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AIRWAVE – OYAMA (L*C*D RECORDINGS)

 

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Taken off Airwave’s Hit Album “Dark Lines”, this Brand New Single takes you on a serious Journey. Coming in 3 flavors this time. The Alternative Mix sends us back to the 90’s sound when everything was so simple and just great, Terra Ferma’s remix, made by Platipus Legens Kaukuta Saint, is another kind of beast, psychedelic and hypnotic, miles beyond what mainstream “Trance” has to offer today, and finally the Original Mix, taken off Dark Lines, closes another great selection of mixes.

28 November 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AIRWAVE – BRIGHT LINES (JOOF RECORDINGS)

 

 

Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave aka many many other guises was born in Brussels in 1977, he is a naturally gifted artist and this manifested in him at the age of just 7.

Influenced by the 80’s and 90’s sounds and by greats such as Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Oliver Lieb and BT, he honed his skills in music knowledge and technology.

Laurent would then see demos picked up by the infamous Bonzai imprint in 1996 and the stunning Airwave – I want To Believe was released. In 1998 this was picked up by many top DJ’s including Sasha and Oakenfold and later on by an up and coming DJ, Tiesto.

Airwaves sound was and still is prominent in the UK and Dutch trance scene and this has helped a host of today’s top DJ’s be where they are now. His infectious music spread further in 1999 to Germany, Italy and the world and now Airwave is a very popular name on the EDM scene with a huge, loyal fanbase.

Versatility and great skill in the studio led to many collaborations including with his friend Jurgen Leyers with Fire & Ice and E.N.E.R.G.Y., Georges Petkidis on Planisphere and Marnik Braeckevelt with Antidote. The list continues with many other greats including Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E., Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Tale, Marcus Schulz and John 00 Fleming, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Breaking boundaries and turning his hand to many genres of music Laurent has as many as 500+ productions and remixes under his belt. Laurent then started to develop his DJing and live performances and has played in some big venues, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others back in the day.

In 2000 he embarked on a new wave of performance with gigs all over the world in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, with totally improvised keyboards while DJing and the Triloset was born and continues to this day.

Fast approaching 20 years in the business, Laurent can never be pigeon-holed to one genre as his impressive list of albums will attest. His first album Believe in 2002 performed very well and this was to do well again in the 2004 album I Want To Believe. Trilogique soon followed and it is now that Laurent’s passion starts to come through in a big way. Released first in 2006 this album contains three parts, bringing the audience three different tastes of electronic music into one single package, Trilogique would go on to be a huge success reaffirming Laurent’s position in EDM. Many more albums followed and each have made their mark on the world.

Time saw him finally running Bonzai Records with his long time partners and friends, and also expanding his knowledge of acoustics in order to develop his career as a producer and as a sound designer among others.

Laurent runs a monthly radio show called Progrez where he showcases a wide range of music, this is followed religiously by his army of fans the world over. Music that is full of emotion, special and unique with expressed feelings, many have claimed it has changed their lives for the better. When there are discussions on greats of EDM the name Airwave/Laurent always crops up.

He has a deep respect among his peers for his beliefs on the industry and he speaks honestly about how he feels and where he sees his musical vision take him.

One of the most gifted artists of our time and with a passion still very strong. Laurent’s works under many of his guises of which Airwave is his most known one.

Today we present his brand new 5th artist album Bright Lines which is the second chapter of a double album release later to be bundled as one release.

31 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AIRWAVE – DARK LINES (JOOF RECORDINGS)

 

 

Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave aka many many other guises was born in Brussels in 1977, he is a naturally gifted artist and this manifested in him at the age of just 7.

Influenced by the 80’s and 90’s sounds and by greats such as Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Oliver Lieb and BT, he honed his skills in music knowledge and technology.

Laurent would then see demos picked up by the infamous Bonzai imprint in 1996 and the stunning Airwave – I want To Believe was released. In 1998 this was picked up by many top DJ’s including Sasha and Oakenfold and later on by an up and coming DJ, Tiesto.

Airwaves sound was and still is prominent in the UK and Dutch trance scene and this has helped a host of today’s top DJ’s be where they are now. His infectious music spread further in 1999 to Germany, Italy and the world and now Airwave is a very popular name on the EDM scene with a huge, loyal fanbase.

