BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 16 – 2012
April 20th, 2012
EPISODE 148: Eddie M – My Trip To The Sky EP (Bonzai Elemental)
Born in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, and now based in the capital of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, DJ and producer Eddie M began playing professionally in 2007. With a background in musical instruments and a passion for electronic music, the work of Eddie quickly drew the attention at the scene of Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul), one of the most traditional in Brazil.
After a long DJ career that took him to many places like Jimbaran, Madras, Cozumel and Cafe De La Musique he is now a resident of the 688 Club (Porto Alegre). Being very charismatic and with the great ability to identify the needs of the dance-floor crowd, it did not take long before Eddie broke the boundaries of his home state and moved on to new challenges. Clubs established in Brazil as the Green Valley and Santa Catarina Warung, the Pacha Sao Paulo and Rio Nuth were some of the locations where Eddie showed his ability. He also became a regular at major events such as Planeta Atlantida and Tribe as he was always very comfortable with large audiences. In addition, Eddie M has also performed at the famous Club Avalon Hollywood located in the United States and recently played the best New Year’s Eve in Punta del Este in Uruguay with Sharam and Miss Nine.
The innovative character of Eddie motivated him in 2009 to start producing. After a lot of commitment and devotion to learn how to produce music by himself, 2010 saw the birth of his first tracks. In less than a year Eddie has released five songs. The track “Rain From The Suite 902″ which was produced in partnership with Argentine BONG, stayed for several weeks on the list of 100 most downloaded songs of its kind on the Beatport site. In 2011 the track “Midnight Blue” and its remix by Miss Nine – both released by the label 925 Digital – were also well received and integrated into many DJ-sets and charts.
The only explanations for such a fast uprise of a newcomer are: Talent, determination and a relentless passion for great music. Eddie M combines them perfectly and with him the future of Brazilian electronic music is surely guarantied and in good hands.
EPISODE 149: Philthy Chit – 0.8 (Green Martian)
Philthy Chit (aka Phil Taylor & Chitra Kumar) are the resident dj’s at Manchester based progressive house night AGENDA. Having successfully run the night on a monthly basis for the past 3 years, hosting the best dj’s in the trance & progressive scene, the pair have recently begun focussing on producing their own music.
Their first track “Southbound On The Northern Line” was signed to Bonzai Progressive and was released in September 2011 with a Citizen 42 remix. The track received support from the likes of Airwave, Thorin van Gelden, as well as entering the Audiojelly prog house chart at number 2 and staying in the top 10 for the next 6 weeks.
Their most recent relase “0.8″, a dark driving prog trance track, has now been signed to Bonzai and is due for release on Green Martian Records, along with an excellent deep remix by Manu Riga.
2012 proves to be an exciting year for Philthy Chit. The pair are currently in the studio working on a collaboration with Trilucid, and are already being booked to work on remixes with Trilucid as well as remixing for Bonzai Progressive, whilst regularly dj-ing at AGENDA and other nights in the UK.
EPISODE 150: Junk Deluxe – Night In The Congo (Bonzai Basiks)
Born in 1983, Israel, and started producing music at the age of 10 (since 1993-today) making my first steps at the underground plant-traxxx website until I was ranked number 1 and discovered by German labels.
My first release was a remix for the G&M Project – Dreaming About Paprica 2003 – along with Dave Joy and 2 Players. Subsequent to my first release my first single vinyl was followed under the – Informers – alias signing the – The Dawn of Mankind- , which scored 5/5 at both DJ-Mag and IDJ-Mag and was supported by top DJs such as: Marcel Woods, Cosmic Gate, SHOKK, Mat Silver, Tony Burt, and many more.
After several more releases the alias Coldware was founded and got massive support to its first single – Fusion – from well known DJs (Marco V, Benjamin Bates, Above & Beyond, Johan Gielen and more). – Fusion – was followed by another great hit that was played in clubs all over the world getting support from Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Marcel Woods, Marco V., M.I.K.E and many more.
In 2007 I have remixed (then and true to 2010) Armin Van Buuren all-time club theme -Communication – that was released in Armind (label distributed by Sony BMGH) and ranked number one in sales on Beatport and charts all over the world.
