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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 10 – 2012

EPISODE 137: Nu Fjord feat. Belle – Forget (Green Martian)

Nu Fjord is an electronic music producer best known for his melodic and passionate electronic music. Having produced his first track at the age of 15, he already has almost a decade of experience even though he is still a young producer at the age of 24.

Nu Fjord is best known for his track “Ana’s Tone” which was released in 2010, an exciting track that blends different kinds of electronic music genres.

Nu Fjord is now collaborating with other artists, in particular his latest collaboration with vocalist Belle ( From Sidekick saves hero! & Golden Hour) is set to be released on Green Martian records.

EPISODE 138: Eric Kanzler – Fog Horn EP (Bonzai Basiks)

Erik Kanzler has significantly gained importance as producer and DJ over the past few years.

In 1999 he made is first experiences as a DJ, a producer and a party-organizer and worked hard on his carrier in each of these aspects. But it was not until 2010 that Digital Records published unexpectedly his very first release Starcake. It was followed by two more releases. In Spring 2011 he released the About Be EP under his alter ego Kanzler and Wischnewski on the label Keymono Music which was at the same time his first Vinyl release. Soon after that release after release followed on labels such as Karateklub Records who published his Flatrunner EP, Ostfunk Records from Berlin and Etiketa Records from Croatia.

His alter ego, which is actually a merger, Kanzler and Wischnewski was founded in 2010. In his music he combines layers of dry and well-structured sounds together with house grooves and dubby bass, jazz trumpets and oriental sounds and adds a touch of minimalistic to take the crowd beyond the main-floor experience.
People from the press described his sound as Fresh and an Exploration Of The Abstract and Minimal New Chicago Sound.

Eric Kanzlers live act are extravagant and not for the average audience. A look hat the upcoming booking dates shows that with his gigs he reaches much further than Berlin and he is said to be the most interesting newcomer act around.

EPISODE 139: Oz Romita – Sputnik (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 140: Patrik Prelovsky – MiniJazz (Eyepatch Recordings)

Born in Czech Republic in 1983.
I started to play vinyls in 2001 age 17.

At that time I was focusing mainly on techno following guys like Carola, Liebing, Kanzyani, Umek.
Every beginning is hard but with patience and a lot of hard work I am now in the position of playing around the brightest clubs and venues in the Czech Republic

I was actively involved in a tour sponsored by Sony Ericsson that promoting a DJ school this way I was able to play on the most famous festivals happening in the Czech Republic (Hard House, Summer Of Love, Rock For People, Hip Hop Camp)

Ever since software solutions have made their entrance into every DJs Studio I also thought of making my own music seen the situation of the market where the demand for classic DJs is decreasing.

After some trial and error I finally landed the right track which got picked up by Eyepatch Recordings in 2011.

EPISODE 141: Accatone – La Musique (Piston Recordings)

Accatone is the alias of José Reis. Born in 7 July 1980, he went through his teens listening to Detroit techno and Chicago house music, deep and dub techno and later on to all kind of world, funk and folk, dub and reggae, soul and all kinds of music really.

At the age of 15 he had dj’s and performers as friends and his contact with the after-hours scene in Lisbon started at the early age of 16, making his personal heroes DJ’s like Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, Daft Punk, Laurent Garnier, Juan Atkins, Plastikman, Green Velvet, The Orb, Larry Levan, Luke Slater, Underworld, Derrick Carter, and many more.

He started his musician career in 1998 as a percussionist playing all over Portugal as a freelancer and as a member of many bands like the folk band Dazkarieh in 2002, and the chill out project Tachyons from 2003 to 2005. Then he his way into production of electronic music between chill out and deep house and playing as a DJ at most of the trance and techno open air party’s and clubs all over Portugal having his debut abroad in 2009 in Belgrade Serbia at the Namaste Club.

It is only in 2008 after he graduates from the National Conservatory of Cinema, in the Sound Department, that he begins to embrace the production of house and techno at a full range. He pursuits for different and more accurate deep and groovy house tunes working as a DJ, Producer/Remixer and sound recordist and closely involved with Piston Recordings ran by his long time friend Rogério Martins.

Alex Flatner: 9 / 10 “Great release from Accatone…my fav. is Future Us! he is def. one of the Artist to watch out! full support”
Andy Baxter: 7 / 10 “Really Feeling Future Us and Tubing”
Danny Tenaglia: 9 / 10 “thanks!!!!”
David Labeij: 8 / 10″can’t pick my fav here!!! top tunes!! thanx”
Olderic: 8 / 10 “super ep!! will support for sure! Thanks”
Sasch BBC: 8 / 10 “tubing is nice!”
Slam (Orde): 7 / 10 “will spin thanx guys”
Stacey Pullen: 6 / 10 “beautiful stuff”

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 09 – 2012

EPISODE 134: The Idem – Non Bis In Idem (Progrez)

The Idem had her first contact with electronic music production at the age of 18 with the well-known Reason and quickly noticed that this was a wide and wonderful world, beginning to create her own rhythms and grooves in the styles Hardtechno and Techno-house which was what she liked at the time. Of course all beginning is difficult and good results need time and a long learning process, a road which she embarked all by herself.
Then she bought some turntables to play music and gain knowledge, taste, and start getting into the world of music.

Age 20 she created several Hard-Techno tracks and sent them to various record companies. The spanish label Jaxx Records was the first to respond positively to the music and showed interest in publishing her creations. Unfortunately the deal never happened due to the bad situation in which the music market was in at the time.

