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Bem-vindos ao Dance Music 101, um espaço dedicado para que você conheça melhor os líderes da indústria da música eletrônica no mundo. Para manter sua origem, optamos por manter as perguntas – que sempre serão as mesmas – e respostas em inglês.

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Luis Estrada is the Managing Director of Aftercluv, Universal Music Latin America’s dance entertainment division. Aftercluv is a 360 platform encompassing a record label, management and booking services, brand partnerships, media and event concepts. Based in the US, he heads operations in  9 countries and 12 cities, including Los Angeles, Miami, Mexico City, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid. In only two years Aftercluv is the leader in Iberoamerica with songs accumulating over 1 billion streams, a roster of over 15 artists with management and booking rights, 5 radio shows, 1 terrestrial FM station, 3 TV shows, the #1 edm online vertical and involvement in 3 festivals and brand partnerships with leading global brands.

Estrada has been with Universal Music since 2001, when he launched the New Trends Division in the Mexico office. Since then, he has had a range of roles including Marketing Director and in 2008 General Manager of Universal Music Latino. He subsequently took on additional GM responsibility, firstly for the Machete Music label in 2010 and then Capitol Latin in 2013. Throughout his time at Universal he has consistently developed new talent and worked closely with the most important artists on Universal Music Latin America’s roster on both a strategic and creative level, helping them achieve historic records in the charts such as Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” with 41 weeks in the #1 and J Balvin’s “Ginza” with 22 weeks in the #1 Hot Latin Songs Billboard chart, among many others. He also led the launch strategy for Aftercluv in 2015. Estrada holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a degree in Marketing from Tecnológico de Monterrey. He lives in Los Angeles, is married and has two children.

– Life: when was the moment you figured out that Dance Music was meant to you?
Though my background as a musician started in rock, I had many friends in the early 90s that were both doing electronic music and attending raves, so I was really curious about those never ending parties with “smart drinks”, the first time I attended a techno rave in 1992, I was hooked with the hypnotism of the beats and the idea of being able to “dance with myself” and without caring about the rest of the world…

– Laugh: when was the last time you had real fun?
Last Friday in my weekly date with my wife…we share a bottle of wine, charcuterie and we talk and reflect on the weekly happenings, talk about our greatest love of all: our family, she and I, our kids, our parents, brothers, sisters…

– Love: name the one thing you love more than anything – and why is that?
God and my family. It’s all about him and them.

– Past: name a significative moment in your career in Dance Music – and why is that?
We recently hosted (March 17th and 18th) The Social Festival in both Mexico and Colombia, it is the #1 boutique house and techno festival in the UK but it was relatively unknown internationally…we worked really hard and were able to make it a great success in its first editions in Latin America, which happened on the same two days in two different cities, it was a huge challenge…

– Present: what do you thing that is trending today in music, clubs and festivals?
Music is living the ultimate era of fusion and incorporating folk and ethnic sounds in pop, dance is pop and pop is dance, dance music producers compete with the greatest artists in the world right now, dance is mainstream but that also opens the door for underground sounds to be relevant again…clubs are taking less risks, they do more educated decisions, use more data and social media, regardless of many challenges, such as economic instability and local regulations festivals are growing into emerging markets in both Latin America and Asia, there’s a continuous search for new concepts/experiences that can engage with the consumers in the different demographics, this opens an opportunity for more underground events as techno and house lovers want to live a more exclusive experience…the importance of Los Angeles in dance music is huge, it’s the epicenter of the industry and that’s amazing…

– Future: where is industry heading in the years to come?
Consistent but slow growth in general the industry will definitely have better years than 2001 to 2015, Latin America and Asia will both have continuous growth, new DJs coming from those emerging markets creating a more diverse offer, the world understands better the importance and relevance of these markets as the region plays a key role in the economics of all sides of the business (recording, live, sponsorships, etc..), in a complex transition there will be a consolidation of streaming services in maybe three options at the most as it’s difficult for everyone to survive and for the consumers to pay attention to so many options, virtual reality playing a relevant part with exciting experience, dance music always being relevant as it will always play the part of the futuristic and innovative sounds…US and Europe will align more stylistically as globalization continues to erase artistic frontiers, we’ll see new exciting ways of discovering new talent through platforms that will help us filtering the massive amounts of new music that will continue to be created…

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