Throughout this time I have been spinning in the major clubs in Israel and abroad (including Dome, Ha Oman 17 Jerusalem, Zoom, the old Pacha Israel, Octopus, TLV, and others). I spin various styles; from House music to Tech-Trance, Electro and Breakbeats and I am always inspired by the crowed; thus I am always playing the music the crowed de- sires to hear. Currently I am playing in Hong Kong, mainly at Drop.
By the end of 2007 I have moved to Hong Kong and continued producing mainly under the Emmanuel B. alias.
Currently (2010), together with Janva and Natalie Hardoon, I have formed a new group named Junk Deluxe. We are in the process of working of a new EP and new singles to be released in the coming months.
In addition, all my tracks were highly exposed throughout major radio stations around the world including: BBC Radio 1, ID&T – Slam FM, D-I (Digitally Imported), ASOT – A State of Trance, and many more.
Being an avid music devotee, Janva has been in the music and club industry since 1990 being the audio & visual manager and resident DJ at the notorious California Bar in Lan Kwai Fong, the center of nightlife in Hong Kong. Along the years, Janva has been performing with renowned artists; from Simply Red to performing together with Tiesto in Bangkok, Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Boy George and Grace Jones live on stage for more than 10,000 people at the legendary Unity Party in Hong Kong, as well as appearing together with John Creamer at the Out of Space party at Club Yellow in Tokyo. Janva passion for moving the crowds was not confined to Hong Kong only. From Hong Kong to New York, London, Italy, Indonesia, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Macau, Guam and many more were destinations Janva has been blasting the crowds with house, break beats, electro, and tech-house vibes. – Its not about the music style, its all about the people. I make them move -
Nevertheless, Janva enthusiasm for music did not stop there. Throughout the years Janva has been sponsored by numerous famous brands that kept on bringing him back to dance floor.
Janva has also shown to be a perfectionist when DJing. Throughout the years he had been highly ranked in the Superman DJ Battle in New York (sponsored by The Source Magazine), and was also the DMC mixing champion worldwide representing Hong Kong in the world finals in London. Janva also
produced and released a few EPs worldwide during these years.
In 2010 Janva has collaborated with Emmanuel B. (aka. Coldware/Emmanuel B./Informers) who has been signed, among other famous labels in Europe, on Armada records with Armin Van Buuren, and is known best for remixing Armin all-time classic anthem Communication. Emmanuel remix has been
the best selling version of this almighty track ever since. Together, Janva & Emmanuel had formed the group Junk Deluxe and since then have started producing and performing together. Among their latest tracks, a track named Take Me To Space has been ranked number 1 in Club Space Miami original track contest 2010 and was the most favoured track.
EPISODE 151: Various Artists – Progrez EP – Volume 6 (Progrez)
Volume 6 of the Progrez EP series, this time with four original tracks and remixes by James Harcourt, The Electric Press, Martin Eyerer & Stephan Hinz, Nic Fanciulli, Hernan Cattaneo & John Tonks, Audiofly presents Liars Paradise and Geddes.
EPISODE 152: Planisphere vs Digital Angel – Trinidad Flashback (Bonzai Progressive)
Planisphere aka Airwave, a musical chameleon with over 1000 tracks under his belt in 16 years of music business, returns with remix from James Harcourt where he brings his techno side to us.
Early support list:
Claudio Coccoluto, Mike Kelly, Luca Morris, Aron Friedman, Mario Più, Different Language, Jonas Wahrlich , Renato Cohen, …
EPISODE 153: Zodiacal Light – Fire in the Sky (Green Martian)
Zodiacal Light is a producer from the Houston, Texas, area. He has been producing Trance, Progressive Trance, and Progressive House for over 6 years now. Zodiacal Light discovered electronic music in the early 80s via the Kraftwerk album “Computer World.” Being primarily a guitarist, he concentrated on rock and metal and even formed several bands. Upon discovering computers in the late 90s, Zodiacal Light set music aside for a while. An interest in electronic music was rekindled after hearing live dance club DJ sets on FM radio in the early 2000s. Soon after that, he discovered Trance though live DJ sets on the internet. Computers and music merged.
Zodiacal Light had already been tinkering around with music production software. He became serious about electronic dance music production and learned all about it through web pages, web forums, and producer friends acquired along the way. Zodiacal Light’s music can be described as progressive, melodic, and mood setting.
To date, Zodiacal Light has had 3 EPs released through Bonzai Progressive labels Green Martian and Android Records. Several remixes have been released through Bonzai as well. His remix of Lost Edit’s MK Ultra was included on the “Best of Bonzai Progressive 2007-2008″ compilation. Several other Bonzai compilations include his tracks.
