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Words Matthew Duffi eld
A couple of issues ago Kmag checked out S.P.Y, the Brazilian-born and now London-based DJ and producer. He’s also one
half of Damage Inc, this issue it’s back to São Paulo to meet his studio partner Danny Acorsi otherwise known as C.A.B.L.E.
Like S.P.Y – or Carlos Lima to use his real name – I made the track. It’s 100 per cent my feelings and So how about your collaboration with S.P.Y as
Danny was born and raised in São Paulo but unlike emotions, whether they’re moody, deep, angry or Damage Inc and how does it differ from your other
the former he’s still based there. He grew up in the enthusiastic. I spend a lot of time creating sounds, productions? “I’ve know S.P.Y for about fi ve years
city’s East Side living the life of a regular kid playing synths and basslines, but the tracks themselves are a and we’ve always traded music. When he came to
sports, getting into cartoons and comics, hanging refl ection of me. Even the titles relate to something Brazil visiting family he stopped by my house and
out with his friends and listening to music. Unlike I was going through at that time or are named after we started doing a track just for fun. We really like
most kids, however, he started taking guitar lessons bands and songs that have played a signifi cant part the result and thought we should do more together
at the age of 12. He later headed off to college to in my life over the years.” even if we had to work over the internet.
study advertising and marketing but the musical
seeds had been sown. There’s defi nitely a strong tech element and a lot “Basically the project is an outlet for both of us
His fi rst musical love was rock inspired by his of energy to Danny’s music – not surprisingly it’s to work on music with that old school vibe which
father’s record collection, but it wasn’t long before been going down a storm on dancefl oors recently infl uenced us and to try and bring back the 1998-
he was exposed to hip hop and then drum & bass. with Total Science, Fabio, Marky, Grooverider, 2000 sound which everyone keeps saying they miss.
Bailey, Doc Scott and many more playing his tracks We’re very focused on Damage Inc and the results
“The tune was Goldie’s ‘Temper Temper’,” out. and feedback so far makes us want to do more.”
remembers Danny. “It had a huge impact on me
and I kept thinking, ‘I have to fi nd more like this’, “Most of the labels I made contact with through Early 2009 will see Damage Inc singles coming
and here we are today!” the internet and a few in person when they came to out on Advanced and CIA, while there will
Brazil. I met Ink in Brazil, for example, and that’s be C.A.B.L.E releases on Advanced, CIA,
Rock remains a major infl uence on Danny and how I got the release on Renegade Hardware. That Innerground and Mac II. Danny has a growing
those early guitar lessons paid off as he soon learnt was amazing for me as it was my fi rst release on a reputation behind the decks too and has played all
how to play bass, drums and percussion. It was his label I’ve always been a huge fan of and I was the over the USA and in Holland. A European tour is
brother and his friends who fi rst began to DJ but fi rst Brazilian on there. Same with 31 Records and planned for 2009 including a much anticipated
it wasn’t long before Danny joined them and his the Bad Company boys. Recently I’ve been working visit to the UK.
musical knowledge proved very useful. a lot with CIA – they’re amazing, great guys, great
producers and great businessmen. I’m also working C.A.B.L.E. stands for Constructive Audio Boun-
“When I fi rst heard drum & bass I was amazed how with Marky, he’s a great guy too and I like working cing Low Energies, by the way, and does pretty
moody, musical and powerful it was. It’s similar with him.” much what it says on the tin. “I wanted a name
to rock in its construction and progression, and that sounds powerful when the words come out of
the melodies, drum sounds and bass. After a few Like S.P.Y, he’s also become something of a your mouth and yet something that could refl ect
years DJing I became curious about how that music prolifi c producer. “There are times when I’ve a little bit of what I want to do with my music. It
was made. If the process of creating it is similar fi nished a track in two hours including mixing and was the best way to bring both things together
to creating a guitar riff, I thought, I’ll fi nd out mastering, but I won’t tell you which ones they are! and to explain that my sound is designed to bring
and started to spend a lot of time in front of a It usually takes me fi ve to seven hours because I’m something to people, to shake all the bad things
computer.” very comfortable with the tools and software I work out, make them happy and bring the vibe up.”
with, so whatever comes to my mind I can easily
Now that he has developed his production skills, mutate into a track. Of course, there are tracks that
how would Danny describe the C.A.B.L.E. take me weeks of work and are still not fi nished.”
sound? “My sound is pretty much how I felt when
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