|Years active||2010 - 2018 (indefinite hiatus)|
|Past members||Flora Maria|
Banda Uó was a Brazilian tecnobrega band composed of Davi Sabbag, Mateus Carrilho, and Candy Mel. The band was formed in 2010 in the Goiânia. The group was initially composed of Davi Sabbag, Mateus Carrilho and Flora Maria. They released their first music video, a tecnobrega cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream", called "Não Quero Saber", with help from students of Universidade Federal de Goiás and of publicity on PUC Goiás.
The funny lyrics and the Sabbag's direction got the attention of DJ Diplo, who was responsible for introducing funk carioca to the world. Besides this, Flora Maria left the group and Mel Gonçalves, also known as Candy Mel, joined the group, the three started to work in others versions, releasing the EP "Me Emoldurei de Presente Pra Te Ter".
They released another cover–this time of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair", called "Shake de Amor". The music video won the 2011 MTV VMBs and have gotten attention not only on social media as well as in televisions shows in Brazil.
In 2012, Banda Uó released their debut album Motel through Deckdisc. They received good reviews from Rolling Stone Brasil: "One of the triumphs of Banda Uó was realize that being humorous is not necessarily related to "funny" music - and that the trio secured an audience even wider."
During a trip to Pirenópolis, Goiás, Davi Sabbag and Mateus Carrilho set up the band Folk Heart. The project was uploaded to YouTube as a "joke". With Folk Heart, they performed on some festivals in Goiás attracting public attention. David, Mateus and Candy Mel met in adolescence during parties in Goiânia's nights.
The three decided to create a trio to promote a party called "Uó," where David was the manager and promoter. With inspiration from DJ Cremoso, who was a precursor for mixing tecnobrega with pop music, they recorded a cover version with samples of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" called "Eu Não Quero Saber." Mel Gonçalves wasn't able to attend recording sessions, being replaced by Flora Maria. After they recorded three more songs due to the success of the song. According to David, it was at that moment that he thought the band could work.
The video ended up attracting attention of DJ Diplo, who was one of the responsible for introducing funk carioca to the world. Pedro D'Eyrot and Rodrigo Gorky, both from group "Bonde do Rolê," were responsible for the production of their songs and together with Diplo, they became the band's managers. At that moment, Mel Gonçalves returned to the group.
2011: First release and EP
Candy Mel had to leave her fashion college to move along with the band to São Paulo. Although David and Mateus were boyfriends, after fighting in a trip, they decided to remain in the band. They were living with a "rich friend" for six months, they describe.
The extended play Me Emoldurei de Presente Pra Te Ter was released in July 2011 through Tropical Avalanche. The EP contains five tracks. A video for "O Gosto Amargo do Perfume" was also released, a cover of Two Door Cinema Club's Something Good Can Work. The band signed with Deckdisc in 2011, according to Mateus: "Deck[disc] is a very open label. We are working with a lot of freedom, our concern was exactly this..."
In March 2011, they performed "Shake de Amor" on Esquenta! of Rede Globo. According to the band, the theme addressed by the program, on Candy Mel's transsexuality, was not disclosed to them in advance, causing embarrassment to the singer.
The band's debut album, Motel was released on September 7, 2012 through Deckdisc. On release day, the album peaked at number one Brazilian iTunes. Rolling Stone Brazil rated the album 4 out of 5 stars and ranked it 9th in their "best albums of the year" list. It spawned four singles: "Faz Uó", "Gringo", "Cowboy" and "Búzios do Coração". "Cowboy" was released as EP with the original version, two remixed versions (Sabbag's Tacinha Remix and Vibe Remix) and " Sexy Sem Ser Vulgar (We Don't Fucking Care)," recorded for the 2013 Fall-Winter campaign of the brand Sergio K.
2014: Batalha dos Quiosques and first DVD
On January 7, 2014, MTV Brazil broadcast "Batalha dos Quiosques," a weekly program where two bands competed administrating kiosks on the beach. In the end, Banda Uó became the winner of the program with the prize being recording a song. The production eventually became "Catraca", released on March 27, 2014, featuring famous funk singer and Brazilian rapper Mr. Catra. The music video was released on April 7, 2014, directed by Cristina Streciwik.
On November 5, 2014, the band announced on social networks the release of the DVD Turnê Motel - ao Vivo no Cine Jóia. One of the concerts was previously broadcast on Multishow on October 3, 2013. The DVD was released on November 25, 2014. "Faz Uó", "Cowboy", "Gringo", "I <3 Cafuçu", "Vânia" and the hit song "Shake de Amor" are on the setlist. Preta Gil, was featured on "Nêga Samurai" and "Sou Como Sou".
In May 2015, Rede Globo announced that "Catraca" would be part of the soundtrack of the telenovela I Love Paraisópolis. They guest starred on the first chapter as themselves, and the song came to be one of the most sought after on Brazilian iTunes.
In an interview, they confirmed the second studio album was in development. Mateus Carrilho said that the album "will be more pop and less brega, also focusing on other audiences using with different beats." Matheus described that he wanted black singers with strong and perfect voices, so they called Karol Conká and Vanessa Jackson to be featured on the album.
2017: Break announcement
In October 2017, the band announced they are taking a break to focus on their solo careers. They released a farewell track titled "Tô Na Rua" in December 2017, accompanied by a music video.
|Me Emoldurei de Presente Pra Te Ter||
|Turnê Motel - Ao Vivo no Cine Joia|
|"Búzios do Coração"||2014|
|"Catraca" (featuring Mr. Catra)||Veneno|
|"É da Rádio?"||2015|
|"Dá1LIKE" (featuring Karol Conká)|
|"Não Quero Saber"||2010||Mateus Carrilho|
|"Shake de Amor"||2011|
|"Gosto Amargo do Perfume"|
|"Gringo"||2013||Arthur Warren, Gustavo Suzuki|
|"Catraca" (featuring Mr. Catra)||2014||Cristina Streciwik|
|"Búzios do Coração"||Daniel Alfaya|
|"É da Rádio?"||2015||Mateus Carrilho, Cristina Streciwik, Rabih Aidar, Vecks|
|"Dá1LIKE" (featuring Karol Conká)||Rudá Cabral, Cristina Streciwik|
- Turnê Motel (2012)
- Turnê Veneno (2015)
- Davi Sabbag
- Mateus Carrilho
- Candy Mel
- Flora Maria - (2010-2011)
Awards and nominations
|2011||MTV Video Music Brasil||Shake de Amor||Best Music Video||Won|||
|2012||Prêmio Multishow de Música Brasileira||Rosa (Last Night)||Versão do Ano||Nominated|||
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