Xande Cruz
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Xande Cruz

| Established. Jan 01, 2004

Established on Jan, 2004
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The best kept secret in music


"How Many Giants Have You Killed?"

HOW MANY GIANTS HAVE YOU KILLED by Rosabelle Diaz www.freshoutmedia.com Although most people, at some point in their childhood, have been guilty of using the shower head as a toy mic, very few actually grow up to pick up a functional, non-water spewing microphone and take their fantasies to the stage.
Xande Cruz doesn’t particularly like his voice. Not in terms of singing, it’s the accent, he says. So when I pull out my mini-corder to capture the words my shorthand won’t recall in a few days, he appears a bit hesitant. But after switching tables to a less crowded area of Marbar in University City, ordering smoothies and a late lunch and witnessing the waiter’s nonchalance toward the whole affair, he starts to open up.
“I used to collect, like cans and cardboard boxes and pretend I had a drumset. I used to take a shower and pretend that I was singing, there was always an idea in my mind,” he says, when I ask him if he always wanted to be an artist and where he got the idea in the first place.
“We didn’t really have an artist in the house. Everybody was sort of nine to five people,” he pauses as our smoothies arrive. “But yeah, it’s pure instinct because I don’t have any artists in the family, anyone who is in the music business.”
“Was there any particular person that influenced your music or your decision to be a musician?” I ask, sliding my smoothie to the end of the table where it can’t splatter on my notebook.
“I think the first person that helped lead me to do it was my father, cause, you know, he used to sing in the house and he was very alive in terms of art. You know, he could be an artist, but maybe because of obstacles he didn’t become an artist, but by nature he was very artistic… but yeah, my father.
“He was a musician or-“
“No no no, he was a nine to five guy…. not as much artistic as far as doing things, but just his spirit- a music person someone who appreciated music and not just music but art. He would go places to see art exhibitions and all, he would take us to museums and this and that.”
“So how would you like the people who influenced you to feel about your music and what you’re doing now?”
“I hope they enjoy or they would see a little bit of themselves in my work and support. I think their attitude is, they don’t care about what’s going on now because of the industry but sometimes a lot of people that you like are not around anymore. Sometimes, they’re a little bitter about what’s happening; they don’t really care what’s going on.” He pauses. “You know, just because of the industry, not because of lack of creativity.”
“Have you run into any people that have that attitude?”
“I see it all the time in interviews, in magazines, and close friends. It’s a normal reaction… Sometimes you do a remix of a song, right, I’ve heard so many stories like that, a DJ does a remix of somebody, and the artist, sometimes they love and sometimes they hate and sometimes they cannot do anything about it,” he laughs, “but, uh, they’re not going to approve every time. But I hope, you know, they can see—answering your question— understand what I’m trying to do.”
Our photographer walks in then, drawing our attention away from our interview microcosm and towards the happenings in the rest of the restaurant.
“That’s Junior, you know him?” Xande points to the DJ, who is eyeing a menu a few tables away.
“DJ Junior.”
“Oh yeah, did you invite him to save you from the interview?” I joke.
“Yeah,” he says, “I told him, look, say it’s a coincidence.” We’re both laughing but I’m doubting a bit if Junior’s appearance is incidental or some sort of premeditated out in the case that our afternoon meeting turns into a disaster.
“But you’re doing good,” he reassures me, waving his hand across the whole scene, the scribbled up pages, the cassette recorder standing behind the salt and pepper shakers and the sugar substitutes.
“When you did your concert, you incorporated live art,” I note, referring to the CD release party at World Cafe live on April 26th. “What kind of image do you think you create with your music?”
“The way I see it, it’s colors, it’s layers, it’s shapes. Some parts of the pictures could be really busy, the others could be really calm but it’s some combination of colors and flavors.” He looks around, too aware that most of the attention from the few patrons in the restaurant is focused on our table. Junior calls his cell from the other side of the dining room and they share a private joke.
I sip the last of my smoothie until it slurps. “Have you gotten any certain reactions that you didn’t expect from your music?”
“No. Not yet! It surprises me every time people are not dancing,” he says throwing his hands palms up in a ‘why’ gesture, “but that doesn’t happen very often.”
“Are most of the shows you are doing in Philly right now?”
“Yeah, but we’re booking in Europe, too. And Japan, also. We’re sending stuff to Japan as well.”
“I think the majority of your audience- correct me if I’m wr - www.freshoutmedia.com