Versatility and great skill in the studio led to many collaborations including with his friend Jurgen Leyers with Fire & Ice and E.N.E.R.G.Y., Georges Petkidis on Planisphere and Marnik Braeckevelt with Antidote. The list continues with many other greats including Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E., Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Tale, Marcus Schulz and John 00 Fleming, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Breaking boundaries and turning his hand to many genres of music Laurent has as many as 500+ productions and remixes under his belt. Laurent then started to develop his DJing and live performances and has played in some big venues, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others back in the day.

In 2000 he embarked on a new wave of performance with gigs all over the world in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, with totally improvised keyboards while DJing and the Triloset was born and continues to this day.

Fast approaching 20 years in the business, Laurent can never be pigeon-holed to one genre as his impressive list of albums will attest. His first album Believe in 2002 performed very well and this was to do well again in the 2004 album I Want To Believe. Trilogique soon followed and it is now that Laurent’s passion starts to come through in a big way. Released first in 2006 this album contains three parts, bringing the audience three different tastes of electronic music into one single package, Trilogique would go on to be a huge success reaffirming Laurent’s position in EDM. Many more albums followed and each have made their mark on the world.

Time saw him finally running Bonzai Records with his long time partners and friends, and also expanding his knowledge of acoustics in order to develop his career as a producer and as a sound designer among others.

Laurent runs a monthly radio show called Progrez where he showcases a wide range of music, this is followed religiously by his army of fans the world over. Music that is full of emotion, special and unique with expressed feelings, many have claimed it has changed their lives for the better. When there are discussions on greats of EDM the name Airwave/Laurent always crops up.

He has a deep respect among his peers for his beliefs on the industry and he speaks honestly about how he feels and where he sees his musical vision take him.

One of the most gifted artists of our time and with a passion still very strong. Laurent’s works under many of his guises of which Airwave is his most known one.

Today we present his brand new 5th artist album Dark Lines which is the first chapter of a double album release to be released later in 2012.

10 October 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

AIRWAVE VS NICO PARISI – ROMEO AND JULIET (L*C*D RECORDINGS)

 

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An Improbable couple as the name of an unexpected collaboration between Airwave and Nico Parisi.

DJ and Producer Nico Parisi has been active for about 20 years in Belgium’s finest clubs and venues, and is running his own label Danza Records.

Together they offer us an incredible piece of music that will for sure send you to space.

On the flip, don’t miss Nico’s remix for the housey-oriented dj’s.

Taken of Airwave’s highly anticipated 5th artist album, don’t miss this high-level banger!

26 September 2012 FEATURED  RELEASES Read more

20 YEARS OF BONZAI

Bonzai turns 20!

On the 17/11/12 Belgium’s ravers will gather in STUDIO @ ETHIAS ARENA, HASSELT to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the most well known labels of our time.

Built from the ground up the Bonzai sound broke barriers as it was unleashed upon our senses, with literally thousands of releases and still releasing quality music to this day, it is clear that Bonzai is here to stay so here’s to another 20 years!

To mark this huge milestone there will be a party like no other with some of the best DJ’s and artists that helped shape and define many genres into the history books of EDM, and touch the hearts and minds of an army of followers.

Join us as we embark on the ultimate retro experience as we delve into the archives of past classics and rave until the early hours with tracks like “Bonzai Channel One” to “The First Rebirth” and “When Things Go Wrong” to “Universal Nation”, there will be something for everyone to cast their minds back and enjoy what helped create an explosive era in dance music.

Get your tickets, get your rave gear on and get to Belgium for the most spectacular show on Earth!

14 September 2012 UPDATES Read more

BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 17 – 2012

EPISODE 166: Tiago Ribeiro – Grooviest Cat (AU Records)

AU Orange is proud to present its third release. Deepest than ever, Tiago Ribeiro’s “Grooviest Cat” is an EP full of surprises, containing the original version and 3 wonderful remixes from Joao Teixeira (Portugal), Filipa Rebelo (Portugal) and Jazzam (Ecuador).

Tiago Ribeiro made its original version very pleasant to classic deep-house lovers with its “chicago beat style” fused with delayed saxophone sounds, typical delayed house music female shouts and the unusual using of “mafia style” vocals and flute sounds. This very simple composition has been tested and approved in the dance floor, making the crowd move to its groove.

