If you’ve been to an Armin van Buuren show lately, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the latest banger to come from Klauss Goulart (pictured) and Mark Sixma, Rio. Their first collaboration since their remix of Kid Alien’s The Atmosphere showed up on Universal Religion 5, Rio was met with some pretty high expectations, and they certainly exceeded them with a techy, snare-laden beat with Brazilian batucada influences.
Goulart, who himself is Brazilian, clued us in as to the inspiration behind Rio. “The idea came from Dennis Waakop to do a track with “batucada” and Armin suggested to do it with a more a techno approach, as the first version was with a melodic house lead,” Goulart stated. As for their continued collaborations together, we asked Klauss and Mark what makes them work so well as a team. “Mark is a much more technical guy than me, but it works pretty naturally,” Goulart stated. “First we do some brainstorming of ideas back and forth with a lot of YouTube links and when we have a final idea of what to do, we go for it!”
When asked what’s next for both of them, Sixma told us he will be bringing new life to a recent hit. “I’m working on a followup to Requiem. The track has been doing so well, so I’ll have to work hard to make a worthy track. I’m also working on a track with Faruk Sabanci.” As for Goulart, he will be switching continents for a few months. “By the end of the summer I’ll be moving to Breda in the Netherlands, Mark’s city, for a few months, so you can expect a few more collabs in the near future.”
Pick up Rio on Beatport.