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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 01 – 2012

EPISODE 100: Fushe – Enigmore (Bonzai Elemental)

New Bonzai Elemental release from Fushe. The release comes with three original tracks, Enigmore, Luxoria and Xenia.

EPISODE 101: Ecco – Waikiki (Howz Choonz)

At 14 Ecco discovered Electronic Music with the New Beat and the belgian clubs. He developed an ever-growing passion for this music until age 20 when he decided to buy his turntables and mix-table. He is interested in different styles such as techno, Tech House, Minimal and House music.

Very soon he had the opportunity to play abroad (Thailand, Ibiza, …) and in Belgium (Silo, Decadance, Cherry Moon, Fuse, …).

2004-2005 sees the organization of events such as United-Elektro parties, Kiss my Beat or Acid or Not parties. Since 2008 he makes his own music and starts his net label (KMB REC).

EPISODE 102: Jamez & Soulboy – Redone (Eyepatch Recordings)

Jamez & Soulboy just started producing together about a year ago. But their work starts getting noticed around the globe. Jamez is still well known for his early work released by his legendary award winning dance label Touche Records. Because of the huge success of his label, tracks appeared on big compilation cds such as Global Underground 13, Sasha Ibiza, Renaissance and on some compilation cds made by Kevin Saunderson, Carl Cox and Armin van Buuren. Also he had a huge hit as one of The Trancesetters on the label Hooj Choons called Roaches.

In the summer of 2009 Christian Smith (Smith and Selway) did a remix for The Search which is also an old Trancesetters record. The track had big support from Hernan Cattaneo, James Zabiela, John Digweed and Adam Beyer. Also their track called Surface Tension, was in 2009 Kevin Saundersons summers favourite and was frequently heard on Ibiza Global Radio.

EPISODE 103: Oz Romita – Pumping (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.

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 50 – 2011

EPISODE 98: Jimmy Galle – What Women Want (Eyepatch Recordings)

Jimmy is born on August 17th in Luik aka Liege in Belgium. As his parents were boatmen he had to attend boarding school from the age of 6 onwards. To overcome the loneliness of boarding school his parents bought him a walkman. That event literally plugged him in in music!
He listened a lot to music via tapes and the radio and developed a health preference house music.
After a long period of nagging and begging his parents he finally got the best birthday present ever on his 15th birthday: a music mixer and double deck cd player. Every free second of his time went into his devotion to music.
2 years later Jimmy got the chance to prove himself at a cool club in Antwerp: Het Eilandje.
Success was immediate: he got his first residency!

Not long before he got interested in making his own music. With his savings Jimmy bought his first PC with a sound card and a Korg keyboard. After a few years he discovered his own sound and at the beginning of 2004 he released his first record: Jim-Y – Digital Trumpets. In the meantime he was working on a project with his best friend Ruly. Jimmy had finished a new demo for which he had the perfect voice in mind and boldly he sent it over under the project name R & Y to his favorite vocalist and singer. And guess what! Only 2 weeks later he got contacted by Jan Johnston. Jan had already written the lyrics and called for a date to do the recordings for this song, that is how R&Y Meets Jan Johnston – Its Cold Outside was born.
This single was released in 2007 with remixes from Filterheadz and Sied van Riel.
In 2008 Morning On The Terrace got released on the label Bonzai Fiesta.
At the end of 2008, Ruly decided to stop with the project, and that was when Jim-Y changed into Jimmy Galle. Jimmys sound was different as a solo dj/producer. After this period different productions and remixes appeared on different labels.

Jimmy has plaid and is still playing in many known Clubs and on many events such as: Noxx, La Rocca, Café D’ Anvers, Industria, Chakra Party, The Factory, Lazurra, Petrol, De Rodenburg (NL), TranccSession, Playboy Deluxe, De Cinema, Space, Wicked, BBC, De Kaai, Red & Blue, Turbulance….

Eyepatch Recordings has received plays and support from 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 and Nick Warren.

EPISODE 99: Hilal Tekschneider – Don’t Shoot, Let’s Talk (Howz Choonz)

New Howz Choonz release with Israelian producer Hilal Tekschneider.
The release comes with two original tracks, Don’t Shoot, Let’s Talk and The Groove Is Comming…

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 49

EPISODE 96: Arto Kumanto – Long Count (Green Martian)

Arto Kumanto was born in Finland, year 1981. From the age of seven he started to play keyboards and later on Arto tried out composing. In mid 90s he began to explore the world of trackers and after hearing some techno music he was hooked for good. A couple of years later he expanded his knowledge to sequencers and synthesizers.

Year 2002 he went to study digital sound and commercial music, graduating in 2006. Soon after he send one of his tracks to Miika Kuisma and it was to be released on Miikas label Subtraxx. Nowadays Artos music can also be heard from Bonzai Music.

Arto achieves to include some magic to every track of his that drives the listener to go with the flow and be one with the music. Arto has always been open-minded towards all kind of music and tries to understand the key element of different styles. He pursuits to create his own style so that one can immediately recognize his music and remember it from the very first listening.

EPISODE 97: Miika Kuisma – Stellar (Progrez)

Miika Kuisma is a finnish musician, artist, philosopher, futurist and inventor who’s passion is to understand fundamental nature of the reality by exploring spirituality, science, history and technology.

In early 90’s he got big revelation in a small house club and walked out as a new person. From that moment he knew dance music was ‘for him’. His first electronic records which influenced him the most include works by Jarre, Cosmic Baby, Moby, Prodigy, Faithless and early Eye-Q releases. After falling in love with so many electronic styles by now, also his own productions have become somewhat unpredictable.

His tracks are usually somewhere between progressive and melodic, while not being not ‘too deep’ or ‘too cheesy’. On the DJ’ing side Miika was known for his perfectionistic approach to build his sets in certain way. Especially his “Intelligent Design” radio mixes were trips across different moods and genres.

Miika has spent most of his life playing around with technical gear but also loved to draw and play instruments from very early age. After getting his degree in electricity he turned around and took career paths in graphic design, programming, animation and user-interface design.

Besides music production and performances he played key role in the concept and interface-design with EKS in the development of the MIDI controller EKS Otus. He played his last DJ gig in April of 2009, sold his record label “Subtraxx Recordings” for Bonzai Music and relocated into South-East Asia.

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 48

EPISODE 90: Gr-oy – Red Light (Eyepatch Recordings)

Gregory Calay aka Gr-oy, born in Belgium and partly raised in Germany, is motivated by music and greatly interested in computer programs. No wonder then that he quickly decided to put these two things together and electronic music became his real passion. In early 2000s Gregory started producing electronic music using Reason and Fruity Loops but then life intervened.

