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Pete Tha Zouk

Pete Tha Zouk's name might not ring any bells for some of you, but then 'estrela maior' might not much, either. Yet ask any Portuguese speaker and they'll tell you that Pete is certainly an 'estrela maior' - or superstar - as Portugal's biggest DJ, with his star now rising in Brazil as well. Yet it seems slightly strange that, given that dance music is supposedly a 'universal' language, his fame is apparently so linguistically limited to countries with a Portuguese tongue. "It can't be anything to do with language," he muses. "I've played in Portugal for 15 years, and now when I go to Brazil they treat me like a superstar. It's an amazing country." Brazil also provided the backdrop for the video to his 'I'm Back Again' single with Abigail Bailey, which has catapulted him into both the Top 100 and international fame. Taking a more commercial direction from the tribal house of earlier productions like 2003's 'Solid Textures' with DJ Vibe, Pete says 'I'm Back Again' was written "for a new generation who give more importance to melodies and vocals." As for the future, Pete's got releases on Subliminal Records' sister imprint Sondos ready to drop, and is also hoping to realise a lifelong ambition. "I've played all over Europe and America, but never in the UK," he says. "I'm hoping that getting into the Top 100 will finally make that happen." Pete Tha Zouk's name will soon be on everyone's lips, Portuguese or not.