Producer, DJ, record label boss and musical innovator.
Rui Da Silva, is one of Portugal’s greatest exports. Rui Da Silva is a DJ, producer and songwriter synonymous with pure electronic dance music. Released in 2000, his iconic single, “Touch Me,” took the world by storm in monumental proportions, holding the “#1” chart position in several countries including the UK, Portugal and Greece.
Since then, Da Silva has arisen to international fame, being dubbed one of the best tribal/progressive-house producers in the world. Traveling the globe to destinations as far-flung as Dubai, Colombia, Albania, Australia, Singapore, Germany, Greece and the U.S., Da Silva has had the pleasure of spinning at nightclubs and festivals internationally, including Space (Ibiza), Ushuaia (Ibiza), Ministry Of Sound (UK), Rock In Rio (Portugal) and Exit Festival (Serbia), among others.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1968, Rui Da Silva began his DJ career at the age of 12, playing for friends and experimenting with sounds. By 1992, Da Silva had created his own record label, Kaos Records, as well as having formed the legendary group, Underground Sound of Lisbon, one of the most influential electronic music bands in Portugal today.
“Before Kaos [Records], there was no dance scene in Portugal. These were really early days for EDM [electronic dance music] around the world, and we had to create everything from scratch; from making the music, to releasing the records all the way to organizing the parties and DJing. We became well known for organizing raves in one-off spaces like Castles, Convents and open air places,” says Da Silva.
Starting in 1993, Kaos Records ran a series of parties in Portugal called, “A Week in Paradise Called Portugal,” where international talent was brought in to play. The international press took notice, and soon the Portuguese dance music scene became known as a destination for the jet-setting EDM crowd.
Underground Sound of Lisbon’s inaugural release, “So Get Up,” reached the “#1” spot on the Billboard Dance Chart in 1994, in addition to climbing various other dance music charts. The classic record received proper remixes from Danny Tenaglia and Junior Vasquez and quickly become a staple in the dance music community. “So Get Up” was heard frequently during Tenaglia’s and Vasquez’s DJ sets at New York’s infamous Sound Factory nightclub. Not only did the landmark record impact the New York music scene, it led the way for a generation of producers who followed.