Adriano Ministro comments on the relationship between music and political struggles

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With a degree in Phonographic Production, Adriano Ministro has worked in different roles within the music market and his history has been with SIM's over the years. “I was at the 2014 edition, at Praça das Artes. I was as road manager of Féfé (French artist) who performed at the French Night. Since then, I have always participated in some way, be it in the conferences or going to the showcases and the evening programming ”, he reveals.

In 2018, he came to the convention with Black Pantera, one of those selected to perform at daytime showcases. The producer has been with the band for more than 3 years and, for him, this was a turning point in their career: “The year of 2018 was already a very‘ creamy ’year, as we say in the interns. When we heard about the selection it was a delight, because everyone's intention was to take the band and their work to another stage, audience and places, and being at SIM that year was a very symbolic milestone in this process, mainly because it is a very different from what was being presented at showcases and we bet the chips on this differential. ”

Black Pantera was given the responsibility to open the schedule for the Adoniran Barbosa room on Friday, an injection of energy and weight just after lunchtime. For a producer, watching his artists take the stage for a 20-minute show at an event with people from all over the world brings a specific type of anxiety - which is soon replaced by the satisfaction of seeing them break everything. “It was an event, a 20-minute hit very well! We introduced the band to the market of independent festivals, national and international ... another thing that was very surprising was the nomination for the SIM Award that year [in the category New Talent]. We didn't expect to be on this tour ”, he recalls.

Adriano also participates in the curatorship of events such as Feira Preta, Pretas Potências and Brasília Tattoo Festival and, for him, music fairs are fundamental spaces for exchanging ideas and strengthening networks: “Particularly, it is the type of event that I like for account of this focus on business and on the content presented, besides, of course, discovering a lot of new and well-made music. ”



In June of this year, Black Pantera released “I Can’t Breathe”, music in support of the #VidasNegrasImportam movement and reference to the murder of George Floyd, killed by white police in the city of Minneapolis (USA). In Brazil, the reality is not very different from that of the United States and racism and police violence continue to make victims on a daily basis. For the producer, the role of music and art is precisely to raise these questions: “It is to remove those who listen from the place of comfort. Now, what people will do after this experience, it is much more up to them, and I deeply hope that they try to leave this world a little better than they found it ”.

This political position is not new and has been part of the band's discography and aesthetics since the beginning of their career, and has become more intense and present. “Regarding the works of Black Pantera, this provocation through the lyrics, the look of the guys and everything else came very naturally. we intend to do and position the work differently, but we only have the choice and some governance where the canoe goes. From the moment it is launched, the possibilities are endless, for better or for worse. On the one hand, there was a group of people who said 'Gee, keep making the sound without talking about politics! We just want to enjoy and mosh! ’And the like, as there was a lot of other people who thought a rock band formed by black people, who always liked this type of music and never saw themselves represented on stage, was awesome. From that point on, this was treated with much more care by all of us ”, he reflects.

When the coronavirus started to spread around the world, Adriano and Black Pantera were packed for Portugal, where an entire tour was waiting for them. “The entry into this pandemic period was a very good trip. We would have a tour in several places, with the possibility of extension to other countries. On the way back from the trip, we would go into the studio to work on the new album. None of this happened, obviously. We had to adapt and this is still going on, doing everything at a distance ”, he says.

Thinking about the post-coronavirus future, the producer understands that it is not possible to resume things where they left off. Despite his optimism, he admits that times are different: “There is a need to test new things, such as lives, and remodel old ways of doing cultural and artistic activities, such as drive-ins, balcony serenades, etc. It was nerve-wracking to make the best use of this time and expand the limits! A lot in this world before COVID was gone, happily or unfortunately. Now, where we are going from here on, I don't even dare say, but I hope for a better place. ”

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