Bands We Like: Bruno Belluomini's Sao Paolo Dubstep Movement
I’m a little rusty on my Brazilian Portuguese (all I have are “picanha” and “obrigado”), so much of the text on DJ Bruno Belluomini’s garishly colored website didn’t bless me with a history lesson. The one portion in English bore the heading “Dubstep’s Gone Global.” Interesting. We’ve written extensively on why this statement is true, and Bruno Belluomini is the man driving the effort in Sao Paolo.
I went for the music player and allowed my headphones to do the rest of the talking. Bruno remembers, like many dubstep DJs do, that a drum n’ bass break sounds great over the half time dubstep beat. In fact, precursors to the dubstep style were often infused with the sped up break associated with dn’b. His live mix from this past summer’s Tranquera party is packed with variations on this combination. His track picks are dark as hell, and the set reflects it. To contrast, you can hear the crowd in the background, and they sound pleased.
Bruno has been holding it down in Sao Paolo for quite some time as a producer and a DJ. He and the artists in the Tranquera collective that are pushing the bounds of electronic music in a part of the world that has a ton of great musical traditions. If you’re in Sao Paolo, go to the next Tranquera party. If you’re not, listen to the mix below, close your eyes and pretend you’re there. Be shocked when you suddenly realize you’re still sitting at your desk.
Bruno Belluomini’s live mix at Tranquera
Read about other artists globalizing the dubstep sound.