The movement of Rasterinha is growing more and more. With more tracks being released week by week, we have the opportunity to release this amazing EP from Transnational Bass producer, JSTJR.
Gesto and Mota is the name of the EP and it takes the classic form of Carioca Baile Funk and slows it down. We all know JSTJR and his work with Zouk Bass. and so he is pretty familiar with this slow tempo but Zouk Bass to Ratsreinha is a bit of a jump as the latter isn’t the same beat or rhythm. It is important to be able to understand this when producing Rasterinha as it is filled with a lot of Axé influence which is essentially music to dance to.
We made an interview with JSTJR to understand more about his creative processes and what he thinks about this new Rasterinha scene. why not play and download his EP while you read this!
When did you first hear Baile Funk?
I first heard it through Diplo when I was younger and he was introducing it to the US. I like it a lot but never really listened to it much.
When did you first hear Rasterinha? and what were your thoughts when you heard it for the first time?
I’ve been heavily involved in the “global bass” community for about a year now and follow the blogs and communities that share the music. So I heard it and listened to a mixtape and really enjoyed it.
Did you expect Rasterinha to happen and slow down Baile Funk like that?
Honestly, I don’t know much about Baile Funk but a lot of genres have been slowing down (or speeding up) to the 100bpm range and it’s a really interesting tempo at the moment. I’m happy it came across my radar.
How would you describe your productions on this EP? There is an old Baile Funk track sample rigth?
Yes. I wanted to use some traditional sounds for my first attempt. I listened to a few of the Rasterinha tracks and just wanted to give it a shot.
Can you describe some of your creative processes used to create Rasterinha?
Since it was so new to me I did a lot of critical listening. Figuring out what made the sound “Rasterinha.” I wanted to make it as genuine as possible. It took some time to figure out how to make it work. I had to turn off the quantize grid in my DAW haha
Some have said that the movement of Rasterinha is looking very similar to Moombahton. A lot of producers seem to want to get involved with it. Do you think this can be the sound of the moment?
I think it’ll be more similar to Zouk Bass than to Moombahton. Moombahton may have seemed exotic to some at the time but it’s pretty straight forward. It can be produced from a 16th note grid which is the normal set up in most DAWs. So, many producers found it easy to jump on and it blew up. With Zouk Bass and Rasterinha, you really have to understand either the music and where it’s from or know how to break down music into smaller parts and re-engineer it as a skilled producer. I played it recently to an American crowd and I think it has some way to go, just like Zouk Bass. Perhaps it will saturate the “deep” underground, though.
And it’s not just about quantization either. Rasterinha differs in a lot of ways, like which beats are emphasized. So, where maybe some Latin American listeners will be familiar with a heavy down beat, American listeners will hear it as foreign. Many are thrown-off by that.
With the World Cup looming and the rise of Rasterinha,worldwide focus and attention will be upon Brazilian culture. Do you think it is a new moment for Brazilian music?
I can’t say for sure, I don’t know much about Brazilian culture or music. What I do know, though, is that this new BPM range of 100bpm has been popular EVERYWHERE and it makes it even easier to share music across the world (as a DJ). So I think it has the potential to really make a mark on the music in Brazil and I hope it will continue to bridge gaps to other music around the world.
Grab the download and understand more about Rasterinha. This week, we will be releasing a lot more Rasterinha material!