Brazil's Anderson Noise @Ministry @ Knebworth
Sunday, 12 August 2001Anderson Noise is one of the greatest Brazilian DJs today and the first non-drum & bass name to break through in the UK. Spinning techno, tech-house and house, he's a bi-monthly resident at Turnmill's Headstart and this weekend (Saturday 11th) closes Headstart's tent at Ministrys festival at Knebworth (from 5.30am). Having started DJing 12 years ago in his hometown of Belo Horizonte (Brazil's third largest city), he's long been on a mission to promote electronic music. Also a well-established party promoter in Brazil, bringing over the likes of Julian Liberator, Scan X, DJ Bruiser and DJ Vibe to play, he also finds time to run his own label, appropriately called Noise Music.
While drum & bass maestros Marky and Pacife have trail-blazed recognition for Brazil's fantastically vibrant electronic music scene, few other Brazilian DJs have yet broken through outside their own country. Headstart resident Anderson Noise is the first house jock to really make an impact, and this week he chatted to Skrufff's Man-in-Brazil Camilo Rocha as he prepared for a headlining set at Ministry's Knebworth rave. A 12 year veteran of Brazil's indigenous scene, he's superbly positioned to take advantage of the buzz building around his country, which looks set to become a key global destination for all globe-trotting DJs.
Skrufff: How did you become a DJ-
Anderson Noise: " It was is 1988 and it happened quite by chance. I used to work as a shop assistant in a clothes store but had always bought records. One day I did this barbecue, invited loads of people and set up two decks to play my records, basically spinning acid house. One guy really liked it and told me: 'I want you to play at my party in two weeks time.' After that it just took off. In 1989, I was already playing in loads of parties."
Skrufff: How was your first London gig at Headstart.
Anderson Noise: "My first gig in London was in 1999, when I played at
Trancentral, thanks to Julian Liberator and Mara Bruiser. Their support at that time is something I cherish to this day. The first gig at Headstart was also wicked; I feel that the British really like Brazilians. It was a fantastic opportunity and I haven't the words to describe it. It's going to work both ways as we will be bringing Headstart's DJs to play in Brazil shortly. The first of them will be Carl Clarke, who plays in São Paulo at the start of September."
Skrufff: How do you see the Brazilian scene at the moment-
Anderson Noise: "One great thing that's happening is that more and more Brazilian DJs are getting into producing their own music. The fact that some DJs are increasingly getting recognition abroad is also excellent. And it's wicked to see how excited foreign DJs get when they come to play in Brazil. They want to come over and after they come here they always want to come back."
Skrufff: Was your Mum initially supportive about you choosing Djing as a career-
Anderson Noise: "She didn't like it at the beginning but she wouldn't say anything. When she realized it really made me happy she started to support it then I got her into the scene in 1992. She had just split up with my Dad and was feeling really down. So I told her to come and help me do my party. This was a party we did at a mental asylum, and we even had the patients stage a play before the party started. Anyway, she loved it all and became part of the scene from then onwards. Nowadays, she is really knowledgeable about clubs, DJs and music."
Translated and written by Camilo Rocha (Camilo also regularly DJs alongside Anderson throughout Brazil)