Aug 26, 2011

Known for a festival-friendly sound, electro duo Felguk has developed a large fanbase inside & outside their home country of Brazil. Now, armed with a unique arsenal of songs, Felipe & Gustavo are on a quest to build a worldwide following. Read more in our exclusive interview.

Neelix - Disco Decay (Felguk Remix) [BugEyed]
LessThan3: How is your sound different from the other electro house producers out there today?
Felipe: In producing and DJing, we like to have a diverse style, not strictly sticking to any specific electro house subgenre such as “Dirty Dutch” or “complextro,” which consists of that very audio-edited style. The challenge is to experiment both in the studio and onstage, and somehow manage to keep our signature sound throughout.
LessThan3: How are your tunes perceived in Brazil? Are you more well known there or internationally?
Gustavo: In Brazil it’s kind of a different story for us because we have a huge following and people really really know our tracks. Outside of Brazil we have been touring a lot in the US and Canada, which we love too! Each time we get back in North America, there’s higher expectations for us, and the vibe is better. But we are definitely more established artists in Brazil.
LessThan3: How do you usually name your tracks?
Felipe: Naming a tune is very hard to do! When it has a vocal or a vocal sample, it makes the job really easy. When it’s only instrumental is hard to not be very random! But it’s a fun task.
LessThan3: After a long day at a gig, what’s your favorite way to unwind?
Gustavo: Taking a good hot shower, eating a nice meal, and sleeping. But there’s nothing like going back home.
LessThan3: How is the electro scene in Brazil, and in general, how has your Brazilian heritage influenced your music?
Felipe: Electro is a popular genre among the dance music lovers in Brazil. We are proud to be considered one of the pioneers of the genre. When we started producing and playing it again, it was after a period where it was considered “not cool anymore”, and was all about minimal. Today electro is big here; we headline the best time slots in the big festival and get the most energetic responses from the crowd. We don’t use any specific traditional Brazilian music influence on our sound, but Brazil is a very musical culture so this rich artistic environment has helped for sure.
LessThan3: What sound system have you played on that best showcased your “sound”? What was the loudest gig you’ve ever played?
Gustavo: The Funktion One sound systems are the best today. The loudest gig must have been some of the big outdoor parties in Sao Paulo. Those guys love it LOUD!
LessThan3: We noticed you guys use an iPad on stage. What other technological advances do you see yourselves incorporating into your setup in the next year?
Felipe: Our setup is pretty simple: one guys stays on the computer, and the other has the iPad (which is a MIDI controller), while the mixer is shared by both. We have been quite happy with this setup and have been using it for a while. For now, we’d rather keep the format of the show simple and really work on the content of it, which is the music.
LessThan3: What does it take to make a banger like Blow Out? What were your influences for the track?
Gustavo: Blow Out is a simple track, because we believe that sometimes simple makes it more effective. The breakdown is a classic Felguk sort of sound–melodic with an epic feel–but in the drop we used a fat square wave getting pitched, kind of like the classic Deadmau5 or Adam K sound. For me, Blow Out is a return to the classic electro house sound, with a fresh feel to it.
LessThan3: Are there any unorthodox production techniques that help define your sound?
Felipe: That’s top secret. If I told you I’d have to kill you right after haha!
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Gustavo: I would listen to Pearl Jam. Tracks like Once and Release.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Felipe: Big Room Banger.
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