He had contact with the drum and bass scene through friend DJ Marky while working in a record store. DJ Patife's first gig was at São Paulo's Arena Music Hall. In 1997, he travelled to Europe with Marky. There, he accompanied Roni Size in the delivery of the Mercury Prize. With crescent popularity, Patife released his first album in 2000, Sounds of Drum'n'bass. The album was praised by England magazines Muzik and Mixmag, resulting in an invitation to release the album in that country.
In 2000, Patife, Marky, and the Drumagick duo played for 5,000 people in São Paulo. Patife's remix for Max de Castro's "Pra Você Lembrar" was a hit in the Londoner dance tracks and was included in the main England dance magazines' playlists. Three of Patife's songs were included in the compilation Brazil EP, released in England by V Recordings. In 2000, he participated in Otto's double-CD Changez Tout - "Samba Pra Burro Dissecado" and in Fernanda Porto's album. Patife played in the 2001 version of the Rock in Rio festival. Also in 2001, he performed in the U.S., Scotland, London, and Amsterdam.