Party collective and record label, Gop Tun, whom started out as a music sharing group, are a five person-crew that officially came together in 2012 to throw some of the city’s best parties and put out local contemporary sounds, on their own label. They spread their love of house, disco and good vibes around Brazil’s business-capital city, São Paulo, despite the tumultuous politics of the country. Today they have put together a guide for us that walks us through all the best spots and places of their sunny city, alongside a gorgeous summery mix, exploring sounds from 80s Brazilian bands, right up to today’s contemporary tracks.
Gop Tun’s latest release TYV ‘Miau!’ including Lauer remix, is out on June 26th, as both vinyl and digital.
Check out the map above and interview below for Gop Tun’s favourite spots, while you listen to a 100% São Paulo mix.
Favourite place to buy records?
Galeria Boulevard, which is an old gallery in downtown São Paulo that gathers some of the finest record shops in the city, among them Celsom Discos, Chico e Zico, Olivio’s store and a few others. That is the place where you can find all kinds of music, especially old Brazilian stuff, even rare ones.
Favourite live music venue?
SESC, a cultural and educational project maintained by the Social Service of Commerce, a union of commerce workers that subsidises many endeavours. They play a very important role in the city, bringing special artists to their different venue around the town, such as Tortoise, Kamasi Washington, Azymuth, Zimbo Trio, Death, Tricky and a plethora of others at a very accessible price to the public.
Best soundsystem / favourite club?
Boteco Pratododia. Not the best soundsystem but really good music every weekend from the hands of great selectors.
Best party in the city?
Nowadays São Paulo has a very rich independent party scene which we’re proud to belong to. For us we couldn’t resist mentioning our party Gop Tun. This does not only stem from the fact that we put all our dreams, efforts and resources into it, but also because it’s where we get the chance to see the artists that wouldn’t come here otherwise. Moreover, we get the chance to play with all the local talents we admire and respect in a special environment.
Best view of the city?
Terraço Itália, one of the most classical buildings in the city is crowned by a terrace that has always been regarded as the best view of the city. Praça do Pôr-do-Sol, a bucolic and romantic setting that has been a gathering point for lovers for many decades.
Best spot for a picnic?
Parque do Ibirapuera, the city’s most central and beautiful park, renowned for its athletic hecticness throughout the whole day, its lake and gorgeous vegetation.
Favourite Cafe’s and Restaurants?
Restaurants: Maní, Bottega Bernacca, Ema, San Marie, Tanuki. For the past two decades São Paulo has been improving steadily in terms of offering diverse cuisine at affordable prices, so it reflects directly on the offer of places we can suggest.
Cafe’s: Coffee Lab in Vila Madalena, it does live up to the name because there they are very serious about coffee. From the beans, grinding, preparing and serving, everything obeys a quasi-scientific approach to the delights of making and tasting this beverage that has an intimate relation to the history and wealth of the city.
What are the best local dishes or street food?
Local dishes: Feijoada, Bife a cavalo and Picadinho.
Street: Pastel and Coxinha.
Descriptions are futile, look it up and see how mouthwatering they are.
Is there somewhere you like going to escape the hustle and bustle and take some time away for yourself?
We always try to leave the city whenever is possible, even more so as some of us are originally from other cities and have the opportunity of taking time out while visiting family. Luckily São Paulo is about just 1 hour from some nice beaches and wonderful countryside terrains where we can unplug and chill.
First thing you miss after leaving São Paulo?
Friends & Local Food.
Best place to see another medium of art other than music?
Lately the city can boast some pretty solid institutions for all kinds of art, such as Pinacoteca, MIS, Museu da Casa Brasileira, MASP, MAM, MAC and, most recently, the Japan House, which is a centre for Japanese culture that just opened, quite predictably, in the city that hosts the biggest community outside of Japan.
What are your favourites shops for things other than music?
Are there any markets in your city worth checking out?
Mercado Municipal, Mercado Pinheiros, Feira da Liberdade, most of the old city markets are worth visiting, be it for their architecture or for the sheer amount of different stuff you are able to find within.
If we had to buy one local thing from your city to take back, what would it be?
A football jersey (preferably from a local team), Havaianas sandals and a cachaça bottle. It might sound a tad obvious, but that’s what makes those things traditional, right?
Where will you find the friendliest, most interesting locals to have a chat with?
Vila Madalena and Pinheiros neighbourhoods as they are legendary bohemian vicinities where the chatter occupies all the spaces that music doesn’t.
What’s the best and worst thing about living in São Paulo?
Best – the offer opportunities to thrive, diverse gastronomy, vibrant nightlife, mindblowing diversity and an effervescent cultural landscape.
Worst – chaotic traffic that make you go mad, some expensive services and the pollution.
Who’s doing good things for SãoPaulo music right now, who you’d like to shout out?
Are there any interesting organisations/charities/projects involving music based/happening in your city?
There are some interesting institutions and projects that make a strong effort to change our society and improve some of its handicaps. The legendary Zimbo Trio has a very affordable music training center called CLAM, where they developed their own pedagogy and offer some scholarship for students in need. The DJ school and gear store DJ Ban also has a program called Doe Dance that helps get donations for other institution through their events, Leitura Alimenta, the one that helped us provide half-priced entrance for our Dekmantel crowd in exchange for books also comes to mind…
Who are some of your favourite up-and-coming DJs/producers/musicians bubbling up in São Paulo right now?
Could you tell us about the mix you’ve made for us? Where and how did you record it, what was the idea behind it and are there?
Imagine the soundtrack for strolling down the sidewalk of any big city: the accidents, sounds, textures, smells, but also we gathered music from other generations, representing many phases of the scene that we represent. Includes old Brazilian bands that influenced somehow São Paulo music and us, plus unreleased music from our label, friends and local producers. The Set was recorded in “8 hands” at our office on a beautiful autumn afternoon.
And finally, what’s on the horizon for you in terms of live dates or releases we should look out for?
We’re celebrating our 5th anniversary this year! Gig-wise, we have a few nice dates coming up in June in LA and NYC and then in July we leave to Europe for 40 days where will play in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, etc, wrapping the tour in Croatia where we play Dekmantel Selectors. Back in Brazil, we’re also djing at Rock in Rio in September.
Our next Gop Tun party is happening on July 8th with Tim Sweeney, Marcellus Pittman and Joey Anderson. At Gop Tun Records we’re releasing TYV ‘Miau!’ including Lauer remix, which is coming out on June 26th, as both vinyl and digital.
Daniel Ganja Man And Maurício Takara – #1
Renato Cohen – Pontapé Jazz (feat. Bocato and New Samba Jazz)
Azymuth – Tamborim, Cuica, Ganzá, Berimbau
Os Mutantes – Ando Meio Desligado
Zé Roberto – Lotus 72d
Cesar Camargo Mariano & Cia – Metrópole
Bixiga 70 – Tema Di Malaika
Georgette – Kirie
Joutro Mundo – Tchori Tchori
Rico Jorge – Faixa25
Bongo Entp. – Lujon (Carrot Green Remix)
Uakti – A Lenda (Ruffy’s Midnight Sativa Dance)
Maria Rita – Cantico Brasileiro n3 (Kamaiura) (Selvagem & Carrot Green Mix)
L_cio – Telephon
Thomash & Projeto Mujique – Cosmosamba
Balako – Nervous Inn
Repetentes 2008 – Judas Priest