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Dr Doca

Dr. Doca was born in the 1970s in Curitiba, in the state of Paraná, Brazil, into a world steeped in radio stations. From the early 80s, Doca followed in the footsteps of his father, a leading figure in the country’s radio scene. When he was just 8, he took part in a live broadcast for the first time. As a teenager, he began working as a noisemaker in various radio plays and series, while at the same time deepening his knowledge of popular Brazilian and international music. In the early 90s, Doca began his real career as a DJ in clubs and garage parties in Curitiba. Finally, in 1997, he moved to Switzerland to discover the Old Continent and enrich his cultural range with new influences. His exposure to European culture also helped him hone his style. He then founded his Alternativo Brasil project. Here, Dr. Doca works like a chameleon, adapting to the atmosphere and shifting from one style to another, always managing to make the right choice from the vast amount of Brazilian music on offer.

In Switzerland, Doca has been a guest at major annual events, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, where it has organised Brazilian evenings with internationally renowned artists since the 1970s, the Cully Jazz Festival, the Fribourg Film Festival, the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Label Suisse RTS, the Mapping Festival, the Festival de La Bâtie and the ADEM (Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie de Genève). Doca also works with major discotheques and concert halls, including La Gravière (Geneva), Usine Geneve l’Usine à Gaz (Nyon), Fri-son (Fribourg), Rote Fabrick (Zurich) and Bikinit est (La Chaux-de-Fonds).

Lastly, he has supported parties by the likes of Liniker e os Caramelows, Seu Jorge & Almaz, Marcelo D2, Dj Dolores & Aparelhagem, Flavia Coelho, Joyce Muniz, Elisa do Brasil, Mr Catra, Dj Marky, XRS, Dj Nuts and has been a columnist on the Republik Kalakuta programme on FM Couleur3, a national reference channel. He currently runs a vinyl pressing workshop called Doca Vinyl, based in Champagne, Switzerland.