Amsterdam's Future Sound Of Brazil

18 October 2010

Sao Paulo DJs Renato Ratier, Silvio Conchon, Kalus Goulart and VCO Rox will be performing at Future Sound Of Brasil first ever party in Amsterdam next weekend as part of the city’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

The party takes place at Club Home on Friday night (October 22) from 23.00 and follows a ‘Focus on Brazil’ panel at the ADE at which Renato Ratier (who owns Brazil’s best known international club D-Edge and top agents Edo van Duyn (3 Plus) and Fernando Moreno (Smartbiz) will be chatting about Brazil’s fast growing club scene and how to access it.

Berlin’s greatest baile funk champion Daniel Haaksman of Man Recordings repute will also be taking part though chatting beforehand, Daniel and all the other panellists, suggested the favela music is far from thriving right now.

“Will there be any baile funk performers at the party? No,” Edo, whose company 3 Plus helped establish Skolbeats Festival and launched DJ Marky and Anderson Noise internationally, confirmed.

“As with any minority genre in a country, it will continue to have its advocates, but I think the proof is in the pudding, which is, there’s no baile funk played in clubs in Brazil anymore, not much going on commercially elsewhere in the world and live shows are dwindling as a result.”

Fernando Moreno from Smartbiz, who looks after local stars including Mau Mau and Lovefoxxx (CSS) as well as internationals including Laurent Garnier and Vitalic, agreed.

“Baile funk has never really been a serious club trend in Brazil. Of course some DJs have played some tracks in their sets and there have been a few specialist parties, but that’s all. Most of those DJs playing it at all have been the ones who’ve fitted into the scene that’s called ‘maximal’ which has been big in Brazil for the last couple of years but that scene is also a little over now,” he added. “House and electro are definitely the dominant genres in clubs right now.”

D-Edge resident DJ Silvio Conchon, who makes his Amsterdam debut at the Club Home party, concurred, though said more mainstream clubs are also thriving.

“I think most of the clubs in Brazil are investing in more "commercial" music so to speak, but there are a lot of clubs like D-edge, Garage, HotHot and Clash, that invest in quality music. I personally really dig this new electronic deep music that Kink has been making, I also love HOSH's new album,” he enthused.

“For my set I've been putting together a lot of music from Brazilian producers such as Dubshape, Talking Props and Gui Boratto, and most of the things I like to play at my residency at D-edge in Sao Paulo. I’m really looking forward to the party.”

All agreed that Brazilian clubbers party differently from Europeans with the emphasis more focused on making friends than just dancing.

“I have always found clubbing in Brazil to be much more of a social atmosphere,” said Edo (a Dutch born native who’s lived in Sao Paolo for over ten years).

“By this I mean you tend to find more couples in clubs as opposed to large groups going out who all stick together. In Brazil everybody goes out to mingle and to enjoy each other’s company.”

“In Europe, and this is not by any means detrimental to the scene, the vibe tends to be much more introspective in terms of relating to fellow clubbers - it is solely about the DJ and what he can do with their mood at that moment,” he continued.

“It's the sort of thing that changes from country to country regularly and makes or breaks DJs in certain territories.”

“I think Brazilians flirt a little bit more on the dance floor, so sometimes the music is the 2nd reason why they go out,” Silvio agreed

by Jonty Skrufff

(Future Sound Of Brasil is at Club Home, Amsterdam on Friday October 22. Doors open 23.00)

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