Gonçalo Rhea (@goncalorhea): “It‘s frustrating to see local talents struggle!”

Gonçalo Rhea took some of his free time to answer a few questions about his idols, his recent projects and his plans for the future. Get to know the musician/artist in our interview!
Thank you for joining us – tell us a bit about yourself!

HI! I’m Gonçalo – pronounced Gon-dsah-lo.

I’m a vlogger at RTL You (a video platform in Luxembourg) but I also consider myself a musician. I have one song out titled “Snake in My Backpack” which charted at Nr. 2 on the iTunes Charts in Luxembourg. I always like to brag about the “charted at Nr. 2” part because it’s one of my biggest achievements yet, for me. I started doing Youtube in 2016. I had a channel with a friend called “Psychiatrie” and we basically filmed our videos for fun. Our most watched video has now over 90.000 views, which is a lot, considering the fact that we’re from Luxembourg. I feel like I grew up with a camera in my hands. I was always that one kid recording random stuff and playing with video and so I already knew at a very young age that I would be doing this later too. Later on, RTL You asked me to be a part of their video platform and the rest is history.

 

Tell us more about your background.

I’m Luxembourgish with Portuguese origins. Although I don’t really like talking about race, color and all this. I don’t see genders too. I’m open-minded and I don’t care where you come from or what your gender is. I finished school this year to focus on my career. I currently work for RTL You, so apart of the videos I also help in the background, so that the website keeps running. A lot of strategy, marketing, and love for video. I grew up in the center of Luxembourg, in the city. It was honestly the best thing. I had some mental problems growing up, but I feel like my environment at the time kept me in a safe place. Even if I don’t live in that part of Luxembourg anymore, it will always have a special place in my heart.

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What or who inspired you to get active into music and your VLOGs?

The reason I even started doing anything at all was because of Miley Cyrus. It sounds very cheesy, I know, but I’m saying it how it is. My earliest memory is watching Hannah Montana on television and so she stuck to me from there on. Her persona inspired me so much. I also listened to a lot of Amy Winehouse growing up and other artists like ABBA, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake… I’m also very into 80s and 90s music, but that is all my mom’s fault! (laughs)

I then got into songwriting and I liked it a lot. It put me in a creative mindset I have never been before. I wrote for myself, nothing ever got published because I was very young and I didn’t want anyone to find out. It was like my special thing. 2017 in November I decided then that I wanted to release my first single. I found a producer in Germany who asked 750€ to record, mix and help write my song. It took me about two weeks to say yes because it was a lot of money but I saw it as an opportunity. We did the song, I co-wrote it with two other writers and released it in June (2018). I’m gonna be honest I expected it to blow up. I mean, I paid 750€. But I guess that’s not how things work. Plus I didn’t really like the song because it wasn’t really my style but I saw big potential in it. As I mentioned before, it charted at Nr. 2 but I was expecting it go internationally, not just Luxembourg. It flopped in my eyes.

What are your recent projects?

I’m basically writing in my room every day. The new year seems to have brought me a thousand ideas and so I’ve only been writing. It’s not 100% official yet, but I’m planning to release an EP in the spring this year. I suddenly got a creativity boost and so I might as well use it for something productive. The only thing that gives me nightmares is my artist name. I had “Gonçalo”, my real name, but I’ve gotten a lot of problems because of that. At first, Spotify didn’t recognize me as an artist and so they added my song to another artist’s profile with the same name, which is very confusing but they fixed it now. Although Apple Music still has that issue. For this and many other reasons I decided to get me a new stage name but I’m still figuring out what fits me best. Every time I come up with a new name my friends don’t really like it and so I think I’m just going to go all crazy with the name and surprise everyone!

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What are your plans for the future?

I don’t know why but even since I was a child, I knew I was meant to become big. Just finally at the age of 17 is when it clicked for me: I have to work for it because it isn’t just going to fall from the sky. It took me a long time to understand that. I thought, if you had talent, you would be discovered sooner or later. That’s not the case. We have a lot of talented musicians here in Luxembourg and it’s frustrating not seeing them succeed. I want to get into acting, I want to do music, I want to do everything.

I’m going to follow my heart and work on my music. The only person who has to believe in me is me. And until my music gets internationally famous, I’ll be around in Luxembourg.