The releases keep coming, so stay tuned.
EPISODE 154: Alexander Dancaless feat. Katinda – Caprice EP (Bonzai Elemental)
Alexander was born in the city of Tyumen, Russia, where he started to study music at a very early age. His strong musical formation had him writing his first productions before graduating from school. His natural sense of music and evolution drove him to work and experiment with electronic and digital productions. Alexander Dancaless developed a unique style that we can consider as the new wave of electronic music. Sound design, sticky rhythms and killer beats are the product of this new talent that will rock electronic fans around the globe. The basic styles: Tech-house, Deep-House, IDM, Downtempo.
Alexanders love of freedom defines his music as an independent and sincere one.
Real name – Katerina Kolpakova. A singer, musician, vocalist, author of texts and music, back vocalist and soloist of “Gypsy Jazz Band”.
Was born on 20-th of August 1988 in Tyumen (Russia). Since she was 4 years old Katinda has started to sing and has understood that she is not indifferent to music. She has passed the way from studying national musical instruments to the academic music education.
Being in creative search and having tried to create the music herself in different genres Katinda has stopped on experimental electronic music.
It was promoted by meeting A. Dancaless in 2011 who is the unique electronic wizard in her opinion. He could understand what she saw in the heart of a musical fabric.
Now Katinda also takes part in recording radio advertisements and sings with “Gypsy Jazz Band”.
EPISODE 155: Sa.Du – Siente EP (Eyepatch Recordings)
Thanos Dimitriou aka Sa.Du was born in 1978 in Athens, Greece. Got into Techno and Trance music in his early teens. He started playing music in 1994 making his debut at a local station. He made parties with some friends in clubs, industries and not only, with some big Greek guests like Mike Dee, Verros, Johnny sin and many others, until 2002.
In 2004 he came back as a dj and played in many clubs on the Greek islands.
In 2008 Sa.Du started producing techno music and made three E.Ps the Sa.Du E.P, the Kyklos E.P and the Time A Part Of Life E.P
In 2009 Sa.Du changed his music style into deep techno and minimal. He send a track to the team from Bonzai Progressive and the first E.P was released with the name Sa.Du, which opened a new page with fresh and deep sounds. Two more E.Ps followed the DREAM E.P and the MACHINE AND A MAN E.P.
2010 sees the release of his track Lost In Deep, a deep feeling track with some progressive touch and trip sounds, with some special remixes.
Today Sa.Du is collaborating with the famous Greek dj of Techno, Mikee and in 2011 we will see them together making fresh beats and parties.
-Each track has a piece from my mind and my soul- Sa.Du
EPISODE 156: Marotto – Giraffenfilet (Mint & Mustard Recordings)
Born into a musical family Marotto’s interest in and for music was awaken already at an early age. Just a teenager he produced his first own electronic music. In the beginning the result was not always what he had hoped for but this did not stop him from further exploring electronic music. With the right ambition and persistency, both things Marotto does not lack, he continued to develop is own sound. Now with the right Know-How he is able to give his tracks the perfect cutting edge sound.
He started his DJ career in 2003 behind the decks of the Schwetzinger Bowlingcenter. In 2007 his very own party concept Manuelle House Therapy was a major success. Together with his mate K-Stevens from Heilbronn his MHT smashed about 200 Partypeople at Heidelberg in the Kurpfälzischem Museum back in May 2007! And only the best House Music hit the floor!
In September 2011 he graduated from the SAE-Institute in Frankfurt am Main as Audio-Engineer.
With his first two officially released tracks “Giraffenfilet” and “I Was In Wonderland” he is determined to conquer the world of electronic music once and for all.
EPISODE 157: Various Artists – Bonzai Worx – Volume 1 (Bonzai Vinyl)
Having left the vinyl market in 2005, busy reconstructing both their business model and sound, Bonzai has been flying under the radar for many out there. 2012 is a special year for the label, celebrating its 20th anniversary which is the perfect timing to share the new Bonzai sound on a market that was heavily dominated by the label throughout the 90s…Vinyl !!! Todays sound is a fresh approach on House, Tech-House and Techno. Bonzai Worx vol 1. introduces some of the labels new exclusive family members, Mindgamers, Fab Code, Hilal Tekschneider and Planisphere vs Digital Angel. Including remixes by Stefano Noferini and James Harcourt.
