RA heads to the Brazilian coastline for In Residence's first stop of 2017.
RA's In Residence series is celebrating club culture by throwing a month of parties at 12 of the world's best clubs. Clubs are the beating heart of dance music, and these are the venues that keep their local scenes thriving. Week-in, week-out, they open their doors to play the music we love.
As we settle in for a month at each of the clubs, we'll be running features that, through a combination of different media, aim to provide lasting documents of these iconic spaces.
We're taking in the Brazilian summer at Warung Beach Club for our first In Residence parties of 2017. Run by a small group of friends from nearby Curitiba, Warung reimagines the south Brazilian coast as an analogue to Ibiza. Its main floor opens out onto the beach, lit entirely by the sunrise at the end of every party. Beyond the breathtaking locale, the crew behind Warung has also introduced the region to headier house and techno bookings. We're honored to program the main room and The Garden stage at Warung this month, working with a team that's built a thriving dance music outpost in an unlikely location.
Jan 7 RA In Residence, Warung Beach Club, Itajaí feat. Tale Of Us. Recondite, Eli Iwasa, Petre Inspirescu, Gromma, Ale Reis
Jan 14 RA In Residence, Warung Beach Club, Itajaí feat. Apollonia (Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, Shonky), Matthias Meyer B2B Marco Resmann, Conti & Mandi, Diogo Accioly
Jan 21 RA In Residence, Warung Beach Club, Itajaí feat. Nina Kraviz, Renato Ratier, Ney Faustini, Cassy, Aninha, Ricardo Albuquerque
Jan 28 RA In Residence, Warung Beach Club, Itajaí feat. Mind Against, Gui Thome, Boghosian, Red Axes (live), Gop Tun DJs x Gui Scott x Caio Taborda, Leozinho
- 01Address350, José Medeiros Vieira Av., Praia Brava, Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil
- 02Club opened2002
- 03Dance floors2
- 05Resident DJsAninha, Albuquerque, Ale Reis, Boghosian, Dashdot, Fabø, Gromma, Leo Janeiro, Leozinho, Renato Ratier, Volkoder
Sound can make or break a club, and this is especially true in Warung's case. The main dance floor is missing a back wall, fully opening onto the beach, while the downstairs Garden stage is fully exposed. Banging it out onto the beachfront at night is what makes Warung such a unique experience, and it's also what nearly sunk the club.
Finding a workable solution took years and a soundsystem specifically designed for the space. Warung is the only In Residence club without a permanent soundsystem. As it's only open four-to-six times a month during peak season, Daniel Sgoda, from Divulgasom Events, installs the custom rig each time Warung opens its doors.
Upstairs, 40 woofers and 60 drivers line both sides of the dance floor, facing each other, not out onto the beach. Each small VIP area is outfitted with its own system. It's not an overpowering setup. Zgoda has managed to keep the sound uniquely restrained to the main floor, with its A-frame ceiling. While the sound is an even 120 dB across the length of the room, it drops about 50% on the balcony.
There was luck involved as well. Founder Gustavo Rassi modeled the architecture after the après surf huts of Bali. The pointed roof keeps the sound in, while the almost entirely wooden construction has a natural reverberatory effect. Early on, someone explained to Rassi how he could provide world-class sound without blowing the roof off and incensing the neighbors: "'The beach is like an acoustic shell. And your club, with all this wood and thatch, is like a speaker.'"
Warung's army of ten residents are experts at setting the table, often tasked with warming up for superstar headliners. The four mixes here span from the deeper techno sound that goes over gangbusters in the main room to the swinging tech house that's come to define the downstairs Garden stage. A welcome coastal warmth is also prevalent in the club's sound. As resident Leo Janeiro says, "The uniqueness of the club and its location near the ocean makes it a magical place to play."