Joao Teixeira, portuguese DJ and house music producer is the newest acquisition on our artist team. His remix shown how perfectly he fits AU Orange’s philosophy, delivering his meaningful mix, enabling the listener to take a trip while listening to his track. Beautifully sculpted, this version is marked by its random sounding percussion and every little detail in its production, from the usage of the right sounding pads and stabs, ambience violins and brilliant vocal treatment. We asked, Joao delivered!

Filipa Rebelo presented a solid sounding mix with a beautiful composition between different synth sounds, building a beautiful sounding deep-house track. Very well produced, this mix has a different basis, changing the classic “chicago house beat” with very powerful and effective new-school percussion. Once more Filipa’s done it and made her magic, grabbing the “old schoolish’ original mix and recreating in a completely different way, while keeping all its feelings and beauty.

Jazzam brought to the EP his techie vision of “Grooviest Cat”, spicing it to ground shaking levels! If every version in this EP has its own hour to be played, Jazzam’s version is definitely the 6AM version. Outrageously dance-floor effective, this mix counts with beautifully synthesized arp’s and great overall arranging and its our big trump to hit the most demanding crowds.

EPISODE 167: U.O.K. – Emperor’s Palace (Bonzai Elemental)

Debut album from chillout artist U.O.K. in Bonzai Elemental.

EPISODE 168: Goksel Vancin – Veni Vidi Vici (Sounds R Us Recordings)

Göksel Vançin, born in 1984 in Istanbul, where he started his musical career on a Akai deck on the age of 8.

His brothers effected Göksel to new wave, new age and techno styles. All that influence brought him to the sound of techno, tech house and deep house.

His first release was in the year 2008 on the infamous imprint of Ahmet Sendil’s Bosphorus Underground Recordings.

For the very first time Göksel is proudly presenting his 2 magnificent tech house & techno tracks on Sounds R Us Recordings.

EPISODE 169: Zas & Sanze present Mindgamers – Hold You (Bonzai Progressive)

This young & dynamic producer duo from Tallinn is worth keeping an eye & ear on.

Mindgamers was created by two talented DJs from Estonia – Zas & Sanze. Both of them are Tallinn natives and started their career in 1999. In the year 2009, they founded the musical project Mindgamers. The main genres they are producing are progressive and tech house.

This release comes with a brilliant Stefano Noferini remix with early support from Slam, Luciano, Anderson Noise, Benoit C, Funkatron, Scan Mode,…

EPISODE 170: Ittai Barkai – Canadian Forest EP (Eyepatch Recordings)

Fast rewind a few years back and you’ll find Ittai gently leaning towards a turntable, headphones on, listening to music. May it be African chorals, early techno or the Beatles, it all lay side by side on the long & endless shelves of musical ideas.

Years have passed and the magic is cautiously blended into know how – Amplifiers and compressors, Drum arrangements and notes, Cutoffs and wavetables all put together side by side to reproduce and recur similar musical ideas.

After producing music for the World Wildlife Foundation and other soundtrack projects, Ittai is lately focused on producing simple yet aesthetic electronic tracks well aimed at both home listeners and club DJ’s.

strong>EPISODE 171: Airwave – Cathedrals Of Hope (L*C*D Recordings)

God, this is one hell of a cracker!

Cathedrals Of Hope is an outstanding piece of music. Credible, Strong, with an Attitude.

Reset marks Airwave’s return to heavier sounds for a trancer that’s larger than life.

And Last But Not Least: a Brand New Version of his last Smasher Atlas Winds, this time featuring great vocals by Francesca Genco. Should justify its presence into every actual dj’s recordbox for the next months to come.

Essential Release.

 

30 April 2012 UPDATES Read more

AIRWAVE – CATHEDRALS OF HOPE (L*C*D RECORDINGS)

 

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God, this is one hell of a cracker!

Cathedrals Of Hope is an outstanding piece of music. Credible, Strong, with an Attitude.

Reset marks Airwave’s return to heavier sounds for a trancer that’s larger than life.

And Last But Not Least: a Brand New Version of his last Smasher Atlas Winds, this time featuring great vocals by Francesca Genco. Should justify its presence into every actual dj’s recordbox for the next months to come.

Essential Release.

