means to love, hate, to be sad, to miss someone, etc. I try to present those things in an accessible way in my songs.

What sets you apart from other artists?
I’m not looking for people to be interested in me as a personality to be honest; it’s more about inviting them into the environment I’m envisioning. I’m creating a world that will keep on evolving sonically and visually, it’s a journey of discovery and escapism so the end game is not necessarily fame, it’s the shared experience.

Talk us through your single Comedown
Comedown is a song about fractured love. I wanted to talk about being in that moment of total loss, when the pain of not having someone is unbearable and you’re trapped in that void. The best analogy I could think of was chemical addiction, or not having access to something your body craves on a molecular level. I intentionally didn’t want the track to reach a euphoric peak because in the emotional context of the song the ‘high’ is gone, it’s actually quite sad to be in that position.

How does the city of London contribute to your creativity as an artist?
London inspires me every day through its cosmopolitan nature; it definitely feels like a hub for creative energy in the world. The fact that so many different cultures, religions, walks of life, and dreams collide in this particular place makes the perfect breeding ground for ideas, and I soak in this atmosphere to create my work. I feel very blessed to be here.

Words by Anna Vasileiou
Photograph by Laura Lewis

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