ernando Dotta is co-founder of Balaclava Records in São Paulo, Brazil. The company opened for business in 2012 and operates as a record label, booking agency, promoting company, besides owning a venue and a magazine. The roster has released more than 50 artists from several countries and licensed from labels such as Stones Throw, Merge Records, Captured Tracks and Polyvinyl. Balaclava became one of the main promoting companies in South America, having booked a series of prestigious artists in Brazil: Primal Scream, Slowdive, Mac DeMarco, Warpaint, Future Islands, RIDE, Kelela, Connan Mockasin, black midi, Vagabon, (Sandy) Alex G, toe, DIIV, Shame, Black Pumas, Wild Nothing, Tycho, Real Estate, Land of Talk, Kero Kero Bonito, Shabazz Palaces and many more. Since 2015, semiannual editions of the music festival Balaclava Fest took place in São Paulo, besides annual editions of the music fair Sacola Alternativa dedicated to independent record labels and promoters.