Singer/songwriter Caio Siqueira has been making music since he was 12 yrs old. After decades of ups and downs, he was tempted to give up on his dream of having a career in the music industry. At a point in his life when he had hit another low and was ready to throw in the towel, Caio’s decided to make a pivotal life choice and begun reshaping his destiny.
Eventually, Caio Siqueira (songwriter) and Lauren Berlin (artist manager) launched Civic Rose Records and brought Siqueira on board as one of two flagship artists. His first single for the new partnership, “Wildfire,” has become an eye opener for some.
We are pleased to do a Q&A interview with Caio Siqueira. He discusses the fair-weather friends that inspired his current single.
When and why did you start playing?
I taught myself how to sing at the age of 10 and started to play guitar at the age of 14. So I’ve been studying music on my own for pretty much 12 years.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Avril Lavigne is my idol ever since I saw her on MTV when I was 7. I love her lyrics and the fact that she writes them all. Her music just speaks deep to me, I love her voice and her videos. I also love Alanis Morissette, Imagine Dragons and Linkin Park. Chester Bennington was (still is) my hero and favorite vocalist.
Which famous musicians have you learned from?
The same ones I talked about above. Alanis Morissette inspired me a lot to write lyrics. Avril inspired me to have attitude, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington’s stage presence and the list goes on. I only listen to music that I can learn from.
Do you have an Album/Ep coming out soon?
No, but I’m working on a Demo to put my name out there as a songwriter.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Naturally. I laugh about them with the public if I can, if not, I just keep going with the song. The show must go on and I’m human. I’m allowed to make mistakes.
Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Very nervous and I love it. I allow myself to feel all these emotions at the same time and that rush of adrenaline is what keeps me going. Kurt Cobain once said that you need that “nervous feeling” in your guts before a performance, because it means you care about what you’re doing. Some people drink or do drugs to perform, I rather not and live the experience at its fullest.
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
Enjoy the feeling because it means that you care about what you’re doing. Without that feeling, is not worth it.
How do you balance your music with other obligations?
It’s really hard sometimes. But I try my best to keep practicing and planning because I believe music will be my main job one day, so I just teach my mind that all these difficulties are temporary.
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you’re actually writing about?
I think Dallas has great people with great talent but too little opportunity. That’s why people always aim to Los Angeles, New York or Nashville – which is sad because not everybody has conditions of going to live in these cities. Yeah, you can play in a nice venue or in a nice bar every month but it’s still not enough for you the have your name out there. We need labels, big labels. In a place so diverse as Dallas, where you have Alternative, Country, Rap, Pop, Latino and so many other genres everywhere you go, I think it’s a waste that we don’t have as many opportunities of getting contracts and working professionally with what we create. Why is it so important? Because these are our lives. Music is our outlet. We’re not making music because we want to be international superstars. We’re making music because it’s in our blood. Of course, fame and money are great but I can tell that these people, including me, are not doing for the fame. Because there are people that have been playing in these local bars for years without getting any opportunity with major labels and guess what? They’re still there. It is important because it’s the reality.
We totally recommend checking Caio out, as he is a very talented artist, and certainly one to look out for! Keep up to date with Caio on his Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and let us know what you think of Caio at @Fuzzable.