COLORS: When did you first start listening to funk?
Iasmin Turbininha: Funk has been part of my life since I was a kid. I used to listen to it with my mum at parties in my neighbourhood. I think the first time I went I was eight-years-old. My mum passed away when I was eleven, and I felt quite lost, like I didn’t have any purpose anymore. funk gave me the power to carry on.
COLORS: When did you decide to start making your own funk music?
IT: One day I went to my friend’s studio and watched him create a track from start to finish. I was amazed how, in only three days, he could create something that could then be played to thousands of people. So I started going to more parties in my city, like Baile da Penha, Baile da Mangueira, and Baile Nova Holanda, and learning how to create tracks myself. In the beginning I didn’t have a phone, so I had to go to a lan house—an internet cafe—to be able to use a computer. Eventually, I decided to work there so that I could download the programmes I needed to produce music. This was around 2015. My first concert was in a neighborhood called Osvaldo Cruz. I was amazed because loads of people wanted to talk to me and take my picture. It was then that I realised I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.