25 April 2012 FEATURED Read more

KULT KOLLEKTOR (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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New concept compilation series in Bonzai Progressive.
The first installment comes with original tracks and remixes from John Digweed, Nick Muir, Neil Quigley, Hernan Cattaneo and John Tonks, Sasha vs Adam Parker, James Harcourt, Martin Eyerer and Stephan Hinz, Nic Fanciulli, Dave Seaman, Henry Saiz, Steve Lawler, Pete Tong and Superbass, Jamez and Soulboy, Nicole Moudaber, Trancesetters, Kamisshake, Filth & Splendour vs Kalva, Umek, Union Jack, Miika Kuisma, Wally Lopez, Quadran, John 00 Fleming featuring Sona Mohapatra, Airwave and Guy J.

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AFTERHOUR TRAX #6 (GREEN MARTIAN)

New instalment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time featuring tracks and remixes from Lolo, Audiotox & Watson, John 00 Fleming, 21street, Kiilto, Rishi K., Manu Riga, Sovve, Chantola, Thorin, Narel, Greyloop & Flashtech, Citizen 42, Sebastian Weikum, Jan Peters, VidesAngelini, Airwave, Fred First, George V, Janeiro, Bernie Allen, Ivan Nikusev & Wav-E, Eli Clement, Satiny and Type.

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 07 – 2012

EPISODE 117: Nancy Burrello & Digital Angel – Blue Heart (Bonzai Progressive)

New release in Bonzai Progressive, this time with Nancy Burello & Digital Angel, together for a stunning progressive stormer titled Blue Heart. The single comes with the original track plus two remixes from Manu Riga and Jake Shelton.

EPISODE 118: BrightLight – Offbeat Elite (Eyepatch Recordings)

New release in Eyepatch Recordings from BrightLight. The release comes with three original tracks, Offbeat Elite, Highscore Avenue and Something Else.

EPISODE 119: Placid Larry – The Mulberry Tree (Bonzai Elemental)

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 120: Various Artists – Progrez EP – Volume 5 (Progrez)

Fifth volume of the Progrez EP series, this time with four original tracks and remixes from Blue Foundation, Jim Rivers, Tali Freaks vs Nagarrius, MetronomeS and Smart Wave.

EPISODE 121: Birkenmeier – Android (Bonzai Basiks)

Birkenmeier was born in France in 1987
Since his childhood he has been lulled by music thanks to his musical family.
In 2000 he discovered the arrival of Minimal Techno in Europe and then in France, which for him, was a real revelation.

So he obtained basic production software and began to created his first tracks having fun with samples.
The rapid progression of the Minimal Techno movement incited him to master his musical technique and invest in efficient material.

Today his home studio in Nimes in the south of France is well equipped with an Ableton Suite 8 , an APC80, a Kaossilator Pro, and multiple controllers which enables him to create quality tracks and to sign with many labels around the world such as:

-Truth Underground Recordings (Hollywood)
-Stellar Phonics Recordings (Liban)
-Bonzai Records (Belgique)
-Beat Tech Records (Colombie)
-Phäntom Records (France)
-Beat Control Records (Brésil)

Winner of the Remix Contest organized by Phantom Records (a growing label of Avignon France) he know producing just as well as remixing artists such as

– Alvaro Bacchi – Que cara esta la cebolla
– Patrice W. – Stop Talking
-Tom Almex – Monodeck
– Liv Stone – Kill you DJ

He is currently preparing a live Minimal Techno with which he intends to make a lasting impression and kick-start his DJ career.

EPISODE 122: Sajed – RPS (Green Martian)

New Green Martian release from Sajed, a Iranian EDM producer/remixer and DJ.
The release comes with two original tracks, RPS and Nights.

EPISODE 123: Airwave – Atlas Winds (L*C*D Recordings)

A true activist in Electronic music of all kinds for well over 15 years, Belgian Airwave’s discography counts more than 250 records and dozens of remixes, many of them being supported by the biggest names of the industry. Genius Composer and Performer, the man’s imprint on the scene is remarkable.

Hit by surprise by a virus called Electronic Dance music, Laurent developed his knowledge of music and technology in Parallel until his first demos saw the light of day in may of 1995. 1996 saw him release his first tracks on the infamous Bonzai imprint, but that is 1998 that saw him grow up and become the progressive trance artist we know today, with the release of his first Airwave record, I want to Believe, immediately picked up by UK’s own Sasha and Oakenfold, and later on by up and coming youngster Tiesto, gaining popularity as much as he was playing Laurent’s records. The same can be said about the whole dutch trance scene, in which Laurent’s records were and still are omnipresent.

