Born in Rio de Janeiro, Bernardo is one of the greatest exponents of electronic music in Rio. His career began to flourish in 2008 when he conquered residences of clubs such as Fosfobox, Dama de Ferro and Clandestino. Since then he has shared the stage with names like Laurent Garnier, Moodymann, Carl Craig, Mark Farina, Solomun, Booka Shade, Jamie Jones, Magda and Anthony Rother, among others, while his own productions have been supported by Maceo Plex , Maya Jane Coles, Jamie Jones, Groove Armada, Mandy and Robert Owens, to name a few.
FOR EXAMPLE caught up Bernardo Campos to talk about its origins, its workflow, its Naked Azeite duo, the drop of their ‘Vem Pro Mar’ album, and much more.
EG: Hi Bernardo! Welcome to EG. It is a pleasure to have you with us. Where are you based at the moment? How have you been?
Bernard Campos: Hey guys, thanks for having me here 🙂. I’m based in Rio de Janeiro, which is my hometown. Things went well here with a fairly busy schedule.
EG: So how has your winter been so far? What were some of your favorite highlights?
Bernard Campos: The winter in Rio is quite cold, it’s not too cold in this part of the world, but I went to Chile to play for the first time, in the cordillera. It was amazing and for sure a winter highlight for me.
EG: Let’s dive in and get to know you better! Do you remember your first interactions with music? And when did electronic dance music come on the scene?
Bernard Campos: My first interaction was listening to records with my parents. I was lucky that they listen to a lot of good music, so that was a really good starting point for me. In terms of dance music, I first went to a rave when I was 16, it was trance music. Then I started listening to techno and house and going to the clubs in town when I was 18. A few years later, I started DJing.
EG: Is there a record or a show that made you want to become a DJ and producer? How were your beginnings?
Bernard Campos: The first time I went to a club called Fosfobox. This was the turning point. There was only one DJ playing all night, his name is Mauricio Lopes. He played from acid jazz to hard techno, an incredible musical journey. After that night, I wanted to become a DJ.
“My first interaction was listening to records with my parents. I was lucky that they listen to a lot of good music, so it was really a very good starting point for me”
EG: Now on to the productions… Did it take you a long time to find your own sound? How has your sound evolved since you started producing?
Bernard Campos: I produce a lot of different things. I feel like you have to follow inspiration instead of just creating things that will be commercially acceptable, so every day in the studio is different for me. I love doing house as much as I love doing downtempo, boogie and Brazilian music.
EG: What does your studio look like at the moment? How would you describe your creative process?
Bernard Campos: It’s quite simple. A MacBook functioning Ableton and a bunch of plugins, two Yamaha H-50 monitors, and a Novation Keyboard.
EG: By the way, you are also half of the Nu Azeite duo. What are you doing right now?
Bernard Campos: We have just released our second album, ‘Vem Pro Mar’and we play Rock in Rio festival, which is beyond something we could only dream of, as we are quite new to the scene. So we are super happy with the way things are going 🙂
EG: And what can your fans expect to find on your new album?
Bernard Campos: It’s a modern interpretation of Brazilian boogie, from the 70s and 80s. With elements of trip hop, funk, soul and house music.
“We just released our second album, ‘Vem Pro Mar’, and we’re playing the Rock in Rio festival, which is beyond something we could only dream of, as we’re fairly new to the scene”
EG: What do you think of the current state of the scene? What would you like to see more of and less of?
Bernard Campos: I think after the pandemic, the scene exploded into something really cool. People pay more attention to artists and attend parties and festivals. It’s a great time for music again!
EG: What’s next for Bernardo Campos? What particular milestones are you looking forward to now?
Bernard Campos: I’ve been a vinyl maniac lately, digging, collecting and playing records. And I have a vinyl coming from myself and Bruce Leroy will probably be released early next year. I also have some cool releases online with tree sixty one, coke, Moiss Music, and more. On top of that playing a bunch of gigs so pretty busy 🙂
EG: Thank you very much for your time, Bernardo! We wish you the best for the future.
Bernard Campos: Thank you so much for the space guys, and keep up the great work! ❤️
Nu Azeite’s “Vem Pro Mar” is now available through Cocada Music. Buy your copy here.