The brothers JrDeep and Guilherme Lopes that form the Drumagick production team are the prince regents of Brazilian Drum’n’bass. Both in their mid-twenties, guided and influenced by Marky and Patife’s global breakthrough they are part of the crack team that’s rescued drum’n’bass – They are getting closer and closer to becoming part of the drum’n’bass royal family.
The greatest form of flattery is imitation and many of the producers and labels in the ever-thriving drum’n ’bass fraternity tried to cash in on the Brazilian bug from the late nineties onwards. Some have done a good job, other results have been more questionable. Drumagick ARE quite simply the real deal the genuine article re-inventing and fashioning global music with its own genuine Latin take on it.
Exposed to the hardcore days of 1993, they have, over the years, witnessed the transformation and development of the jungle / drum’n’bass scene as keenly as the British who invented the sound. They had the most respect for the likes of Ed Rush, Optical, Roni Size and DJ Hype who were the real innovators and always seemed to be ripping up the rule book and making the sound progress and constantly taking it to new levels. Drumagick similarly re-invented the samba, with a healthy diet of heavy bass, dancefloor funk and energetic melody, and made serious waves on this side of the Atlantic. This culminated in a debut LP “Ai Maluco” released on the SambaLoco imprint (Trama Records) that had been the brains behind and engine fuelling this revolution. This included collaborations with Max De Castro, XRS and helped establish Drumagick as a force to be reckoned with. A live tour in South America ensued and exposed drum’n’bass to the masses in Brazil and inspired Latin America’s youth… A new crop of heroes was born and Brazil was dancing to its beat.
Then came EASYBOOM… An instant classic from first hearing, rinsed by all even before its official release (it was included on Gilles Peterson’s World wide compilation and reached No. 3 in the BBC Radio 1 All Winners chart last year) and it still sounds as fresh today as when it first came out. Remixes for two City of God soundtrack songs and a current rework of Mitchell & Dewbury’s “Beyond the Rains” have been just a few of the highlights post, Easyboom.
Although they have not even peaked with their own careers, the Drumagick brothers are already nurturing their own generation of DJ’s and producers from their own Drumlab Studios in Sao Paulo. The nu samba show is here to stay and it will continue to rock dance-floors from Brixton to Brooklyn.