That is how Laurent developed his DJ and performing career from back then, having several gigs worldwide, from Tokyo to San Francisco, from Auckland, NZ to Toronto, and from Manchester to Athens. Hundreds of gigs saw him perform at the world’s biggest clubs of those times, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others, all of them had the chance to welcome Laurent Airwave one day, if not several times, which proves that you do not need to over-commercialize your music to get rewarded all around the world.

«Everyday is full of new challenges, and limits only exist into the human brain» are Airwave’s words of wisdom for every single day. Do not limit the man to a single genre, as his 15 years in the business gave him the ability to execute any style of music with a true sense of perfection and achievements.

EPISODE 124: Fab Code – Never Give Up (MInt & Mustard Recordings)

At an early age Fab was bewitched by music. At age 6 he was attracted by the sounds of soul, funk and disco playing from his parents jukebox. Rocked to the sounds of Tamla Motown, James Brown, Barry White, KC & The Sunshine Band and later Kraftwerk. All this built up in him to a music culture dominated by rhythm and groove.

In the early 80s he began his DJ career (as DJ Fab) and became resident in a trendy club in Brussels called -Disco Steve-. Residencies and bookings would follow one another until 1988, playing in many local clubs, always quality venues, such as Le Veaudeville, Le Garage, Le Variete, La Pergola, Le Disque Rouge (Fuse), Las Vegas, and many others. The musical styles he spins with finesse and technique are funk, disco and new wave, the hype music for this era.

After hanging up his DJ gloves to explore new musical fields, music production, we see him reappear in 1989 with the release of his debut single -Warbeat- under the pseudonym Bassline Boys. The success was immediate following the mini scandal triggered by this title when it was broadcasted in Chistophe Dechavanne’s -ciel mon mardi- (TF1 – French TV), and the musical response entitled -On se calme (Mr. Dechavanne)- turned into a massive hit in France, selling over 400,000 copies and awarded with a gold record. New Beat, Acid House, Techno and Hardcore releases will succeed during the following years under various monickers, such as Fax Yourself, BSR, Defcon, DSK, Hydrowave, Speed Limit, etc.

In 1994 he decided to return to the turntables, and when he met Claude El Divino (City Parade) he joined the -Underground Energy- team, which allowed him play in one of the most prestigious clubs of Belgium, the Extreme. After a series of bookings with Energy Underground he became a resident at Extreme. Other residencies and bookings followed, including La Raza, Planet Hardcore, Cocoon, Illusion, Zenith, Pavarotti and so on.

After a break from both the deejaying and studio work during the early 2000s, he comes back in 2006 with a new challenge, creating and running his own DJ Bar, which will be called -bar©ode-. The project took its flight, the parties became famous throughout Belgium and abroad, and renowned DJs lined up behind bar©odes decks. Pole Folder (Bedrock Records), Filterheadz (I Love Techno), CP (Pulse Factory) Ecco (KMB records), Rudy (Fuse), Xian (Cafe dAnvers), Milo (You), Dave Kane, Trap House, to name a few.

Inspired by the name of his latest project -bar©ode- DJ Fab became Fab Code, and after the bar closed late 2007, he resumed the hunt for bookings. He joined the team of DJ Ecco called -United Elektro- and also played at -Dance Machine- and -Acid Or Not- parties until the end of 2009, then Fab decided to move and settle in the United Kingdom.

Freshly landed in Manchester, his new home, he went back to work and returned to the recording studio to relaunch his career as a producer and composer. He released his first tracks in 2010 on Belgian label Kiss My Beat Records (KMB), on the label Bonzai Progressive and on the label Mint & Mustard.

EPISODE 125: Lucio Grandi – Plastic People (Howz Choonz)

Lucio Grandi was born in Cali, Colombia on August 5, 1984, with Colombian, French and Italian roots.
His first contact with electronic music happens a the sweet age of 6 when Dance and House music hit the local radios. Intense happiness filled him listening to these tunes. Not long before he starts experimenting with recording tunes and making his own mixtapes.

Ten years later after learning how to mix properly on turn-tables he starts his carrier as a professional DJ playing Techno and listening to DJs like Marco Carola, Ben Sims, Cristian Varela, Jeff Mills, Samuel L Session. He filled his DJ-bag with the dark sounds of strong Techno.

