BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 04 – 2012
January 27th, 2012
EPISODE 112: Michele Cecchi – A Spy In Paradise (Bonzai Elemental)
Michele Cecchi is a veteran of electronic music, with 17 years of hard work to prove it,started his music career in 1997, on a radio program called -Future Releases-,presented by one of the most popular italian djs Freddy K. After the studies he decides to build a little home recordings studio in his house with a Roland JP-8080 a Drum machine and a TB-303 so starts to produce a lot of demos in different genres from techno to trance and hard house…but the quality of the tracks is still very poor.
In 2000 he writes The Mistery Inside, low quality but good melody…so spending a lot of weeks to work on that and with the precious help of DjMill&ManuelT and the producer Elvio Trampus from Nebula, he finally recorded his first vinyl on Uforecordings. This was the beginning;and consolidated the frienship with DjMill,in 2001 saw the birth of their new project Antithesys with the single World of Dreams, after that many others like The Gate and a lot remixes for Raptor,Black Runner,Rotar for Wicked records,Pleasent records,Uforecordings and Stik records followed.
Michele Cecchi is an eclectic music composer and his productions takes a wide range of genres from electronic,trance,techno,chillout and classic scores for soundtracks. In 2003 starts the collaboration with Emanuele Inglese wich brings an electronic-house influence
to his own productions, so he decides to create another project to divide the genres which gives life to Michael K with the vinyl release Soap To Skin.
Both his current projects are defined by different kind of sound: Michael K (techno-minimal-house) Michele Cecchi (trance-chillout-electronic).
From 2008 to date he has produced for labels such as Bonzai records, Neurotraxx, Neuroscience UK and Trance All Stars Records
EPISODE 113: Brisboys – Beat The System (Mint & Mustard Recordings)
Belfast DJs John Manning & Ciaran Duffy joined forces in late 2008 having been DJs in their own right for over ten years, playing in clubs and radio stations all over Northern Ireland and beyond.
They had never met until 2007 when they met by chance in Brisbane, Australia. After talking they realized they shared a passion for House Music and realizing they only lived a few miles apart back home in Ireland they made an agreement, that they would keep in contact and start a project when back on home turf, Brisboys was born.
In the short time they have been working together they have already had several number 1 hits on www.djdownload.com and support for their tracks comes from the likes of Dave Piccioni, Miss Nine, Jesse Voorn, Eric Entrena, Threesixty and Felix Baumgartner to name a few. Their track -Upside Down- was selected for the highly acclaimed Azuli Presents Miami 10 Compilation which is available to buy digitally or on CD, a rarity in this digital age and they also have tracks signed to Presslab Records (Italy), Stampgevaar Digital (UK), Soultech Recordings (UK) , Active Cut Recordings (Brazil) & Atmosfera Recordings (Columbia).
With lots more releases to come from these guys they are definitely one to look out for in the future.
EPISODE 114: Daniel Ray – Fourty (Eyepatch Recordings)
Daniel Ray van Zyl aka Placid Larry has been DJing since 1999. Beginning his career in his native South Africa, Daniel has held residencies in Jo’Burg — better known as Johannesburg — and in Tshwane — better known as Pretoria — before setting his sights on the UK club scene, where he held residencies in London, Brixton and Southampton.
After a brief stint home, he moved to Bahrain where he has held a residency in premier restaurant and lounge “Zoe” for the past two and a half years.
For the past five years, Daniel has been honing his skills as a producer. His unique chilled house and down tempo electronica and chill out sound has seen his tracks being released on the renowned Lemon Grass Music label. Daniel continues to produce deep melodic soundscapes filled with thought and emotion, stemming straight from his heart.
EPISODE 115: Cassandria Daiva – Sulabha EP (Bonzai Basiks)
Behind any successful DJ and music producer, you will usually discover a strong, focused individual who is really passionate about the music scene and who knows how to connect with the crowds. Cassandria Daiva is no exception. Bringing an energetic spirit and love for the sensual grooves, this tech house DJ sets the dancefloors ablaze everywhere she goes. Whether she is performing in nightclubs, music festivals or private parties, Cassandrias experience and unique energy make her a genuine asset to the success of the event at hand.
Born out of passion for the underground house music scene of the 90s, Cassandrias career began more than 15 years ago when she learnt the art of beatmatching on Technics turntables, the precursors of the infamous 1200s! Her unique energy stems from years of mentoring from influencial music figures of the disco era who actually contributed to the birth and rise of house music in the 80s. Watching her flawlessly mix and beat match 3 decks with seamless perfection on and on for hours brings awe to the sharpest musical connaisseur and dazzles even the most demanding crowds.
In addition to her extensive DJ skills, Cassandria is also an avid music producer and remixer. With her experience behind the decks, this progression came naturally and her artistic persona gave birth to new releases and exciting remixes. These found their way on various labels such as Do2Night, Triskel Tech, as well as her own imprint High Gloss, and most recently Bonzai Basics. Her latest releases have gained support from artists such as Osuna Paco, Sergio Fernandez, Rainer Weichhold, Junior Vasquez, Alfonso Padilla, Sergio Matina, Markus Schulz, LegNo, Juan DDD and countless others.
Cassandria has toured in Europe, played several Winter Music Conference events in Miami including club Mecca and The Dolce, and performed at one of the largest music festival in North America: WEMF. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity of sharing the decks with Mark Farina, Junior Sanchez, Alexander Technique, King Britt, DJ Heather, Jojoflores, Da Fresh, Dan Marciano, Chuck Love, George Morel and so many more…
Cassandria also hosts her infamous Erotech show, a weekly broadcast syndicated to 9 internet radios and an FM station in Belgium, reaching listeners worldwide.
This female DJs distinctive sound is filled with lively rhythms, brightened by wild percussions, sustained by hypnotic samples and enhanced by deep enchanting basslines. Her unique energy, coupled with her ability to instinctively relate with the partygoers make her a perfect addition to any venue. Cassandrias character, experience and credibility help event organizers and promoters deliver quality musical entertainement that stands out and leaves the crowd wanting more.
EPISODE 116: Janeiro – That Close (Green Martian)
Janeiro is a duo (Eugene & Alex) of EDM producers and remixers from Belarus, inspired by productions of such big names as ATB, Chicane, Solarstone and many others. Their focus is melodic music (trance and chillout) filled with pianos, guitars, balearic motives, feelings and atmosphere.
Included into Solarstone’s Electronic Architecture 2 at the beginning of musical career Janeiro keeps making more music, what results in new forthcoming releases on different well-known labels. Their music tastes are defined for now but not strict due to many influences and possible future collaborations