Brazil's dance music scene is rapidly on the up. Backed by world-renowned clubs like Warung and D-Edge, festivals like DGTL, Dekmantel and Ultra Rio, and the ever-expanding Brazil Music Conference (formerly the Rio Music Conference), the country is experiencing a revolution of electronic music like few others out there—with all the emerging artists to prove it.
And it was by tapping into the vast country's wealth of new talent that Warung resident Leo Janeiro compiled Cocoda, a mix featuring music produced only by Brazilians.
To get a sense of how they see Brazil's rise, four acts featured on the mix tell us why Brazil is changing dance music—and one explains why it's not.
"Some things have changed in Brazil recent years, there is a lot of new interest on behalf of the younger generation to produce their own music. This made the market grow and new names appeared and gained space. This moment is incredible because it has this amazing musical diversity. We can say that house and techno among other genres of electronic music are divided in preference, but it is important to emphasise the quality of what is coming out. We have enormous potential and raw material, and now work more and more to show what we do here. The“Cocada is an excellent opportunity to be able to show a bit of everything I said above!"
"I don't think our country is changing dance music at all. I think we are getting better production-wise and our parties are a lot more professional then they used to be. But we still follow stuff that comes from abroad. Apart from Funk Carioca and Brazilian Bass (that is nothing more than a better Miami Bass), we are doing nothing new."
"First step for us is to be connected to the reality, trying to send a global message with our music. On Cocada one we are talking about Gil-Scott Heron's revolution. Also we are always digging into our country's rich musical background, from the influence of the afro into our own culture to the modern pop artists, we like to mix it all, everything, deeply, is all about us (as a nation).
Trying to avoid formulas is another concern, we like to be free to experiment, we just finished a official remix for a legendary northeastern artist Alceu Valença, one of his greatest hit "Morena Tropicana" in a trip hop mood. From Gilles Peterson's point of view of the global influences to the Pete Tong's show, we like to think we are free to cover everything in between."
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"Brazil is a huge country and has an entertainment market in constant growth, which helps spread the electronic music scene to every single state. This potential naturally opens more opportunities to international artists to play here and attract more and more fans together. Those fans also listen/buy music and travel around the world searching for festivals and electronic music events.
Regardless to the music, Brazilian crowd loves groove. We are the country of carnival and samba music is part of our culture, percussion in all terms are, in most of the times, welcome in our dance floors. The tropical weather usually brings a warm and happy feeling to our parties, different than other countries where the winter is long and the main crowd likes more introspective sounds."
"Brazil is one of the most promising countries when it comes to electronic music. Because music is in the culture of every Brazilian, we are constantly impacting and being impacted by it. Our rich background in music makes us very unique and the result is amazing artists in all genres. When I moved to Toronto, I was surprised at how much Brazilian artists are recognized by the international community. We take music very seriously! This passion aligned with the Brazilian charisma influences electronic music by enchanting music lovers all over the world!"
Get Physical Presents: Cocada is out now. Check it out here.