But only 2 years later he finds himself tired of that sound and starts the search of his very own musical identity. DJs like Danny Tenaglia, Vibe, Victor Calderone, Carlos Manaca, Richie Santana convince him that Tribal is his call.

Still not satisfied he ends up to adapt House and Alternative Music into his sets and this turns out to be his true self. Influenced by names like Silicone Soul, Peace Division, Little Louie Vega, Armand Van Helden, Harry Romero, Alton Miller , Afrika Bambaataa gave him the needed diversification and shades in tones that this genre contains.

Actually, it is that variation, that diversification that House Music offers that marks his identity as a DJ because he can choose between one side or the other, achieving a more intense atmosphere in his sets.

He has played along with DJs like Franco de Mulero, Jose Viscaya, Malambo, Lexx, Chile, Chloe Harris of London and with David Guetta in 2009 after winning the first DJ contest of his hometown.

He has played in Mission Club, Cooseres, La Cantera, Joan of Arc, Central Valley Pacific events, private parties, etc.

Today he finds himself as a DJ and producer to be part of the infamous Bonzai label group. Convinced of their professionalism and way of working he finds his tracks released on Bonzai Basiks.
This is for Lucio the fulfillment of a dream as he always had wanted to be part of this label.

EPISODE 126: Wonji – Lord I’m Still Standing (Eyepatch Recordings)

Juan Gonzalez aka Wonji is born in Brooklyn, New York 1972 is one of four sons in a family of musicians who started his music career playing the trumpet in jr. high band. With these early skills in music he soon started playing other instruments including, guitars, drums, most brass instruments and soon after at the age of 14 discovered turntables. Hip Hop was one of his biggest infuences at that time and encouraged him to think of creative ways to hear and play sounds from the tables. Soon after he started playing private parties, events and such.But there seemed to be something missing…..

At the age of 17 he decided to move to South Florida, Miami and this is where he was introduced to The House Sound. With a past in latin music, disco and R&B, Wonji decided to twist and meld these sounds together in his live sets which led him to move to his next step: Producing.

By 1999 House music had evolved so much with many new and updated sounds Wonji could not resist getting involved in production.
Musical instruments changed so the music changed, the scenes changed so I had to try and keep up with all the new styles, says Wonji.
Fascinated by the past music and sounds of The Hunger, Front 242, and later DJs like John Digweed, Timo Mass and so on, it was only a matter of time till he started producing his own work.

With an ever evolving sound, Wonji will for sure be around in the music scene for a while. Never passing up new musical possibilities and changing the way music is to be played.
Wonji says about himself: Making people move and groove, thats all I want to do.

 

17 February 2012 UPDATES Read more

AIRWAVE – ATLAS WINDS (L*C*D RECORDINGS)

 

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A true activist in Electronic music of all kinds for well over 15 years, Belgian Airwave’s discography counts more than 250 records and dozens of remixes, many of them being supported by the biggest names of the industry. Genius Composer and Performer, the man’s imprint on the scene is remarkable.

Hit by surprise by a virus called Electronic Dance music, Laurent developed his knowledge of music and technology in Parallel until his first demos saw the light of day in may of 1995. 1996 saw him release his first tracks on the infamous Bonzai imprint, but that is 1998 that saw him grow up and become the progressive trance artist we know today, with the release of his first Airwave record, I want to Believe, immediately picked up by UK’s own Sasha and Oakenfold, and later on by up and coming youngster Tiesto, gaining popularity as much as he was playing Laurent’s records. The same can be said about the whole dutch trance scene, in which Laurent’s records were and still are omnipresent.

That is how Laurent developed his DJ and performing career from back then, having several gigs worldwide, from Tokyo to San Francisco, from Auckland, NZ to Toronto, and from Manchester to Athens. Hundreds of gigs saw him perform at the world’s biggest clubs of those times, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others, all of them had the chance to welcome Laurent Airwave one day, if not several times, which proves that you do not need to over-commercialize your music to get rewarded all around the world.

«Everyday is full of new challenges, and limits only exist into the human brain» are Airwave’s words of wisdom for every single day. Do not limit the man to a single genre, as his 15 years in the business gave him the ability to execute any style of music with a true sense of perfection and achievements.

