São Paulo: it’s Brazil’s largest metropolis, its beating financial heart, and the city that never sleeps. But how about a new, lesser known label: Brazil’s music capital? Scratch the city's surface today and you’ll find a vibrant, eclectic music scene, from Centro and Baixo Augusta’s seedier rock clubs to the emerging nova cena paulista, the new wave of talented young singer-songwriters, and MCs waxing lyrical in the city’s periferia – its gritty suburbs. Meanwhile, electronic music keeps the club kids up till well past dawn to the sounds of homegrown, paulistano DJs.
It’s not all about the local talent, though. São Paulo has established itself firmly on the international live music and festival circuit, with Chicago’s mighty Lollapalooza kicking off the festival year this Easter weekend, 7-8 April. Nearly fifty bands will hit the four stages at the São Paulo Jockey Club, including MGMT, Peaches, Foo Fighters and the Arctic Monkeys, alongside some of the most interesting Brazilian bands of the moment. A month later, Sónar continues to build on its reputation as the world’s most important electronic music festival, bringing Björk, Justice and a veritable Who’s Who of the electronic scene to São Paulo – that's from 11-12 May, at Anhembi Parque.
To help you navigate your way through Lollapalooza and the city's various music scenes, we've asked four of the paulistano DJs and musicians in the festival's lineup – representing rock, hip hop, electronic and the nova cena paulista – to help us map out the city’s musical scene. See you down the front?