Just visiting… an interview with Gui Boratto

Feb 9, 2011 |  by  |  Music
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Ridz, advertises, produces indie/electronic music, performs throughout the Netherlands but ultimately always ends up at an Amsterdam based ensemble... then he blogs about all these things.

On January 27th, Brazilian ‘emo-techno’ superstar Gui Boratto visited our city’s clubbing temple, Trouw. This specific show had been sold out for a while, with only 100 tickets left at the door. Boy, did we encounter some disappointed faces standing in the end of the massive cue outside. This vibe got significantly more euphoric when hanging around those who did manage to get in line early enough, waited for hours and eventually got hold of one of the remaining tickets. Worth the wait if you ask me!

Ever since I saw the guy at the Sugar Factory four years ago I’ve been hooked to his colourful melodic techno approach. Other than him, Paul Kalkbrenner and Booka Shade, I haven’t heard many producers who can constantly pull off making electronic music sound so subtle and minimalistic yet intensely emotional and accessible at the same time. With him selling out places like Trouw nowadays, we couldn’t let the opportunity for an interview go, so we didn’t.

About an hour before show-time, a bottle of scotch was served and we got to have a chat with the Sao Paulo based producer about Amsterdam, the Dutch, Joris Voorn, DJs versus ‘real’ musicians, indie bands, clubs, touring, aspiring electronic producers and his new album which is due to come out in May. It was a relief to discover that Boratto didn’t suffer from the Richie Hawtin ego-syndrome, yet the caring family man manages to transform into a mad professor of loops and frequencies as he triggered the first knobs on his Macbook/Lemur/Akai APC 40 set-up. Lights, camera, action!

Photography and filming by Mark Visbeek, video editing by Daan van Schijndel

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