After a very long break, he seriously restarted his own productions in 2009 and this time using Ableton Live, VSTs, Plug-ins and many others. His style can be defined as a mix between deep techno/house and dark down tempo. As his major influences he lists artists and labels such as Thinner, Basic Channel, Swayzak, Ellen Allien, Sascha Funke, Luke Vibert, Kompakt, Dessous Recordings, Warp, Massive Attack…
2010/11 have been good years for Gr-oy as his productions and remixes have been released on Indigo Records, Incense Records, RBL Records, Aenaria Recordings, Kosmo Netlabel, Groovecaffe Netlabel, Melodica Netlabel, Dark Vibe Productions, Scander Records, Eyepatch Recordings.

His new release for Eyepatch Recordings comes with two original tracks, Red Light and Spacewalk plus 2 remixes from Frank Sebastian and Confusion Concepts.

EPISODE 91: Accatone – The Bass Quest (Piston Recordings)

Finally Accatone is back to Piston Recordings with a new release!
Bass Quest EP proves once more the talent of this artist when it comes to making smoking hot tunes.
The Bass Quest, In My Head and Jack Is My Cat are the three tracks in this package that slowly starts making ground for the upcoming debut artist album from Accatone to be out in 2012…

DJ Sneak: Jack Is My Cat is pretty cool, ill test it. thanks
Lee Curtis: decent, thanks
Laurent Garnier: realy like your CAT —
Olderic: Jack Is My Cat is cool for me… will try it
Alex Flatner: One of my fav label’s at the moment is again releasing a stunning release from Accatone…In My Head and Jack Is My Cat, will def. play and support !!
Fish Go Deep: Bass Quest is cool – deep and warm and very groovy! Will be playing.
Florian Mendel: I like all tracks of this EP – well done!
Slam: cool EP – will try out thanx
Severino Panzetta: Jack is my cat is awesome

EPISODE 92: Wonji – So Good Inside (Eyepatch Recordings)

Wonji (Juan Gonzalez) 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.”

EPISODE 93: Solarsoul – Heart & Soul Of The Earth (Bonzai Elemental)

Solarsoul’s new Album Heart & Soul Of The Earth out in Bonzai Elemental.
Solarsoul (Real name Igor Shalin) was born in November 29, 1980 in Moscow suburbs. Since 2008 he has been broadcasting his own show wich now has a fulltime residence in DI.FM.

EPISODE 94: Markus Ilgner – Time Bandits (Bonzai Basiks)

Markus had only 1 reason to start producing music: LOVE FOR MUSIC
After a couple of years producing quietly in his little studio Markus got the attention of nobody less than Jens Lissat himself who asked him to remix some of his productions. Under the alias TACHIONES Markus released some remixes on labels like Toolroom, Perctraxx and others.
Not much later Markus bumped into an old friend: Timo Manson who offered Markus to release is first very own EP which was released on MusicCity Rec. Soon after that Markus music could be found on the label Audiodevot.
After that things happened very fast. His following album with the title Antitoxin reached the top 30 on Beatport. Almost at the same moment he released his album Etektronic Rush under the disguise The Sons Of Mr Miygai. With all these tremendous releases it was no wonder that Markus suddenly got to play in many events as solo artist as well as under the project Sons Of Mr Miygai. He performed on Ruhr In Love in Oberhausen and in Clubs like Toy in Stuttgart and at Houskeeper. After many successful productions Markus ultimate dream came true: a release on one of the legendary Bonzai labels which pushed him onto a new level of production quality.
Markus does not like to be categorized and tagged but rather prefers to surprise music-lovers and fans with a brand new sound experience with each release. He loves to blend new sounds and technology with his love for the sound of long past days.
Markus makes music for the single listener and not for the masses!

EPISODE 95: Tish – Square Mind (Piston Recordings)

New release from Tish. With previous releases on Noir Music, Witty Tunes, Neurotraxx Gold, Bla Bla and other labels, Tish is one of the best and most talented girls in the industry.The release features two original tracks, Square Mind and Couple More, plus two additional remixes from Adrian C and Accatone.

 

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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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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 42 – 2011

EPISODE 59: Manu Riga – The Nighttime – Sovve Remix (Bonzai Progressive)

Manu Riga was formed in 2004 by Adriaan Baussens and Sven van Hove.Soon they released their first vinyl on Okina Music.Good feeling and a remix by Drkucho was hitting the belgium dance charts on the 22th spot in 2005. Sadly distribution wasn’t catching up with the demand.After this dissapointment Manu Riga didn’t really felt home. Creativity had no freedom.
After a break of two years, Sven & Adriaan gave Manu Riga a second chance but this time they promised they only would follow their heart and do what they like to do.
After sending the 2005 track Tai chi girl to Bonzai Musicthey found that home.Bonzai appreciated and loved the different approach of Manu Riga.Manu Riga signed an artist deal with Bonzai Music in 2010
a remix for Quadran and George V followed soon.
Time in Between is the first which is typical for their style .Progressive with a touch of Tribal and emotional synth
Bonzai progressive means coming home for Manu Riga.

EPISODE 60: A. Mochi – Dao (Bonzai Basiks)

A.Mochi is one of the most prolific producers, Live performers and DJs in Tokyo’s rich Techno scene. As a producer he released his music with labels like Len Faki’s Figure, Luke Slater’s Mote-Evolver or Francois K’s WaveTec. Initially Rock music captured his attentions as a younger man, however, the impact of the heavy, fat bass and beats of electro music changed his musical life forever, which became the basis of his career today. It was the continuous groove consisting of inorganic and dark electronic sounds that drove him further… obsessed and completely absorbed.

Gradually with the use of computer, his interest and skills in production grew. Simultaneously, his performance as a Live act and DJ at Maniac Love (which is known as one of the legendary clubs in Tokyo) kicked off which made the dance-floor erupt, people started to notice the great talent he was offering. Since then he has been booked as a guest artist at world-renowned clubs in Tokyo.

