“The whole idea of D-Edge and the first D-Edge started in my hometown, Campo Grande,” founder Renato Ratier tells DJ Mag. “I was involved with my radio show, fashion accessories design, and started organising my first big parties and events, which eventually resulted in D-Edge opening.”
D-Edge is an impressive, futuristic-looking space full the the brim with LED panels (designed by visual artist Muti Randolph) — giving it a space-age feel. It has a discerning booking policy, with international DJs such as Hunter/Game, Joseph Capriati, Apollonia, Tale Of Us, Xo Chic, Lauren Lane, The Martinez Brothers and Seth Troxler all guesting in the last year, along with renowned Brazilian DJs such as Julio Torres, Anderson Noise and Renato Ratier himself.
About to celebrate its 17th birthday, the exciting news from D-Edge HQ is that they’re about to open a sister club in Rio de Janeiro. They’ve also been staging the odd event outside of the main D-Edge space to increase their impact, and have organised “a couple of solidarity actions pointing out social problems, trying to do our part and make a contribution”.
In a party scene still dominated by samba, Brazilian country and pop music, the emergence of mainstream EDM, while insurgent, still only makes up a relatively small proportion of the largest South American nation's musical landscape. So it's impressive just how stoic and consistent this slick jet-black, laser-strewn box of iniquity has stayed throughout its 15-year lifetime.
Forming almost a decade before EDM was even a twinkle in David Guetta's eye, D-Edge has always been about one thing; top-class house and techno. Opting for an on-point, trend-setting booking policy to match its three sweaty state-of-the-art rooms, the club's head honcho and resident DJ Renato Ratier has made his name as a pioneer of underground values; a representative of subcultural Brazil inspired and revered by heads in the US and across Europe too.
With a decent label and regular nights such as Moving, Freak Chic and Mothership — the likes of which have welcomed Mar-T, Mind Against and Nicole Moudaber in recent months — D-Edge is not only the jewel of Sao Paulo's crown, it's a hi-tech stack of hedonism admired by switched on clubbers all over the world.
Year-on-year the volume of Brazilian clubs in this poll increases, reflecting just how much the new generation of clubbers in South America's gigantic nation have taken to dance music. With EDM still exploding and “deep” coming through, it's no surprise the number of Brazil nationals voting is constantly going up. However, one club that remains 100% resistant to external dynamics is D-Edge.
Regardless of what's happening in Santa Caterina, Maresias or anywhere else in Brazil, this club just continues to do its thing. It always has done, ever since opening its doors in the heart of Sao Paulo's concrete jungle almost 15 years ago. A stack of space-age rooms with a slick laser-strip lay-out designed by Multi Randolph, D-Edge is most serious about its music policy.
Championed by prized producer and all-round DJ stalwart Renato Ratier (who co-runs Warung), it attracts the world's most wanted house and techno DJs to its revered booth every week. With a label established worldwide and parties all over, D-Edge has defied all odds to serve unchallenged as Brazil's only underground superclub.