Boratto was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1974. He began contributing to recordings as a producer and multi-instrumentalist during the early '90s. He joined the successful dance-pop band Sect during the middle of the decade, and worked with the disparate likes of Steel Pulse
, Gal Costa
, Garth Brooks
, and others. Boratto began releasing 12" EPs and singles in 2005, quickly filling up a DJ crate with records on Circle Music
, Plastic City
, and various Kompakt
sublabels. He also remixed a staggering quantity of tracks, including singles by the Pet Shop Boys
, Massive Attack
, and others.
Signing to Cologne's Kompakt
label for his full-lengths, Boratto's acclaimed debut album, Chromophobia, appeared in 2007, featuring the sunny, new wave-influenced "Beautiful Life." The double-CD mix Addicted, Vol. 2 was issued by Platipus
later in the year. Second proper album Take My Breath Away followed in 2009, including the single "No Turning Back." Boratto's volume of the Renaissance: The Mix Collection series saw release in 2010.
Boratto's third album, III, was released by Kompakt
in 2011, and was significantly darker than his past work. Following The K2 Chapter, a digital compilation of his earlier singles for Kompakt
imprint, his fourth album, Abaporu, appeared in 2014, returning to his more cheerful, party-friendly sound. Boratto founded a label called D.O.C.
, which released material by artists such as Elekfantz
and Shadow Movement
, in addition to Boratto's collaborations with the likes of Mixhell
(Animal Machine) and Leo Janeiro
(MooDisco). In 2018, Kompakt
released Boratto's fifth full-length, the ambitious, cinematic Pentagram, which featured collaborations with progressive house innovator BT
and vocalist Nathan Berger. ~ Andy Kellman & Paul Simpson, Rovi