Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your career so far?
I'm a brazilian producer from Sao Paulo. I got my first contact into music at the age of 4. Studied piano for more than 10 years. I started to produce using electronic tools when I was 14 years old. Back in 1988, when I got my first sequencer, a Roland MC-500, an Ensoniq EPS sampler and 2 synths: a Yamaha DX-7 and a Casio CZ-3000. After that, I didn't stop. In the beginning of the 90's, I started to do music for the publicity sector and after some years, I was working as an engineer for major record labels, like Universal, BMG, Sony, Toco, Edel among others. I've produced many artists' albums.
At the same time I was doing my own techno, just for fun, for my own pleasure. In 2003, I was invited to produce 2 remixes for the original soundtrack of the City Of God movie. I got a 'click' after that, and decided to send my tracks to various European indie record labels, including Kompakt, Audiomatique, Plastic City and Trapez.
I released my first album in 2006, called 'Chromophobia', which was a huge success in Europe, United States and Asia. It was awarded album of the year in many magazines, newspapers and websites. Some tracks became dancefloor anthems, like Mr. Decay and a Beautiful Life, and have been played by the best DJs and producers worldwide.
How did you discover Jazzmutant's controllers?
I discovered JazzMutant through a close friend of mine. Some months later, I read a review in the british magazine Future Music which convinced me to buy a Lemur. I tried many stores in Europe and finally I got it in Hamburg. It was the only unit left.
Why did you choose to use it above other products on the market?
JazzMutant's Lemur is a very unique piece. You can design your own faders, buttons, knobs...plus, you can control many devices at the same time. I don't see any other machine that can match this.
How are you using it?
In the studio, I use Logic and Dexter software version of Lemur. On stage, I use Lemur, with lots of Max/MSP screens. My favourite is a 16 track step sequencer I've designed with a friend from Melbourne called Andrew Graham, a key figure on JazzMutant website's User Area. He came up with the original design, which I've been modifying since to better suit my needs. Also, I love my screen to control LFO's, volumes and Eq's... particularly the "Range" object which I use for the EQ's, it allows me to control both the high and low cuts with a single hand. I also use my Lemur to launch some of Ableton Live's clips, volumes and effects... you can really do everything you want with a Lemur.
How has using the Lemur changed the way you work?
For some objects, like the "Multiball" for instance, you can specify the friction and attraction among other parameters. The results can be really amazing if you then use the object to control a sound's parameters. On stage, it really changed my life, because it's like having many controllers in just one machine.
What do you find most useful about it in terms of features?
As I said, you can design your own controller. As many faders, knobs, buttons you want, but more than that, you can control multiple computers, keyboards and any other device.
What have you got planned for the near future?
I'm in the middle of my new album's production process, which will be released in January 2009 on Kompakt. Also, I'm currently working on some remixes for guys like Bomb The Bass (Tim Simenon), and Pet Shop Boys.
Good luck with your new album and thanks for your time Gui !
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