To those who have already entered the Funk na Caixa, have noticed the link on the right side of Government4000. We talked with him and did an interview for knew as a dj of Serbia fell in love with baile funk, that started the series Bullshit or Not and how the electronic scene in Serbia, former Yugoslavia and former Serbia and Montenegro (Serbia had its independence in 2006). But let’s stop talking about Geography and lets go to electronic music and funk:
Government4000, tell us how and when do you discover the baile funk? What you thought about this style
I discovered baile funk quite late, three or four years ago. Sincerely, first I started to play Baltimore club. Then I realized that baile funk could be mixed very well with bmore, and even better with baile funk. That is the point where ends my interest in North American music scene. More than a year I didn’t listen to other music but baile funk.
When you recorded the first “Bullshit or not”? Do you still got this record?
I recorded the first “Bullshit or not” (Link to Download B. or Not 1) in 2005 and it didn’t sound like the last releases. At the beginning, my dj career was influenced by ninja tune, mo wax and other similar music labels. I played abstract hip hop on radio and clubs for a very long time. Music set sounded like solid steel and the most important thing for me, was to play many songs in few minutes. When my artistic hip hop phase passed, I became more open for club music. Influenced by Shazalakazoo, with whom I worked on SKC radio, I became really interested in global ghettotech scene.
How the people of Serbia received the baile funk?
In Serbia, baile funk is almost unknown music scene. The people don’t know what is the name of that kind of music, even when baile is played in club. Serbia is known as a country with a lot of criminal and the movies like “Tropa de elite” are very popular. Few days ago, in local supermarket, somebody’s phone ringed like “Rap das armas” and when I turned my head I saw the cheered up butcher who recognized the song.
When baile is played in club, people are reacting very positive. The fact that they don’t recognize most of the songs and despite this, they enjoy it – that means for me that baile has its future in Serbia.
How was the first baile funk in Serbia? Do you still doing this ‘bailes‘?
The first baile funk parties I organized as a Krajblo tshi sound system, with help of Shazalakazoo (DJ Neki Stranac). Serbian media are not interested in this kind of parties, so they are still underground, in smaller clubs… but people interested in baile know where they can hear it. The situation is similar in other Balkan countries. Last month I performed on first baile funk party in Slovenia (favela blast-off), the people reaction was fantastic.
Due to some incredible circumstances, in 2000, I got a chance to start up radio station (SKC radio – Student Cultural Center radio) which was the property of the state, with legal frequency and equipment. But when the political situation changed, the radio station was forgotten.
I didn’t have any contact with radio before SKC, the only dj experience was at private parties where I played punk, rock etc. Very soon this radio station became the focus of underground life in Belgrade, and for me it opened a whole new world of dj-ing. The same year I started to play hip hop, jazz, funk, jungle and big beat in few clubs in town. After 2000 I started with organization of concerts and dj gigs. By gaining experience those parties became bigger and with more audience.
2005. I organized “Brain vacation” stage at the prestigious EXIT festival, which was declared as “The best open air festival of the year” in Europe. Unfortunately, this festival meant the end of SKC radio, which was closed by the new city authority.
For me, it meant that I have more time for dj career and I started to play in clubs more often. The only problem was that nobody wanted to listen to big beat. The new skool breaks, d’n’b and so on were no music styles where I felt “like home”. I waited for something that would sound completely different, with dance character, and I found baile funk. It was my ticket to the whole “global ghetto” world – and I started to play also kuduro, bhangra, cumbia digital…
Have you been in Brasil ? If yes, have you been in a real baile funk of Rio de Janeiro?
I have never been in Brazil. There is no doubt that I will use my first opportunity to go not only to Rio, but also to Sao Paulo and other parts of the country.
Who are the Mc’s more called your attention in funk?
First of all MC GI – the vocal that you can’t replace with another by mistake. I can’t remember any of her songs that I don’t like. Of course, Marina (ex Bonde do role)… Actually I always preferred female vocals.
And who are the producer of baile funk, calling more attention nowadays?
Diplo is the first. His “Favela strikes back” made baile funk more popular (in Serbia) in the way that nobody did (except the movie “Tropa de elite”).
Edu K and DJ Marlboro are unavoidable part of baile funk world discovery, but Leo Justi, Zuzuka Poderosa or Pristine Blusters are the one that I recently prefer (to listen or to play in club).
Can you list to us the Top 5 tracks of baile funk?
MC Gi – Quer Romance (Pristine Blusters ‘dirty bitch’ remix)
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Leo Justi – Andamos de Cyclone 2010
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Turbo Trio – Ela ta na Festa (DJ Chernobyl mix)
Michel Cleis – Mezcla (Beware & Motorpitch booty)
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Schlachtofbronx – Sai safarda feat. MC Leka