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Artists to Watch 2011: Joyce Muniz

Originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil, and now based in Vienna, Joyce Muniz straddles north and south in both her productions and her DJ sets. She started out collaborating with Viennese downtempo don Stereotyp and Brazilian MC Edu K for Man Recordings, and recent years have found her turning out an unusual fusion of tropical rhythms and jacking house on records for the likes of Sol Selectas and Exploited. Her new single for Exploited, "Bedstories," makes an unexpected (and entirely welcome) foray into deepest, chord-heavy, classic house, with killer remixes from Mr. Ho and Cosmin TRG. Right now she's on tour in Brazil; you can get a taste of her DJ skills on her most recent podcast for Exploited.

Muniz calls her sound "future house"; jack into it below.

What kind of music do you make, and how long have you been doing it for?

I started the first productions with some well-known Viennese producers eight years ago. I did trip hop, downtempo, booty bass and house music. Now I am producing my own beats in the studio. It's hard to define my style but I would say it's future house. Maybe it's only a certain period for me and I go back to my drum & bass roots in the end. Who knows. At the end of the day it's all about music and I wanna keep doing freestyle music.

What projects do you have coming up for 2011? Beyond that, what do you hope to have accomplished by this time next year?

My second single, "Bedstories," is out now on Exploited. I am already working on a new 4-track EP for Exploited, which this time is more work, as I am trying to integrate some well-known vocalists and I am also trying to produce a track for the EP with my own vocals. Futhermore, I did some vocals for Munk's new album The Beat and the Bird (Gomma), which is a collaboration between Mathias Modica and 12 female singers from eight different countries. Right now I am touring in Brazil: Rio, Sao Paolo, Manaus, Porto Allegre... 2011 will be a great year to continue my work: for sure with some changes but at the moment it's too early to say anything about it...

If you had to make one music-related resolution for the new year, what would it be?

Woooh. House is back in all forms. Maybe put some soul in it. Missed it a lot in the last years: for sure with a tropical touch.

Finally, could you tip us off to an up-and-coming artist that you think people should know about?

There is a lot: Matanza, Homework, DJ Smilk, Luthier... especially Luthier, from Brazil... those guys are trouble!

Interview by Beatportal.

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