FERNANDA LIRA – VOCALIST AND BASSIST

 

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Well known and knowledgeable of the underground metal scene, Fernanda Lira blends energy and aggressiveness in her way of playing and behaving on stage.

Fernanda discovered her love for music early on, being influenced to play bass at age 13 by her father, also a bassist, and also by her biggest idol since childhood: Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. Self-taught, she never attended classes to develop her technique and punch, always using with her ears and dedication as the best allies in her musical journey. Still, her ability is always well recognized in her work and her compositions stand out. “She is very creative, and the most interesting fact is that her instrument is always very audible” commented Pierre Cortes, reviewer for the most trusted heavy metal site in Latin America, Whiplash.Net.

Eliminating the use of picks and dedicated to playing with her fingers, Fernanda does not hide her biggest influences. Aside from the aforementioned, she also admires and has always been inspired by bassists like Geezer Butler, Steve Di Giorgio, Geddy Lee, Ron Royce, and Markus Grosskopf , which is reflected in her bold attempt to take down from the bass the function of only ‘marking’ the rhythm of the music.

Her vocal inspirations are completely different. She has preferred since childhood to learn how to sing by imitating her metal idols such as Tarja Turunen, Michael Kiske and Geoff Tate. However, after working with more aggressive styled vocals on one of her previous bands, she began to migrate to a different style of singing, relying mostly on great idols such as vocalists/bassists Tom Araya of Slayer, and Schmier of the thrash legends, Destruction.

Currently, Fernanda Lira has been improving her old techniques and developing new ones, especially in regards to the vocal lines and compositions with Nervosa, and she also works as a musical journalist as broadcaster, reporter and photographer for the radio Heavy Nation at UOL and has her own production company of videoclips and promo pics for metal bands, called Alien – Foto & Video.