João Coelho was born in Setúbal, Portugal, to a Portuguese mum and an Angolan dad. He was open to different influences and Slow J was to become his stage name. During his childhood and teenage years he moved around, living both in Portugal and abroad, which contributed to his multicultural identity. On those trips Slow J always had music as his partner of choice. Upon the discovery of his passion for his guitar – and for Fruity Loops – he went to London to study sound engineering. He didn’t produce any music during that period, waiting for his return to Portugal and to the recording studio. He wrote, produced and performed his two first works between professional studios, guest houses and his bedroom at his parents’ house. They were The Free Food Tape, the EP that put him on the map, and The Art of Slowing Down, his debut album and one of the best in Portugal in recent years. Two years later, in 2019, he took another firm step forward with You Are Forgiven, his second album. This work is an extremely intimate and autobiographical musical expression, showing a human being looking to be himself and to be happy. Inspired in Slow J’s real-life experiences, the album was conceived to turn the negative energy from fame and guilt into personal success and self-acceptance. It represents self-forgiveness between noise and silence. You Are Forgiven speaks to both young and old, inviting everyone to never stop pursuing their dreams and to never allow someone else’s idea of success to put boundaries to your own search for happiness. In his own words, “moving from living a life where I was supposed to be happy to a life where I am actually happy, regardless of what anybody else thinks about what success should be”. Forgiveness is what you’ll need if you don’t turn up to enjoy Slow J’s newest tunes from You Are Forgiven at Super Bock Super Rock on July 16th 2021.