Lucio Moriyama is an emerging Japanese-Brazilian guitarist and composer coming from Brazil. He was born in September 12th, 1985 in the City of Campinas, state of São Paulo. Like any otaku guy, watching some anime, Metaru Hīrō Shirīzu, super sentai, and other pop culture productions from Japan, comes to light the interest in reconecting with the japanese culture, but Moriyama didn't actually care about music back then. Only around his 14 years old he started unvealing his interest as musician It began in 2000, when he got his first guitar as a gift from his father; Mr. Américo Moriyama (Nisei from Moriyama's Family). Then he took his first lessons and within 4 months dropped out to study on his own. During that time the most important thing was to have tons of fun. As time went by, Lucio Moriyama took place in many bands, but just for fun until he was about 20 years old.
When he reached the age of 21, in 2006, he applied for college and went to study Social Communication in Federal University of Viçosa, a humongous college in Minas Gerais, and of course he kept all his passion acquired for music during the whole graduation.
Things with music started getting serious in 2013 when he started studying music production, to record at home. In 2014 he joined Glavia, an underground band from Campinas (São Paulo). While he was in Glavia, they played with great Brazilian bands such as Fresno, NX Zero, Gloria, Rancore, Strike, and many others from the whatsocalled new generation of brazilian rock.
Between 2015 and 2019 Glavia went through a hiatus. In order to reconnect with music, in 2017, Lucio started studying guitar building techniques with Ricky Lucas (He is an amazing luthier as well as guitar player. He played with Aquiles Priester, former drummer of Angra).
The time spent learning how and building two strats (which were used to record the Horizon Album) was extremely important, because that allowed Moriyama to create a very good network with other extraordinary and not-so-known musicians whom also took Ricky's course. "Making my two strats with Rick wasn't the final goal, but listening to other veteran guitarists talking about their experiences and plans inspired me to try new things with music, encouraged me for new horizons". Two great musicinas inspired Lucio; first one was Ricky Lucas, he is a very skilled guitar player. After the 8-month guitar building course, Lucio also started to learn more about guitar techniques with him, which improved his guitar skils to the next level - "To me, taking these classes with Ricky pushed me to a next level of guitar skills, made me notice how I love guitar and how I was stuck in abillity for a long time". Another person who made a difference was the musican Felipe Hervoso from AXTY - "Felipe is a brutally talented guitar player, and as if it's not enough, he composes too. Seeing him developing instrumental music inspired me to try it more seriously".
After 2017 Lucio Start decides to get all heads down into studying guitar and composition. That's when he started composing a lot of ideias that eventually became the album Horizon, his debut album that will be released in March 31th of 2021.
During the processes of creating the album, other experienced instrumental musicians coached Moriyama. Marco Slon was one of them. "Slon was a fantastic friend! He is very talented and his advices basically polished the instrumental composition for me". The ideias for the compositions were important, but Lucio had a short time to develop the skills on the instruments in order to record them all. Because of Marco Slon he got to know about Kiko Loureiro's method, the Guitar Hacks. Then he applyed for Kiko Loureiro's course, which taught him how to improve in short time.
With a double life, working with social media during the day and working with the music at night, After 2 years recording in Lucio's home studio (laptop, interface and a desk), on August 9, 2019 he released his first try on an instrumental rock music, the single Champagne. "This song is a celebration of life, but during the time I made it, I had a surgery on my foot. That left me disabled for 6 months. I got really down during those months and making that song was like a scream forcing myself into being more positive and celebrate the good things of life". It was the first partnership with Beto Lins, who co-produced and recorded the bass on this track.
In February of 2020 the recording sessions for the Horizon Album had already finished. The next step was yo mix and master, but it was right when Covid-19 stormed out in Brazil. That made things a little more difficult to accomplish the finished the album once Beto and Lucio were, together, required in studio. The solution they found was remote access on computers during the mix process so they could listen what was being done in real time. It all took 7 months (from March to September), meeting every saturday and working for 4 to 5 hours.
The second single was released on November 26, 2020, entitled "Dirty Heart (Aki Ito)". Then a third one in February 28, 2021, the "Hannya" single. Next releases will be "Neon Tokyo", on March 16, 2021, and finale the album "Horizon" + VideoClip "Neon Tokyo" on March 31, 2021
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