As a result of his love affair with the Portuguese metropolis, Greg Bounce has made Lisbon his home since 2007.
The former Cocoa Futures vocalist was immediately inspired to resume songwriting, which he did in a style heavily influenced by the laid-back atmosphere and vibrant music culture of Lisbon.
He offered us detailed information about his music career and new projects in a conversation.
What is your real name?
What’s your official Showbiz name?
How did you get into music?
All it took was a little Paula Abdul, Janet Jackson and Dire Straits to get me interested. Throw in some trumpet lessons at primary school and I was hooked.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
Weird pop maybe?
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
When I was at university, I wrote a song about how annoying and noisy the aircon unit was in the 24-hour computer lab. I think it was called ‘The Buzz’. The key lyric was “I just can’t get away, I just can’t get away, from the Buzz”
A deep message about modern technology? No, just the noisy aircon unit. It was certainly not a banger.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I really like Ursula von der Leyen. Great communicator, strong on Russia and won’t bow down to Germany too much. Amazing. I really like my girlfriend Nicole! She’s very motivating and makes me want to do better at stuff. I also really like my best friend John Smith. He’s SO funny!
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
I look up to Bill Withers. Just focused on the bangers, and gave us A LOT of them.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
I keenly lookout for nuggets of vibes, which can transform from nuggets to fully-fledged bangers.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
I don’t really know about careers! I’m not sure.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Not really, no. Maybe take a HUGE walk and leave your phone at home?
What is your current project about?
It’s about things breaking in your life and that being okay and also moving to a new gaff.
What are your hobbies?
Music! Do you think this thing pays? Ha!
What do you do aside from this profession?
I do a job which I love. I’m very lucky.
What is one message you would give to your fans?