The Hague – April 7, 2015
Long long time ago… 😉
Paulo Rodrigues aka DJ Slot was born in Coimbra in 1974, and is undoubtedly an unavoidable name of the Portuguese techno movement.
He began his career in the art of DJing in 1995, heavily influenced by electronic music of the time, starting initially by DJing small and private parties, like the vast majority of DJs of that time, and in that short time DJ Slot acquired a passion for techno that that will never die no more.
From the parties of friends, to the main stage of the best clubs and national events, Slot has long been divided between the records and his other passion architecture, but still always enjoying the contrast between scholarly and artistic pleasures.
His effort and dedication to electronic music resulted in a notable rise in the national club circuit, through his enormous connection with the public, combined with a refined technique, and one of his strongest points, his taste in music.
His sets are characterized by energetic and hi octane style with a multifaceted and eclectic variation of techno. He has a commitment to diversity by exploring any particular style of techno. Strong, progressive and groovy beats are the hallmark of the DJ Slot style, when combined with his technical skill it creates a steady increase in intensity, pace and energy that infect the audience leading them through a mesmerizing trip and giving no break to people on the dancefloor. Track selection is one of his strengths! Deliberately makes use of improvisation, provoking interaction. Sometimes it is accompanied by an electro or by breakbeat sounds creating atmospheres leading the audience to another dimension. The creativity, enthusiasm and variation lead to every gig being a different party, making each performance unique.
During his long connection to the agency DreamWork marked a permanent presence on the national circuit of the highest level playing in the most emblematic clubs like: Pacha, Rocks, Locomia, Via Invicta, etc.., Also to playing in some clubs in Spain: Octopus, Joy Eslava, Cocoon, Yasta, Metropolis, etc..
DJ Slot had the pleasure of acting alongside top international artists and djs: Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman, Jeff Mills, The Advent, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Dave Clarke, Masters at Work, Kenny Hawkes, Eric Morillo, Stacy Pullen among many others.
A memorable moment was undoubtedly the appointment by the magazine Dance Club for the “DANCE AWARDS 2001″ because of the impact that his music was having on the dance floor, having earned most votes in his category won him the prize ” Techno 2001 Dj Revelation “, a distinction which finally cemented his position on the national scene, confirming the durability and progression of his career, this ended up having repercussions in neighboring Spain with DJ Slot regularly going performing in various clubs and events.
At this stage Slot was also linked to import vinyl to one of the finest specialty stores in the country, Mushroom Records in Coimbra, where he also acquired most of his music, and later he became part of the largest chain for importing vinyl in Portugal, the Bimotor Records.
In his ceaseless quest for perfection and artistic growth, he felt the need to extend his art to music creation, and finally he assumed the role of producer. His main influences are A.Paul, Speedy J, Chris Liebing, The Advent, Cari Lekebusch, Green Velvet, Adam Beyer, Gary Beck, Marco Carola, Ben Sims and some more.
In this area, his dedication is ceaseless, with his debut “Mantis EP” released by Naked Lunch Records, owned by the well-known Portuguese A.Paul, followed by “Interzone EP”, their second release, this time by Mastertraxx Records, owned by the renowned British techno producer Mike Humphries. His experience in the work of DJing and production, has led to the creation of his own label, Platinium Records…
Since then he has released some original tracks and remixes on the following labels: Platinium Rec, Naked Lunch, Mastertraxx Rec, Patterns Rec, TMM Rec, Gobsmacked Rec, TK Rec, Elektrax Rec, Skyline Type Grooves, Intuition Rec and Dark Expressions, Tontek Rec, among others. More releases will come soon…
Original text by Paulo Rodrigues