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This smashing release is supported by the best artists and media, such as: Slam, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Markus Schulz, Claude Von Stroke, Alexi Delano, Seth Troxler, Paco Osuna, Randall Jones, Anderson Noise, Claudio Coccoluto, Renato Cohen, Franco Bianco, Daniel Sanchez, Lostra, De:Bug, Tsugi Magazine, Resident Advisor, Billboard Magazine, Igloo Mag, Ibiza Sonica Radio, Houseproud TV, BLN FM Radio, 432 FM, Proton Radio, Slovak National Radio, Radio Couleur 3, WeekenderMix Radio Show, Pulzar FM, LU Radio 102.7, Radio FDS and Flaix FM Mallorca between many others!
EPISODE 158: Diego Alvez – Rush Into The Deep EP (Eyepatch Recordings)
The Portuguese producer Diego Alvez has a solid musical base that he started to build up already back in 1998 by playing the piano. He started to produce music himself in 2010 and has already quite a carreer to look back at as he has already remixed Unik (Portugal), Solunamanalia (Japan), Eco Do Ego (Portugal) and many others yet unreleased. His producing style has been influenced by names as Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars), Trentemoller, Fernando Fragoso and many more.
His personal taste ranges from Classical Music to Electronic Music including Minimal, Tech-House Dark and Dark-Tech but also Ambient Music.
The music Diego Alvez brings us is highlighted by sentimental melodies, intimate pianos and glitches.
EPISODE 159: Pablo Gael – A Perfect Place (Eyepatch Recordings)
Barcelona’s finest Pablo Gael makes is label debut with A Perfect Place. The release comes with the original track plus a Daniel Ray remix.
Eyepatch Recordings is supported by:
Colin Dale, Roger Sanchez, Luciano, LouLou Players, Graham Gold, Jamez, Laurent Garnier, Wyndell Long, Paul Oakenfold, Emmanuel Top, Davide Squillace, Sven Väth, Cari Lekebush, John Selway, Dr. Motte, Slam, J Kitikonti, Nick Warren
EPISODE 160: Active Line Six – Requiem (Bonzai Basiks)
Active Line Six first showed interest for rhythm and music in 1994. As a 17 year old he became resident at “KULUSIC”, a popular club in Zagreb, Croatia. Afterwards, he was also a resident dj at club “88″ (diva futura night), which made him the youngest electronic music DJ at the time.
During the next five years he was a guest at all major clubs and parties around Croatia.
In the beginning, Active Line Six played trance and progressive music. A testament to that was the VIVID – BONZAI LABEL PARTY (Fly, Franky Cherrymoon, Kiki, Frajman, Active, Umek, Mary) he organized held at Dom Sportova on 21.01.1995.
In 1998 he became resident in club “EX” in Varazdin, where he stayed till 2000. Around that time, a new club opened in Zagreb – the “NO1″ club, where he held residence for a full 8 years with his friend DJ Nikkola. In parallel, he also did work on the “Bodywork” programme in “OTV” club Zagreb.
Soon afther that, with a team of 5 fellow DJs, he founded “Body&Soul” – a cult house programme in the famous zagreb club “THE BEST”, where many famous names of the global electronic scene came to play, such as: David Morales, Shapeshifters, Barbara Tucker, Miguel Migs, Phats&Small, Claude Monnet, Silicone Soul etc. There he stayed till 2005.
Now, 15 years later, Active Line Six does producing and arranging.
EPISODE 161: Oz Romita – Superb (Bonzai Basiks)
Oz Romita is known for his fresh and energetic style. Over the years he developed a very wide and various taste for dance music, thanks to his residencies in clubs. All records he spins are selected with great care, to create a powerful set. His capacity of mixing ranges from tribal and uplifting beats, to tech house, minimal and techno. He knows how to handle the crowd with everything he has got and he defo knows how to keep people dancing.
Oz Romita, born in Izmir, Turkey and raised in Amsterdam, has been working and rocking the scene since 1997. Worldwide he played in clubs and parties such as, Club Panama, Club Ministry, Bliss Deluxe, In Bed with Space (Amsterdam), Circo Loco (Antwerp), Café d’Anvers, La Rocca, Noxx, Hali Karnas, Scene, Infinity Festival, Suppercub Cruise, Luxurush, Heineken Music Hall, Mysteryland, Marcanti, Club Home, Lexion, Full Moon Parties (Thailand), Santa Fe, Green Mango,
Le Ranch, Club Cinco and many others.
