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"“Brazilianity” is the basic concept of my work.
My music is eletronic but is not only an artistic  esthetics, it has a true language."  


In the beginning was the verb, then came the music.
And it never stopped.

Dj, composer, music producer, drummer, percussionist and performer. Ricardo Imperatore is part of a restricted group of Djs, who write, sing and play a unique repertoire that balance perfectly the fusion between Brazilian tropical mood and the most progressive electronic music.

The first steps of Ricardo Imperatore in the music scene of Rio de Janeiro are as drummer and co-founder of Banda Bel, in 1984. The band mixed Samba and Rock in an explosive and unprecedented way until then and exploded in the Dance floors all over Brazil. This success held for a decade and until 1994 Band Bel was unanimously regarded as a group ahead of its time. It is after this period that Ricardo Imperatore begins his solo career, as a drummer/percussionist, in a new period filled with the same success as the previous one. From 1995 to 2000, Imperatore played or toured with artists such as Natalie Cole, Susan Vega, Man At Work, Midnight Oil, Marisa Monte, Titas, Tom Capone, Monobloco, Ivo Meirelles, Cassiano among many others.

It is after 2001 that Imperatore immerses in the world of electronic music, initiating the project BoTECOeletro. Being a professional percussionist, and an author deeply aware of the roots of Brazilian music, the project gave Imperatore a DJ style with a unique personality, like the great names of electronic music that as him, are authors and composers. The project, influenced by folk, erudite music, as well as popular and pop brazilian music, gave to BoTECOeletro the prize for best electronic album of 2005 at the Brazilian Music Awards (the Brazilian equivalent to the Grammys).

In 2012 Imperatore releases boTECOeletro Vol. 2, which was once again named best electronic album in the 2013 edition of the Brazilian Music Awards. The success of this album is undeniable, as demonstrated by the invitation to Imperatore to perform in the 2013 edition of Rock in Rio, before an audience of thousands of people in delirium.

Imperatore has already toured throughout Europe, USA, Latin America and Africa, in places like New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona, Vienna, Austria, Torino, Bologna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Porto, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Lichenstein, Mexico City, La Paz, São Paulo and Rio de Janeirp, among many other.



The best of two worlds.

Ricardo Imperatore num Boteco do Rio

Ricardo Imperatore in a bodega in Rio

The name Botecoeletro comes from the blending of two distinct passions: An old passion for the Rio's Botecos, where so many things happened and where so much culture was made, and a new love - the electronic music.

In this photo we can see the Adega da Praça, a typical bodega of Rio de Janeiro, immortalized in the cover of boTECOeletro Volume 2.

Botecoeletro Vol 1


©2004 - Brazilian Music Awards 2005
Best Electronic Album.

According to Imperatore, "Brasileirismo" is the basis of the concept of BoTECOeletro. Marisa Monte stated the following: "Botecoelectro left me a very positive mark when I first heard it. I'm glad everyone had the same opportunity I had when I heard this record."

Botecoeletro Vol 2

boTECOeletro Vol. 2

©2012 - Brazilian Music Awards 2013
Nomenee Melhor Álbum Electrónico.

Once again this is an innovative record, full of influences from Brazilian roots music, where we find the presence of names like Baden-Powel or Zé Ramalho, among many others.