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Benjamin Ferreira: Biography (March 2010)
By Jonty Skrufff - www.skrufff.com

(Click here for more mixes: http://rraurl.com/benjaminferreira) ;

Kicking off the new decade by landing a DJ residency at Sao Paulo’s
underground hotspot Vegas, disco-house specialist Benjamin Ferreira
has also just started his production career with equally impressive
effect, remixing Faze Action’s ‘Danae Journey’ with production partner
Erico Theobaldo under the alias Boogie Central.

Though the original first came out on the London disco stars’ album
last year, Faze Action love Benjamin and Erico’s old skool style, cowbell laden
version so much they’ve decided to release it this June, just a month
before Benjamin heads to Lisbon, Porto, London and Berlin for his debut European
tour. In the meantime, he remains busy consolidating his standing as
one of Sao Paulo’s ones-to-watch DJs, having just been nominated by DJ
Magazine as one of Brazil’s ‘best breakthrough DJs of 2009’ in the
magazine’s latest annual polls.

Passionate about disco, he’s equally enthusiastic about house music
though like all serious DJs is quick to reject restrictions. A vinyl
fanatic, he’s equally comfortable mixing from Ableton and CDs,
reflecting his passion for playing the perfect track at the perfect

“I've always listened to different kinds of music, so what I try is to
mix as many different references as possible in a coherent way and
according to the crowd I have on the floor,” says Benjamin. “That can
be disco, house, techno, afro, or Latino,” he says, “It's all about
balancing the music I love and what I'll think will please my
audience. I usually say that I may not play everything I love, but I
love everything I play,” he smiles.

Learning to DJ aged 11 (after being inspired by listening to the
records of two DJ uncles in his hometown of Belém in the Amazon) he
kicked off his professional career six years later at his local Belém
gay club, going on to DJ at his first outdoor rave in 1999 (with green
hair). Soon after he teamed up with Pragatecno, a Brazilwide
collective dedicated to popularizing underground dance music beyond
Rio and Sao Paulo, inviting the likes of DJ Marky and Renato Cohen to
play their first Amazon gigs.

While local press and TV leaped on board with euphoric coverage of the
region’s first electronic music scene, psy-trance gradually started
edging out all other genres and in 2006 Benjamin relocated to Brazil’s
cultural capital Sao Paulo.

Four years on he’s played most of Sao Paulo’s biggest clubs (including
Pacha, D-Edge and brand new uber-club du jour Hot Hot) spreading his
gospel of serious dance music, or disco, as he prefers to call it.

“Disco's been a part of my life since the very beginning, it’s
definitely been my first and most important school and was already there
when I played a 134-bpm remake of In Deep's ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My
Life’ or Robert Hood sampling Kool & The Gang 5 or 10 years ago. It’s
like the air I breathe - I don't think about it, I just breathe.”

benjaminferreira Benjamin Ferreira, São Paulo, Brazil

  • A Comment on bernardopinheiro's
    Daft Punk - Something About Us (Bernardo Pinhei... at 4.36
    on April 10, 2014 18:17

    Fino, muito fino! Parabéns, Beztaaaa! =)

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    on February 27, 2014 13:51
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    on February 20, 2014 17:09
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    Everybody Loves The Sunshine • The Reflex Rewor... at 4.47
    on February 15, 2014 09:58

    Wicked! Thanks for the download. Cheers from São Paulo, Brazil!

  • A Comment on Dj Ortega's
    Uncle Louie - I Like Funky Music (Ortega Re-Edit) at 2.21
    on November 26, 2013 16:31

    Phooonkeeee! Demais, man!

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    Technofobic #2 - Podcast at 54.21
    on November 25, 2013 14:23
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    Set Mix Disco Baby Out 2013 at 21.16
    on November 03, 2013 18:09

    That's the way to go, my little brother! Ouço vc e me vejo quando moleque, quando também sabia o que eu queria. Deus abençoe teu caminho!

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    Bite The Dust [LNTG Edit] at 3.51
    on October 18, 2013 20:53

    Ace!! Thanks from Brazil!

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    Machine - Say You Will (Boogiewonders Heart Bid... at 1.59
    on September 14, 2013 14:14

    Great job, Hilit!! Congratulations! =)

  • A Comment on marcelo dionisio's
    Ed Motta - Vamos Dançar (Ed Mort re-edit) at 1.55
    on September 06, 2013 20:14

    Edit Motta... Ficou ótimo, Marcelo! Parabéns!

  • A Comment on selvagem's
    Selvagem - Nada at 1.35
    on June 24, 2013 14:51

    Mas que TUDO! Parabéns, amigos!

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    Done061-07-fatima yamaha to do two at 2.31
    on June 24, 2013 14:32

    Thanks for sharing, Seymour! Miss Fatima!

