A key figure in Brazil's electronic music scene, DJ meme is widely considered to be one of the most successful Brazilian DJs and producers outside of his home country, with a staggering collection of accolades to his name including 23 gold, 15 platinum, and three diamond records.
Headliner recently spoke to Meme about his musical life during lockdown, the mega-shows he is used to playing compared to the 50 people shows he is now performing online, remixing and collaborations, and how his 20-year relationship with Genelec has been second to none.
“While my studio is not at home, it's just a five minute walk away from here, so not much has really changed for me,” responds DJ Meme when asked about how he’s had to adapt throughout lockdown. “I go there like two or three times a week, and it keeps me sane - in fact I would probably go crazy without it.”
This summer would have seen Meme doing his usual tours throughout Europe and beyond, including playing at a club in Italy where he’s held a residency for a number of years.
“I’ve got some things to keep me busy in the studio, and some projects that provide me with the inspiration to start working on other things,” he explains. “I've been DJ’ing since I was 11 years old, so essentially my whole life! I’m really missing the people at the moment - I’m not into playing sets on the internet or on social media.”
This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Meme is used to playing to massive audiences in equally massive venues: “I don’t want to get used to playing to just 40 or 50 people online,” he says.
“I like staying at home because I travel a lot, and every weekend I'm usually somewhere playing. Being at home for me now is not a problem - not working is the problem.”
The last time DJ Meme was out gigging before Coronavirus struck was in Sao Paulo, where he played two shows before everything was cancelled and had no choice but to return home.
Being a footballing nation, most kids growing up in Brazil immerse themselves in the sport from a young age. DJ Meme’s passion however was always music.
“I started to play with the records in my block, and it was just for fun, but it was something I liked and something I could do easily. I also like food, and I think if I were not a DJ or music producer, I could have been a chef.”
Around the age of 20, DJ Meme started working in a local radio station, and really became serious about music as a career.