Exclusive Mix & Interview
December 17th, 2019
City: São Paulo
Cigarra, introduce yourself to our audience. Anything special you would like them to know?
I am a DJ and producer from São Paulo with a chaotic life and hysterical expression. I work with sisters around the world in a big twerk ceremony!
We notice you are a very diverse artist. Can you tell us a little about your history and how you got to where you are today?
Today I am living in Lisbon, but I grew up in São Paulo where I worked in the cultural scene for around 10 years. We setup an underground movement about artistic resistance. I came to Europe for some Summer tours and now I am restarting my life here. I am working on new projects such as Trypas Corassão, Hystereofônica and SOMA. I'm also having great experiences with people like me living out of their country.
"...I grew up in São Paulo where I worked in the cultural scene for around 10 years.
We setup an underground movement about artistic resistance."
Memorable moments on stage. Anything special you wish to share?
This year I had the opportunity to play for more then 7k people at a carnival street party in Brazil. I have a lot of great moments but when someone asks me about one special I always remember that day!
In the vast world of electronic music, where lies the challenge in expressing yourself without compromising any of your ideas?
I express myself through my music and all of my work. I use my ideas as the tools.
I don't know to do it differently. I fight my insecurities because I believe that this is the way to reach an audience that believes in this too. People that have the same urgency and revolution inside of them.
Lets talk traveling. Where have you been and where do you want to go? Both visiting and playing.
I just travel to play. I have a life without vacation but it's ok because my focus is running a lot with music. I was playing in Serbia, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia and Zurich -It was very nice!
Next year I want to play more in Non-European countries like Asia and Africa. That is my foccus now.
"I express myself through my music and all of my work. I use my ideas as the tools.
I don't know to do it differently."
VOODOOHOP. Give us a rundown of what this is, what you do, and who you do it for.
So VOODOOHOP is a group of friends with crazy ideas thinking together. It's with VOODOOHOP and our partners that I developed the underground scene in São Paulo. It was for about the first 5 years. Now that were 10 years old - like a collective, we have been releasing albums and podcasts and annually doing the Cachoeria meeting at Heliodora - MG, also sporadic parties in Berlin, São Paulo and other various invitations.
Other than music, how do you express yourself as an artist and as a person? What message would you like to convey to the audience?
All of my projects talk about diversity, women empower and marginal art. I try to express myself in performance, digital art, traditional culture research and like a mother, all in one - how to feel art that is not disassociated to the life.
My work talks about urgencies. It's a scream like the Cicada (Cigarra). It is existential and I hope to infect people with this boost. People from São Paulo are known for being ambitious.
Is there anything you would like to accomplish in the next few years - personal or career related?
My current goal is to release an album with Trypas Corassão. My new project with Tita Maravilha and get to travel with our performances. In addition to this work, I still want to grow the Hystereofônica label and produce the new Venga-Venga album.
And...vacation! I want to be able to have a vacation in my life! I really need a booker. This life of working for myself is fucking me.
Tell us something about you that the audience at your performance might not ever know.
Hmmm maybe they don't know that when I'm home, I love silence. Also, I grew up dancing to Axé Music in school and Bjork at home. I can't play drunk or high and that I have dysphoria of my body too. Play set me free! That and staying with my daughter are the things I love to do most in life.
Cigarra, in a few sentences. Tell us about this mix you made for us. Where did you get your inspiration? Is there anything special you want the audience to know?
I recorded this set at a party I was invited to play for people who study voguing. Loved the challenge! It has House, GQOM, Baile Funk, Kuduro and Bass music. It is a whole set of up tempo - which is rare in my performances. It will be great to launch it here!