Since his young teens Andre Ferraz has been obsessed with music, specifically drums, bass guitar and the funk they can cause. Exploring this love through a number of high school bands, the boy went through college in Brazil falling ever more in love with music without knowing about the real world possibilities.
Having been forced to study Architecture and Law by his parents, Ferraz grew ever more occupied with Sao Paulo’s club scene, sneaking out to get a taste of the nocturnal culture in which he is now fully submerged. A few DJ gigs ensued in small bars around the city, and so too did the Brazilian begin promoting the odd party in now sadly extinct clubs like U-Turn and Club K in Sao Paulo. Everyone from Juan Atkins, Frankie Knuckles, Green Velvet, Hernan Cattaneo, and many others appeared at parties Ferraz promoted during the beginning of this millennium.
Since he left South America for the cooler climes of London in 2005, honing his music production techniques has been Ferraz’s obsession. From audio technology to music history via sound design, piano and sampling, this Brazilian expert has done it all under the careful tutelage of various people around London at places like SAE and Pointblank.
Of course party promotion was never far away either, and at the end of 2008 with two other friends there were DJ residencies at Exit Bar and Scream Bar in Shoreditch for parties Brazuka and Spacecake respectively, whilst his latest project is the house and techno leaning Kat & Maus promotion in East London.
Also now embroiled in yet another music production course, Ferraz has finally crafted some music to be released into the wider world on Frankfurt’s much respected label, Weplayminimal, alongside the revered established likes of Federico Molinari, Daniel Steinberg, Nic Fanciulli and label boss M.in. His Connected EP is two tracks of finely crafted, well-balanced deep tech that joins the dots between Berlin minimal and the more emotive soul of the US’s finest. Warm chords hang round languid grooves as they work their way under your skin and some deft sampling fleshes out the arrangements to make them sound more dynamic and alive than a lot of electronic music out there in 2011. Surely, it’s a EP which marks the arrival of a future star.