Bio

Having started to play in 1994, Zé Salvador has built his reputation as one of the best and most knowledgeable DJs in the country. 

Early influences like Idjut Boys, Dj Harvey, Ron Trent, Chez Damier, Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Ricardo Villalobos, Ata, Zip, and Baby Ford to name a few, have shaped him indelibly into the performer he is now, but his unyielding love for music and digging has also kept him at the forefront of the constant flow of new music.

Versatile, groundbreaking, and always a step ahead, Zé Salvador was, and remains, connected to many decisive moments and movements of this collective history. In the 90s, he founded and was a resident at the mythical Urbansound club in Porto, thus putting his personal stamp in the growth of the scene in the north of the country. He influenced the tastes of many as a selector and curator for the record store chain Valentim De Carvalho. In 2001, along with Tozé Diogo, he compiled and mixed the “Chill On Kaos Vol. 2” mix-CD for the historical Kaos Records, considered the best Portuguese mix-CD of that year. Further on, he opened the highly cherished micro-club in Lisbon, Brownie, and became a pillar in the roster of one of the biggest popularity phenomenons in the Portuguese underground, the Bloop Recordings label. In the south, he was the resident and curator of Espera-m’ Entrando in Zambujeira do Mar from 2004 to 2016.

Always adventurous and unwilling to simply rest on these laurels, his consistent yet challenging DJing style has been given a place in the most important clubs and festivals in the country (Gare Club, Lux, Industria, SBSR, A Week In Paradise Called Portugal, Boom Festival, NeoPop, Optimus Alive, Lisboa Electrónica, Brunch Electronik and Festival Et.cetera just to name a few).

Having played an important part in creating what is now the ever-growing Carpet & Snares Records family, Zé Salvador shows no signs of stopping what is already an accomplished career and is now resident and programmer of the new Lisbon club, the 5A.