In 2007, after releases on labels like ‘Highland’, ‘Hardsignal’ and ‘Tremors’ gathered him some respect, he signed a release with ‘Mote-Evolver’ owned by the UK’s legendary techno pioneer Luke Slater. In 2008 he released two 12 inches for the ‘Kumo’ label, which also features artists such as Alex Bau from ‘DBH-Music’ in their core roster. Furthermore he brings out ‘Orion EP’ for the label ‘WaveTec’ owned by it’s founder, the legendary house music DJ and purveyor of the the deep space, Francois K. In October of that year, ‘Battery EP’ which was released on Figure, the label owned by resident of one of the world’s most famous clubs (Berlin’s Berghain / Panoramabar), Len Faki. In 2009, his work as a Remixer of Shin Nishimura in May for the label ‘SCI+TEC Digital Audio’, the label of Dubfire aka Deep Dish. Figure which was released on ‘Figure19/Black Out EP’ turned into massive club hits in that year. 2009 will see a further release, his work as a Remixer of Len Faki’s ‘Death By House’ in Septemer for the label ‘Cocoon Recordings’, the label of Sven Vath.

His trademark intense bass energy and sub-sonic trickery profound work, finds wide acceptance by popular artists like Len Faki,Luke Slater,Francois K.,Richie Hawtin,Adam Beyer,Dubfire,Mauro Picotto,Slam,Rejected,Chris Liebing,Dave Clarke,Len Faki,Deetron,Speedy J,Paul Van Dyk,Anja Schneider,Mark Broom,Alex Bau,Brendon Moeller,Jerome Sydenham,Josh Wink,Joel Mull,Samuel L Session,Julian Jeweil,TomCraft,Umek,Felix Krocher and more. As a producer and artist, A.Mochi will certainly bring even more sophisticated, powerful music to his audience in the years to come.

EPISODE 61: Citizen 42 – Castle (Bonzai Progressive)

Citizen 42 is the Techno and House alias of Andy MacDougall aka Andy Tau.

Over the last few years Andy has been releasing trance and progressive under the pseudonym Andy Tau and Trilucid, with regular support from top DJ’s and a string of succesful releases on several high profile labels, as well as tracks featuring on Trance Nation mixed by Andy Moor, Gatecrasher Anthems mixed by Paul van Dyk, Trancemaster 7001 and many more.

As well as his involvement in trance Andy is also an accomplished house and techno producer releasing music as Citizen 42, with several tracks lined up for release throughout 2010 and 2011.

In this release for Bonzai Progressive he offers us two original tracks, In Focus and Castle.

EPISODE 62: Jamez – Spring (Eyepatch Recordings)

Dutch producer Jamez has had a hand in more good records than most of us have had hot dinners. Apart from the by-no-means trifling matter of co-producing house record – 51 Days’ ‘Paper Moon’ – he’s also been at the birth of the Trancesetters, the splendidly-named Tata Box Inhibitors, P.I.M.P., Loophole, Amfibian, Mindfunk and an ever-expanding list of inventively-spelt production credits. You’d wonder, looking at the fellow’s discography, whether he ever got any kip (we’ve been assured by his family that he does).

Jamez, for those that haven’t been paying attention, was part of a Dutch triumvirate – the other two being Dobre and DJ Zki – that helped transform European house music in the early 90s. Working closely with Dutch outfit Touché Records, they produced a series of consistently great singles of wildly differing styles ranging from the jazzy (Jamshed), deep (51 Days) and the acclaimed harder style of Tata Box Inhibitors and Trancesetters. While most UK DJ’s looked to the US for new records, oddly, lots of American DJs – Danny Tenaglia being a particular fan – championed this new European style (Underworld’s Darren Emerson was also an early supporter of Touché’s releases).

Like many a young European, Jamez was turned on to dance music via the burgeoning rap scene of the eighties, before hooking up with Dobre who, as luck would have it, had a small home-studio. Experiments in dance ensued. A meeting with DJ Zki at a radio station completed the Three Musketeers’ line-up. Early releases came out through fellow countryman Robin ‘Jaydee’ Albers’ First Impressions label, but it was through Touché Records – started with Dobre – that Jamez and his cohorts gained international recognition.

Both 51 Days’ mournful ‘Paper Moon’ and Trancesetters’ heavy-hitting ‘The Search’ were massive New York club hits. Plenty of others were staples in DJs’ boxes around the world, probably because Jamez has mastered the art of syncopated and punchy beats, mellifluous keyboards and catchy hooks. Soulful dance music, in other words. As a remixer, Jamez is no slouch, either, having turned in superb mixes of Paperclip People’s ‘The Climax’, X-Press 2’s strident ‘The Sound’, Humate’s ‘Choose Life’ and a stunning rerub of Der Dritte Raum’s ‘Alienoid’, transforming it into a hypnotically textural house cut. The list goes on and on.

After more than 100 releases on world class labels, numerous remixes and many appearances on compilations, he definetly put his mark down.

As a DJ he also did his part. Flying from one city to the other, keeping the crowds shouting for more. His mix of techno and tech house takes the listener on a journey through unknown territories, well known hights and deep smooth plains.

After a well deserved sabbatical Jamez returned to the scene in 2008, where he hooked up with Soulboy. In the summer of 2009 Christian Smith (Smith & Selway) did a remix for Trancesetters ‘The Search’. The track had big support from Hernan Cattaneo, James Zabiela, John Digweed and Adam Beyer. Together with Soulboy, they produced the track Surface Tension, which was in 2009 Kevin Saunderson’s summers favourite and was frequently heard on Ibiza Global Radio. Not only he is frequently asked for remixes but 2010 will be the year of launching his own label Repressure Recordings together with Soulboy and his management team A&G Agency.

Four Seasons EP it’s his latest work for Eyepatch Recordings with four original tracks, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

EPISODE 63: Airwave – Hello World (L*C*D* Recordings)

Born in 1977 in Brussels, Laurent aka Airwave is a natural born musician. At the age of 7, he discovered and has developed since then his perfect ear, a precious gift that would later lead him to release his very first records at the age of 18, on the infamous Bonzai record label. Back then, under the influence of 80’s and 90’s electronica, he already knew what he wanted and fought for his right to express himself, which led him to the very first Airwave release “I want to Believe” EP. This alongside with the many other aliases and collaborations (Fire & Ice, Planisphere…), and the development of Bonzai records outside Belgium (UK, Germany, Italy and many other countries) made his career take off in 1999.

Releases were just dropping like rain on Scotland, that made him hit dance top tens and dj charts several times. Versatile in the studio, also extremely gifted as a producer, he’s of that generation that breaks boundaries by doing any kind of music, whether it’s house, chill-out, trance, progressive, techno. Virtually any dj has played a record of his in the last ten years, seeing him championed by the likes of Oakenfold, Paul van Dyk, John 00 Fleming, Tiësto, Armin, Judge Jules and many, many more.

