If you’ve followed the endeavours of emerging Detroit label Silencio of late, you’ll know that they’re all about discerning house and techno of the highest class.

Although they’ve hosted a range of newcomers on the label (the likes of Kepler and Laughing Man being chief among them), they’ve a few old hands enlisted too. One such individual is Click Box, the Brazilian DJ, live act and producer who’s really switched things up recently. With a new sound that perfectly embodies all that’s great about this fledgling label, he’s the perfect individual to give us an insight into the workings of the imprint…

“live your dream”

What is your first memory of music? Did you grow up in a musical home?
Yes, I did actually. My father was a DJ and I grew up listening to rock, jazz, funk and soul. But what really inspired me and made me fall in love with music was Michael Jackson’s “Off The Wall” album. A timeless piece of music.

Can you remember the track or album that made you want to create music of your own?
That’s difficult to answer because for me, to start making my own music was an evolution of my career. I have always listened to everything, but Trax Records were always great references when I started to produce.

Who or what has been the sole biggest influence on your career?
Nowadays, I gotta say the Romanians have been really influential. I think they brought this magical thing back to underground music. The Argentines are also doing a lot of good things. The French, Japanese, Germans and the English guys too. We are at a very rich moment musically inside the underground music scene.

Tell us a bit about your alias, Click Box? Where does that one come from?
I never knew how to explain this one! But I think I came up with the name because I really like synthesizers and they’re like boxes that emit sounds. A sampler, for example, is a ‘click box’. Yeah I know, sorry I can’t explain better!

Obviously music is a lot more accessible now. Do you think this is always a good thing?
Yes and no. I at least enjoy exploring a bit of everything anyway. I play everything inside my DJ sets; house, techno, minimal, deep, Chicago, new, old, promos, music from friends, some edits that I did by myself. Anyway, we are in a good moment and there is a lot of good artists and labels coming out every day in all over the world. So I prefer to remain positive!

How influential was the scene in your native Brazil in terms of you becoming a DJ/producer?
Very influential. There was an after party that happened here in São Paulo called Hell’s Club, and those guys started everything here in Brazil in the techno and house scene. It was very restricted but it was an amazing place.

Later on came other clubs like B.A.S.E., Floresta, Love.E, U-Turn, etc. I will never forget the days and the nights inside those places. I have seen many good DJs and artists performing in those clubs!

Is music a full-time thing for you? Do you work on music outside of house and techno at all?
Yes I work all the time within music. I produce bands, I work for other artists doing mixdowns and mastering and I also work with music for advertising. I love all my jobs!

What is it about house and techno that you love so much?
It’s just good music! For me there are two types of music, good music and bad music. That’s it.

How does the scene in Brazil now compare to the one you grew up in? How do you think it compares to what’s happening in Europe?
The Brazilian scene is still fresh, we never had an electronic music culture until recently but globalization has changed things a lot.

Until a few years ago electronic music wasn’t huge in Brazil. We had some parties and some clubs but it was very small compared to the size of the country, even when we talk about electronic music pop like EDM, it was small.

It was not music for the masses some years ago, now with big festivals coming to Brazil everything changed. Before a teenager who used to listen to Brazilian pop music now goes to a clubs to listen to EDM. I really don’t like this music but it’s electronic music in the end, and this in the future leads someone to search for what else exists besides that shit and with that, they find others styles of electronic music like techno or house or minimal. So because this the scene is growing and the audience increasing and evolving.

The funny thing is that, Click Box was a project that was imported to Brazil. Before, when I decided to move myself to Berlin, I practically did not play here, I played in my parties or clubs for 200, 500, 800 people at most of this time. Then in 2007 when I went to Berlin things began to change here with artists like myself, Whebba and Gui Boratto. The scene began to grow about 4 years ago and that was when I came back to stay here in Brazil. Today we have many big festivals, many parties and many clubs for techno and house but 90% of these still explore pop music instead of underground music. The good parties that happen here are bigger but they are still small as they begin and we continue with few clubs for underground music, things are better but it’s impossible to compare Brazil with Europe.

As a musician with a global reach, can being based in Brazil limit you in some ways? Or do you look at things like that?
Yes, for sure. Here you are kind of limited a bit but as I have another jobs like my studio, production of bands, etc, I made a choice to keep my day job, do some tours outside of Brazil like traveling on the weekends around South and Central America and go to Europe and US 2 times per year and to stay longer here.

You’re quite unique in that you play live and DJ. Do you have a preference for one or the other? How does how you play live impact how you DJ and vice versa?
My root and preference is to be a DJ but I also love to play live. It’s a balance because the DJ side makes me search for music and that music inspires me to produce, and release new EP’s and format a new live set , etc. But after my separation from my ex-partner I decided to do less live and make the live presentation more special and unique. Like 1 Live tour with 12 or maximum 20 gigs per year. The other gigs I play as a DJ, it’s a good balance!

Lets go back a bit – what release of your own are you most proud of? Where do the Silencio releases rank for you?
Two EPs that I feel really proud of are the Espaço e Tempo for Items & Things and Slow Dancer for Silencio. Releasing with Silencio is really special because for me, it feels like a new beginning for Click Box.

Yes, it seems the Silencio releases really signal a new change in sound for you. How does what you make for Silencio differ to what you made for Minus, for example?
Minus for a long time was, for me, one of the best labels in the game. I felt very proud to be able to put my artistic name next to the Minus stamp as well as Items & Things. That for me was the starting point of everything and now with Silencio nothing’s changed. The label is amazing, the artistic direction is amazing, the releases are awesome and thank god I’m with those guys.

Everything continues like it began, it’s a new and amazing time for me, fresh music for me and for you guys, I feel very happy to be part of all of it. Keep focussing on the label, really good things are coming!

Have you played the tracks out yet? Is that something you always do?
Yes, I always play the new tracks before I send them to the label, I need to test them out. After this I send them to the label and when I have the masters, I start to play them inside my sets.

Naturally Click Box used to be a collaborative project and you collaborated with Stefan Dichev here. How did that come about? And how did that all work?
Yes It was, but the collaboration with Stefan, it was all very simple and natural as always. I met Stefan through my musical research. When I heard his music I searched for him on Facebook and found him inside my friends list, hahahaha. I messaged him after and we became friends, it was very cool, he is an amazing guy! Soon after that we decided to do some tracks together and we did with a incredible result! I love to work with other artists, it is always a good experience.

What advice would you give to any young aspiring producers/DJs?
Live every moment of your life, live your dream, have references but never copy anyone, be real and believe in your music. This is the secret of success!

What else should we be expecting from Click Box in 2018?
A lot! Maybe an album, a lot of gigs, tours, good music, anyway, I do not like to make plans, every day is a new day!

And finally, apart from music, what makes you happiest?
Easy: my wife, my family, my friends!

Silencio’s ‘Uno’ V/A package is out November 6th

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