Rhythm Foundation member Marcello Bentine is a man of many talents. Raised between Florida and Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian roots and music flow through his blood.
Marcello began DJing with his mother’s classic Brazilian records from the 1960s and 70s, and became an avid collector of the genre. Catch him spinning vinyl at SushiSamba in Miami Beach on Fridays, where he has been DJing for over 10 years.
He has thrown several “Tropicalia” inspired parties around the world, with such DJs/producers as Marcelinho Da Lua (Rio de Janeiro), Sunlightsquare (London), Nickodemus (NYC), Mustafa Do Brasil (Paris/Rio), and DJ Le Spam (Miami); to name a few.
Besides DJing, he dabbles in graphic design – he created the artwork for our Season Launch Party. The logo is a glass filled to the brim with colorful images evocative of Brazil. And he does all of this on top of his day job. Professionally, Marcello is a Medical Speech and Language Pathologist and uses music in his therapies with patients.
He will be DJing at our Season Launch Party this Thursday at the PAMM before Alma Tropicalia. Although he likes to stay under the radar, he was more than happy to answer some of our questions before the event.
The Rhythm Foundation: You said you are an avid vinyl collector of Brazilian albums your family regular played at home during your childhood. What other types of vinyl do you collect?
Marcello Bentine: Anything I can get my hands on! I love music from around the world, so my vacations usually revolve around the proximity to a good record shop. I’ve found my best records in countries like: Cuba, Japan, India, England, and Brazil (obviously).
TRF: Do you still only DJ with vinyl or have you adapted with the times?
MB: Since most venues nowadays aren’t vinyl friendly, I have (reluctantly) conformed to CDs, then computers, then USB sticks, and now it looks like now I’m gonna have to learn how to DJ from the new “Apple Watch” and “Google Glass” (haha).
TRF: What music do you identify with/play now besides Brazilian or Tropicalia?
MB: Well, being a “Miamian” now, I would have to say Latin/Caribbean sunsets and deep/funky house music sunrises.
TRF: What made you want to become a Medical Speech and Language Pathologist? Did you get into it because you knew you could use music to help patients, or did using music come as a result of your experience?
MB: I was always good at imitating dialects and accents, so initially I became interested in working with actors in accent modification and reduction as a dialect coach; but I quickly discovered how personally rewarding it was to work with the rehabilitation aspects of Speech Pathology. Music has become my most powerful therapy tool – whether it be voice training for singers, singing therapy to help regain speech with my stroke patients, or creating playlists of familiar upbeat songs on iPods to elicit memory and speech for my dementia and Alzheimer’s patients (as seen in the documentary “Alive Inside”).
TRF: When will you be throwing your next Tropicalia party?
MB: Well I have a few, I’ll be doing another one of Marcelinho Da Lua’s (Bossacucanova) weekly “Ya’Ya High-Fi” parties in Rio (a must if you’re ever visiting) and DJ Neville C’s “Samba Social” next month in DC. Locally, I do an early Brazilian set on Fridays at SushiSamba in Miami Beach, and DJ Sire, Mr. Brown, and myself are planning on bringing some great Brazilian indie films to Miami with “Tropicalia” inspired after-parties to follow with all the bells, whistles, and caipirinhas – stay tuned!
Join us, Marcello and Alma Tropicalia for our Season Launch Party at the Perez Art Museum on Thursday, September 18 from 6-10 PM. We will have a SILENT AUCTION with many wonderful items including hotel stays, restaurant certificates, art, unique experiences and much more.