Rodrigo Amarante

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Rodrigo Amarante
Birth name Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves
Born (1976-09-06) September 6, 1976 (age 40)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (state), Brazil
Origin Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (state), Brazil
Genres Folk rock, psychedelic folk, MPB, samba, acoustic, experimental
Instruments Vocals
multi-instrumentalist Guitar, piano, bass
Years active 1997 -
Labels Rough Trade Records, Easy Sound Recording Co., Mais Um Discos, Som Livre, Sony BMG,
Associated acts Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial, Little Joy, Devendra Banhart, Marcelo Camelo
Notable instruments
Schecter TSH
Epiphone Riviera P-94
Silvertone 1446L
Fender Telecaster Thinline
Sonelli bass
Fender Jazzmaster
Fender Jaguar

Rodrigo Amarante de Castro Neves (born September 6, 1976) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and occasional arranger born in Rio de Janeiro. He is part of the bands Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial, and Little Joy, and released his first solo record, Cavalo, in Brazil in late 2013 and worldwide in May 2014. He also wrote and performed the Bolero "Tuyo", the theme song for the Netflix Original Series Narcos (2015).


In Los Hermanos[edit]

He studied Journalism at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro ("PUC-Rio"), where he met Marcelo Camelo and Rodrigo Barba. After a few rehearsals with Los Hermanos, he was invited to join the band.[citation needed]

Debut album

On their debut album, Los Hermanos (1999), Amarante contributed very little, playing transverse flute and doing the backing vocals. And there are only two songs written by him: "Quem Sabe" ("Who Knows"), which turned out to be one of the CD's singles, and "Onze Dias" ("Eleven Days").

Second album

On the band's second album, Bloco do Eu Sozinho (2001), Amarante was able to show his real musical quality, playing guitar together with Marcelo and writing more songs. He recorded "Sentimental" (considered by Dado Villa-Lobos from Legião Urbana to be the best song of 2001), "Retrato pra Iaiá" ("Portrait for Iaiá"), and "Cher Antoine" (sung in French). He also co-wrote with Marcelo "A Flor" ("The Flower"), one of the album's hits, and the instrumental part of the song "Mais Uma Canção" ("One More Song").

Third album

With their third album, Ventura (2003) came Amarante's national recognition as a great songwriter; he wrote songs of doutbless quality,[citation needed] like "Último Romance" ("Last Romance"), "O velho e o moço" ("The Old Man and the Young Lad"), "Um par" ("A Pair"), "Do Sétimo Andar" ("From the Seventh Floor"), and "Deixa o Verão" ("Let The Summer"). His role as a sideman in the band ended, and he became recognized as one of the band's leaders, which role until then was attributed only to Marcelo Camelo.[citation needed]

Fourth album

On the group's fourth album, 4 (2005), Amarante wrote almost as many songs as Marcelo. Although 4 did not have as much success as the previous album, Amarante's songs are much more distinguished,[citation needed] like "O Vento" ("The Wind") - the only hit in this album - and "Condicional". He also wrote "Primeiro Andar" ("First Walk"), "Os Pássaros" ("The Birds"), and "Paquetá" (Paquetá is a small island in Rio de Janeiro).

In 2006, he won the prize of "Best Instrumentalist" in the Prêmio Multishow (Multishow Awards).

Amarante in 2007

After a hiatus from Los Hermanos (in 2007), Amarane dedicated him

In Orquestra Imperial[edit]

After a hiatus from Los Hermanos (in 2007), Amarante dedicated himself to Orquestra Imperial (a band in which he plays with Moreno Veloso (Caetano Veloso's son), Nina Becker, and the actress Thalma de Freitas) and went to California to record "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon" with Devendra Banhart. There, he started writing songs with Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro, a trio that would soon become Little Joy.

In Os Azeitonas[edit]

Amarante wrote and sang the song "Olá Rubi" ("Hello, Ruby") on the album Rádio Alegria (released in November 2007), by the Portuguese band Os Azeitonas. The lyrics were written by Os Azeitonas.

In Little Joy[edit]

In 2007, Amarante joined with The Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti and American musician, singer, and songwriter Binki Shapiro to form the trio Little Joy, a Brazilian/American rock supergroup. Amarante and Moretti had met in 2006, at a festival in Lisbon where both their bands were performing, and the idea came up to start a new musical project unrelated to their respective bands. Little Joy was signed to Rough Trade Records label.

Solo works[edit]

In 2014, Amarante released his first solo album, Cavalo, one of the first releases on the Easy Sounds Recording Company label.[1] The album received strong critical reviews[2][3][4] and featured as one of NPR Music's "50 Favourite Songs of 2014 So Far".[5] He performed the album on tour in nearly 30 different countries[citation needed] and live in such outlets as Live Deezer Session,[citation needed] NPR Music,[citation needed] KEXP-FM,[citation needed] as well as jointly with Vincent Moon in IA Take Away Show - La Blogotheque.[citation needed]

In 2015, Amarante wrote and vocalized a song in Spanish, "Tuyo"("Yours"), as the opening theme for the Netflix Original series Narcos. He was inspired by the thought of what kind of music Pablo Escobar’s mother would have listened to when raising her son.[6] The song debuted at No. 6 on the Latin Pop Digital Songs around the 2015 series premiere[7] and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music.


Amarante during the concert Devendra Banhart, 2013


With Los Hermanos[edit]

With Little Joy[edit]

As a solo artist[edit]


  • "Tuyo" (2015) on the Narcos (Netflix Original series) Soundtrack

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