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Having appeared on several of our compilations over the years, Stan Kolev marks his full Bonzai Progressive debut with the superb three tracker Forsaken EP. Since 2005 this guy has been dishing out top quality cuts on many top labels. Everything from progressive house, deep house and tech house has been covered. In recent times he has shown up on our own compilations including Club Traxx – Progressive House 13, 15 and 16. No doubt we’ll be seeing more from this guy in the future.
Stan Kolev – Forsaken EP, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!
Argentinean DJ and producer Daniel Curotto marks his Bonzai Progressive debut with a very impressive three track EP entitled Deck Of Cards. It was shortly after a trip to Europe that Daniel first decided he wanted to get into music, in particular DJing. After a few years of playing in and around Mar del Plata he decided to create his own music. He started to practice with Subiela Francisco Fernandez who not only taught him about bass or drums, he also taught about emotion in music. Influenced mainly by the techno genre, Daniel had the opportunity to meet artists like+John Creamer, 16 Bit Lolitas, Tocadisco, Fatboy Slim, John Acquaviva, Trentemoller, Tiga, Loco Dice, Guy J etc. Today his style is a mixture of techno, house and progressive, and he plans to continue to evolve his sound and style.
Daniel Curotto – Deck Of Cards EP, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks at the Progressive House genre page!
Satour aka Satur returns to Piston with Disconnect EP and is joined by fellow DJ, producer, remixer and singer David Van Bylen. We last caught a glimpse of Satour on Piston back in September 2015 when he joined forces with Pandeo on their debut Kindel. Heavily influenced by 70’s rhythm and groove this guy definitely knows how to work a sound and bring rhythms to life, great to see him back once more. David debuts on Piston and brings a very diverse set of skills that allows him to move between many styles and genres. He has DJed at top venues and played with top jocks from around the world. On the production front he has worked with many great artists and his work as a composer and producer transcends the boundaries of pop and dance music, having signed several soundtracks for documentaries, short films, commercials and TV shows, and even movies.
Satour featuring David Van Bylen – Disconnect EP, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Tech House genre page!
With the new album of Manu Riga ‘Surrounded’ peeking around the corner already (release 13 june at Beatport) it’s time to reveal the winner of the remix contest. Firstly we’d like to thank all participants in making such a great effort in sending us truckloads of remixes, lot’s of really good remixes, unfortunately there can only be 1 winner who’s remix will be part of the remix album that will be released shortly after the original album. The jury has decided on CJ Art as the winner, with Chris M and Enlusion as runner ups. Goodie bags will be sent out soon !!!
Almost 8 months on from the release of his album Artificial Star, Australia’s Audio Noir sets out his stall once more and invites four top quality remixers to do their thing with his track From London To Moscow. The original version delivered a solid progressive house groove and we’ve no doubt that these four remixes will do that justice.
Audio Noir – From London To Moscow – Remixes, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!
ZRG debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Forget The Past which includes a fantastic remix from Chris Drifter. This guy has been churning out quality vibes since 2007 with a mixture of progressive and tech house. He has shown up on labels such as Egothermia, Krata and his own ZRG. On the remix we find Chris Drifter delivering the goods, and these two are no strangers having worked together on various collabs over the years.
ZRG – Forget The Past, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!
Italian DJ and producer Mirko Gorelli debuts on Piston with the superb House Culture. Having started out in music from a young age this guy quickly learned the tools of his trade and began performing at top venues from he was 18 years of age. His passion for music remains strong and his love of house music took him to the studio where he has created some cool cuts over the last couple of years with appearances on labels such as DOC Music and Conscious.
Mirko Gorelli – House Culture, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Tech House genre page!
J’Dan marks a full debut appearance on Green Martian with the superb Endorphine which comes backed up with a quality remix from Following Light. J’Dan first appeared back in December 2015 on remix duties for Chandrama’s Lost In Nubra on Bonzai Progressive which turned out to be a quality slice of prog with great support. A rising artists with a wealth of talent, well worth keeping an eye and an ear on.
J’Dan – Endorphine, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!
Prolific artists Blufeld and Platunoff join forces as they both return to Bonzai Progressive after a short hiatus with the superb Tiefe Gedanken which also comes backed up with two quality remixes from Nico Parisi and Alex Vidal. We last saw Blufeld back towards the end of 2015 with Out Of This Life which came shortly after his superb studio album A World Less Ordinary. Some big things in the pipeline with this guy so make sure you keep up to date with all his goings on via social media and of course the Bonzai Progressive website. Russian DJ and producer Igor Platunoff also returns with a quality remix and his last outing was on remix duties for Blufeld’s Out Of This Life. Great to see both of these diverse artists back at the helm and we hope they collaborate more in the future.
