Its been one helluva World Cup. Whether you’ve been watching or not its certainly stirred a variety of emotions in people from all walks of life. As it approaches the end this week we feel like our D&Brazil series could go on forever, such is the abundance of talented artists representing Brazil at the moment. Next up we caught up with liquid connoisseur Nitri to chat about the buzz in Brazil and what’s coming up next for him.
Note: The interview was conducted when Brazil was still a contender for the World Cup… Sorry Nitri!
Big up Nitri! Thanks for taking the time to join us! Tell us how you were introduced to drum & bass…
Hello everybody! I got into drum & bass around the year 2000. I frequented all the local clubs and fell in love with the music. I was listening to Adam F – Brand New Funk when it all began…
What is the scene like in Brazil and how does it compare to the rest of the world?
We’re experiencing a great era of drum & bass where we have several DJs and producers representing. We just want to keep growing, so we become a d&b powerhouse, as the UK is.
I think you’re pretty much there considering how many great artists you guys have! Any tips for d&b fans visiting Brazil on the look out for quality drum & bass events?
Here in São Paulo, we have Critycal Dub (Forbass & Tendence) and party DJ Andy (Flavour). These are the guys organizing drum & bass parties here at the moment.
Are you getting swept up in World Cup fever?
Yes! Like all! It is a special moment to have the World Cup in this country and I am very excited to be part of it! I follow all the games and I’m really rooting for us to be champions!
Have you had a chance to catch any of the games?
Not yet! I’ve been checking the FIFA site every day for the tickets, but they’re very hard to get.
Your tune with Level 2, Lies, was remixed by Calibre, which seems like the ultimate honour. What have been some of your proudest achievements so far?
It is always a privilege to have a remix by Calibre! We were very happy with his remix and even more, with his response to our tune. We had great support and this has helped our careers a lot. Another very important moment for me was was having a track remixed by Break! I’m a big fan of his work and always supported him so it was a very special moment for me.
How did the connection with Level 2 come about?
We’ve been friends a long time, all because of drum & bass. We both frequented the clubs together. Pedro began his career before me, and this really encouraged me to get into it as well. We have several projects together and other things are yet to come!
The Secrets EP dropped on Horizons Music a few months ago- can we expect another EP soon?
Yes! I have finished an EP for Chronic Records (sublabel of V Records), with collaborations by ArpXP & Release. Next month we will have the promo being released.
You’ve got a release coming up on Metalheadz with ARP XP and HLZ, tell us about that…
Yes! We were all caught off guard! It’s a track on MethXXX, and it’s a collab I did with Simone (ArpXP). It is a well oldschool track at 160bpm. Soon, everyone will have more information!
We can’t wait! Whats coming up next for you?
I have some new material to release very soon! On Chronic the Gravity EP, a single on Avantgarde Records, a track on MethXXX and finishing my LP for Horizons Music and another single for V Records, along with Grimm!
Sounds like you’re keeping yourself very busy! If you weren’t making d&b what do you think you would be doing?
That’s a difficult question because I breathe drum & bass! Maybe I’d just be working and watching a lot of movies, because that’s what I like to do in my free time!
If you could play 3 tunes for the Brazilian team to motivate them and put them in a winning kind of mood, what would they be?
Haha! Good Question! Maybe Break tunes? Yeah!
1 – Break – On the Off
2 – Break – Music is Better
3 – Nitri – Searching (Break Remix)
I think this is so exciting! Thanks Drum&BassArena!