Get to know Terr, the producer making moody techno-disco

“I always say, to be a DJ or producer in Brazil you have to be very rich or very crazy,” says Daniela Caldellas, better known as Terr. “And I was not very rich.”

Growing up in Belo Horizonte, a city in south-eastern Brazil, Caldellas was into 90s grunge acts such as Nirvana, but was led down a different musical path when big beat acts like The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy came along.

The electroclash craze at the turn of the millennium convinced her to swap her guitars for synths and try to make some of this music herself, helped by her best friend Daniel Watts, who would become her partner in duo Digitaria.

“The first thing that really blew my mind was Tiga’s ‘Sunglasses At Night’ and all those after that, Miss Kittin, Fischerspooner – all the International Deejay Gigolo Records crew,” she says. “I was really proud that we met DJ Hell five years later, and we were releasing on that same label.”

From 2004, Watts and Caldellas enjoyed a growing profile as Digitaria, collaborating with Adana Twins and Clarian and releasing on Hot Creations and Items & Things. Touring demands saw them move to Barcelona in 2013, but a few years in, Caldellas wanted to explore nostalgic sci-fi sounds on her own. “I want to take people to a comfortable place when they listen to me,” she says. “I was inspired by a lot of music from the seventies and eighties.”

Her retro-futuristic work as Terr has found a natural home on labels such as Hotflush, Permanent Vacation and Correspondant. On her latest EP, though, the mood is lightened by Caldellas’ breezy vocals, disco strings and cowbell flourishes. Released on Phantasy Sound, ‘Tale Of Devotion’ reflects her state of mind at the time.

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