15 February 2012 FEATURED Read more

BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 45 – 2011

EPISODE 81: Fab Code – Midnight Shuffle (Bonzai Progressive)

At an early age Fab was bewitched by music. At age 6 he was attracted by the sounds of soul, funk and disco playing from his parents jukebox. Rocked to the sounds of Tamla Motown, James Brown, Barry White, KC & The Sunshine Band and later Kraftwerk. All this built up in him to a music culture dominated by rhythm and groove.

In the early 80s he began his DJ career (as DJ Fab) and became resident in a trendy club in Brussels called -Disco Steve-. Residencies and bookings would follow one another until 1988, playing in many local clubs, always quality venues, such as Le Veaudeville, Le Garage, Le Variete, La Pergola, Le Disque Rouge (Fuse), Las Vegas, and many others. The musical styles he spins with finesse and technique are funk, disco and new wave, the hype music for this era.

After hanging up his DJ gloves to explore new musical fields, music production, we see him reappear in 1989 with the release of his debut single -Warbeat- under the pseudonym Bassline Boys. The success was immediate following the mini scandal triggered by this title when it was broadcasted in Chistophe Dechavanne’s -ciel mon mardi- (TF1 – French TV), and the musical response entitled -On se calme (Mr. Dechavanne)- turned into a massive hit in France, selling over 400,000 copies and awarded with a gold record. New Beat, Acid House, Techno and Hardcore releases will succeed during the following years under various monickers, such as Fax Yourself, BSR, Defcon, DSK, Hydrowave, Speed Limit, etc.

In 1994 he decided to return to the turntables, and when he met Claude El Divino (City Parade) he joined the -Underground Energy- team, which allowed him play in one of the most prestigious clubs of Belgium, the Extreme. After a series of bookings with Energy Underground he became a resident at Extreme. Other residencies and bookings followed, including La Raza, Planet Hardcore, Cocoon, Illusion, Zenith, Pavarotti and so on.

After a break from both the deejaying and studio work during the early 2000s, he comes back in 2006 with a new challenge, creating and running his own DJ Bar, which will be called -bar©ode-. The project took its flight, the parties became famous throughout Belgium and abroad, and renowned DJs lined up behind bar©odes decks. Pole Folder (Bedrock Records), Filterheadz (I Love Techno), CP (Pulse Factory) Ecco (KMB records), Rudy (Fuse), Xian (Cafe dAnvers), Milo (You), Dave Kane, Trap House, to name a few.

Inspired by the name of his latest project -bar©ode- DJ Fab became Fab Code, and after the bar closed late 2007, he resumed the hunt for bookings. He joined the team of DJ Ecco called -United Elektro- and also played at -Dance Machine- and -Acid Or Not- parties until the end of 2009, then Fab decided to move and settle in the United Kingdom.

Freshly landed in Manchester, his new home, he went back to work and returned to the recording studio to relaunch his career as a producer / composer. He released his first tracks in 2010 on Belgian label Kiss My Beat Records (KMB) and has now signed with Bonzai Music to release some material on Bonzai Progressive, Bonzai Basiks and Mint & Mustard labels.

The artist has had support from various DJ´s, such as:
Slam, Nic Fanciulli, Moussa Clarke, Wyndell Long, James Grindle, Graham Gold amongst others.

EPISODE 82: Daiko – Desire (Bonzai Progressive)

Stunning debut release for Daiko in Bonzai Progressive. Desire is a deep progressive style tune packed with deluxe chords and smoking beats.
To make this pack unique we throw in two remixes by Soundmodul & Moffous and Parafernalia.

EPISODE 83: Oz Romita – Strictly Underground EP (Mint & Mustard Recordings)

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 84: Airwave presents Lolo – Travel The World In 10 Minutes (Green Martian)

A true activist in Electronic music of all kinds for well over 15 years, Belgian Airwave’s discography counts more than 250 records and dozens of remixes, many of them being supported by the biggest names of the industry. Genius Composer and Performer, the man’s imprint on the scene is remarkable.

Hit by surprise by a virus called Electronic Dance music, Laurent developed his knowledge of music and technology in Parallel until his first demos saw the light of day in may of 1995. 1996 saw him release his first tracks on the infamous Bonzai imprint, but that is 1998 that saw him grow up and become the progressive trance artist we know today, with the release of his first Airwave record, I want to Believe, immediately picked up by UK’s own Sasha and Oakenfold, and later on by up and coming youngster Tiësto, gaining popularity as much as he was playing Laurent’s records. The same can be said about the whole dutch trance scene, in which Laurent’s records were and still are omnipresent.

