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My First Gig Rafael Lopez and Phabian Edward aka DJs/producers Afrozoid (Brasil)

My First Gig Afrozoid (Brazil)

This interview with Afrozoid was originally published in Dutch on September 14th 2017.

If you would like to read the Dutch version you can also
find it on this page, below the English one.

“Every time something went wrong,
the audience yelled: ‘Booo'”

Every DJ remembers it well: the first time playing outside of the safe walls of their own bedroom and suddenly finding themselves in front of an audience – however big or small. Did they prepare their set or not, and how about those nerves? Often started out with vinyl, many as well took possession of the digital world and are still going strong. This week Marcy Goes Wild had a chat with the Brazilian producers/DJ-duo Afrozoid (Phabian Edward and Rafael Lopez).

Afrozoid's Fabian as a kid

“We were still really young at the time of our first gig. Phabian was fourteen and Rafael twelve. Although Phabian was older, he was a lot more nervous than Rafael, who remained very calm.”



“There was no specific audience that night. It was in the ballroom of a catholic church, at a neighborhood-party in São Paulo (Brasil) and the people just wanted to dance. Remember, it was 1996, and there were no party competitors at that time. We mostly played garage house and Chicago house.”


Mixing every day

“Did we prepare the set on beforehand? Well, we were mixing every day anyway. Everything was new to us. We possessed a few records that we knew by heart and had decided before the gig where we would mix in the next record.”


“Our family was not present that night to support us, but some of our friends were there. Especially school friends, but also neighbors and friends from our quarter. And our father supported us from the very beginning, because he used to be a DJ himself. He also was our mentor. Beside him we had a friend that gave us instructions and taught us how to mix.”



“That first gig turned out to be quite a challenge. Phabian didn’t succeed in mixing because he was so nervous to play in front of an audience. Every time something went wrong, the audience booed. Rafael on the contrary, was calm and succeeded in doing a great set. The audience clearly preferred his performance that night.”


Afrozoid's Rafael as a kid behind the wheels of steel



“In hindsight Phabian logically was not very pleased with the criticism he got from friends and neighbors. Rafael was of course very happy with all the compliments he got. After this gig Phabian started to practice even more to improve his performance and Rafael continued to do what he was doing already.”

Afrozoid's Lopez as a teenager already into music


“We always liked music, ever since we were kids. We listened to the radio and whenever we could, went to clubs in the city. It became more and more clear that this is what we wanted to do in the future. Through software as Cakewalk and Buss we also got more interested in producing.”



“In 2002 Rafael produced a few techno and drum’n bass tracks. When both projects got attention from DJs as Marky, he released under his former alias Los 3 Brasileros a few tracks in Germany. In 2008 Phabian started his label Válvuda Records and in 2013 we joined forces in our project Afrozoid. In Afrizoid our knowledge of techno, house and Detroit-styles are united.”


“What we want to express to other producers, is the tip to always check the history of the track and the origine of the DJ’s and producers. Be sure to always be up-to-date.

Afrozoid brothers 2017



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Dutch version below

My Most Memorable Gig Afrozoid (Brasil)


 Elke dj weet het nog goed: de eerste keer draaien buiten de veiligheid van het eigen slaapkamertje en plots voor een publiek staan – hoe klein of groot dan ook. Wel of geen voorbereiding, en hoe zat het met de zenuwen? Vaak met vinyl begonnen, hebben tallozen zich door de jaren heen ook de digitale wereld eigen gemaakt en ‘are still going strong’. DJ Mag NL sprak deze week met het Braziliaanse producers- en dj-duo Afrozoid.


“We waren nog piepjong ten tijde van onze eerste gig. Phabian was veertien en Rafael twaalf. Hoewel Phabian ouder was, speelde de nervositeit hem meer parten dan bij Rafael, die was heel kalm.”


“Het publiek was niet heel specifiek die avond. Het was een buurtfeest in São Paulo en mensen wilden gewoon lekker dansen. Je moet je voorstellen dat het 1996 was, en er waren weinig feesten om mee te concurreren in die tijd. Wij draaiden vooral garage house en Chicago house.”

Elke dag mixen

“Of we de set hadden voorbereid? We waren sowieso elke dag aan het mixen. Alles was nog nieuw voor ons. We hadden enkele platen die we door en door kenden en hadden bepaald waar we de ene in de andere zouden laten inlopen.”


“Onze familie was die avond niet aanwezig om ons te steunen. Wel waren gelukkig enkele vrienden van de partij. Vooral schoolvrienden maar ook buren en vrienden uit de wijk. Onze vader heeft ons wel van begin af aan gesteund, omdat hijzelf vroeger ook dj was. Hij was ook onze mentor. Daarnaast hadden we een vriend die ons instructies gaf en leerde hoe we beter konden mixen.”


“Die eerste gig was een uitdaging. Phabian slaagde er niet in te mixen omdat hij zo nerveus was om voor een publiek te spelen. Hij maakte geregeld fouten. Elke keer dat er iets misging, riep het publiek ‘Boooeee’. Rafael daarentegen, was kalm en slaagde erin een prima set neer te zetten. Die avond gaf het publiek duidelijk de voorkeur aan zijn optreden.”

In de wolken

“Achteraf was Phabian natuurlijk niet echt blij met alle kritiek die hij van vrienden en buren had gekregen. Rafael was uiteraard in de wolken met alle complimenten die hij kreeg. Na deze gig is Phabian dan ook hard aan de slag gegaan om zijn optreden te verbeteren. Ook Rafael ging lekker door met oefenen.”


“We waren altijd al dol op muziek, sinds we kinderen waren. We luisteren naar de radio en zodra het kon, gingen we naar clubs in de stad. Het werd ons steeds duidelijker dat dit is wat we in de toekomst wilden doen. Door software als Cakewalk en Buzz raakten we steeds meer geïnteresseerd in produceren.”


“In 2000 produceerde Rafael enkele techno- en drum ’n bass-tracks. Toen beide projecten in 2004 aandacht kregen van dj’s als Marky, releaste hij onder zijn vroegere alias Los 3 Brasilieros enkele platen in Duitsland. In 2008 startte Phabian zijn label Válvula Records en in 2013 verenigden we onze krachten in ons project Afrozoid, waarin we al onze kennis van techno, house en Detroit-stijlen samenbrengen.”

“Wat we willen meegeven aan upcoming producers is de tip dat je altijd de geschiedenis van een plaat checkt en de origine van de dj’s en producers. Zorg dat je altijd up-to-date bent.”

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