Blufeld & Platunoff – Tiefe Gedanken, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!
Russian DJ and producer Tuneon aka Mikh Solvis debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb two tracker – Chante. Tuneon’s music is based on many influences from 90’s style old school Chicago house and disco vibes to hypnotic tech grooves a common goal, to rock the dancefloors. Delighted and excited to have him on board.
Tuneon – Chante, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Deep House genre page!
Piston firm favourite Marco Madia returns with his fifth outing – Swanning Up EP. His last outing came back in February with ExoS Lucius EP which went down well with great support coming in from all quarters. He has also made appearances on several compilations for Piston and Bonzai including Tech House Toolbox 4, My House Is Your House 10 and Best Of Piston Recordings 2014. Always great to see him round these parts and no doubt we’ll see more soon.
Marco Madia – Swanning Up EP, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Tech House genre page!
Matan Caspi remains a powerful force in the progressive world and as ever he delivers the good once more with Fragile Sunrise which is backed up with no less than three stunning remixes from top class artists Manu Riga, Rick Pier O’Neil and Hady Tarek. Last time out Matan delighted with Celebrium before an appearance on the bumper Bonzai & Friends 500 Remixes pack. We’ll let the music do the talking here, enjoy.
Matan Caspi – Fragile Sunrise, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Progressive House genre page!
Dimas Ramadian aka Jakarta based DJ and producer debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic North East EP. A popular DJ in the worlds of House and Techno and everything in between, this guy boasts an impressive back catalogue spanning back to 2008. Dimas has gained the respect of his peers after cutting his teeth in the Indonesian underground scene, by 2005 he was a well-known artist and soon after he started to produce his own sounds. His extensive musical knowledge allows him to command any dance floor with his choice cuts. He is the proud presenter of Indonesia’s first worldwide podcast, namely Bagong Odyssey With DJ Dimitri, and this has given him the exposure to work with talented artists from around the world and which also led to the creation of his own label Bagong Digital. With appearances on many labels including The 45MF Group, Bagong Digital, Celestial Tracks, LW Recordings, Laxity Recordings, ACID029 and State Of Play, we’re delighted to have him on board at BP.
DJ Dimitri – North East EP, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section at the Progressive House genre page!
Swedish DJ and producer Victor Bergh aka Victor Berghmeister returns to Piston with the fantastic two track Sot/Vaed. Victor is no stranger to Piston having released Leaving Yous back at the start of 2014 as Victor Berghmeister. Great to see him back once more and we hope to see more from him soon.
Victor Bergh – Sot/Vaed, out this week on Piston Recordings, is featured by Beatport in the Tech House genre page!
Veteran DJ and producer Philippe Toutlemonde aka Phi Phi has been churning out quality vibes since the mid 80’s with projects like Dobel You, Honey C, The Gaps, Extreme Trax and the famous Quadran, most of which he produced alongside the late great Philippe Van Mullem. Over these years Phi Phi’s attention was mainly on progressive and trance, and he still leans in that direction to this day. He has had countless residencies and club and festival appearances and is regarded with legendary status amongst his peers. We sat down with Philippe to get the low down on his forthcoming new single – Breaking Danger, and we also dropped in a few other questions to get a look at the man behind the music.
BP: Hi Philippe, thanks for chatting with us, how are things with you at the moment?
PT: I’m going well, thx. I’m spending a lot of time in the studio on new tracks, and working full time doing promo for forthcoming releases. I’m also working on a compilation for Bonzai Progressive.
BP: How did you first get involved with DJing and producing?
PT: I started to mix back in 1985, I played some Italo Disco and New Wave, it was the beginning of in tempo mixing or beat matching. I got started in underground clubs and held a residency with Johan in At The Villa in 1987, all this was happening during the rise of the New Beat era. Soon after I got residencies at Boccaccio Life, Extreme, Fuse and Café d’Anvers etc…
In 1987 I met Philippe Van Mullem and we started producing together as Dobel You, soon we had our first release with Mammy. We were then contacted by Jean Vanloo and Patrick Hernandez who wanted to produce us and that’s where it all started. There have been many different projects since including Una, Honey C, Innertales, Quadran with PVM and Phi Phi & Greg D with Gregory Dewindt. Other collaborations have followed through the years.
