Brazilian duo From House To Disco always manage to join the dots between the past, present and future with a great understanding of what moves a dance floor. Throughout their career, they’ve played all of Brazil’s most cultured clubs and festivals from D-EDGE to Festa Selvagem as well as visiting parties from Time Warp, Piknic Electronik, Glitterbox and across Europe at places like ADE. We sat down with the pair ahead of their latest venutre, a curation of Canadian label Definitive Recordings’ legendary catalogue.

From House To Disco! Welcome to Music Is 4 Lovers, how’s your summer going so far?

Hi there! Great to talk to you! Thanks for the invitation. Well, here in Brazil, unfortunately, it’s winter now, but soon we’re escaping to catch the tail end of summer in Amsterdam and Berlin. We’re super excited to see friends again and enjoy the last sunny days.

Tell us about your background and how From House To Disco came to be

Our individual music careers intersected in 2015 when we started dating. Three years later, after several informal DJ sets together, we realised our musical styles were a perfect match, centred around house and disco. Interestingly, our relationship itself started because of music, which was a constant topic in our conversations when we were still friends, bonding over our love for artists and bands from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, like Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, Prince, Inner City, Clivilles & Cole, Pet Shop Boys, Moby, Orbital, Daft Punk, among others, influencing us both. It’s from this diverse range of influences that the name “From House to Disco” emerged, reflecting our freedom to blend different aspects of these genres, from classics to contemporary productions.

You’ve recently curated a compilation album for Definitive Recordings which drops later this year! We’ve love to know more about ‘Disco House For All’ and how you got involved with the release

We met Roland Leesker, the owner of Get Physical, in 2022 when we released through the Brazilian sub-label of the label, Cocada Music. Since then, we’ve built a working relationship that has turned into a friendship. The following year, we visited Berlin, and over coffee, Roland told us about acquiring the catalog of Definitive Recordings, founded in the 1990s, and his plans to re-release it. At that moment, he even showed us a box containing the original cassette tapes of the final masters from that era. We were enchanted! It was then that he extended the invitation for a compilation with new remixes and suggested the playful name “From House to Disco presents Disco House for All,” which we loved, of course, and immediately agreed to, not realising the challenge ahead because none of this archive was available digitally.

What can you tell us about the House and Disco scene in your native Brazil?

House and Disco began to gain popularity in Brazil in the early 1980s and 1990s with artists such as Marcos Valle, Tim Maia, Lincoln Olivetti, and DJs and producers like Mau Mau, Renato Lopes, DJ Marky (now more associated with Drum and Bass), and shortly after, DJ Meme, in the São Paulo – Rio de Janeiro axis. This scene continues to thrive with clubs like D-edge, Caos Campinas, and parties like Gop Tun, Selvagem (founded by Millos Kaiser and Trepanado), and Carlos Capslock. Today, we can see that this regionalism has evolved, and there is an expansion of these genres across the country, encompassing states like Minas Gerais with parties like Masterplano and 1010, and regions like the Northeast with events like VooDoo and Mareh Music, the latter being very popular on New Year’s Eve. In the South, there is also a vibrant scene with independent parties and mainstream clubs like Warung and Green Valley, more focused on house music and its various sub-genres.

Why do you think disco seems to have risen in popularity again in recent years?

As with everything in life, the electronic music market is also cyclical, and every now and then we get nostalgic about something from the past, like the synth-pop of the 1980s, thanks to Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’. With disco music, it’s no different. In fact, I believe that what has been highlighted recently is house music with its numerous disco samples, grooves, and influences. From there, younger, curious people started wanting to understand where it came from and thus rediscovered disco, which never really went out of style for queer and black communities around the world.

Do either of you have a favourite record right now that you could share?

We’re obsessed with the 10-year anniversary album compilation from Paramida’s label Love on the Rocks, a DJ and producer we’ve been following for quite some time. A funny fact is that it’s all about our conversation earlier about nostalgia, as one of the tracks, ‘The Love Theme’ by Alex Kassian & Running Hot, is actually a reinterpretation of the 90s Eurodance massive international hit ‘What Is Love’ by Haddaway. You see, everything is cyclical.

With summer finally here, where can we expect to see you performing?

In August, we’ll be in Amsterdam and Berlin, and we’ll soon share more news about this trip. In Brazil, we just performed at Time Warp, which was fantastic and put us on the radar of other major festivals, but we can’t reveal too much yet. What we can say is that we’re very excited about the invitation to a residency at D-edge club in São Paulo, one of the oldest and most respected clubs in the electronic scene, which extends to it’s other locations like Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina.

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