Combining the muscular drive of dark main stage progressive with elements of electro and EDM, Brazilian powerhouse siblings Lugui and Pedrão, aka Cat Dealers, never fail to make an impact, and the drive behind so much of their music reflects a determination at the heart of their attitude. So, the constant stream of cuts, remixes and ideas that have pockmarked a year in which so much of the dance scene has been written off, is no surprise.
Productions like that version of Loud Luxury’s ‘Cold Feet’, a fresh take on Martin Jensen and MOLO’s hit single, ‘Carry On’, and a new edit of Ava Max’s ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ kept ears entertained. And the brothers worked hard to maintain strong connections with fans at a challenging time for contact, launching the ‘Dealing With Cats’ video web series following their own mini-documentary. Then there have been performances at global firsts like Tomorrowland Around The World, and ongoing involvement in fundraising events aimed at delivering urgently needed support to the dance music community.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“The free time we had after all these years constantly touring. Being near our family and our lovely pets.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“Dedicate time for yourself and focus on your personal quality time. When we go through something like this you start to realise what is really important and how you have to balance your personal life with work without replacing one with the other.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“As caucasian men we are highly privileged individuals, so we always have to ask ourselves 'How do we use that privilege to give space so others can speak up and be appreciated in the scene too?' It’s not enough to just say ‘I’m not racist’, you have to take action, speak up, give space to people of colour. House music was birthed in Black culture so we have to honour the roots that made it possible for us to be where we are.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“Coming from Brazil, a country that has a lot of economical and social issues, we have to acknowledge the fact that not everyone has access to the means, information and technology to pursue a career in electronic music. We always try to keep in touch with new DJs, give feedback on live streams and give back in whichever ways we can.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Eric Prydz ‘Power Drive’.”