BP: You’ve been around the dance music scene for a great number of years and seen many changes. What’s your take on today’s scene and how have you been able to stay at the top of your game?
PT: If you talk about the European scene, it is amusing to note the shifting of influences, of creative places, London yesterday, Berlin today and Paris seems to always come back, this is very interesting. Since I started, I’ve always been attracted to new sounds, new vibrations. There are so many rich and varied sounds to listen to, beyond the Retro tracks. New and underground sounds are so much more exciting to explore. That’s why my project is named ‘Mouvement Perpétuel’, it’s like the underground, always moving. Ok, lots of people know me as a pioneer DJ, my appearances in Retro events puts the emphasis on me for that. I’d say that one key thing is to always trying to find unexpected and sharp music. It’s like a quest, searching for hidden treasures. I did it before and I still do it today! A DJ must give people something they won’t expect and I’ve always tried to do that since my debut up to today. Few know me for my underground side and I invite people to listen to my current sets. On my website – djphiphi.com – we work to separate Retro mixes from New mixes. Passion for music and public reaction motivates me, I like each moment spent behind the decks as if it’s the first time. In particular when the crowd shouts when I play an unknown track, something happens between us, I’ve completed my mission!
BP: Your residencies over the years have included some top venues like Extreme and At The Villa, which would you consider to be your favourite venue and why?
PT: At The Villa was the first. Boccaccio was the biggest one and Extreme was where I played for 7 years, they were all magical. We were at the birth of a scene that became a real culture in just a few years. Being a resident gives the opportunity to offer long sets that tell stories and take people on a journey. I’m a storyteller, I’d really like to do it again, which is the reason why we’ve created the Mouvement Perpétuel project with no more than 4 DJ’s at each event.
BP: So your new single Breaking Danger (awesome track by the way) features a really cool monologue from Mr. Heisenberg, we’re guessing you’re a big fan of Breaking Bad, right? How did you end up using that particular reference to the show?
PT: Thank you! But a fan of Breaking Bad? not really, sorry. I’m not a big fan of TV shows, not enough time. I thought the monologue was interesting enough to use it like that, going into the bridge.
BP: The track feels complex in its structure and arrangement with so many layers, how long did you work on this one and what was the inspiration that brought you to create it?
PT: Yes it’s a rich track. I like when sounds are complex and twinkling. The first version was made in two days. It was reworked later after a try on the dance floor. In particular some arrangements to make the sound stronger.
BP: Have you played this one out yet? What reaction has it got?
PT: I played it on the intro of my set at Tomorrowland, I was very pleasantly surprised by the public reaction, absolutely crazy.
BP: In general, your tracks always seem to have a unique quality that is instantly recognisable as a Phi Phi piece of work. What’s your secret when it comes to putting this quality into sound?
PT: This is exactly the goal, give an identity to each track. Be exigent and don’t hesitate to spend time on details, work the spectrum of each sound in order not to overlap the frequencies and mix them perfectly. A well balanced mix is required to get an optimal sound.
BP: You’ve worked with so many brilliant producers over the years and continue to do so. Do you have any favourite collaborations?
PT: It’s not easy to give a preference over one composer or producer over the other. All are talented, but each with a different feeling. I will always have a top spot for Philippe Van Mullen who passed away last year and who was my friend for 25 years.
BP: What would you consider to be your best work, and why?
PT: For the sound quality, I think Breaking Danger, it’s one of the most finished and the more recent of my tracks. During the last 25-30 years, each track produced corresponds to its time. For the rest it’s not for me to judge but it’s to the public to do so. It’s a question of emotion.
BP: You’ve been connected with the Bonzai crew from the early 90’s, how did you guys get together?
PT: In 1994-95 – when I was resident DJ at Extreme (Affligem) – Fly, the boss of Bonzai came to me and asked me to sign with Bonzai in a new division created especially for us (Philippe Van Mullem and I) and the trancey sounds we played at that moment in time. Bonzai Trance Progressive was the label and I’ve released so many tracks since then as Quadran, Phi Phi & Greg D etc. Today the label is rebranded as Bonzai Progressive.
BP: What do you like to do in your time away from music?
PT: I like to spend time with my family and caring for my daughter among other things. I also enjoy gardening, being in the quietness of the nature.
BP: Well Philippe thanks so much for talking with us it’s been a pleasure, take care.
PT: Thank you, the pleasure is mine also. Hope to see you soon, at my next event maybe.