Throes + The Shine
Kuduro and techno, natural bedfellows. Kuduro and house, we're getting used to that too (more on this development from Angola here). But as far as we know, kuduro and rock is a novel idea, yet it makes perfect sense. Both are full-on, high-bpm styles that demand full bodily commitment for maximum enjoyment, especially live. Still, no one thought to bring the two worlds together until kuduro duo The Shine (André Do Poster and Diron Shine) teamed up with Portuguese rockers Throes (Marco Castro and Igor Domingues). The result is exhilarating.
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Deserving of a Q&A, at least, so here's the skinny on this captivating collaboration:
TIA: How did the idea of collaborating come about, and why?
Throes + The Shine: The idea came up in November 2010, on the first edition of Náice Festival, in Porto (Plano B Club). André and Diron watched Throes’ concert and they thought they could fit some vocal lines on the songs. So they decided to talk to me (Marco) and Igor. We kept taking, but in April 2011, we started rehearsing and taking things seriously. This generated some interest to take things to another level, a fact that culminated in our first show as a band, at the 2011 edition of Milhões de Festa. From that moment on, we decided that this was really a band (more than a project between two separate bands: Throes and The Shine), with our eyes looking to the future.
Festival Med, Algarve
TIA: Rock and Kuduro are quite distinct worlds. How is the crowd you usually attract when performing in your separate duos different from the crowd you pull when you perform as Throes + The Shine?
Throes + The Shine: The crowed we usually attract is quite different. There are, of course, the Kuduro lovers. But we are earning a lot of success that we’ve never dreamed of. Even from older people and hard rock fans. It seems that rockuduro doesn’t have ages. Just has the moves.
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TIA: What does Kuduro have that rock lacks, and vice versa?
Throes + The Shine: I think that kuduro has an energy, a vibe and a happiness which is difficult to put on the same level as the other types of music. On the other hand, rock has a more heavy string - when compared to conventional kuduro - and, thus, is more difficult to make the “feeling” flow into the crowd.
TIA: You've performed to an enthusiastic crowd at the Milhões de Festa 2012 just a few days ago (video above), as you did last year. Where else have you performed, which other performances have you got lined up, and any plans to take the show to Angola?
Throes + The Shine: Yes, the show, a few days ago, was awesome, we had such nice reviews. We are now playing in one of Portugal’s biggest festivals, in August, in Zambujeira do Mar: Sudoeste TMN (this is a large, four-day annual music festival in southern Portugal), with bands like The Roots, David Guetta, Jesse J, Best Coast, or The Vaccines. We’ve already played lots of shows all over Portugal, especially in the two biggest cities: Porto and Lisbon, with bands like HEALTH or Battles. Also, we’ve done a small tour in France, a few months ago. And yes, we would love to go to Angola.
TIA: Do you have an album in the works, and, if so, what's it called and when will it be released?
Throes + The Shine: We have already released an LP in May, with the label of Lovers & Lollypops. It is called Rockuduro (Streaming below; buy it here HERE). We have already released two singles and have another on the way, called Hoje é Festa, taken from that LP.
TIA: Thanks, guys.
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