Over the past two decades, club music in Brazil has taken the form of commercial entertainment for the middle class or an aesthetic resource for music creators from different backgrounds – baile funk DJs and rap beatmakers. , for example. Apart from that and the insanely enduring psytrance scene, a number of scenes flourished under the radar. These movements injected energy into underground Brazilian dance floors and spawned several renowned names, from DJ Marky on ’90s drum’n’bass to production prodigy BADSISTA.

Desande, however, represents the first time that a Brazilian music scene led by children from low and low income backgrounds has risen to become mainstream electronic music. Also, looking at the big picture: Goiânia is outside what you might call the center of the axis of Brazilian clubs. “I know for a fact that when they see us playing, the kids in our area, they see us as an inspiration,” says Illusionize. “We’re all in there together, we’re that music.”

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Not only a sound, desande also exists in the form of movements on the dancefloor. The arms should sculpt the air with loose strokes, either side to side or up and down. At the same time, one foot mirrors the upper body with quick strides, from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe, while the other skips lightly with each bar kick. If you execute the steps gracefully, you earn the right to be known as a surfer, skillful dancers who glide smoothly across the floor. It is the sarrinho, the unofficial dance of desande.

“It’s a 100% Brazilian dance”, says Amanda caroline, who is climbing Brazil’s fiercely competitive Instagram influencer faun as a sarriho expert. Using short videos, the 19-year-old college student gives advice and encourages newcomers to embrace this Brazilian mix of footwork and brewing. “I feel that there is life in the land, and that there is no point in dancing to lifeless music,” she says.

Amanda started dancing in 2016, a year before she was of legal club age. She comes from Timbó, a small town located in the state of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil. Before the pandemic, she regularly attended electronic music clubs in big cities like Itajaí, where desande DJs often perform.