Brazilian Zouk

Brazilian Zouk in San Diego - One Zouk

Hosted by Brunno/Paula and Yuan, One Zouk Social has become the best spot to learn and practice Brazilian Zouk in San Diego.   We celebrated a number of birthdays including: Melissa Elder, Brunno Theodoro, Megan Travers, and Tom Souza!  Kyle Mikami hit the decks for a 4-hour set and played a mix of eclectic tunes.  Below is a sample of the mix from earlier in the evening.

Friday the 13th didn't scare anyone from coming out as we had a huge turnout from Los Angeles.  Below is a video of the birthday roda!

Kyle Mikami will be back June 9th, 2018 to play another set in San Diego.  If you enjoyed this content and would like updates on the Brazilian Zouk scene in Southern California, subscribe below!

EnVy Lounge - March 6th, 2018

Snapped these bad boys with a good ol' disposable camera.  A couple weeks later (thanks for lagging Walmart) and some LR filters, and viola - we got some cool snaps!  If you want the originals, shoot me an email and I'll bring them to Envy.

Upcoming DJ sets: EnVy Lounge April 3rd, 2018.  Come out for some banger tunes.  Anything and everything zoukable from old school hip hop to indie electronica. 4/4 beats from 65 to 105 BPMs all night longggg!  Monday at Energia on April 9th and then San Diego on April 13th for Yuan's social.  I'll be bringing along some disposables to every event!

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DJ Amigo Zouk

When it comes to dancing, music is everything.  Aside from having a good sound system, the DJ is key.  In today's world, there are many different ways to mix music.  

In 2017, I had the pleasure of listening to DJ Amigo's set.  DJ Mafie Zouker met him in Russia and recommended to the promoter that he should book him.  Good thing he did because this one of the best, if not the best set of the entire weekend.  While dancing to his set, I got chills throughout my body.  His transitions were flawless and track selection impeccable.  He took me through a journey like no other.  

The set was nothing like I had ever heard.  It was a mix of trap, electronic, future bass, down tempo, all mixed in with traditional kizomba/zouk beats.  How does a DJ create such a unique set?  One word: Ableton Live.  This DAW or Digital Audio Workstation, allows DJs to pre-plan their sets and not just mix two tracks together - rather, they are able to mix multiple tracks, along with beats/stems, and use effects all at the same time.  It's truly another level of mixing.  

While mixing three tracks together is cool and creates a different sound.   Ultimately, there are limitations and is very difficult to achieve track after track.  You definitely need to know what you're doing if you're trying to mix three tracks throughout your set (or even two tracks with beats or parts from a third track).   Ableton live relieves the pressure and allows you to take your set to another level.

In case you're wondering, Mafie Zouker also uses Ableton Live along with Lord Feifer.  These are are the only DJs in the scene that I know of that currently use this program.

If you want a sample from DJ Amigos' set, check it out below:

Check out DJ Amigos' Soundcloud below: