“Things were really exciting back then and everything was really fresh. In São Paulo we’re talking early 2000s, so this whole techno and house scene was really coming together and the first international artists were coming to Brazil, especially at Lov.e Club.”
The BPM Festival will finally make its long-awaited move overseas in 2017, launching new editions in Brazil and Portugal.
Now 10 years old, the event has become one of the highlights of the Mexican festival calendar (and the world's for that matter), bringing the very best in house and techno to Playa del Carmen each January.
With the main 2017 event now underway, BPM directors Alessandra Axelsson, Craig Pettigrew and Phillip Anthony Pulitano have posted a video announcing their additional plans for the year.
The latest in our series of our international Mixcloud playlists takes us to Brazil, home of carnival, samba, and some of our favourite clubs and DJs!
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Location: Santa Catarina, Brazil
If you’re searching for a unique clubbing experience in South America, then look no further than Warung Beach Club. Located in Southern Brazil, Warung was established in 2002 with one of the most unique mindsets in the world of electronic music. Surrounded by pristine rainforest and built almost entirely out of “wood and straw, with only the bathroom and kitchen built in masonry”, the Warung team’s appreciation and respect for the natural environment creates a venue and atmosphere that is unrivalled in the nightlife scene.
But don’t let the eco-friendly aspects of the club skew your thinking. Warung is a two-tiered, top-of-the-line event space hosting some of the biggest DJs and events in the world. From the Warung Day Festival — featuring headliners like ANNA, Joris Voorn, Lee Foss and Pig&Dan, which takes place annually in Curitiba — to collaborations with Fabric, BPM festival, and other well established electronic music brands, the Brazilian mega-club is nothing short of world class. With a must-see, inclusive, earthy vibe that is undeniably special in a world of concrete superclubs, Warung has well and truly earned its consistent placement in the Top 100 Clubs poll.
Location: Itajaí, Brazil
Few clubs allow you to party as immersed in nature as Warung, which turned 15 at the end of 2017. The famous beach club has architecture inspired by Indonesian open-air temples and music plays until the sun rises. When it does, it first appears through the cracks in the wood at one end, until it eventually floods the club with light and makes for one of dance music’s most special moments.
With views of the beach, and hidden deep in the Atlantic forests, it is only accessible by a winding path which adds to the allure of visiting. Boasting two dancefloors, the club — which also hosts events at places like BPM, ADE and Watergate Berlin — has welcomed a real who’s who of DJ royalty again in the last year, from Solomun to Lee Burridge. Next to them, key residents Aninha, Albuquerque, Ale Reis, Boghosian and many more back up the headliners and give the locals and visitors what they want — enchanting, deep and organic soundtracks of emotive house and techno. The club’s own in-house label deals in much the same and helps make this a real party paradise.
In recent years the EDM wave has withdrawn slowly from Brazilian soil, as clubs struggled to sustain the extortionate fees demanded by Top 100 DJs in the face of economic constraints, revealing a strong local scene rife with house DJs. Turns out they preferred house music all along — hardly surprising when you consider it's the rhythm of samba — not the screech of EDM synths — that naturally pumps through the veins of its vibrant people.
While the biggest, most commercially facing set-ups in South America's super-nation, such as Green Valley and Anzu, are drawing upon Brazil's megastar names of accessible deep house/pop like Vintage Culture and Alok to bring in huge crowds, one club has been importing the crème de la crème of underground house and techno long before 120bpm four-fours were the sound du jour for this nation of obsessive clubbers. Since 2002 in fact.
Programmed by D-Edge owner and famed DJ, Renato Ratier, the likes of Dixon, The Martinez Brothers and Solomun are all regulars here, contributions to a music policy that's almost single-handedly cultivated the core essentials of any club scene worth its salt, all within a spectacular superclub setting.
While it's still booming, Brazil's clubs industry has struggled to pay the extortionate fees expected by international EDM DJs amid economy decline in recent years. As a result, the local underground scene has thrived as bookers have looked closer to home, opting to bring the more rhythmic, funk-driven sounds of deep house to its vibrant, carnivalesque people.
One club that's always had its eye on the crème de la crème of top-tier house and techno, however, is Warung (since 2002, in fact); a giant Bali-themed teepee in the jungle creatively directed by D-Edge owner and DJ, Renato Ratier.
A fabled clubbing haunt among DJs and clued up clubbers all over the world due to its penchant for excellent line-ups, the likes of Dixon, Mano Le Tough and Pete Tong all spun here recently, but it's the miraculous sight of the golden sunrise merging into the warehouse vibe that really makes it.