The big shot of Baile Funk
Jungle caught up with Man Recordings head honcho and baile funk connoisseur Daniel Haaksman, who cottoned on to the vibrant baile funk scene and sound back in 2003 and has been playing and releasing it ever since, ahead of his London gigs in May (see below) to see what’s making him tick these days. And who better to interview him than young mashup DJ, João Brasil!
When and how did you first hear or encounter Baile Funk music? Who was the artist, and what did you find interesting and appealing about it?
The Baile Funk scene in Brazil is one that functions and thrives on its own. It does’t need to be on TV, in newspapers, blogs or any hype machine to exist. Do you think it’s the same in Europe? Does Baile Funk music need to be in the hype machine to exist outside of Brazil?
What do you think about other “Global guetto tech” music styles from Brazil, like Tecnobrega and Electronic Forró?
When did you start out with Man Recordings? Who was the first artist released? What were your plans back in those days?
When I saw the great press and how well the compilation was selling, I decided to give this new music from Brazil – be it Não Wave from São Paulo or Baile Funk from Rio – a label platform on which musicians from both Brazil and Europe could present their works and the exchange of musical ideas could be initiated. I’ve released original baile funk from artists like Sany Pitbull, DJ Sandrinho, DJ Egdar or Amazing Clay in the “Baile Funk Masters” series on Man Rec, but also European interpretations of the sound in the “Funk Mundial” series with artists like Crookers, Sinden, Jesse Rose, Feadz collaborating with MCs like Mr.Catra, Deize Tigrona or Gaiola Das Popozudas and many others.
My first real artist on Man Recordings was Edu K, I released his ‘Popozuda Rock n´Roll’ as his first single. It was unkown in Europe before that and became a big hit – it was even used in a Coca-Cola spot in Germany and for a Nike spot in Italy!! Now the label has a solid roster of artists that are based both in Brazil and Europe. The next year should see a further extension of the sound, more openings to other countries, not only relating to Brazil but sounds from all over the world – there’s so much exciting stuff.
And now, what are your plans and dreams for the future?
What other DJs, musicians or producers do you look to for inspiration?
And who do you consider as being on the cutting edge of the Baile Funk scene?
Have you ever played in London before? What do you think of the crowd and scene here, and what are your expectations for your gigs in May?
Finally, what are your current “top 5″ tracks in your DJ set?
Oliver $ feat MC Wesley “Subiu, Desceu”
Daniel’s playing at Camino on May 21st and at the Big Chill House on May 22nd
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