Singer, songwriter and producer Gonçalo Santana hails from Switzerland with a burning passion for music. Thanks to the artistic stylings of his father, who is also a singer, Gonçalo Santana was exposed to a variety of distinguished artists at a young age.
As the years went by Gonçalo, found refuge in expressing himself through words that would become sonic expressions. Aiming to convey an original piece yet to be heard, Gonçalo Santana leaves our ears refreshed with his latest song, "Empty Poetry."
Instantly fascinated by a song title so deep with its abstract meaning, we're eager to navigate through the fascinating intimacy that comes pouring through the sound waves.
The opulent guitar riffs mesh with the potent piano chords in a way that speaks into the timeless beauty of R&B hues and emotion-filled soundscapes. Recruiting the skill set of Portuguese producer Macaia, the striking impact of "Empty Poetry" acts as a tribute to the loved ones we have lost over the years.
The intimate vocals of Gonçalo Santana spread across the musical hues in a buttery fashion that saturates the lyrical finesse of this record. As his angelic timbres make this masterpiece stand out prominently, you feel the emotion that's instilled into a song of this caliber. Vulnerable with the carefully crafted words performed, the impeccable representation of heartrending tones are etched into the melodic execution of "Empty Poetry."
Leading us into the harmonic amalgamation of layered croons so beautiful in their placement, it's apparent that Gonçalo Santana is a musical blessing that is ready to tour us through our own heart and soul in the blink of an eye. With a strong message and gospel-influenced sound, "Empty Poetry" has us immersed in the blissful utopia of love.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Gonçalo Santana! The sounds showcased in "Empty Poetry" are so beautiful. Was there a particular moment or story that inspired this piece?
Hello, first and foremost, I'd like to thank you so much for having me and for allowing me to share my music with the BuzzMusic community. About "Empty Poetry," there were actually a couple of moments that inspired the song. "Empty Poetry" clearly talks about the loss of someone that is very close to my loved ones and to me. That particular moment in my life had a very big impact on me how I view life and especially how I treat life. Because I strongly believe that everything happens for a reason and some higher power is in charge of everything, and everyone and all this, earth and this beautiful thing called life harmonizes perfectly. Our job is to take things as they come and try to make the best out of every situation. I'm a professional over-thinker, and, like mostly every over-thinker, I find it difficult to talk about my feelings and what is going on, on the inside, so I never vent. But back in 2017, when Macaia (the producer of "Empty Poetry") sent me the beat for what has now become "Empty Poetry," it immediately took me back a few years back to the day another great human parted to the other side. The words quickly began to flow, and in a couple of minutes, I already had the first verse and the chorus. It was magical. I'm usually more inspired to write at night, especially after midnight, but that afternoon there was something in the air, and every word that immediately came out seemed to be right. After I write the first draft, I usually go over the whole song uncountable times and change words and sentences, but this time it all sat perfectly together.
Do you find it relatively easy to explore the theme of love when creating music? Has this always been the case?
Love is what every song in the world is about. Love is everything, not just the good things but also the bad ones, and especially, love is moments. It's easy to find love in small things. We act, write, perform, live, laugh, cry in the name of love. Unconsciously we move to strive for love. I've always found it easy to talk and write about love because love is everywhere. We, humans, know when love's missing, and that's the most horrifying feeling ever, and in those situations, our only mission is to find love. Because only by finding a glimpse of love are we able to live and move on with our lives. So, yeah, it's safe to say that it's relatively easy for me to write and create Love.
Could you please share a glimpse into the artistic vision for the music video to "Empty Poetry?" What inspired that, and was this always the vision for you?
The music video for "Empty Poetry" was directed by the talented Rafaela Ramos. I sent her the song and told her what "Empty Poetry" was about and basically left it up to her to come up with the visual concept. I love cinema and cinematography, but I just don't have enough experience to direct a music video. I wanted the visuals to have a dark-ish vibe because I find dark-themed music videos relaxing and pleasing for the eye. After two stressful days of shooting, she brought it successfully to the table. I love her vision and how she captures every moment in a way that you don't even need to hear the music to understand what the story is all about. It was the first time we worked together, but it was definitely not the last one.
How has your headspace changed from writing this song to it being released?
It's been a couple of years since I wrote and recorded "Empty Poetry," to be honest. I believe it was recorded in 2019. Since then, a lot has changed. All of a sudden, we're living in a global pandemic, and I don't even know if I'm ever going to release this song. Suppose I'm ever going to be able to perform live. But like I said prior, I'm an over-thinker, so as I was watching the news and seeing every day the numbers of deaths caused by covid rise, I quickly realized how many people pass every day (not just from covid) and for us, it's just a number, you can look up on google, but for thousands of families behind those numbers are people: a father, a mother, a brother, a sister, a daughter, a son…so that thought alone made me do it. I'm an upcoming artist, and not so many people know I even exist, but I hope that every single person out there that finds "Empty Poetry" for some reason finds some kind of safe harbor, a safe place to cry over someone they can't see anymore or give a call. But I also hope "Empty Poetry" serves as a way to communicate with heaven.
What's next for you?
If I'm allowed, I'd love to start playing some live shows. I can't wait to perform "Empty Poetry" live for a crowd. There's definitely more music coming; you can expect an EP in 2022 and some collaborations here and there. Stay on the lookout because I'm everywhere.
Thank you once again for having me. Stay safe, talk soon.