Brazilian-born, London-based producer PUZZLE has perfected the art of brooding synth-pop. Having first enthralled us with debut single “Godlike”, he’s released a string of souring electro-bangers and recently shared the video for “Comedown”. We talk to pop’s most exciting enigma about his past and what we can expect in the future.
Your music is a real interesting blend of soul and synth-pop. What were the sounds that influenced you growing up?
I was really influenced by the music I used to hear at my local church. Both of my parents were choir singers so I grew up listening to a blend of Christian harp hymns and pop music I’d sneakily get from my uncle’s vinyl collection. “Domino Dancing” by the Pet Shop Boys is a song I remember very early on in life, it definitely helped me to shape my sound.
You moved to London aged 18, how much of an impact did a change of city have on your output?
It totally changed the way I saw the world and myself. London is a place that inspires and challenges us in ways I hadn’t experienced before but it also offers something that a lot of people take for granted: possibilities. I soaked in every bit of information I encountered; it helped me grow into the artist and the person I am today.
You’ve revealed more and more of yourself through successive singles. Was it a conscious decision to introduce your music first before introducing yourself?
It certainly was. I wanted people to experience the music without pre conceptions or inclinations based on my image. I decided instead to use visuals to express the feelings present in the narratives to complement the message. I will continually unlock parts of myself as the journey progresses.
This website is named after two Pet Shop Boys albums, as someone who is clearly a scholar of Britain’s finest bands, what’s your go to record of theirs?
I had a slight suspicion that you guys were inspired by them! Very cool name.
As you well know I’m a big fan so it’s very hard to pick one. I loved when they worked with Trevor Horn on Fundamental; it really is a superb album. I also have a soft spot for Elysium, it has such a beautiful sound landscape and it was release during a special time in my life so it always brings back good memories.
What can we expect next from you?
I have started working on an EP that will be released later on in the year, I don’t want to spoil the surprise but we’ll be pushing what you’ve heard so far into a more experimental realm with this new material.