I'm a Nashville music producer & DJ from São Paulo, Brazil.
My interest in music originated from spending a lot of time watching MTV back in the 90's. Amid all the different genres I was exposed to, Metal and Rock, and all its distortion, rhythms, and rebellion were what mainly held my attention. In the early 2000's I started to create songs.
My initial influences were São Paulo's nightlife and club scene, which consisted mainly of old school Techno, Trance, and Euro Dance.
During my teens, I was often outside with friends and eventually got in touch with
underground circles. Assimilation to the rave scene had a major impact on my music.
Creating the project KanuaK and participating in several others, I developed a deep relationship with the dancefloor, carried away by the leading Brazilian underground electronic music at the time: Psy-trance.
That romance lasted several years while I was in college, and it was during those days that I decided to take
music seriously, investing lots of my time in producing music, so much so that in 2006 I created 5 different
albums for KanuaK.
I stayed fully immersed in that realm, spending endless hours in the studio, DJing and playing live sets at local private parties and festivals until I moved from São Paulo to Washington, D.C., looking for a better life and more opportunities.
I was producing exclusively Psy-trance, and in America, there was almost no audience for it. I found myself
forced to adapt and my music was reshaped once more. American culture and its myriad influences gave me the opportunity to broaden my perspectives and influence the weight of my productions with a newly acquired taste for genres such as Electro and Progressive House, Dubstep, Hip-hop and more.
I spent 7 years in D.C. where I put Psy-trance and KanuaK on the back burner, focused on producing mainly house beats under the name Paulo Ventura while DJing regularly at multiple venues. I also got a Master's Degree in Audio Technology at American University in 2016 before I moved to Nashville, where I've gotten more familiar with the Country and Pop scenes, interacting and collaborating with local artists.
Currently, I have a residency as a curator and main DJ at Nashville Underground, one of the principal electronic music venues in town, opening for artists such as Chris Lake, SNBRN, and Hugel. I'm looking for ways to spark and expand the Electronic music scene locally, spending a considerable amount of my time meeting DJs, PR agents, and event planners, brainstorming about how to make music city look into the future without letting go of its community and heritage.
With songs written by award-winning songwriters such as Karen Leipziger, Lockwood Barr, and Matraca Berg, to date, I have accumulated hundreds of tracks, featuring artists such as Billy Cave, Davis Mallory, Ivan Coronel, Notelle, OG Curry, Randall Holloway and others. With 17 albums, various projects, participation in many compilations, and dozens of international live appearances, I will continue to keep innovating and pushing the boundaries of my creativity to exciting and unknown realms.