Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

Drummer/percussionist, composer and arranger of multiple music genres.

Big Change.

While playing music and living in New York, I also had to have a day job to be able to make enough money to live in one of the most expensive cities there is.  But after living and working in NYC for almost 7 years, I realized that the day job just wasn't something that I could do much longer.  I was good at my job, don't get me wrong, but it was not something that I had much of a desire to do for very long.  Since I am not yet married and have no kids, I didn't really have a reason to absolutely have to stay in New York.  I've been feeling a desire to get out of New York and try to play professionally in Nashville.  There is a thriving arts community, a strong Catholic and God-loving community, and lots of music happening in Nashville.  This is why I decided to try to make something happen there.  So I quit my job, but before I went to Nashville for a few months (just to try it out, not necessarily make a full-on move and commitment), I went to on the road trip I've always wanted to carry out.  For 5 weeks, I traveled from through the US in my hatchback with a drumset, percussion set-up and some of the things I moved to Nashville with me.  I drove through Virginia, Nashville, Dallas, Albuquerque, Phoenix, San Diego, most of California up to Eureka, Portland, Denver, and College Station, Texas before I arrived in Nashville.  From there, let the adventures begin!