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Bruce Leroys

Interview & guest mix: Bruce Leroys

Bruce Leroys, for the love of house

Being in the music business for about 20 years can count. These 2 long time friends Marcelo Abreu and Diogo Vaille, that form the creative duo Bruce Leroys took the time to sit down with us and talk about their music and Brazil. On top they made us a fantastic house mix which we very much enjoy.

With music released on the finest labels around: OFF recordings, Lou Lou Records, Kittball, Amada and more this mix can’t be wrong! So, get ready and press play.

Enjoy this interview with Bruce Leroys and their super guest mix in our TGMS Podcast Series.

Hermanez – Dope Feen (Larsson Dub Remix)
Dennis Cruz – Feeling High (Original Mix)
Click Click – Do You Like Chicago (Original Mix)
Darius Syrossian – Back to Truth (Nick Curly Remix)
Kevin Over – Virginia
Hector Couto – Parental Advisory
Jimi Jules – Hundeblick
Copy Paste Soul – Gotta Know The Truth (Exploited)
German Brigante – Memories (Luke Solomon’s Main Version feat. James Duncan)
Ben Remember – They Answered Back (Jhonsson Remix)
Huxley – Widow (Original Mix)
Maxim Lany – Seoul Steve McCready – Show Me The Way

So guys, who is Bruce Leroys? Tell us a little about yourselves.
Bruce Leroys are two ninjas from Brazil fighting against evil music. (muwhaha) We are just trying to include some good music inside our sets or within our own productions. We are in the music business for over 20 years and now with Bruce Leroys, a project that’s already going on for 4 years, we finally got closer to where we both want to be with our life.

How did you guys get to know each other? And how did you get started?
We know each other from playing in a local club called Le Village and from the small group of DJ’s in our city Niterói (Rio, Brazil). Bruce Leroys started after we both got tired of doing background work in the music industry. Diogo was running a DJ agency and I, Marcelo was working as a road manager/stage director of big artists and parties. We decided to make music together and things got bigger.

What about the years before Bruce Leroys, as you both are around for a while already?
Diogo: I started organizing small private parties in playgrounds at the age of 12/13, than I worked at local Radio stations, than started to make exclusive remixes/bootlegs at the age of 16, opened my own booking agency bringing international Dj’s to Brazil and so on…..

Marcelo: As the second DJ in my family, the older Abreu (my cousin Maxx) had the right connections and helped me rise up really quickly in Niterói. My first job as a DJ was on a 800 peepz dance floor and the second job was in the best club in town, Le Village, where I met Diogo, it was in 1996.

After more than 15 years being the resident of the biggest parties and clubs in my home town I tried other experiences to grow my network and reach other markets. Back in the days Rio Music Conference was looking for people that could take account of all their stages and deal with technical riders in a proper way, so they invited me to be the stage manager and technical director. After that I started to work as a local tour manager with big names like Carl Cox & Tiësto. During this jobs I had the privilege to get to know people and learned things every respected artists should know.

Where are you based now? What’s the local scene like there? What do you find inspirational about where you’re living?
We are based in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). The local scene got better the last 5 years. Here samba and guetto music from the slums have a big share of the market. Electronic music is not so powerful but it is getting better nowadays. We try to get music inspiration from this sharp and sly way of living from the Carioca people. Always funny, happy and full of swing.

TGMS: We can tell how it goes. Living for one here in your great country changed me as a person in that respect music, football, life got another meaning. The joy of living, alsways smiling, always meeting people.

Where do you draw your creative influences from?
We like to get old samples from crazy stuff, we try to hear a lot of non-electronic music everyday and go to the Itacoatiara Beach to relax

You have been releasing on very nice imprints as there are OFF recordings, Kittball, Lou Lou records, Armada Music and so on. What exciting news do you have in the works for the coming months? A new release perhaps?
We are working now on a collab with Dakar Carvalho who is a great friend. He released music on some great labels as well. We also try to put our podcast running straight.

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You’ve been playing at some great places. What’s your favorite?
Lots of them have a special character. Warung has always been a dream for every DJ. We are super connected with Privilege clubs also, but smaller ones like Chakra, Place and so on are very exciting too. There are lots of great venues but now we are focusing on the international market and we want to know about more special places outside Brazil.

The relationship with the audience is crucial for a DJ, and yet it seems to be a fragile one. How do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
We try always to put our soul in our sets and be original. We hope this reflects on the audience. There is no way out of this in the perspective of the artist.

What was your biggest accomplishment & best moment to date?
I think that having some of the best selling tracks on the Beatport Charts is one of the big things in our career. Is always good to be recognized.

If you could go back to back with literally anyone (non-DJs included), who would it be?
Diogo: Frankie Knucles
Marcelo: Carl Cox

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Where do you see yourself going this current year? Any big plans or you just going with it?
Our big plan this year is playing more outside Brazil.

TGMS: there are some very nice music festivals in Europe. You should get a promoter getting you in to these nice vibes.

You were just told that the world will end in 30 mins during your DJ set, what would be your last 5 five tracks?
Jaydee – Plastic Dreams
Josh Wink – Higher State Of Conciousness
Little Louis – French Kiss
Donna Summer (Giorgio Moroder) – I Feel Love
The Doors – This is The End.

Please recommend two DJs to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
If we say just 2 DJ’s our 10 best DJ friends will be fucking angry with us!!! Ahahahaha. But technically we can suggest 2 guys: Maceo Plex & the brazilian Murphy. Each one in their own way are kind of genius.

Thank you so much guys! Hope to see you soon in Europe.
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