That is how Laurent developed his DJ and performer’s career from back then, having several gigs worldwide, from Tokyo to San Francisco, from Auckland, NZ to Toronto, and from Manchester to Athens. Hundreds of gigs saw him perform at the world’s biggest clubs of those times, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others, all of them had the chance to welcome Laurent Airwave one day, if not several times, which proves that you don’t need to overcommercialize your music to get rewarded all around the world.

«Everyday is full of new challenges, and limits only exist into the human brain» are Airwave’s words of wisdom for every single day. Don’t limit the man to a single genre, as his 15 years in the business gave him the ability to execute any style of music with a true sense of perfection and achievement.

EPISODE 85: Sound Profession – In The City (Eyepatch Recordings)

Eyepatch does it again. This time with Sound Profession and a k-hole deep release titled In The City. Glamourous chilled out tune, perfect for your jazzy lounge breaks needs. But it’s not all about this track. In fact, theres another three originals in this pack, 10 Pounds, Runaway and Down My Way. All tracks in a deep and funky House fashion with plenty of groove and soul.

EPISODE 86: Beatblenderz – Loaded (From A Groove) (Eyepatch Recordings)

What do You get when You put two highly talented Dj’s together. DJ Alexis Pattersun with his pure and groovy musical choice and DJ Zohm and his 3 decades of own developing turntable techniques and a wide range of music experiences. Meanwhile those “wheels of steel freaks” deliver more rhythmical extra’s than You ever absorbed before, and this without the loss or forgetting the warmness and originallity that electronic music can express. They are known for building more than just a regular party, every night is another story, a souvenir , a sound and loop collage of the finest. Some DJ’s fear them, cause of their provocative “mind blasting” spinning. Others love them cause of their original approxiative way of serving music to a dancing crowd. Sometimes with a slice of self made samples or film-text-anecdotes, sometimes with crazy sounds or test-records, the sky has no limits. Or better
Mothers… lock up Your daughters…The Beatblenderz are among us !

EPISODE 87: Daniel Ray – Honesty (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 88: Aiemo feat. Sandra Hakky – Dreaming Eyes (Bonzai Elemental)

The 28-year-old Danish/Italian artist is born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark. Inspired by the pulsating, urban and unique atmosphere of Copenhagen, David Nicosia Longhi has produced and published under various pseudonyms such as “Mazenga” and “Aiemo”. Ranging from deep, minimal psytrance to chillout and melodic lounge music.

David himself describes the importance of inspiration gathered from the fast paced citylife: “I love living in the city – there are endless inspirational options, ranging all the way from high-end fashion, cocktailbars, nightlife in general and even the modern oasis areas in Copenhagen, filled with peace and calm energy.I also like the anonymous feeling found in a big city. You could be surrounded by 100s of people and still feel like no one is seeing you. I generally get inspired from beautiful people around me and the desire to make and do something that touches the heart and thought of a human in combination with the electronically produced music. I want to keep living my daydream and my music reflects this.”

Practical Inspiration has been gathered from both the trance/balearic scene throughout the 90’s all the way to the downtempo and chilled lounge scene in modern time.

EPISODE 89: Brett Lawrence – Behind The Wire (Piston Recordings)

It’s been almost 15 years since Brett Lawrence emerged on the UK scene as a DJ, producer and now label owner. Over the years Brett has proven that it’s not just his music that makes him such a valuable asset to the house music community but his total dedication to the cause. Whether organizing events or discovering new talent for his label.

Brett first caught the vinyl bug at the age of 14. He began buying early house and techno records and by the age of 16 his ability behind the decks landed him gigs at a number of local clubs and residencies at some of the south coasts best-known nightspots.

In 1998 Brett relocated to Southampton. During this time, Brett was DJing and clubbing all over the country, making connections and building up a solid network of DJs and artists, which led to the inevitable formation of his booking agency Tweak UK in 2003. A move to London in 2004 opened yet another chapter in Brett’s musical career. A wealth of new music and influences saw Brett start to experiment with deeper tech house sounds; something that was later conveyed in his production work.

In 2009 Brett established, the now thriving, Assembly Records. For Brett, it’s always been a question of choosing uncompromising artists who possess a unique and original voice – an attitude that defines his own.

 

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