Luciano dos Santos
A vinyl junkie and music enthusiast.
This Brazilian dj, born in São Paulo City first discovered his excitement and love of the club scene, back in the 1980’s, when he first stepped into a legendary underground club. That was it, the music he would hear (post-punk, EBM, synth pop, industrial, new beat, indie rock, and other gems alike) would blow his mind and start his never ending addiction of collecting and discovering new musical gems. Back in those days, with the internet not yet popularized, the hunting for new music was tough, however much more exciting in his opinion.
Growing up in Brazil, the 60’s and 70’s American movies broadcasted on TV, would also become a strong influence in his taste, as the soundtracks were packed with ambient music, soul, disco, funk which also appealed to him.
Soon then, he became hooked on music by James Brown, and the Funk became as well another passion, along with the New York music scene and dance culture from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s…
In 2005, moved by his passion for the club culture, he started out his own party (JACA), along with a couple of friends. There he started developing his own style, also influenced by big names of the local underground scene, whom he had the opportunity to share the decks with, playing from house to techno, and learning then how to move a crowd.
Based in London since 2008, he would not be stopped, and since 2010, joined forces with fellows djs Bruno Balbino, Sleazy-o and Brenno, backed up by a crew of friends, to launch the Bunker 194 party, which has started just for fun in his friend’s basement and as it has become bigger, they have dived deep into the epicenter of East London’s underground scene, rocking now the dancefloors of legendary clubs such as The EGG and East Village. Guests who have shared the Bunker’s booth: Richard Sen (Padded Cell), Marcio Vermelho (D-egde São Paulo), Ian Pooley , Bas Amro (Freerange), DJ Mau Mau, Ben Rau, Tomoki Tamura (Holic), Robert Owens, Disko Selectors to name but a few.
It would be impossible to list down all his music heroes, but Kratwerk, Francois K, Arthur Russell and George Clinton to name but a few, should definitely come to mind, when listening to his sets, which can fuse disco and boogie with underground house and techno with an original feel.
Freaklou (Bunker 194)’s tracks