Your Mix Fix: DJ Edgar

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The word mixtape has plenty of different interpretations. It used to be that mixtapes were actually DJ sets recorded on cassette tapes, but with the coming of the digital music age, the name remained the same, but the definition expanded. Nowadays, people call mixtapes many different things, some of which are not necessarily mixed and most of which were never taped. Here we try to cover them all. In this column, Juan Data gives you a worthy one every week.

DJ: Edgar
MIXTAPE: Baile Funk Mundial 2013

It’s back to school for many but the summer isn’t over in the Northern Hemisphere, so there’s still time for some baile funk parties.

Rio De Janeiro’s DJ Edgar is one of the most world-renowned DJs in the Carioca genre, having traveled the globe with his Akai MPC preaching the gospel of the favelas to his contagious bunda-wobbling beat.

The good thing about baile funk is that you don’t really need to know any portuguese to get down—it’s all about the up-tempo syncopated beat derived from Afrika Bambaataa’s ’80s electro-funk and Miami bass that’s really easy to follow. Also, it’s worth noting that unlike most DJs out there, baile funk DJs don’t usually mix with turntables. Instead they use samplers and electronic drum pads for live remixing, turning this into an art form all its own.