flávio seixlack: colectivo futurecast 039

We turn our attention to São Paolo this time for a wonderful mixtape by photographer and editor of one of our favorite blogs, suppaduppa, mister Flavio Seixlack. If you’re expecting your typical Brasilian music inspired set (not that there’s anything wrong with that to be clear) you’ll be surprised to hear a wide selection of songs ranging from italian film music, to modern day future pop, strange ballads from lands unknown and yes there are some Brasilian jams in there too. Aside from being a music lover, Flavio is one of the main guys behind the outstanding Suppaduppa blog, which is an online publication curated by four friends and focusing on all things music, video games, photography, and other artforms.

Artwork is taken from a photo by Flávio Seixlack.

CF: How and where was this mix recorded?

I love doing mixtapes. This one was recorded at home on a beautiful Friday afternoon that I wasn’t working (I took the day off) and I invented kind of a rule for this one: I HAD to organize the songs alphabetically. So that’s what I did. And I tried to put a lot of different songs on this one, so we have artists from Argentina and France, some cool Brazilian stuff, some weird stuff, hip-hop, some surprises and lots of soul. I hope you and all the CF readers enjoy it!

CF: You’re part of the Suppaduppa blog and collective, what can you tell us about the music aspect of the site? Why is music such an important part of what you do?

Well, it all started because of the music. I had an individual blog and Denis also had his, and as we are such good friends we though: “Why don’t we join forces?” So, the idea was to mix our tastes in music and our reviews, interviews, etc and do something bigger. We also called Bruna, who you already know, and Clara (her sister and my girlfriend). Together we created Suppaduppa, and although we focus on music, we also talk about photography, art, skate, sometimes games and movies and other stuff that we like. But music is such an important part of what I do because it is because of it that I am who I am. I’m always singing, 24/7, my friends and co-workers sometimes think I’m a pain in the ass hahahah. It’s like 50% of my heart and brain.


CF: Where does your interest for art and in particular photography come from?

I actually don’t know, but I think internet may be the very responsible for this. I come from a small town relatively far from São Paulo, and when internet (and also cable TV) arrived in my city, everything changed. Well, that and when a friend of my brother came to me and said: “Hey, you like Faith No More, right? Well, this is Mike Patton’s other band” and then he sold me the first Mr Bungle album. My life was never the same again, because from that day on I never had a closed mind for anything anymore.

So yeah, it’s the 90s and now I have internet at home and I start seeing things that I’ve never seen before, and also searching for new things for the first time. That became even more important when I moved to Sao Paulo at 18, it was definitely another turning point in my life. I also love the movies and I to play video games. To me, everything can be art. Sometimes the so called art doesn’t make sense to me at all, but then you listen to and old record, play a wonderful game or a friend of yours take a beautiful picture and deep inside you know what you seeing, playing or listening to is art, you don’t even have to explain that to anyone. My interest for photography, believe it or not, started with Fotolog. Of course I started with one that was full of horrible pictures, but then I started following people that had another point of view towards photography, people from all around the world and I then I realized that photography could be a lot different from what I was doing. It was then that I bought my first film camera and it’s been almost 10 years that I just love to take pictures non-professionally with a point-and-shoot.


CF: What do you normally listen to at home? What are 3 of your favorite albums past or present?

Everything. I really like library music, jazz, hip-hop and soul, also black metal, grind-core, weird music of all kinds, lots of Bollywood soundtracks from the 50s, 60s and 70s, but on the other hand I like pop music a lot, love Michael Jackson and some very light, cool kind of music. But I have a very strong passion in music and that’s Italian soundtracks from the 60s and 70s. We all know Ennio Morricone (who might be my favorite composer of all time), of course, but it is a much more richer field. And I’m not talking only about Nino Rota, Alessandro Alessandroni, Piero Umiliani and Piero Piccioni… there is TONS of obscure composers that have also made beautiful and unforgettable soundtracks, songs that are always stuck in my head. So that’s the genre that I love to dig the most. And I’m really sorry but there is NO way I can make a list of 3 albums, or 6, or 10… That’s just impossible!


CF: What’s your favorite thing about living in São Paolo?

It’s a very bizarre place. It is not a visually beautiful city, don’t let people convince you about that. But at the same time, there are these little oases on this vast, horrible, ugly, disgusting and putrid desert that are just worth it. Places like the Japanese neighborhood and all it’s glory. Or the Jewish community and their restaurants, the old neighborhoods and the way how everything is mixed up, people, food, smells, trash, the rich and the poor. But São Paulo is also, at least for me, the most interesting city in Brazil to do and see stuff culturally. It is very rich in that sense. And it’s just that everything is so ugly and bizarre that at some point it starts to become cool and, in a twisted way, beautiful.

CF: What does the future hold for Suppaduppa? Do you have any projects or ideas you would like to develop apart from curating the blog?

I don’t know. Better, bigger things, I hope. My intention for Suppaduppa is to cover more stuff, but also never forget the main focus: music. We have to do more interviews, more articles about obscure stuff and so on… Also I want to call more collaborators and cover more (and in a better way) subjects like games and skate, and also cinema, art and photography. We also want to invest more on videos… this is particularly hard, but very rewarding. We’ll see…

Apart from that I always had this bizarre project that is almost impossible because someone would have to invest a lot of money: to live in Japan and to create a website talking about the weirdest stuff about the country – its music, games, food, etc – with lots of pictures, videos and words. Maybe someday! hahah