We had the good fortune of connecting with Wesley Amorim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wesley, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think of risk as an alternative route that might have challenging obstacles but also that takes us to places that we wouldn’t arrive otherwise.
Leaving our comfort zone can be challenging but teach us different ways to resolve problems and be resilient.
Being a musician often takes me places that some people would call risks. Maybe because music relates to people’s passion, discipline, pleasure, lifestyle, and exposure, It can be hard for them to understand that art needs as much or even more effort and risks than other jobs.
Because of the difficulties of understanding the field it can be hard for musicians to always charge for every minute of work, as in other jobs it might not be questionable.
I have taken risks since I was a kid. That was the only way I could leave my country, learn new languages, cultures, music, physiology, and keep going toward my dreams.
Which person has a different resistance towards risks. I don’t think everyone often has to go through the risks, but if We need an extreme change, we need the same amount of risk as well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I work basically in three different fields; as a composer, arranger and performer.
At the age of 17 I started working as a professional guitarist, being a sideman, session musician, and teacher.
My passion for many different musical genres has taken me to a versatile way to play the guitar. I have played traditional and non-traditional Brazilian music, French, Spanish, and American music as well. Performed in Broadway shows such as; The Lion King and Jesus Christ Superstar and at renowned venues such as; Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, BirdLand, Joe’s Pub and others.
As an arranger my Brazilian background has brought me clients who are looking for this specific flavor in their music. They can be musicians from Jazz, Pop, Rock and World Music who want to add our colors and textures to their musical style.
In 2020 I started composing music for films. I have been scoring independent movies in NYC. The unlimited ways that a film score can lead music is fascinating. Being involved with this kind of work was one of the reasons I moved to Los Angeles.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m still a newbie and my knowledge about LA is still pretty limited. For sure I’d take them to The Baked Potato, Industry Cafe & Jazz and Spanky’s, The Latter Canyons, Joshua Tree and Malibu beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have an endless list of people that are fundamental in my life. Of course I owe my foundation to my family, friends and teachers. I will name a few names who have been essential in my life in the US.
My friends and musical partners Jackie Ribas, Itaiguara Brandão and Luiz Simas. The guitarists Paul Mayers, Romero Lubambo, Lula Galvão and Lee Ritenour. These names have direct influence in everything that has or will come in my life.