“Believe”, his very first critically acclaimed artist album, was released at the end of 2002. A much better (and of course updated) version of it “I want to believe”, that in a way “looped the loop” was released in 2003 and confirmed the successful career that he had already achieved.

But he always wants much more…

Because of all this knowledge, because of all the endless possibilities he feels he has as a musician, he put together a new concept as a performer in order to promote his 3CD album “Trilogique”, a perfect definition of versatility, bringing the audience 3 different tastes of electronic music into one single package, and showing how much difference matters. As guided by the Greater God like he uses to say, he developed the Triloset, a combination of dj’ing with totally improvised keyboard parts on top of them, which led him to promote Trilosets first instead of Dj’ing, although the audience had seen him DJ worldwide since 2000, with many gigs in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa…

The brand new Triloset concept led him to countries he had never been before, with the likes of Turkey, Qatar, USA, Ukraine, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and many others, finally having the Airwave treatment they deserved!!

Today, Laurent’s discography counts no less than 500 productions, a lot of them being collaborations and remix works for the biggest superstars of nowaday’s dance scene (Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Judge Jules, Markus Schulz, M.I.K.E, Yves Deruyter just to name a few). 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 producer career, as a sound designer among others.

And God only knows what tomorrow will be made of for Airwave, but keep in mind that the boy does deliver whatever happens, this for ten years already, with a huge passion and a huge amount of fans pushing his back up to the top electronic musicians hall of fame.

EPISODE 64: Bastiq2ooo – No Exceptions (Eyepatch Recordings)

New extended play from Bastiq2ooo in Eyepatch Recordings after his first very well received Elegiac.
The release comes with four original tracks, No Exceptions, Rio, Stamina and Greetings From…

EPISODE 65: SaDu – Hug & Play EP (Bonzai Basiks)

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.

EPISODE 66: Quadran – Vertigo (Bonzai Progressive)

New release from Quadran in Bonzai Progressive.
With a life long career in the music industry Quadran has had support from all A-Llist DJ’s across the globe and a series of hit releases in the 90’s up until today. The release comes with the original track Vertigo plus two remixes from Zas & Sanze presents Mindgamers and Planisphere.

EPISODE 67: Code Duello – Closer (Howz Choonz Recordings)

Code Duello, also known as Funky Space Pirates was born in 1987. The San Francisco Bay Area native was a fan of hip-hop growing up, and was planning to produce hip-hop beats the moment he had the resources to do so. House and techno was not even part of the plan.

Before the huge dance music boom that just happened recently in the USA, it was very taboo to like house and techno music. I discovered the good dance music through internet radio and I got into it late at the age of 16 or so. Before the internet, you had to really dig for the good music because the radio stations here would not play it, and barely anyone considered it music here or they were completely ignorant of it all.-

The artist enjoys challenging himself, and whether it is under his Funky Space Pirates alias which is a funky, uplifting, progressive house sound, or as Code Duello which is a more techie, chord heavy, aggressive, experimental, deep, cold, dark sound, he does his best to make something that he would not expect out of himself.

Part of the fun in making music is the mystery. I love exploring new sounds, so I always try to sound different but leave a sense of my style on the projects I work on. Even though my projects have a certain sound, I make it a goal to achieve their themes in a different way.

EPISODE 68: Damir Pushkar – On The Airport (Mint & Mustard Recordings)

Damir started producing music back in 2006 under the name »DAMPA«, signed successfully several tracks on Total Wipes Records, Italy. After a period of time, Damir was bored and unsatisfied of all the same sounds in the scene.. and so decided to take some time to bring out something different and interesting.

In 2009 he finally camed out again, this time under Damir Pushkar. He collaborated with the Groove Bugs Duo , the biggest Jack-House producer Dj’s from Croatia and did an album together on Pin Up Recordings .

Three months later, he collaborated with Fabian Jakopetz, and made an album called »New Names« which came out on the cult belgium label »Bonzai Music«. The track »New Names« was N°1 selling track on DJ TUNES for 3 weeks , and N°2 for 4 weeks infront of David Guetta, Armand Van Helden, Deadmau5 and FatboySlim.

Just few time later he was asked to do a remake of the first DJ TIESTO track ever, »The Tube«. The remake was a success and got hugh support from almost all top Dj’s and producers around the globe. Many other tracks after went great, just like »Locked Up« track from Slammin Muzik , which appeared on IBIZA TOP 30 ANTHEMS 2010 on La Bien Et La Mai Records next to Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, John Dahlback, Peter Brown, Kid Massive etc.

Damir also won the Mydjspace remix contest, besides hundrets of great attenders.
The Damir Pushkar’s remix of Jake Childs – The Blame got the first place and it’s waiting to be released on Bush Records next to Carl Cox , Joey Beltram etc…

In 2011, Damir signed a track in a collaboration with B.Original called »Call Me« which will be out on Mr.V’s new label with a remix, will be done by superstar Kenny Dope! An album waiting to be out on Oda with massive remixes by Johhny Calypso , Tech Stan …He is remixing just now for Vincent Vega , Darren Bailie (Guru Josh Project), Piatto, Tovar and more!

Damir released over 100 tracks and more tracks which are coming up in 2011 on labels such as: Diva Records, Butan Records, Pin Up Recordings, Bush/Boo Records, Slammin Muzik, Bikini Records, Soul Channel, Uniform Recordings, Oda Records, No-Logik Records, Desperadoz Records along many others.

Damir continues to keep his quality and unique style of producing music . From end of 2009 till the begining of 2011, Damir became one of the most successfull producer from Croatia.

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 42 – 2011

EPISODE 51: George V – Beauty Of Life (Green Martian)

George V makes a comeback to Green Martian, after the well received Africa single earlier this year.

This time we have the original track Beauty of Life plus three remixes from Manu Riga, Zakat Project and oneUP, making this a strong package.

George V is supported by artists like Airwave, Insert Name, Chantola, Andy Tau, Marko La Rocca, Suzy Solar, DJ Vincenzo to name but a few.

EPISODE 52: The French Connection – Dope And Deep (Bonzai Basiks)

New release from French Connection, this time in Bonzai Basiks.

The release comes with two original tracks, Dope and Deep, plus 2 And A Half.

The French Connection is supported by artists like Jamez, Graham Gold, Zeil100, Fab Code, Jimmy Galle, Tali Freaks amongst many others.

EPISODE 53: Citizen 42 – Focus EP (Bonzai Progressive)

Citizen 42 is the Techno and House alias of Andy MacDougall aka Andy Tau.

