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Founder of About Disco Records label, his mixes reveal essences of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat and House. Several of his productions have been sold and downloaded in more than 50 countries in Europe, South America, Central America, North America, Africa, Asia and Oceania.
Rafael along with the About Disco Records have been supported by some of the biggest names in the scene such as: Greg Wilson, Danny Krivit, Horse Meat Disco, JKriv, Faze Action, Max Essa, Dicky Trisco, Pete Herbert , DJ Reverend P, Stéphane Deschezeaux and others.
Where are you based?:
I’m based in Sao Paulo
1) Why do you play records?
I started playing house music, and the history of house music had to Disco Music as a starting point. I got interested and researched a lot of DJs as Frankie Knuckles, Larry Levan, Danny Krivit, which made me jump headlong into the Disco Music.
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I hope to lead the Disco Music music to different places, I want to show the world the values of this genre in Brazil as well.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
My favorite label was Midnight Riot and my favorite artist was Fouk.
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
2016 began as a very good year for me and my seal. In May I’m going to the USA to do my first international tour. This is motivating me to organize a European tour in october, and visit other countries that are in the plans as Mexico.
5) How is the disco scene in Brazil?
The Disco Music in Brazil is still a small scene, but I see good growth in through projects and parties as Mareh – BABEL, Gop Tun, Soul.Set, Selvagem, in São Paulo. There are movements, DJs and parties that has grown at a good pace also in other cities such as Curitiba, Florianopolis, Rio de Janeiro…
01 – Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper (Joey Negro Bumper To Bumper Mix)
02 – Pontchartrain – Nasty
03 – Tiger & Woods – Fox In The Box
04 – Joutro Mundo – Roller Shake (Original Mix)
05 – Crown Heights Affair – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (DJ Vas Rework)
06 – Judy Hipps – Summertime (TZ Remix)
07 – Seamus Haji, Re-Loved – Ode to Walter
08 – Eddie C – It’s Not A Fantasy
09 – KRL – Say You Will (Henderson)
10 – Andy Hart – Keep On (Original Mix)
11 – Disco Dub Band – For The Love Of Money
12 – Marcos Valle – Estrelar
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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