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.”
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