Over the last few years Andy has been releasing trance and progressive under the pseudonym Andy Tau and Trilucid, with regular support from top DJ’s and a string of succesful releases on several high profile labels, as well as tracks featuring on Trance Nation mixed by Andy Moor, Gatecrasher Anthems mixed by Paul van Dyk, Trancemaster 7001 and many more.

As well as his involvement in trance Andy is also an accomplished house and techno producer releasing music as Citizen 42, with several tracks lined up for release throughout 2010 and 2011.

In this release for Bonzai Progressive he offers us two original tracks, In Focus and Castle.

EPISODE 54: Solartoff – Deep In The City (Eyepatch Recordings)

Solartoff life is all about music. He is foremost a DJ and spinning the decks
is what he is living for and this is what he has been doing for the past 10 years.

Solartoff is definitely a man that truly has a style of his own. His passion is to combine different styles of music with his formidable mixing skills thriving to present the perfect set full of personality.
Growing up in the mid-90s, the strongest musical influence on his life was Marek Bilinski a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Poland. Listening to the vibes of the electronic music scene Solartoff soon became part of it.Today Solartoff is read to sweep the dancefloor and surprise the people with his gorgeous sets without musical boundary.

He is always searching for the striking impulses in club music to turn the hours on the dancefloor into special and lasting moments.
He loves to play long DJ-sets benefiting from ability to mix whatever music he pleases selecting with good taste and feel from a range of music.

He loves to switch styles from Deep House, to Tech House or else Funky House.And as long as the people keep moving on the dancefloor: Who cares? Solartoff does not because to him its about making people move. And whenever the crowd thinks he got his style he is already up for something else.

EPISODE 55: Lights Electronika & Valeria Croft featuring Kash – Multiply (Piston Recordings)

The Lights Electronika project started in the end of the last millennium at one of St.Petersburg’s high schools where the project’s future creators met. Max and Leon shared the same passion for music, hip hop being their major interest. First thoughts about electronic music came to them in 1998 after the guys saw a TV show dedicated to new music styles of the time.

In 1999 the duo lost each other for a while Leon moved to Finland, but after a year they met again in Helsinki where they got to know drum and bass music and went in that direction. Max and Leon dived into the fast-changing world of electronic music. Soulful and Atmospheric D’n’B pushed guys to transform their affection to the style into something more than just a hobby.

Leon learned to use music software to write his first D’n’B samples in Finland while Max started his professional music career as a Dj at one of St.Petersburg’s music promo groups. After gaining the needed experience and some success with audience, Max and Leon united to create a joint project, which started off as a series of parties dedicated to drum and bass.

In 2007 the guys finally got the opportunity to work together when Max moved to Finland. Meanwhile they began to develop an interest to the house music and new experiments led to the creation of the Lights Electronika/Synthetic Pigments projects. The latter one was fully dedicated to the soulful D’n’B.

Since 2007 Max and Leon proved themselves to become a significant part of the electronic world of Finland’s capital with their sets played in mainstream clubs of Helsinki…

EPISODE 56: James Brook – Breakaway (AU Records)

James Brook’s real name is actually the direct translation to his home language, Tiago Ribeiro. Born in 1991, Portugal, deejaying since 2007 and producing since the begining of 2008 (at the age of 16 years old), Tiago started searching for his own sound style and worked on several projects such as “Pry” (where he have produced various variants of house music and released tracks on reknown labels such as “Sundesire”, “Indalo”, “Doctormusik”, “AU”, “Loop 128″ or “Kaos”, selling music worldwide) or “Golden Drop” (where he’ve produced is own played solo pianos, trip hop and experimental sounds).

After 3 years of artistic and technical refining, Tiago Ribeiro iniciated “James Brook” project, where he makes progressive house music, always obeying to the highest professional artistic and technical quality standards, and always keeping a smooth artistic line between his tracks.

EPISODE 57: Oz Romita – The Ultimate (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 58: Daily Dose – Waiting For (Howz Choonz)

Daily Dose is born in Belgium in the year 1989.
At an early age he discovered Electronic Music.
On his sixteenth birthday he got his first set of turntables and started to buy his first records.
Everybody in his family played an instrument but he chose the path of electronic music and it did not take long before he started producing his own tracks.

Slowly he discovered more and more about the wonderful world of electronic music.
He went through a wide variety of different electronic musical genres but ended up with developing a more focused interest in funky and deep sounding house, minimal and techno.

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – EPISODE 45, 46, 47, 48, 49 & 50

EPISODE 45: dPen & Nick Varon – Grasshopper (Progrez)

dPen

Born in 1982 in Athens-Greece, Yannis was exposed in several music styles and scenes from an early age. This variety of music styles transmet him a strong passion for an inner quest to find the kind of music that would represent him and express his feelings.

Saxophone and Flute player, having a diploma in music production from Berklee College of music, Yannis started to produce electronic music under the name “dPen”.

Currently, dPen has finished 2 new remixes for Quivver, Anthony Pappa and Chris Fortier for Silence Through Music label, he is working a remix for Universal Music and his is preparing his new monthly web tv show about music productions tip n tricks and new software presentations as he is the first Greek producer and one of the few producers of the scene that has 4 (software / hardware instruments) companies to endorse him as an artist.

Nick Varon

In search of his musical world Nick passed through various styles such as jazz & rock. These two major influences quickly led him to piano & guitar lessons.

In the late 90″s when house music was huge in his hometown Athens, Greece, Nick found himself in a club that Danny Tenaglia was playing at… and that’s how all started. This night determined his musical path. Sexy, Deep, Dark House would be his guideline from there after. Through DJ-ing Nick saw the way to express and share his music instincts in the best possible way.

Currently Nick holds a monthly residency @ Venue Club in Athens, Greece. His weekly mix every Monday @ www.danceradioglobal.com is getting bigger week by week. Something that you can verify by watching Nick Warren’s opinion in the last Top 100 DJ poll where he chose Nick for the “most underestimated dj “on the planet & listen to some of Sharam comments such as “Nick gives a flow in his DJ sets close to perfection”.

The first three tracks in this release, inMotion Tech Take Remix, BrianBerg Remix and UM Remix are the result of a remix contest.

EPISODE 46: Fabio Scalabroni – Analog Flavor (Eyepatch Recordings)

Scalabroni is an electronic musician and DJ who performed under several names – such as Scalabroni, Cogor, Hologram, Ambit 3, Bit Bucket his works include both own tracks and remixes for others.

