By Rafaela Piccin
The eighth installment of the #BehindTheSIM series, which tells the stories of the professionals involved in the São Paulo Music Week, interview Fábio Britto de Almeida, aka Fabox, technical producer and stage manager for the daytime showcases at SIM.
The daytime showcases at SIM are held at the Adoniran Barbosa Room at the Centro Cultural São Paulo. They are a much sought-after platform for Brazilian and international artists. In 20 minutes, they have the opportunity to present their work for a crowd of festival programmers, music venues, label owners and many other agents of the music market, plus the public (who can watch the performances for free). It’s essential that the sound is impeccable so that everyone has an unforgettable time. The person responsible for this noble task is Fábio Britto de Almeida, known as Fabox, technical producer and stage manager.
“I am very grateful for the trust that Fabiana Batistela and my gig partner Manuela Wright put into my work. Alongside a very united and committed technical team, we managed to deliver a part of an event that’s so important for the music industry”, he says. “It’s a challenge to bring together many bands of different styles on the same stage. I spend the year getting ready to face this demand with a lot of joy, and in the end of the day, the result is very rewarding”.
Fabox has been in charge of the technical direction at SIM since the beginning of the event. He notes about the role of SIM in the career of such professionals: “I met bands that played at the showcases of the first edition and they are still roadworthy, taking music to every corner of Brazil wherever the doors are open. I see opportunities everywhere: for the technical team who are there in order to ensure that everything happens in a record time, and for the artists that use the showcase in order to expose their work to producers, programmers and opinion makers from various parts of the world. It’s a networking opportunity for everyone!”
He has been in love with music since his adolescence, when he started studying drums, guitar and bass. He explains that the interest for sound engineering came from the requirement as a musician: after suffering a lot on stages without knowing what to say to technicians and roadies, he started enjoying the backstage, and working for friends’ bands. “I began my professionalization until one sunny day I was invited to tour the country as a roadie/monitor technician and stage manager. Since then I have never wanted anything else. I fell in love with the road and the backstage, I left behind the bass and bought a case full of tools and audio adaptors. I worked hard in order to get where I am today, and suddendy I have been on the road for 20 years.".
He shares a tour anecdote: “I remember a particular moment that was very touching. I toured with Biohazard inside Brazil as the Matanza Fest. During the first Flying Circus concert, when the performance began and I saw that they were playing songs that were part of my history before I even dreamt of becoming a technician. I was profoundly moved, and I sang along as if I was in the audience.”. He adds: “For me, someone who always dreamt of being on stage playing as an artist, seeing artists who I always admired and of whom I was a fan recognize me as a professional, someone who makes the concert happen, is a real delight that makes me fall in love with each performance”.