"Flavorful Sensations from Batukis"

“…The recipe for the band’s unique sound is a liberal dose of percussionists, a splash of potent horn section, a dash of electric guitar and bass, all stirred in with the scratches and electronic samples of the DJ. This dizzying, unbelievably eclectic mix of sounds and musical styles seems pure confusion when listed on the page, but during the live show, the sounds are blended expertly and served up as a mouthwatering cuisine that hints of this and that, but has a flavor all its own. It’s a favorable sensory overload, inducing rare moments of synesthesia; it’s music you can taste.” - www.freshoutmedia.com

"...like the streets of Brazil"

Though he currently resides in Philly, Xande Cruz delivers energetic music like he was performing on the streets of Brazil. He's backed by a boisterous rhythm section filled with percussion and rocking guitars. - www.download.com


Luz by Xande Cruz released April 2006


Feeling a bit camera shy


A descendant of an indigenous Brazilian father and a Bahian mother, XANDE (pr. shan-ji) CRUZ was born and raised in the largest city in South America, Sao Paulo. As a child, Cruz was profoundly inspired by his father’s old Popular Brazilian Music (MPB) vinyl records and the traditional Afro-Brazilian music that was played at family events and festivals. Music was omnipresent in his life.

After moving to New York in the late ’80’s, Cruz developed a closer relationship with electronica, house and hip hop. Following 10 years in New York, Cruz relocated to Miami where he worked with the likes of Richie Marley, Gloria Estefan, Luis Miguel and Elvis Crespo. As a percussionist, Cruz has toured Japan, South Korea, the U.S. and Brazil with samba schools, Brazilian pop bands, African drum ensembles, dance troupes and theatrical productions. Additionally, Cruz has performed for Prince Andrew of Great Britain and with Trey Anastasio of Phish at Radio City Music Hall. A talented percussionist, Cruz can play rhythms from every continent and frequently performs with Brazilian, African and Caribbean drum ensembles.

While living in New York, Cruz felt the necessity to create a vehicle to express the traditions of Brazilian music. Cruz began to write and compose and eventually formed his own band, the Batukis, which brought his traditional history and traditional culture to the forefront. The Batukis continue to promote Afro-Brazilian roots music in Cruz’s unique style by performing grooves based on traditional Brazilian rhythms of samba, baião, frevo, samba reggae, ijexá, coco and maracatu. The group incorporates a variety beats from Rio, Bahia, and the Northeast of Brazil while mixing in turntables and samples, funk guitars, bass, drums, horns and Xande’s rich vocals. Cruz says, "My music is a mix of colors, feelings, scenarios, styles, it's positive something refreshing. It's like the warmth of hope, a new day, another chance, the sun rising..."

Xande Cruz and his band have performed at numerous music festivals nationally and have played venues such as World Café Live and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Residing both in the U.S. and Brazil, Cruz currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

Cruz's debut solo project, LUZ, approaches an atypical sound from his rhythmic perspective and from there creates memorable harmonies woven into the fabric of his art and his identity. His lyrics are inspired by experiences of social inequality, love, and the cultural peculiarities of Brazil and the U.S. Following no one particular genre, Cruz’s appeal is to an extensive audience, moving every listener. LUZ, defines Xande Cruz’s commitment to folklore, urban and melodic sounds. The mix of percussion and electronics, horns, vocals, and guitars surpasses genre boundaries, redefines Brazilian music and is fed by a pure and constant passion for his art, his homeland, and the light at the beginning of the tunnel (luz no começo do tunnel).