343 // Madd Rod

We present you Madd Rod, a skilled Portuguese DJ and producer who assembled some definitely not-fluffy tunes for our mixtape series.

Madd Rod’s vision of music comes from his early-developed curiosity, which has made the artist explore multiple soundscapes while pursuing his North Star. For him, music is much more than an assembling of sounds: it is an enduring reminder of the experiences he has lived through it.

Rodrigo was born in Lisbon and raised in its outskirts, inevitably influenced by its intriguing melting pot. The cultural mess of the city had a profound impact on his music, blending a fresh technological sound design with traditional elements from ancient cultures.

In 2017, after releasing on Deeplomatic, he moved to the south of Germany, where he took a deeper dive into music production. There, he launched his record label, Inner Shah, and found a receptive crowd with whom he could field-test his tracks.

In 2019, Madd Rod achieved new milestones which motivated him to go further: a few international gigs, and the start of his three-summer residency at The Lounge Vale do Lobo — where he played extended sets, building from Downtempo to Techno.

After the busy summer, Madd Rod went on his first short tour, during which he started producing the first tracks of his album — the stops were Lisbon, Berlin, Tübingen, and Paris.

In 2020, Rodrigo took over the label management of VIAGE, where he released several EPs. His first album, “Dystopian Desert”, was released on Inner Shah on July 31st of the same year.

In 2021 he maintained a prolific output, releasing 18 new original tracks and nine remixes and curating three compilations for Inner Shah. Highlights of the year include his chart-topper remix of Devran by SIS, the Shaman Call EP on Harabe, and “Rumors”, Madd Rod’s first EP on Discotexas.

In 2022, he moved to Berlin and music took him further with his first Hollywood synchronization as well as debuting performances in Greece and Brazil, followed by his first tour in India.

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