We recently came across the excellent DJ Bollacha through his Youtube channel. Hailing from Brasilia, Brazil, he has done some fantastic remixes and we wanted to find out some more about the man behind these tracks, Carlos Lombardi.
“I started listening to music in the late ‘70s, and disco music dominated the charts,” begins Lombardi, which influenced his taste for disco and dance music. “I listened to the radio and brother’s vinyl records. I became interested in the art of mixing as I listened to DJ sets on the radio and on mixed vinyl records.”
From there, Lombardi wanted to find out how DJ’s would mix tracks, stating that he was “Intrigued by the way they put the songs together,” and how they would beat match to seamlessly move from one track to another.
“Once watching a DJ on TV, I saw how he manipulated vinyl and then decided to do the same,” he continues. “I took my stereo and an old record player and started to venture into the art of mixing. I am self-taught and I have been improving my techniques over time.”
Speaking of the music that has influenced his work, Lombardi’s taste is across the board and includes “’60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s disco, funk and soul music,” but it doesn’t end there. “During my life I have heard a little of everything from classical to hip hop, and disco to bossa nova.”
By the end of 1983, when Lombardi was just 13 years old, he began working as a disc jockey in a small town in Sao Paulo, Brazil, playing a variety of different genres of music. After graduating law school in the early ‘90s, Lombardi continued to work as a DJ until mid-2005.
“After 2005, I just played at private parties and radio shows,” says Lombardi, which he did until last year before starting work on his own remixes. “Around May 2020 I started producing remixes using multitracks. As I spent my entire life listening to extended and remix versions, I thought why not produce my own remixes. I got some multitrack files and a program to run them, again, all self-taught.
“Honestly, I don’t have a recording studio,” he continues, discussing his D.I.Y home set up. “I don’t have a supercomputer or big software, and I make my productions with just a notebook and two software packages; one to assemble the multitracks and the other to edit.”
With more than 170 remixes produced under the DJ Bollacha name, Lombardi concludes by saying, “For me the most important thing when doing a remix is the total respect for the original recording.”
DJ Bolllacha has also provided us with this personal five favourite remixes, which you can check out below.
Dennis Edwards Feat. Siedah Garrett – Don’t Look Any Further (DJ Bollacha Extended Remix)
“I chose this one primarily because I love this song, and I’ve been a fan of Dennis Edwards since the time of The Temptations. This was also one of my first remixes, and I think the end result was very good. I thought to myself, ‘I already know how to mix, edit and produce a remix.’”
Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes – The Love I Lost (DJ Bollacha Extended Disco Remix)
“This is my little tribute to Philly Soul and the brilliant Gamble & Huff. I tried to highlight all the instrumental richness of the music and further highlight the vocals of my favourite singer, Teddy Pendergrass.”
Chic – Le Freak (DJ Bollacha Extended Disco Remix)
“We can’t talk about disco music without talking about Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. Two phenomenal musicians/producers, and Le Feak is one of is one of the greatest tracks of all time.”
Kenny Loggins – Footloose (DJ Bollacha Extended Remix)
“As I only found edited remix versions of this song, I decided to do a remix of it, and I was very satisfied with the final result.”
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary (DJ Bollacha Extended Mix)
“My tribute to one of the most influential bands of the ‘60s and ‘70s. With these remixes I wanted to show that we can do an extended mix of a ‘60s song without changing its essence.”
This just scratches the surface of the vast remixes that DJ Bollacha has produced. Some of our personal favourites include tracks from Human League, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, and Erasure. We’d encourage you to check all of those out below.
Don’t You Want Me (DJ Bollacha Extended Mix)
Relax (DJ Bollacha Extended Mix)
What Have I Done to Deserve This (DJ Bollacha Extended Mix)
Let’s Dance (DJ Bollacha Extended Mix)
Everybody Wants to Rule The World (DJ Bollacha Extended Mix)
A Little Respect (DJ Bollacha Extended Mix)
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