In a new single, part of the next album INTENSO, a singer from Ceará abandons romantic melody and embraces synthpop and rock
2000s pop references and big blockbusters were the starting point of David Bandeira for his new single “Praga”, which has just had the clip released by the artist. In the video, produced by Enzo Dicarlo, David he forgoes his signature melodic pop in favor of a heavier, more danceable beat.
“When we started working on ‘Prague’, we wanted this atmosphere where people could listen loudly and play their body, let off steam or even do a choreography”, says Davi.
The song is about difficult relationships, ‘pests’ in a person’s life, and the decision to suffer or to simply enjoy life. Habitué of romantic tracks, David amuses himself by saying that he himself was once a ‘plague’ in people’s lives.
for the video, David sign the direction with Rodrigo Frotain a video full of references to the concept of “plague” – from the Black Death to the Poison Ivy of Batman & Robin(1997):
“We used two films as references, the Batman and Robin, more precisely the atmosphere of Poison Ivy. Another movie was inglorious bastardsthe scene where they set the cinema on fire, we used as a reference to the idea of filling the theater with poisonous smoke with people locked inside.”
Check out the full video for “Prague” below:
“Prague” is one of the singles that Flag confirms for your new record, INTENSE, scheduled for November this year. According to the singer, the composition of the album was an important part of his period of isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I kept thinking: if the world ends, if you get the chance to make just one album in your life. What would it be like? So I’m finishing the best album I could make.”
Below is the full interview with David Bandeira:
Rolling Stone Brasil: In ‘Praga’ you seem to take a step from melodic pop towards something more danceable. How was the decision to go down this path?
David Bandeira: I was there in the middle of the album process and I felt like something was missing with a more pulsating, fiercer beat, you know? And when we started working on “Prague”, we wanted that atmosphere where people could listen out loud and play their bodies, let off steam or even do a choreography. I was wanting to feel it myself and so we started experimenting with various sounds until we got to the final version.
Rolling Stone Brasil: Musically, who inspired you on the track?
David Bandeira: I confess that I was obsessed with “Good Ones” by Charlie XCX and it was a great reference for the mood of “Prague”.
Rolling Stone Brasil: In the clip you use several references. Tell us about some of them, what are they and why are they there?
David Bandeira: We started freaking out about this idea of a plague as a plague, so much so that we used the reference of the mask that doctors used at the time of the black plague. We used two films as references, the Batman and Robin, more precisely the atmosphere of Poison Ivy. Another movie was inglorious bastards, the scene where they set the cinema on fire, we use as a reference for the idea of filling the theater with poisonous smoke with people locked inside. It was really fun to think about the video for “Prague” because we created a whole universe where the ultimate goal was to get people to dance together.
Rolling Stone Brasil: Did you already have directing experience? How was it this time?
David Bandeira: I direct all my clips. It’s an area that I’m also quite passionate about. Whenever I’m writing or working on a song I start thinking about what the video could be like. The most incredible thing this time was the entire structure we were able to put together for this production and the amount of people involved as well. It was pretty special.
Rolling Stone Brasil: “Praga” joins the other tracks released this year for the start of a new album, yes? What can you get out of the disc?
David Bandeira: The disk is called INTENSE and should come out in November. All the tracks I released this year will be part of it. It’s a record that has become a big part of my life and was largely responsible for my not freaking out during the height of the pandemic, lol. I kept thinking: if the world ends, if you have the chance to make just one album in your life. What would he be like? So I’m finishing the best album I could make.
Rolling Stone Brasil: Have you ever been someone’s “Plague”?
David Bandeira: Is it if I went and they didn’t warn me? Look, I can’t say right away, but I could list you several people who are like pests that have passed through my life, hahahaha.
Rolling Stone Brasil: In your day-to-day, are you more suffering from ‘Eu Vou Chorar Dançando’ or do you do more of the ‘Praga’ line?
David Bandeira: HAHAHAHAHA good question! I do more the plague line! until I have my most melancholy moments and last year I was in a sad mood, but now I’m fine cursing the people.