Jefferson Celestino was featured on Bottom Forty last month with his collaborative mix of Don Downing’s Doctor Boogie with his mate Carlos Francisco. Jefferson is also a member of Juicy! Agency a specialized disco & nu disco Brazilian booking agent for worldwide artists including Alkalino, 80’s Child, and Los Charly’s Orchestra among others.
His bio reads, “Just a dinosaur spinning his records for love since 1992″, that’s the way the Brazilian but Frankfurt-based Jefferson Celestino likes to describe himself. Since he left his retirement in 2011, he has dedicated his efforts in spreading the disco/nu disco cultures wherever he is invited to play.
However, his musical influences allow him to flirt with different styles during his sets, from bossa nova to jazz, from soul to funk, from Latin/Brazilian to African stuff. Yes, definitely a complete mess!
A vinyl lover, he is still one of those crazy guys who still appreciate the struggle of carrying heavy record bags full of gems, old and new, only for the pleasure to feel the real thing.
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Is there a specific genre of dance music you program into your sets?
Predominantly, disco and nu-disco (originals and edits), but I like to play other styles too, especially funk. For the mix I’ve recorded to B40, I’ve decided to combine tracks that I play constantly to others that I do not play that much.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
It’s something I’ve not thought about before. But I’d like to keep spinning my records even when I get older. Learning how to be a professional producer is something that is on the cards too.
Favourite label or artist from the past year?
I have to mention two labels: Disco Deviance and File Under Disco. I’ve bought everything they released since last year.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Well, I have just arrived in Frankfurt, my first aim is to get the same level of recognition I had in Brazil; afterwards, producing a few parties here is something I’m definitely into.
What’s on your turntable at home?
Lately, the last cart I’ve bought from my favourite retailer.
Secret Squirrels 03 – A
Riccio – The Glow
DJ Steef – Gonna Guetta
New York Edits 04 – A
Escort – Barbarians [Tiger & Woods Remix]
DJ Rocca – Pizza On Wednesday [Dimitri From Paris Nightdubbin’ Mix]
Renato Cohen – Suddenly Funk [2000 and One’s Lo-Motion Funk Mix]
Nicholas – Running into Time
Move D – Got 2 B [Jay Shepheard Remix]
Gregory Porter – 1960 What? [Opolopo Kick & Bass Rerub