Carlos Manaça is one of the main Portuguese DJ’s and producers. With a career that started in 1986 in his hometown Barreiro (near Lisbon) he is one of the pioneers of the Portuguese Dance Scene.
Being resident of two of the first electronic dance clubs in Portugal during the 90’s (1992 to 1995 at “CAIS 447” – Matosinhos, Oporto, and 1995 to 1996 at “ROCK’s Club” – Vila Nova Gaia, Oporto) and since then playing in some of the biggest dance music events in Portugal, gave him the recognition as one of the main DJ’s on the Portuguese dance scene. As a “ROCK’s Club” resident DJ he played with International Artists like Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, Armand Van Elden, Laurent Garnier, Jeff Mills, Josh Wink, Dj Sneak, Johnny Vicious, George Morel, Eric Morillo, Underworld (Live), among many others, most of them playing for the first time in Portugal.
As a producer, his name started to get international exposure in 1995 with the worldwide release by TRIBAL AMERICA of his remixes of Oporto’s Dance Act O.L.N. “Oporto Deep Cuts EP” highly supported by Danny Tenaglia. In 1999 creates MAGNA RECORDINGS where releases one of his well know tracks, “Feel The Drums” (MAGNA 001, May 2000). In 2001 co-produces Manaca, Chus & Ceballos “The Strong Rhythm”, released on Stereo Productions, and included in several International Dance compilations, like the acclaimed “DEEP DISH Global Underground: MOSCOW”, while topping the Dance Charts all over the Globe. In 2009 “The Strong Rhythm” Remixes by D-Unity released on MAGNA RECORDINGS stayed 4 weeks at #1 on Beatport’s Minimal Top Chart.
Moved to Madrid in 2002 after finishing an Audio Engineering degree at SAE Institute Madrid, his DJ schedule is mostly in Portugal, but he still has time to play regularly in Countries like Japan, Switzerland, Brazil, Luxemburg, Poland, Croatia, Germany, Mexico, Angola, Mozambique, Russia, USA, Canada and Spain, among others.
As a Producer, 2015 was his best year with releases on important Labels like Dubfire’s SCI+TEC Audio, Funk’n Deep, Toolroom (with Chus & Ceballos), Orange Recordings, Transmit, Otto Music, Kinetika Records, District Audio and his own Magna Recordings.
In 2016 Carlos Manaça celebrated 30 Years as a professional DJ. It was one of his best DJ years ever receiving several awards in Portugal. One of them was a special “30 Years Career Award” by Oporto Nova Era Radio in a sold out show called “Best Of The Year by Radio Nova Era” on April 2nd 2016.
In May 2016 Carlos Manaça headlined ROCK IN RIO Lisboa electronic stage with Carl Cox, Octave One (Live) Dj Vibe and Conti & Leozinho (Brazil) an amazing sold out event, one of the best Rock In Rio Lisboa electronic nights so far.
Still in 2016 Carlos Manaça was nominated one of the “Best Portuguese DJs” by online dance platform “100%DJ” and was also nominated as “Best Tech DJ” by WAV Awards, also in Portugal.
Since 2017 has a weekly Magna Recordings Radio Show on one of the biggest Radio Stations in the North of Portugal, Nova Era Radio in Oporto (Portugal), on Fridays (11pm – 12am CET).
The English version of the Radio Show is distributed worldwide by the British company Syndicast (www.syndicast.co.uk) to around 90 online and FM Radios all over the globe.
In 2021 celebrates 35 Years as a professional DJ, an incredible number to achieve, but he’s more motivated than ever. He still loves delivering his typical Tech House & Techno tribal influenced grooves to the clubbers every weekend, and feels that still has a lot of music to deliver to the Global Dance Scene.
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