In 1997, together with Andrea Angelini and Davide DOnofrio he created a small and independent label named Syncretic that produced and released two records W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G. EP and Antiorario. Under his Cogor alias, he produced three tracks released by Syncretic Records.

In he 1998 took part in the production of a compilation released by the magazine Time Out among other artists such as Marco Passarani, Lory D. and other artists from the Italian electronic scene.
In 2001 he worked with the memorable Italian rap band Assalti Frontali in order to produce the remix album 12 Remix da un Altro Mondo (BMG Records). Scalabroni played with Angelini, DOnofrio and Micheli on one track, while remixed two tracks under the name Cogor.

Between 2003 and 2005 he performed under the name Hologram and worked on several compilations: Broken Pots Hill Vol.1 and Broken Pots Hill Vol.2 – Label: Minimalrome Spacelab Compilation Label: R.O.R. AutoCD Compilation Netlabel: Wavengine

In 2003, the project Ambit3 started and Scalabroni together with his partners of Syncretic Records produced one track for the compilation, Mission Three: Establishing Electronix Network, released by Nature Records. In the same year, Nature Records and NAT2122 produced Ambit3s first album with the title Enwrapped.

In the last few years, he played as DJ and performed live DJ sets in various clubs and festivals like Arezzo Wave, Distorsonie Festival, Transcodex Festival, Warp Magic Bus Tour, M.I.T. Auditorium roma, l-ektrica Akab Club, Electroma Festival, Blueroom RialtoSantambrogio Club, Enzimi 2006 Termini-Roma, Rashomon Club, Metaverso Club, …

In 2007, another Ambit3s work was released Five Tales EP on Nature Records.

In the same year, he performed as resident dj with artists like: Legowelt, Abe Duque, I-F, Passarani and more.

EPISODE 47: Jimmy Galle – Spiritual Love (Bonzai Basiks)

Jimmy is born on August 17th in Luik aka Liege in Belgium. As his parents were boatmen he had to attend boarding school from the age of 6 onwards. To overcome the loneliness of boarding school his parents bought him a walkman. That event literally plugged him into music!

He listened a lot to music via tapes and the radio and developed a preference for house music.

After a long period of nagging and begging his parents he finally got the best birthday present ever on his 15th birthday: a music mixer and double deck cd player. Every free second of his time went into his devotion to music.

2 years later Jimmy got the chance to prove himself at a cool club in Antwerp: Het Eilandje.

Success was immediate: he got his first residency!

Not long before he got interested in making his own music. With his savings Jimmy bought his first PC with a sound card and a Korg keyboard. After a few years he discovered his own sound and at the beginning of 2004 he released his first record: Jim-Y – Digital Trumpets. In the meantime he was working on a project with his best friend Ruly. Jimmy had finished a new demo for which he had the perfect voice in mind and boldly he sent it over under the project name R & Y to his favorite vocalist and singer. And guess what! Only 2 weeks later he got contacted by Jan Johnston. Jan had already written the lyrics and called for a date to do the recordings for this song, that is how R&Y Meets Jan Johnston – Its Cold Outside was born.

This single was released in 2007 with remixes from Filterheadz and Sied van Riel.

In 2008 Morning On The Terrace got released on the label Bonzai Fiesta.

At the end of 2008, Ruly decided to stop with the project, and that was when Jim-Y changed into Jimmy Galle. Jimmy’s sound was different as a solo dj/producer. After this period different productions and remixes from him appeared on different labels.

Jimmy has played and is still playing in many known Clubs and on many events such as: Noxx, La Rocca, Café D’ Anvers, Industria, Chakra Party, The Factory, Lazurra, Petrol, De Rodenburg (NL), TranccSession, Playboy Deluxe, De Cinema, Space, Wicked, BBC, De Kaai, Red & Blue, Turbulance….

EPISODE 48: Rob Small – Bad Wednesday (Piston Recordings)

Rob Small is fast becoming one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the UK’s House & Techno scene. His style of Synthetic Techno and ‘Proper’ House Music dj sets has seen him devastate clubs the world over.

Growing up in the early 90’s and listening to Electronic Music was the main influence on Rob, with House & Techno being at the forefront of his inspiration. No stranger to the scene – at just 19 years old, Rob started his own club night off in September 2006. This event (named ‘Friction’) was held at one of the UK’s most infamous and undergrounds nightclubs – ‘The Mint Club’. The event was not only a platform for Rob to develop his own skills, but was also to showcase the talents of the many artists & performers from the North of the UK, some of which have gone to perform alongside the likes of Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Anderson, Loco Dice to name a few.

As a result of this event, Rob was approached by the North of the UK’s Underground Electronic Music Magazine ‘Traffic’ to be interviewed and featured in it for his efforts in his career, thus paving the way for his next step. After publicly charting and supporting various home grown talent, Rob was asked to come on board the now worldwide supported ‘Breakoutaudio Records’ as the main A&R consultant. The label had achieved more in a mere 18 months than most have in a decade due to, at the time, having a string of successful releases from the likes of Paul Woolford (2020 Vision Records, R&S Records), Audiojack (2020 Vision Records, Get Physical), & Deepchild (Kompakt, Trapez Records) and hosting label parties across the world at the likes of ‘La Terrazza’ in Barcelona to the WMC in Miami.

This new-found passion for the industry triggered Rob’s enthusiasm for music production, and in January 2009 his Detroit Techno influenced ‘Torment EP’ was snapped up and released on Selektor Music – a USA based label hugely supported by the industries best. Subsequently Rob went on to have a string of releases on various imprints across the globe, from Poland to Portugal, and France to South America, all of which resulted in him catching the attention, support and recognition form the industries finest such as Luciano, Laurent Garnier, Robert Owens, Jamie Anderson, Claude Vonstroke, Manuel De La Mare (303 Lovers), X-Press 2, Yves Eaux (Global Dj & Producer on Sander Kleinenberg’s Little Mountain Records label), Roger Sanchez, Gary Beck (Minus), Jet Project (VIVa Music), Murray Richardson, Terry Francis (Fabric), AudioJack (2020 Vision), Slok (Get Physical), Harold Heath (Lost My Dog), Dj Simi (Sci+Tec), Henning Richter (Beef Records), Rob Pearson (Evasive Records/Plastic City), Lunacy Sound Division (Cubism), Matthias Vogt (Motorcitysoul/Cocoon), Nils Nurnburg (Dessous/Save Room Records), Carlo Lio (Rawthentic) & Demi to name a few.

