ALE F is a Brazilian DJ and Producer born in São Paulo. Has shown up in well-known festivals and clubs around the world. Among other things, has played for a crowd of more than one million people in “Love Parade” in Germany, one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world.
Has signed on labels such as Krafted, Time Has Changed Records, Stripped Down, Redrum Music, Ballroom Records and many others. On top of it all, ALE F has received frequently support from well-known artists like Kölsch, Richie Hawtin, DJ Steve Lawler, Nic Fanciulli, Agoria, Hot Since 82, Quivver, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola. His track “The Wasp” was included on Adam Beyer’s set in Amnesia Ibiza & Pacha Ibiza, & Strings & Stripes Nicole Moudaber in the MOOD 313 radio show.
Kari Bazzo is a Brazilian-born DJ and Producer with releases on Krafted Underground, Avocado Dreams and Wake UP. The recently released tracks “Watercolor” and “Aftertime” have reached the top 7 on 11, respectively, on Hype Progressive House in Beatport. Additionally, “Lost in Space” was highlighted in the Beatport Best New Progressive House Hype Tracks in July 2021. This track was part of a great album compilation “Textures Volume Six” by Krafted Underground.
Soon both of them will have a release on our Various Artists compilation “Parallels”. The VA is our collaboration with EMA (electronic Music Anthem) on which we have plenty of great talents for you to discover. Stay tuned, the release is foreseen for April 14.
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For our readers who don’t know much about you, could you tell us a bit about your musical background?
ALE F: When I was 8 years old I started to learn to play the piano and a few years later I discovered the guitar. I found my purpose in music very early in my life.
When I was about 15 years old, a few friends of mine came from São Paulo to the countryside, where I grew up, with a 1210 turntable and I got really excited when I watched their performance. They were playing house and tech house at that time but I got so impressed by their mixing skills.
From that day on, I decided that I´d like to be a DJ and therefore I started to go to festivals and parties and I tried to be as close as possible to the DJ observing and learning what they were doing until I got my first turntable to put into practice what I had seen. My friend Felipe and I started to perform live performances focused on trance for a few years and later I increased my interest in music production and I´ve transitioned the genre to House Music and Soulful House. I started my own personal ALE F project a few years ago. As a DJ, I had very remarkable experiences in my life such as Love Parade in Germany, Suicide Circus and Weekend Club in Berlin, Grelle Forelle in Vienna, Pacha Ibiza, D-edge São Paulo and many others.
KARI BAZZO: My appreciation for music started when I was introduced to classical piano classes when I was a child. Throughout high school, I was passionate about rock. After returning from a huge concert in São Paulo, my friends and I decided to create a rock band only with girls called Alice where I was the guitar player.
From that night, I started thinking that I´d love to be on the stage and feel that energy vibe coming from the dancefloor. The turn into electronic music happened when I moved to São Paulo and started DJing at clubs there. I´m passionate about Afro House, Progressive House, and Melodic Techno.
When working on new music is the dance floor always something you keep in mind? Or does a certain vibe or flow sometimes transcend that?
ALE F: The dance floor is what excites me most, especially because I always have been thrilled about music and playing at parties. When I´m DJing I like to observe how people react to the melodies, bass grooves, and beats.
KARI BAZZO: I completely agree about what ALE F has just said, I believe the energy at the floor really motivates me to return to the studio and put new sounds into the track. Additionally, I also love to listen to music, so when I´m in the studio I also consider the mood of the music and how I´d listen to it in my daily life. This really brings me different perspectives.
Later this year you will have a track on our Various Artist compilation. Tell us all about that work. How did this one come together? From idea to creative process to final result.
Fran (EMA) invited us for the compilation and in this VA we are releasing the track “Joy and Free” which combines melodic sounds with a progressive mood and ambient elements recorded with analogic synths. It carries the real moment and mood we had on that day at the studio into the track.
Do you believe in the possibility of “reading an audience” – and how do you put it into practice? Is the relationship with the audience on the dancefloor a collaborative one or, as Derrick May once put it, a “battle”?
Reading an audience is possible, but it is not as easy as it sounds.
Playing at the right gig, in front of the right audience and at the right moment can create those perfect moments and relationships with the dancefloor but it depends on many factors so sometimes it can be a battle. Your personal mood, health, the hour when you play, the city, the age, can be important issues.
What do you find most challenging about the music business?
In music as in other businesses, we need to keep up to date with new trends and at the same keep our own identity. It is a constantly changing business that seems to turn into cycles, especially after the two years of the pandemic when so many new trends came up.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt along the way?
Focus and persistence. It is a continuous evolution process and when we think we know it all, it is the time to challenge ourselves and learn more, once the music is a non-stop journey.
What have you got planned for the rest of the year? Any new music or collaborations we should know about?
This year will be intensive with many new tracks coming. The next collaborations are with our friends Crazy Sonic from Austria and Timid Boy from France.
At this time, the contracts are being signed , but you will be able to check them out soon.
On April, 19th ALE F will be playing in D-edge São Paulo and in July there is a planned tour in Europe.
If you could have produced any record in the world, which one would it be?
ALE F: It is quite impossible to mention only one, as there are so many records that I really appreciate. Let me share with you one of them that I like “Your Love (Original Mix) from Frankie Knuckles”
KARI BAZZO: That´s really difficult to answer, as for me it really changes from time to time. I´d say at this moment “Pick Up” (12´´ Extended Disco Version) from DJ Koze.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighbourhood or town?
ALE F: Love Parade. It was 2 hours of live performance playing for more than a million people with an outstanding vibe from the dance floor. It is too hard to describe the feeling of that day. During that 2 hours, I was completely in ecstasy.
This was for sure the most memorable experience for me.
KARI BAZZO: I would say that some of my fondest musical memories are definitely the time I played at Flex Club in Vienna. It was just amazing to be on stage in a club that I used to love and I had the chance to listen to great artists, who I admired. That experience is one of my top memories so far.