YouTube Music Awards has Leo Justi!
YouTube has tapped one of Brazil’s premiere urban-electronic artists, LEO JUSTI, to perform at the first annual YouTube Music Awards. The Brazilian broadcast, produced by VICE, will take place this Sunday, November 3rd.
The YouTube Music Awards will be directed by Spike Jonze, hosted by Jason Schwartzman and comedian Reggie Watts, and will include performances from Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Tyler the Creator. The show will be presented from Pier 36 in New York City and will be streamed live worldwide, spotlighting events from Seoul, Moscow, and London as well as Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Leo Justi will perform live.
Justi is at the forefront of Brazil’s ‘heavy baile’ sound, producing songs concocted with earthquaking, booty-shaking 808 dance beats straight out of Rio’s favelas.
In Leo’s musical universe, you’ll stumble across influences from UK drum ‘n’ bass, Detroit’s ghettotech and Baltimore underground in the mix. As you might expect from a sound with so much going on, this isn’t music for the faint of heart. Leo’s beats are rapid like gunfire, and loud enough to wake the dead.
Justi’s debut album, tentatively entitled Heavy Baile, is slated to come out later next year on Waxploitation Records.