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Poll 2020: Cat Dealers

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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’.”

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 11:29

Style: 
“Technically we’d say a mix of dance music and progressive house.”
Best known for: 
“Having a lot of cats.”
Tune of the year: 
“Elderbrook ‘Numb (Joris Voorn Remix)’.”

Poll 2019: Cat Dealers

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Despite their name, Rio brothers Lugui and Pedrão have never so much as sold a cat in their life. But they do deal premium bass-laced big room house. In fact, this year they reckon they’ve dealt some of their proudest products to date. 

“We are very glad with the direction our work is taking,” they tell DJ Mag. “We released some tracks that we’re really proud of, on some of them we got the chance to collab with great artists from all around the world that we really admire.” 

Admirable Cat Dealing collaborators throughout 2019 range from established banger-flingers to exciting up-and-comers, with the likes of Will Sparks, Goldfish, MAKJ, Flakke and Artelax all kitten around with the lads this year. Gig-wise, their year has been just as purr-fect. 

“We’re continuing to bring our music to other countries and new places,” they explain. “And we played at some amazing festivals, like Nameless Music Festival, DreamBeach, S2O, Medusa Festival and Rock in Rio.” 

With their profile ramping up year-on-year, we reckon there’ll be even more rocking beats to emerge from their Rio studio in 2020. Fur real. 

 

Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“Yes, our team do it after every show.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“We think it’s really important to talk and communicate, pay attention to those who are around you and try your best to notice any sign that shows that somebody needs your help. Be kind and respectful.” 

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“It’s hard, because the electronic scene is dominated by a male majority, but there are a lot of really talented women — some of whom we’ve produced with — that are earning their space.” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“[We] use less plastic in our everyday lives. It’s difficult on tour, but whenever we can we like to consciously make the decision to not use.” 

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“Nintendo 64, for sure!” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“We don’t believe in guilty pleasures. We think you have to be proud of everything you want to do and everything you enjoy.” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-16 15:23

Style: 
“Cat house.”
Best known for: 
“‘Your Body (Remix)’, ‘Sunshine’, ‘Gravity’, ‘Gone Too Long’.”
Tune of the year: 
“Felguk ‘Say Hi’. We are huge fans of these guys!”

Poll 2018: Cat Dealers

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From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
DJ style: “It’s a mix of many things, so I would say Cat House.”
Best known for: “Having many cats.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa ‘One Kiss’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Fisher.”

Brazilian duo Cat Dealers come prowling up the poll since first charting last year at number 74. Formed of Luiz Guilherme and Pedro Henrique, the pair’s breakthrough came in 2016 with their remix of ‘Your Body’ by Tom Novy, switching up the cheesy hit with a pitched-down vocal and stomping festival-ready pulse. Big bass wubbs are a sound that feature in many of the fraternal felines’ tracks, with their new 2018 rendition of Guru Josh’s ‘Infinity’ (produced with Beowülf) combining big room and bass house sonics too.

Don’t go thinking Cat Dealers are all about fur-ocious festival bangers though; after telling us last year they were “doing more pop stuff”, Luiz and Pedro have turned out some much more melodic efforts on Sony Music. Teaming up with singer Lauren Mayhew for the sultry, deep house-leaning ‘Hush’, they followed up with ‘Keep On Lovin’’, a bouncy, party-friendly number feature the vocals of Le Dib. All these tracks and more have earned the lads millions of Spotify and YouTube plays, also using the latter platform to keep their fans up-to-date with video blogs. And, as with near enough every DJ in this chart, Cat Dealers have been performing throughout the year. Their seemingly constant tour has, this year, seen them rock huge stages at Lollapalooza Brazil and Ultra Mexico. “This was our most busy year since we started, but I guess the main thing we have been up to is world touring,” they tell DJ Mag. “That’s something new for us and we are loving it!”

Words: BEN HINDLE

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-11 11:26