Brazilian born, London based alt rock artist Marcelo Deiss has just dropped new single, Gridlock, which focuses on themes such as greed and social alienationDeiss shares,“I would say that it’s mainly about bringing attention to the injustice of the system we are living in. It was movements such as Brexit, Me Too movement, Trump, Black Lives Matter and other topics that deal with oppression that got me into writing about what’s currently happening in our society.” Marcelo spoke with The Fountain about the track in more detail as well as plans for 2020.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Gridlock?

The reception has been very positive. I’ve received a ton of feedback on the gritty guitar sounds. This was definitely something I was aiming to achieve as we worked with a lot of vintage equipment in the studio. 

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?

Gridlock: Ironically jaunty short scenes about the common life.

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences with this track?

There wasn’t one particular influence or sound. I would say that I have been influenced by a variety of artists such as Albert King, Ben Harper, Thundercat and Led Zeppelin to name a few. However, I’m way more interested in experimenting with sounds in the studio than replicating the sound of any artist.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?

I am also working on an EP that will be released this coming November. I’m hoping to do a mini-tour around South Africa In December once everything settles with the pandemic. Back to London in the year!