Oz Romita’s sets are played on worldwide radio stations: Ibiza Global Radio, Bass Lover, Ramp Radio, Deep FM, Decibel, 365LiveRadio on 365MAG, Deep & Loud on Homses.net
Through the years he has spinned with many great DJs, such as: Funkerman, Koen Groeneveld, Desyn Masillio, Patch Park, Lucien Foort, Carl Cox, D. Ramirez, Sossa (Circo Loco), Jose de Divina (Circo Loco), John Digweed,
Chris Lake, Sin Plomo (In Bed With Space), Dr. Kucho, Hardsoul (Roog), Erick E, Laidback Luke, Shinedoe, Kabale und Liebe, 16bit Lolita’s and many more.
EPISODE 162: Element – Whispers EP (Monog Records)
How can we celebrate our new cover art that will represent all our future release on Monog Records? With another incredible EP from our family member Element! Element is a DJ that has been softly moving through the past years through the Portuguese dance scene, but has not been unnoticed on the dance floors he has played for. With a characteristic style and an ease on the DJ booth, typical from who’s on it’s natural element, he has been growing a small group of fans and followers since his early start as a DJ. Element entered our family with his remix for Fabinii – Children of Ecstasy and had support by artists like Paco Osuna. This time he is coming with his own EP!
EPISODE 163: Pedro Goya – Omlet Bandlet (Troia Recordings)
DJ/Producer & Audio/Mastering Engineer, Pedro Goya soon became a reference in the electronic music spectrum in Portugal. With two solo albums released and more than 18 single Ep’s released on vinyl, Pedro’s now one of the most respected producers in the underground scene. With House and Techno styles as its key production work, we can find his previous releases on such labels as Classic Music Company (Derrick Carter), Music For Freaks (Luke Solomon & Freaks), Brique Rouge, Exun, Kaato Music or OM (Mark Farina).
Timeless references as Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Giorgio Moroder and Stevie Wonder, are a huge influence in everything he produces today.
As a DJ, played at numerous clubs, including the Watergate (Berlin), Moog, Fellini, and Mondo (Barcelona), Sasse (Vienna), Propaganda and Shanti (Moscow), Prozak (Warsaw), Silo (Leuven, Belgium), Hospital (Khabarovsk, Far East Russia) and Dive (Tokyo, Japan).In Portugal clubs as Alcantara-Mar (Lisbon), Maus Hábitos (OPorto), Anti-Pop Music Festival (Viana do Castelo), Lisbon Parade, Capitulo V, Kadoc (Albufeira), Op Art, Paradise Garage and Europa (Lisbon), Maré Alta (Porto), Vinyl and Via Latina (Coimbra), Marginal (Funchal), Mecca and Clubíssimo (Setúbal), among others.
In 2007 he launched Troia Recordings. With a catalog mostly comprised from “unknown” artists, the record label became the happy result of his research for new talents in electronic music.
Currently Troia Recordings is a record label with a defined musical route, having releases on vinyl and digital format.
At the age of 27 and more than a decade connected to electronic music, Pedro’s leaving no room for doubts. Music’s his translated passion in waveforms and an unavoidable name in the Electronic Music Scene.
EPISODE 164: Baltj_More – Una Pregunta EP (Piston Recordings)
Baltj_More is a new Piston Recordings artist. This is their first release with two original tracks, Una Pregunta and Never Deep. On top we added a couple of remixes from the habitués of the label, Accatone and Valeria Croft. Result… Another stunning release!
Early support from : DJ Sneak, Sasch BBc, David Labeij, Patrick, Zigon, Roger Sanchez, Slam, Benoit C, Piek, Severino Panzetta, Alexi Delano, Ka§par, Feygin, Jussi-Pekka, Hermanez, etc..
EPISODE 165: Sebastian Moreno – Stereo Drum (Mint & Mustard Recordings)
Sebastian Moreno started to play in the clubs when he was 15. Soon he became resident DJ in the club Alcazar in the heart of Puttershoek. This young Dutchman as showed a great talent since the beginning, either djing or producing, everything he touches becomes instantly gold.