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    Popero Selvagem #2 (mar-13) at 1.32.01
    on May 03, 2013 18:29

    @Paulo-Victor Marinho: Realmente, Paulo, algumas partes estão um pouco mais baixas por causa da diferença de gravação de alguns discos, especialmente os mais antigos. Mas feliz que estás curtindo o set, obrigado! =)

  • A Comment on trepanado's
    Popero Selvagem #2 (mar-13) at 2.41.09
    on May 03, 2013 18:28

    @Radioplaneta Jimmy: Valeu pelas palavras e pela força, Jimmy! Muito obrigado mesmo, meu caro!! Boa sorte nos projetos por aí também - vc é um cara importantíssimo para a música no Pará!

  • A Comment on davidcoleeset2's
    DAVID COLEE- Take me or leave at 5.00
    on May 02, 2013 13:59

    Legal a sua track, David. Parabéns! =)

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    Techno Lovers #1 at 13.36
    on March 19, 2013 18:24
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    Techno Lovers #1 at 1.46
    on March 19, 2013 18:10

    Up up to the sky! Sample do Silver Convention, já começou bem =)

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    Clouds (Moplen classic mix) # OUT ON GAMM # at 2.54
    on March 14, 2013 18:44

    Most beautiful thing I've heard in years! Congrats, mate. Cheers from Brazil!

  • A Comment on Daniel Lucas's
    Lindstrom-Vos-Sako-Rv (Daniel Lucas Remix) FREE... at 1.26
    on January 23, 2013 13:03

    Aeeee, Daniel! =)

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    Podcast:::January, 2013 at 32.08
    on January 06, 2013 19:59

    Demais essa versão, hein? Aprendendo um monte com teu set!

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    Podcast:::January, 2013 at 2.32
    on January 06, 2013 18:29

    Wow! =) Não conhecia, demais!!

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    When Saints Go Machine - Sell Me Your Exit (Jac... at 5.22
    on November 10, 2012 20:23

    Thanks for the dl, guys! Can't wait to hear more from you again =)

  • A Comment on benjaminferreira's
    DJ Benjamin Ferreira Live @ Cio Classics D-Edge... at 1.08.34
    on November 10, 2012 16:52

    @Ortega: Vale, Ortega =)

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    DJ Benjamin Ferreira Live @ Cio Classics D-Edge... at 23.06
    on November 10, 2012 16:51
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    faca - jah azzz at 5.32
    on October 02, 2012 02:01

    Muito boa a faixa, Faca! Gostei mesmo! Parabéns, e continue fazendo as coisas e me mandando =)

  • A Comment on Tensnake's
    Hurricane at 1.32
    on August 08, 2012 13:54

    I've dreamed of having this track for years, since I heard the snippet on your Myspace, Marco. Thanks for the dl!

  • A Comment on Ney Faustini's
    Elis Regina - Aprendendo A Jogar (Ney Faustini ... at 5.16
    on June 26, 2012 02:17

    Das mais incríveis da nossa música. Boa escolha, amigo Ney!

  • A Comment on arlequim's
    Jojo (Arlequim Edit) - Free Download at 5.52
    on June 06, 2012 15:28

    Fabuloso, como sempre. Arrasando nos edits!

  • A Comment on djallstarz's
    Jump To It Mix at 0.12
    on May 27, 2012 08:42

    @Laface: Jumpin' to you!

  • A Comment on arlequim's
    (DANCE) To be happy (Upcoming @SP Recordings) at 3.15
    on May 17, 2012 03:29

    Sensacional!! Parabéns, amigo. Sempre arregaçando!

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    Kidnap Kid-Vehl (Jonty Skrufff's Take No Prison... at 3.01
    on April 13, 2012 19:21

    Jonty always rocks! My dodgy brother =)

  • A Comment on benjaminferreira's
    DJ Benjamin Ferreira Live @ Cio Classics D-Edge... at 49.56
    on April 02, 2012 03:09

    @Moisest: obrigado, querido! quando vem me visitar aqui em sampa?

  • A Comment on benjaminferreira's
    DJ Benjamin Ferreira Live @ Cio Classics D-Edge... at 1.02.30
    on April 02, 2012 03:08

    @Rodrigo Lemos DJ/Producer: que bom saber, rodrigo! eu tb adoro essa música, fez parte da minha infância, das minhas primeiras mixagens. é cafona, mas eu também amo, e fiquei feliz de conseguir tocá-la nessa noite =)

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    cau lopez @ libelula at 22.43
    on February 15, 2012 14:39
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    DJ Benjamin Ferreira Live @ Cio Classics D-Edge... at 1.36.50
    on February 14, 2012 01:47

    @MarcioVasa: obrigado, amigo Vasa =)

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    Rami & The Miguelittos @ casadaluzverde at 30.47
    on February 04, 2012 23:12

    Voodoo Ray! Das melhores da história!

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    Rami & The Miguelittos @ casadaluzverde at 17.16
    on February 04, 2012 23:08


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    Strobo - Quando se perde a inocência (Belhell R... at 5.09
    on January 21, 2012 21:59

    Demais, rapazes! Vcs arregaçaram, parabéns!

  • A Comment on Luke-Howard's
    Looking For Love... (SLEAZE VOL 6) at 39.52
    on January 03, 2012 20:46

    One of the best songs ever! Loving your mix, darling!

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