Based in Porto, Portugal, The Weatherman is the alter-ego of Alexandre Monteiro. Over the past 14 years, Alexandre has released several albums (most critically acclaimed) and honed his own brand of poignant pop. We had the chance to chat with this versatile artist about his new song ‘There Will Be Great Times Ahead’, future plans and much more!
Why did you choose to enter the music industry?
Because I am an artist. I always felt that I had something to say through my music.
What can you tell us about your latest release ‘There Will Be Great Times Ahead’?
Like in the rest of the world, here in Portugal we were staying home for two months because of Coronavirus and that brought up some strong feelings. Writing ‘There Will Be Great Times Ahead’ refers directly to that. I felt I had to write a positive hymn song with a strong message; it’s my contribution.
What was the recording and writing process like?
Like I said, I was at home during several weeks so the song was fully produced and recorded at my home. Even the video was filmed at my terrace! It was all done pretty quickly actually; my gut-feelings were all in full power, I must say.
What do you hope people take from the song?
I hope that people feel that better times will come and sooner than we might have expected. Maybe we will get stronger than ever after this problem ends.
Which is more challenging for you – melody or lyrics?
Well, the melody is my thing. I always think in terms of melodies and really feel that they are an inexhaustible source of inspiration. On the other hand, I find it more challenging to come up with new ideas for lyrics. It’s not easy to not repeat ideas after you write so many songs. It really pushes your imagination.
Describe your music in three words.
Stargazing pop music!
What do you think is the best way to discover new music?
Good question! I try to keep up to date by reading magazines like Uncut or Mojo or whatever, but I always end up feeling that word-of-mouth is always the most effective. It’s getting really hard for new bands and artists to get heard these days.
What does the future hold for The Weatherman?
Well, I have been working on a new album for the past four years. It’s going to be a kind of opera-pop thing. An album that tells a story from beginning to end and it’s going to be a movie also.
What advice do you have for any person planning to become a musician?
The most important thing is to keep going. Never stop doing what you feel that you should – that’s the only rule.
Do you have any message for our readers?
Stay safe and sound during these crazy times!