For our eighth edition of Jukely Mix Sessions, rrotik gives us a bumping half hour mix.
He “started off with some soulful ish [sic] then got straight into business right after, played a couple of unreleased bits from myself and friends, then did a little throwback of my early influences towards the end.”
Your family is pretty infamous for their block parties and history in dance music in Brazil. How has that influenced your sound?
I am very lucky that I’ve been exposed to dance music like disco and house at such a young age and I remember like it was yesterday, feeling the bass vibrating my ribcage and humming along to the basslines, so I guess thats where it all began.
What would you listen to growing up?
All sorts! My dad used to bring home all sorts of records from the likes of Earth, Wind and Fire, Bee Gees, KC & The Sunshine Band, Stevie Wonder, also rock records like Creedence [Clearwater Revival], Eric Clapton, Dire Straits — most of them as soon as they were released on CD.
Did you know you always wanted to get into music?
Not really. Since my teens I’ve always heard and been aware of the struggles of making it as a musician in my country, and I didn’t think it was at all possible to have a career until I put my first couple of records out in 2009 with a previous electro-house project that I used to be part of.
As a growing artist, who are your inspirations you look up to? How has it influenced your sound?
I am very inspired by the artists of the Tropicália movement from Brazil. Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Ney Matogrosso and os Mutantes. In a way, these musicians taught me that I can take more risks aesthetically and also be a xenophile without forgetting my roots.
What’s your current day to day like? What do you do when you’re not making music or touring?
My current routine involves going to the gym in the early morning to keep the endorphins levels up, making music from around 1 PM to 7-8 PM, then dinner followed by bed. It can get pretty dull but being a producer nowadays as it requires a certain routine to keep it lean and mean.
When I’m not making music I like to ride my motorbike along the interstate roads (speed limits are not very strictly enforced so it’s fun) and taking short trips to the mountains or to the beach to rebalance my energy (yes, I’m all about that New Age).
Do you have a dream collaboration?
Writing something with Jamiroquai would be mind blowing.
You’ve expressed an interest in craft beer. Do you have a favorite style? favorite brewery?
Double IPA — “Future Sex” from Koala San is by far my favorite.
What’s in store for 2017?
Loads of remixes and original collaborations still to come, plus two shows in Africa later this year — one in Johannesburg and one in Mozambique.
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