About me

I'm Fernie Canto, born in 1985, in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil. As far back as I can remember, I've somehow been involved with music. My parents tried to nurture my abilities as best as they could since I was a kid. I took keyboard classes, as well as the occasional music theory class, but it didn't last for long. As a result, I never became a remarkable keyboard player, and I had to try to learn about music intuitively.

Instead of insisting on improving my playing, I discovered MIDI sequencing, and started to learn how to write and arrange my own songs. A few years later, the Internet gave me access to a huge wealth of resources for making MIDI files, as well as a lot of music to discover. All my music by that point consisted simply of MIDI files, performed with the Windows MIDI FM synthesizer, as I had no access to better software, much less means to play and record actual instruments. Still, I recorded them to cassette tapes, and later to CDs, and cherished them fondly.

I kept recording my "albums" and putting them online up until 2007, when I released Big Rogot, Little Robot. By that time, I was already using better software and taking greater care of arrangement and production, and I soon realised that this album was a breakthrough for me. Music had became an integral part of who I am, and I dedicated much more time and energy into making those albums than I had ever imagined. Ever since, I've been uploading my music to my own site, as well as other distribution platforms such as Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube. All my music is ostensibly written and produced by myself, with the occasional collaboration with some friends. In the last few years, I've also became involved with local music acts. I got into a band, called Ogúhuês, our music is entirely instrumental and performed on acoustic instruments (I play flute, melodica and additional percussion), and we write all our material. I've also played with free jazz band Combustível Free, and one of those recordings has been released as the album EST Concerto.

I'm going to keep on making music however I can, be it performing along with others, or writing my own music. I can't possibly not do that, and with the support of friends and fellow musicians, every day I keep rediscovering the importance that this form of art has in my life. I want to remain passionate about it, always with intuition as my greatest guide, hoping to go wherever this will take me.