The one-man band, comprised of Victor Ferreira, got its start in 1998, originally operating under the name of sug(r)cane. Over the course of the years since, he’s been elaborating upon his experimental chillwave sound, melding electronic glitch-pop with lo-fi shoegaze soundscapes.
And in the time since he first began his solo career, Ferreira said that not only has his sound and songwriting process naturally evolved, but the way he performs live has also changed.
Just last week, Ferreira played two shows in Berlin – a place which he said was a “dream city” for him to play in – as part of his tour through Europe in support of his newest release, “Everything Could be Fine.”
Because he operates as a solo artist, he said that generally speaking, his songs can be difficult to translate into the live format, but not always.
“I’m playing with a laptop and midi controllers and when the possibility is there, I have projections too,” he said, noting that the sensory imagery keeps his audience engaged. “You know, I prefer not to think about if the audience will be bored or not; I try my best to provide to the audience an experience [where] they won’t have the time to be bored.”
For Ferreira, the aesthetic of a release and the accompanying live performance are just as important to him as the music itself. Although he doesn’t consider himself a perfectionist, he does pay equal attention to both the music and the artwork, making certain they compliment one another and please him.
“Everything has to sound right in the recording before I could say it’s finished. Every…track or remix that is available to the public is there because it is ready,” he said. “I will never put a track out that I’m not really sure about.”
As for his way of gauging how good a song is, Ferreira said he relies highly on his gut instinct and emotional reaction.
“In my music everything works with feelings,” he said. “This is how I proceed to know if a track is good or not. Also, when a track is finished I will listen to it a number of times to make sure that I’m really happy with the final result.”
And although it’s not necessary that his music is received well, Ferreira said it’s how he’s able to express himself. Additionally, he derives satisfaction from knowing his music is being listened to around the world.
“I like the opportunity it gives me to be creative in so many different ways,” he said of playing music. “I’m learning something new everyday, especially when I’m working on remixes or collaborations…I enjoy making music, and hope that other people enjoy what I do. That is rewarding enough.”