COLORS: How would you describe baile funk to someone who hadn’t heard of the genre before?
Tasha & Tracie: Funk is almost like an ancestral rhythm. Like hip-hop, it’s always reinventing itself. It’s rich and diverse… there’s nothing you can really compare it to.
COLORS: Do you remember the first time you heard baile funk music?
T&T: There’s this religious celebration in Brazil around June and July called Quermesse. During this time, there are free concerts in the streets in the quebradas, areas on the outskirts of the city. Everyone will go outside to meet each other and listen to music. Even people who don’t live in the quebradas any more come back to join in. We probably heard baile funk for the first time during one of these celebrations.
COLORS: Can you tell us about the funk music you create? How would you describe your musical style?
T&T: It’s important for us to mix new funk with older funk sounds as a way to preserve the history of funk in Sao Paulo. We also like to mix funk with rap, trap, grime, and drill. Our music is basically a mix of all the different genres we like.