Bartosz Brenes

Latin Music Producer & Remixer

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Latin GRAMMY-nominated songwriter, composer, music producer and remixer from Costa Rica. Barzo has produced official remixes for Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Boy George, A-Trak and Dillon Francis, among many others. On stage, he has shared with artists such as Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, J Balvin, Skrillex and more.

Bartosz Brenes (aka Barzo) was born on July 25th 1989 in San José, Costa Rica. His ability to find commonalities in different cultures and blend those perspectives with ease has characterized his work as a music producer since 2005, climbing up the ranks to become one of Central America’s top production talents.

Barzo first discovered electronic music in Belgium, where he resided for eight years and began learning different production techniques. His time in Europe proved prolific; producing singles and remixes for Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu, A-Trak & Dillon Francis and Boy George, that have since accrued millions of plays and topped radio and digital sales charts.

Barzo has taken his brand of electro house to stages spanning three different continents, sharing lineup credits with electronic music titans like Calvin Harris, Diplo and Skrillex. Operating under multiple aliases, he has released music with Spinnin’ Records (NL), Armin Van Buuren’s Armada Music (NL), Bob Sinclair’s Yellow Productions (FR) and Steve Aoki’s DIM MAK (US). He’s also received valuable props from artists like Knife Party and Tiësto, leading the latter to call him “a rising star.”

In 2017, Barzo co-wrote “Gran Ciudad”, the Latin Grammy nominated single by Costa Rican singer-songwriter Debi Nova.

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  1. Review by Nakury
    by Nakury

    Barzo is a versatile composer and producer. He's also well informed about the music industry business, which makes him a great partner. Additionally, Barzo is a great arranger of vocals and instruments. His talent always brings fresh ideas to the table!

Interview with Bartosz Brenes

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: The highly-anticipated discographical comeback of the legendary singer-songwriter Guadalupe Urbina.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Digital, because of its facility for mobility.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Ableton Live, Macbook Pro, MOTU AVB UltraLite, ADAM Audio T8V, Shure SM7B, Novation Launchkey, Novation Launchpad, Novation Launchkontrol.

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: Nakury, a talented singer and songwriter from Costa Rica.

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: Barztep.

  11. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  12. A: Laptop, Ableton, Headphones, Hard Drive, Keyboard.

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: Started as a DJ over 10 years ago, then transitioned into music production while experimenting with different sounds and genres.

  15. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  16. A: Composition, arrangements, music production and remixing.

  17. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  18. A: Music producer is the boss, when in reality, the artist whose name is on the record should be calling all the shots.

  19. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  20. A: Composer of Debi Nova's "Gran Ciudad", nominated in the 2017 Latin GRAMMY's.

  21. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  22. A: Deliveries within the established deadline.

  23. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  24. A: Experimentation and learning new skills.

  25. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  26. A: Do you mix and master yourself? My in-house engineer handles the mixing and mastering.

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: What are your goals and expectations?

  29. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  30. A: Be upfront of your expectations and goals.

  31. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  32. A: Pharrell Williams, my biggest inspiration and influence.

  33. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  34. A: Recording two good takes allows for more material to experiment.

  35. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  36. A: Latin, Electronic, Hip Hop, Electronic, Funk, Pop, Reggae.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: My multiculturality.

  39. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  40. A: Versatility.

  41. Q: What's your typical work process?

  42. A: Research, experimentation, composition, recording, production, mixing, mastering.

  43. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  44. A: Pharrell Williams, Bob James, Quincy Jones, Max Martin, Rick Rubin.

Para Mi Gente by Nakury & Barzo

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Terms Of Service

Terms vary according to the hired service. Please contact me for more information. If you hire me for a remix, you may not credit me as a featured artist, unless agreed otherwise in advance.

GenresSounds Like
  • J Balvin
  • Drake
  • Dua Lipa
Gear Highlights
  • Ableton Live
  • Macbook Pro
  • MOTU AVB UltraLite
  • ADAM Audio T8V
  • Novation Launchkey
  • Shure SM7B
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