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In Conversation: Leo Janeiro

In Conversation: Leo Janeiro

Andrew Kemp | Features & Interviews

You don’t have to be a football fan to know about that famous Brazilian flair, and London’s clubbers will get to see it for themselves when Leo Janeiro and his Warung counterparts touch down on the dancefloor in July. Aiming to bring a handful of Rio’s beautiful sandy shores to Egg, Leo took the time to tell us why he can’t wait to get started, with the stage set for some tropical heat as Warung reunites with The Zoo Project this summer.  

Hi Leo, you’ve had a crazy year with shows at BPM, Space Miami and Rio Music Conference to name a few. What have the highlights been?
This year has been really incredible! We started with BPM then summer in South America and now a tour of Europe including Berlin, Barcelona, London, Ibiza and Brussels. I'm so happy with everything that’s happening and it’s so hard to pick just one highlight when they’ve all been amazing.

You’ve also tried your hand at production as well as DJing; which comes most naturally to you?
I spent the first few months organising my studio stuff, and now we have some important releases by the Warung Record label such as Not For Us, D.O.C on Gui Boratto’s label and then a compilation by Get Physical. I love the studio, but being able to play live is always amazing and I love the feedback from the crowd - it spurs me on to all kinds of things. Really both producing and DJing complete my work.

You will be playing at Egg London on Saturday 24th June, alongside Warung pals and the Zoo Project crew. How familiar with The Zoo Project are you?
Two years ago I had a wild party with them in Ibiza which featured some great DJs and the crowd were really into it so I had loads of fun. I’m really looking forward to us teaming up at Egg London and think it's going to be an immense partnership on the night.

We’ve heard word that you guys will be bringing elements of the Brazilian temple with you to London. What can we expect?
Warung is kind of club that has its own unique qualities. We are preparing something very special in partnership with Egg LDN and our challenge is to to make people feel and experience this incredible atmosphere.  

Also appearing on the Warung Recordings showcase side of the lineup are Eli Iwasa and Gabe. Can you introduce the pair for those who haven’t come across them before?
Gabe is one of the biggest names on the Brazilian scene: he’s a great producer and has a huge following. Eli Iwasa is one of the best DJs I know. She’s amazing and her sets are a real musical journey - unmissable!

As your name hints, you hail from Rio de Janeiro, a city known for its carnivals among other things. Does the famous carnaval spirit carry into the rest of the city’s party scene?
In fact it's my real surname, I think people like it and so they end up making this connection. It’s a marvellous city where I live and play especially when I’m hosting my own party. Rio is a city full of musical diversity that makes it so special and vibrant in this aspect.

Is there a clear difference between the house scene in South American countries and the house scene here in Europe?
Nowadays I don't think so, but as the scenery changes, parties change. Every city or country has its own story and South America has become an important centre for electronic music especially because a lot of entertainment companies are doing big business in the electronic music industry. Nowadays some of the best clubs and festivals are here like Warung, DEdge, Beehive, Ultra Festival, Universo Paralelo and Warung Day Festival.”

A Brazilian beach club sounds like a pretty decent place to spend your time. What else can you tell us about your idyllic sounding home?
Warung is a unique experience. Once inside you get involved and don’t notice the time passing - you lose yourself. And did I mention the incredible sunrise...Imagine that you’re surrounded by this awesome scenery and listening to some of the best electronic music in the world…it really looks like you’re in a very special place.

What plans do you and Warung Recordings have for the future?
We’re working step by step to make things the best that we can. Warung is a club that respects musical diversity, and all genres are played here - house, techno, deep house, progressive and tech house. With the label our focus is to release quality songs and support artists who want to make really good and creative music.

Time for a tune: What’s a track that would fit in at carnaval and in a club set?
Aaah good question:-)…maybe my new track with Gui Boratto "Moodisco”…I can’t wait to drop it at Egg London on July 24th.

Leo Janeiro steps up to the decks for The Zoo Project X Warung at Egg London on Saturday 24th July, with Oxia, Ben Rau, Samuel Deep, Miffy & Miller, Eli Iwasa and Gabe also fattening up the bill.

Photo courtesy of Leo Janeiro 

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