iZem in Brazil

“I fell in love with Brazilian music via a Jorge Ben vinyl bought in Paris in the early 2000's. His sound was clearly related to the soul and funk records that I was collecting at the time but with a sunny edge and a language that would sound more similar to mine. A couple of years later I moved to Brazil as a consequence of that growing passion for tropical sounds and found myself living in one of the most exciting music cities: Recife.

I also spent a few weeks in Rio de Janeiro (my favourite place in the world) but never had the occasion to go back since. My records are keeping me warm in the meantime… I know the lyrics and I sing along ALL those tunes. Enjoy!”

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iZem (the acronym of “in ze early morning”) is the alter ego of the French DJ and producer Jérémie Moussaid Kerouanton. He has been relentlessly looking for new horizons, in a constant search for links between cultures through music. He has been producing and mixing music under the name iZem for almost 10 years, and his efforts to travel off the beaten track have long been supported by some of the greatest tastemakers, including Gilles Peterson, XLR8R and KCRW. After working in radio in Paris at the beginning of the 2000s, and in a hurry to experience more in the world, he left France in 2005 to work as a guitarist in musical projects in Spain and then in Recife, Brazil.

During his exciting South American experience, and while spending one year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he co-founded the online radio Groovalizacion. He continued to document his musical adventures through podcasts recorded in various places of residence. After spending several years working as a DJ in Dublin, he moved to Lisbon in 2013, a cosmopolitan and sun-filled port city, with the idea of putting the finishing touches on his first album Hafa. He also began to put together a group to perform his music live. This album’s impact has grown and grown throughout the world, and its supporters include famous musicians, such as the British Bonobo, Mount Kimbie, Quantic, the Luso-Angolan Batida and the Italian Clap Clap...