His debut Deep-House release on ‘Soulman Music Records’ entitled ‘Alto’ went straight to number 5 on the Beatport Deep House top 10 chart – thus thrusting him into the public eye, this release being one of three to hit the top 100 of it’s genre on Beatport just day’s after it’s release. His releases have been played and supported heavily on the likes of ‘Ibiza Global Radio’, to ‘X – Press2’s Ministry Of Sound Radio’, to Roger Sanchez’s ‘Release Yourself’.

Rob has played in super-clubs around the world alongside both well established and Up & Coming talent – highlights of these experiences come in the form of two Ibiza tours, and UK touring dates alongside Sasha, Matthias Tanzmann, Robert Dietz, Damian Schwartz, Jamie Jones, amongst many others.

All this, along with an exciting Dj Schedule has resulted in Rob becoming a prolific producer and in demand artist, and has now made many collaborations and completed remix duties for world-renowned labels.

This single release comes with the original track “Bad Wednesday”, plus two remixes by Villa Gombao Inc. and Mute:.

EPISODE 49: Thorin – Night Groove (Bonzai Progressive)

Thorin born on 7 October 1977 in Goirle, a small village near Tilburg. He didn’t stay there for long. At the age of 1 year he moved to Almelo which is a medium city in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Thorin grew up in a musical family, uncles who play guitar, Drums and many other instruments, aunts who sing lets say it’s all in the family.Almost everyone in the family is doing something with music.His father played in several bands some with guitar and others with percussion.

At a young age thorin got connected with music, influences from bands like Deep Purple, the Doors, Pink Floyd. Thorins taste of music is very wide from soul to funky stuff to modern music.In 1992, some friends introduced Thorin into house music nowadays so called oldskool house. While partying a lot Thorin got interested in DJ’ing. He bought some turntables and started to learn mixing 12″ records. After 6 months he controlled dj basics. Buying records and records and getting more DJ skills. He also got interested in producing his own music, lucky for him he got in contact with an old friend from his father. That friend started with producing in the early 80’s. Maurice learned Thorin the basics of Producing, Maurice already had released some music on different labels and did some things together with Sander Kleinenberg in the early 90’s. He was also Sander K’s first Sound/Audio engineer. In 1996 Thorin switched from the hardcore house scene to nice and chill Progressive House music. In 2003 Thorin and Maurice started producing together and while doing some social projects they had to start some kind of Production Company. So in 2006 the Promusic Foundation started. 2 cds released in 6 months working on a third, “stichting Promusic” got more projects and work then expected. With that reason Thorin decided to take a break with DJ’ing and focus more on Promusic.

Now in 2007 Thorin picked up DJ’ing again and started focus more on his own style of producing. Thorin bought a house and started investing more in a new studio. With a stable home base we can expect a lot in 2007.

2008, Thorin decided to stop buying vinyl and switch to digital mixing. He updated his home studio bought some new equipment and switched over to Traktor scratch with the time coded vinyl. Meanwhile several tracks got signed and released at different labels around the globe including: Reticent Recordings USA, Bit Records Mexico and Bellarine Records Australia. Thorin is working on some remix projects together with some friends in the States (Zodiacal Light, And3rsun and Dax Wadley) which will be 2 EP’s.

EPISODE 50: Ecco – Red Wall (Mint & Mustard Recordings)

At 14 Ecco discovered Electronic Music with the New Beat and the belgian clubs. He developed an ever-growing passion for this music until age 20 when he decided to buy his turntables and mix-table. He is interested in different styles such as techno, Tech House, Minimal and House music.

Very soon he had the opportunity to play abroad (Thailand, Ibiza, …) and in Belgium (Silo, Decadance, Cherry Moon, Fuse, …).

2004-2005 sees the organization of events such as United-Elektro parties, Kiss my Beat or Acid or Not parties.

Since 2008 he makes his own music and starts his net label (KMB REC)..

 

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – EPISODE 43 & 44

EPISODE 43: Santon – Kung Fu (Howz Choonz)

Santon aka Dan, was born in Bucharest,Romania. Although he is a professional dj for many years now, his passion for music started at a very early age inspired by Jean Michel Jarre music.
Over the years his musical taste evolved through the hard “Cosmic Gate” sound. Today, Santon defines himself as a fast growing producer. His DJ background helped and brought him to the point were he needs to make his own music but nevertheless respect more and more the producers that inspire him. People like Gorge, Nick Curly, Carlo Lio and many more.
His biggest accomplishment is considered to be a ground breaking series of parties in Lessvos Island Greece in 2009.

EPISODE 44: Zas & Sanze present Mindgamers – Soul To Soul (Bonzai Progressive)

Zas & Sanze, also known as Mindgamers, hail from Tallinn, Estonia. After some well received releases on Bonzai Progressive with support from artists like Wyndell Long, DJ Vibe, Filth and Splendor, Graham Gold, Jamez, Aiwave, Fab Code, or Oz Romita, the boys strike back with another top track, Soul To Soul.
The release comes with the original track, plus remixes from Spoiled Kid, Bozanov, Andrey Subbotin, DJ Smiler, Fab Code, Nemaier and Jimmy Roqsta.

 

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – EPISODE 38 & 39

EPISODE 38: Gr-oy – Abstract Temptation (Bonzai Basiks)

Gregory Calay aka Gr-oy, born in Belgium and partly raised in Germany, is motivated by music and greatly interested in computer programs. No wonder then that he quickly decided to put these two things together and electronic music became his real passion.

As his major influences he lists artists and labels such as Thinner, Basic Channel, Swayzak, Ellen Allien, Sascha Funke, Luke Vibert, Kompakt, Dessous Recordings, Warp, Massive Attack,… 2010 has been a good year for Gr-oy as his productions and remixes have been released on labels such as Indigo Records, Incense Records, RBL Records, Aenaria Recordings, Dark Vibe Productions, Scander Records and obviously Eyepatch Recordings.

This release features three original track, Abstract Temptation, Metalwerk and Sensual Woman.

EPISODE 39: Chantola – If All That Glitter Is Gold (Bonzai Progressive)

Henrik Kantola, aka Chantola journeyed into the world of electronic music at the start of the millennium.
Inspired by some of the top jocks and a self driving passion, this young Finnish talent began to produce in 2003.

It was not until 2007 that Chantola really found his break.Teaming up with a Helsinki based producer Jussi Vuorivirta, he formed a duo. Spiritus & Asper was born and full tunes began to materialize.

