Originally from Uruguay, Murdocco is a London-based singer-songwriter who fuses live instruments with electronica. Her latest release is ‘Take me to the stars’, and we caught up with her to find out more.
My intention is to create a sound that is original and emotional, expressing personal experiences.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
I am a singer songwriter, I was born in Uruguay, Montevideo and have lived in London now for quite a long time. I like to express myself through music. It’s my passion, my obsession. I love nature, and having a good time. I like the way music brings people together, its ability to make us dance, feel happy, rebellious or melancholic. Music is a powerful thing. I am releasing several singles this year and I am really excited to share them along with their music videos.
How would you describe your musical style?
I make electronic music, I like to mix live instruments with electronic beats, and I work the vocals with special attention to the lyrics. My intention is to create a sound that is original and emotional, expressing personal experiences. So perhaps I could call myself an electronic music singer-songwriter.
Were there any particular artists or groups you took inspiration from?
Yes from so many artists and from different genres, I take elements from each artist, but I don’t think I sound like anyone in particular. I like Bjork’s experimental approach and style of singing that is so visceral, but I love Billie Holiday’s relaxed way of singing with emotions but in a much storytelling way. I love producers like Jamie XX, Giorgio Moroder and Nicolas Jaar. I love jazz, all those jazz singers from the 50’s, so I guess I try to fuse everything in my own style.
what were you doing before making music?
Web design, management, production, I’ve also worked in the hospitality industry, I used to paint and had many exhibitions, a bit of everything really!
Where did the Name come from?
Murdocco is my last name. I really like my family from my father’s side, I feel more represented by my Italian roots, to me it means big meal gatherings, lots of relatives, and music, it was like a party. I also like the way Murdocco sounds and in a way, I feel proud of it. There aren’t that many Murdoccos in this world and I just feel I am very Murdocco!
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Jamie xx, Ghost Poet, Bonobo, Tricky, so many, I am up for collaborating with anyone that is real good.
Tell us about your latest release, ‘Take me to the stars’. What’s the inspiration behind it?
I wanted to explore the samba genre, so I started off with the samba rhythm, then inspired by Hermeto Pascoal, I introduced the bird singing sample. I then thought when writing the lyrics that I should be talking to this bird. Suddenly all the lyrics came to my mind spontaneously. I then added the synths and all the Brazilian percussion instruments and vocal harmonies. I gave it a spacey feel. I was also inspired by David Bowie’s Black Star album, which is brilliant.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote it a couple of years ago, but during the pandemic I went back to it, I improved it and had it mixed by sound engineer Manuel Scara Scaramuzzino, who took it to another level.
How does your latest release represent your style?
It is slightly different as it is an electronic samba. All of my tracks are within the electronic music genre, I make electronic beats, I use synths and piano, with special attention to the vocals and lyrics. Each of my tracks has a slightly different character because they represent my personal experiences, and in each track I need to find a sound that best expresses that sentiment.
Can you talk us through the track?
‘Take me to the stars’ is like a prayer, where I ask a bird to take me to the stars. It’s about being in a bad situation, wishing for a better place, wanting an exit to another galaxy, somewhere far away, where things are ideal and beautiful.
What are your hopes for the release How’s the rest of 2021 looking for you?
I have a feeling that this year will be very exciting for me. I want this track to reach a lot of people and give them hope, cheer them up. It has had a very positive reception so far, so I am very happy. I will be releasing several singles and music videos, so I am really excited to share my creations and I am open to see where things lead. I feel very positive about this year, and hopefully we will be able to do gigs soon.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I think many times in my life I waited for the right moment to come. I would wait for the circumstances to be perfect for what I wanted to do. I wasted time and opportunities by doing this.
Now I have a different approach, I go for it even if I am not 100% happy with how things are, because perfection is an illusion, and you learn in the process of doing, you set your goals, you learn from that experience and if you make a mistake next time you won’t. So now I just keep doing, keep walking forward without giving myself a hard time if something goes wrong. I say to myself: “Well, now you know, next time you will make it better. Keep going”.