Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

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


A friend of mine mentioned that someone she knew recently saw Kevin Spacey at a bar in Nashville.  I said, "That is someone that I would love to have a drink with if I saw them in public hanging out by themselves."  Why?  Because I find that brilliant artists of any genre inspire me to be a better musician.  Painters, actors, composers, writers.  But it seems to me that with famous artists in particular, they are regularly battling with the dichotomy of being an artist and a celebrity in the US.  From what I've seen, it seems like a lot of our society makes great actors Celebrities first and Artists second, when it seems to me that any artist who is really into their art would prefer to be seen the other way around: As an Artist first and a Celebrity second.  Really great actors are AMAZING artists: Leonardo Dicaprio, Edward Norton, Kevin Spacey, Johnny Depp, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep to name a few.  They really get into their characters and they really art artists....  Yet we idolize them because they are famous.  I want to get to know the person that looks at their role and researches it, prepares to be that character, and brings it to life.  Not just a face who I can take a picture with so that I can show people that one time, I ran into them and they were willing to pose for a picture with me, that ultimately doesn't really mean anything.