In December 2008, their first completed production with the title Passion was snapped up by Oulu based Wavedata Records. As the momentum flowed, so did the label signings. With tunes released on Spinnin’ Records, Black Hole Recordings, Baroque Records, Mistique Music, Bonzai Music and many more, this young Producer seem to be doing something right.

With several releases in 2009 Chantola really got things going. Having his tracks on several CD compilations and Vinyl. He gained airplay from the biggest stars on the globe like Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, M.I.K.E., Menno De Jon and Eddie Halliwell to name but a few.

2011 promises to be an important year for Chantola as the expectations rise. Keep your ears pealed as you will be sure to hear his tunes working their way into a whole host of DJ sets.

 

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – EPISODE 36 & 37

EPISODE 36: Apple Juice – Love Takes 2 EP (Howz Choonz)

Domagoj Kucko known as Apple Juice is born in Zagreb (Croatia) in 1990. He had his first contact with electronic music when he was barely 10 years old starting to collect music ranging from Techno to popular Dance from the top artists of that time.

His productions range from House, Tech House with Deep House influences as well as deep ambient and minimal style Techno.

Using his own words to describe his influences:
“I was inspired by many producers and dj’s – allocating someone is ungrateful to those that are not marked but if I have to mention somebody it for sure would be Nic Fanciulli, Jooris Voorn, Umek. They are one of the best producers in their own way these days if you ask me. In future I will stay on the Techno – Tech House Axis but more experiments can be expected.”

It is said that words are not enough to describe music so you should start listening.

EPISODE 37: Project KF – Just Can’t Stop (Bonzai Basiks)

Konstantin Fedoseev aka Project KF was born in 1982 in the Soviet Union. At age 13 he moves to Israel with his family. In 1998 he made his first steps in writing music.

In 2004 he is starting to study Sound Engineering at Yoav Gera Sound School, school that grew up generations of well known artists. In 2006 after finishing of sound studies, he tries himself in the sound industry as: Boom Man, Post Production, PA and Junior Soundman. After being close enough to important people in the music industry, he reaches himself their respect and support. The inspiration to Techno music came from underground movements in Tel Aviv city at those days.

In 2008, together with his friend Alex, they are establishing AK Tek Records, record label for new and promising artists. In 2009 he is releasing his mixed compilation Techno Union, that includes works from top producers such as Lutzenkirchen, Joseph Disco, Daniele Gas side by side with fresh talents. After some success of the label at charts and parties, they decides to enlarge label’s horizons. AK Tek Records becomes a division of Alienews Label Group, Germany. Today Konstantin is working mostly with big labels.
After such a short way he has already became one of the leading artists in Israel.

 

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – EPISODE 31 & 32

EPISODE 31: Victor Maximiliano – Surrounded By Clouds (Eyepatch Recordings)

Victor Maximiliano is a deep-tech house producer and remixer from the Netherlands.
His musical interest began in the early days of the legendary Roxy in Amsterdam.

Soon he bought his first analog gear and did a lot of experimenting with electronic sounds
on Korg MS10 (which he still owns) and the Roland TR 808.

In the 90s he worked as a radio DJ for some popular local FM radio stations.
Victor worked together with DJ Promo as the Vinyl Maniacs and they had a short successful period in the Amsterdam underground scene in the mid 90s.

It was not until 2009 he created his own unique deep sound and made his first digital releases for different record labels and is now signed to Eyepatch Recordings.

This new release, Seriously Deep EP comes with three original tracks, Surrounded By Clouds, So Easy and Filthy Filters.

EPISODE 32: MiniTech Project – Deep Control (Bonzai Progressive)

MiniTech Project is Faroukh Hasham, a DJ/producer fueled with inspiration from all over the world. A believer in constant evolution, he likes using a hypnotic sexy blend of groovy Tech-house, Minimal, and Futuristic Progressive beats and rhythms to communicate thoughts and emotions with people through original compositions, remixes, and technology enhanced DJ sets.

With a constantly evolving style, this sound crosses musical boundaries with influences of minimal, progressive house, progressive trance, techno, and tech house with a groovy drive, strong focus on minimal percussion elements and buildups which drop like a bomb of bliss on the dancefloor. A sound accurately described as “Bouncy, trancy, minimal, groovy. dance music.”

This new release, Deep Control features the original mix plus 2 remixes from Fabio Scalabroni and Di Beatmaker.

 

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – EPISODE 29 & 30

EPISODE 29: M62 – Exit 1 (Howz Choonz)

M62 is the new moniker for Fab Code.
At an early age Fab was bewitched by music. It was around 6 years of age that he was attracted by the sounds of soul, funk and later disco, funky, new-wave playing from his parents jukebox. Rocked to the sounds of Tamla Motown, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Barry White, KC & The Sunshine Band and later Kraftwerk, Human League, Depeche Mode and many others, he built up a strong and diverse music background dominated by rhythm and groove.

With a DJ career spanning from the early 80´s up until now, it was at the end of 2009, 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 30: Citizen 42 – Sound In A Vacuum EP (Bonzai Progressive)

Citizen 42 is the Techno and House alias of Andy MacDougall aka Andy Tau.

Over the last few years Andy has been releasing trance and progressive under the pseudonym Andy Tau and Trilucid, with regular support from top DJ’s and a string of succesful releases on several high profile labels, as well as tracks featuring on Trance Nation mixed by Andy Moor, Gatecrasher Anthems mixed by Paul van Dyk, Trancemaster 7001 and many more.

As well as his involvement in trance Andy is also an accomplished house and techno producer releasing music as Citizen 42, with several tracks lined up for release throughout 2010 and 2011.

In this release for Bonzai Progressive he offers us two original tracks, Sound In A Vacuum and Fibre.

 

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – EPISODE 18, 19 & 20

EPISODE 18: John Manning & Matt Silver – Pikadeli Shindig (Bonzai Basiks)

John Manning & Matt Silver teamed up for this progressive track, Pikadeli Shindig, resulting in awesome club tune. On top of that Kentaro Kaji and Lucio Grandi added two excellent remixes to this release.

EPISODE 19: Hilal Tekschneider – Don’t Say Where Were Going (Howz Choonz)

The opening release on our brand new label Howz Choonz goes to Israelian producer Hilal Tekschneider! Don’t Say Where We’re Going and Between Me & You are two top notch Tech House tracks excellent suited for peak hour sets.

EPISODE 20: Kosmorama – City In The Sky (Green Martian)

Green Martian presents Kosmorama – In The City, including remixes from Asten, Jimmy Roqsta and Nick Pheomotion.

 

 

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