Age 23 she begins to build a small studio and buys the famous Ableton Live and some powerful synthesizer and starts again to create many tracks an loops that remained unfinished as she was not satisfied of their sound.

Now, age 25 after long and hard work to get the sound to be what she wants it to be her first EP gets released referring to her stage name: Non Bis In Idem

The Idems style when creating music ranges from Progressive House, Deep Tech-House, Minimal Tech-House, Electro House always with a personal touch from Deep Electronic Music.

Influences: Jean Michelle Jarre, Hernan Cattaneo, John Digweed, Sasha, Fedde le Grand, Paul Oakenfold, Deadmau5, Marco Bailey, Radio Slave, Trentemoller, Booka Shade, Mauro Picotto, Cristian Varela, Deep Dish, Steve Lawler, Danny Tenaglia, Ben Sims, Henry Saiz, Marc Marzenith, Paco Osuna, Oscar Mulero, Loco Dice, Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Guy Gerber, Robert Babicz, Dave Clarke, Chris Liebing, Aril Brikha, Axwell, Alex Under, Timo Maas, Clode and many more.

EPISODE 135: Rishi K. – Neon Jungle (Howz Choonz)

For the last 13 years, Rishi has been extremely passionate about electronic music in one form or another. Since moving to San Francisco 2 years ago he has DJ’d at several venues such as Supperclub, Apartment 24, and Project One as well as hosted his own event brining some of the hottest Bay Area trance DJs together.

Although still relatively new to the electronic music scene, Rishi has put in hundreds of hours behind the decks already, recording his weekly mixes in multiple genres which can be accessed at www.djrish.podomatic.com.
Rishi is a versatile and stylish DJ, and plays many different genres including tribal, house, progressive house and trance. His love for each of these genres is equal.

He has recently begun producing music and has been working feverishly over the last few months on many different styles. July 2011 saw the release of his first EP on Colombian Records and release on Aenaria Tribal. Since then he has released on prestigeous labels such as System Recordings, TheSounds, Spring Tube Recordings, Green Martian and others. He continues to release quality tracks so expect to hear much more from him in the coming months.

His passion for productions range from deep and classy sounds, to tribal, to tech house, and more.

EPISODE 136: Abi-Q & Raw-E – Jerome (Bonzai Progressive)

New release from Abi-Q & Raw-E in Bonzai Progressive. The single comes with the original track Jerome plus a Crocy Remix on top.

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 08 – 2012

EPISODE 127: Vasco – Vasco EP (Piston Recordings)

Debut release from Vasco, with a self-titled EP featuring three original tracks, in a deep and tech fashion.

Vasco is a new moniker/project of José Reis, most know as Accatone, where he explores a more electronic and raw sound, the antithesis of his organic and smooth influences from previous works.

Music to warm your soul this winter.

Early support list:

Laurent Garnier – really like this a lot — will play of course 7/10
Patrick Zigon – great ep! 8/10
Francesco Grant – Oh cool! Great job! 9/10
Severino Panzetta – The right reason is my fav Say goodbye is pretty nice too 8/10
Sasch BBC – nice! the right reason for me! 8/10
Danny Tenaglia – thanks!!! 9/10
Alexi Delano – Nice!! 7/10

EPISODE 128: 06R – Air (Green Martian)

New release in Green Martian, from 06R. The release comes with two tracks, Original mix and 4 On The Floor Mix.

EPISODE 129: Oz Romita – Idiots EP (Sounds R Us 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 130: Various Artists – Eyepatched – Volume 1 (Eyepatch Recordings)

Eyepatched – Volume 1 is the first vinyl release on the deep house label Eyepatch Recordings which was launched a little over 1 year ago. Eyepatch has gained a lot of traction since it’s launch and is now supported by DJ’s such as Colin Dale, Roger Sanchez, Luciano, LouLou Players, Jamez, Laurent Garnier, Wyndell Long, Paul Oakenfold, Emmanuel Top, Davide Squillace, Sven Väth, Cari Lekebush, John Selway, Dr. Motte, Slam, Joy Kitikonti, Nick Warren, Airwave, … The EP includes 4 especially crafted tracks by new generation artists Accatone, Ittai Barkai, Dimitry Liss & Nasrawi and Victor Maximiliano. The first track on this release by Accatone is a vinyl exclusive track.

EPISODE 131: Sa.Du – Let Your Funk 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.

-Each track has a piece from my mind and my soul- Sa.Du

EPISODE 132: Twins In Mind – Sad In Joy (Bonzai Elemental)

Twins in Mind is a new project inspired and created by three musicians who live in three different countries (Belgium, Greece and Canada).

The project name refers to their strong bond, which they describe as being brothers in heart and mind.

This bond and also their passion for music and especially Twins In Mind grew stronger and stronger, despite the obvious distance among them.

All three were inspired by the infamous musical project Enigma from Michael Cretu, so they decided to put their hands together to create this project which soon developed its own, new distinctive sound, fresh and deep enough to touch many souls in the world, no matter what continent, religion or age.

Skeptical? Take a listen and join the fantastic world of Twins In Mind with their first release and album Sad In Joy.

A mystical 51 minute chill out journey through 12 tracks spiced up with 5 bonus remixes by Cammiloo and an exclusive 48 minute continuous chill out mix from all album tracks.

EPISODE 133: BeatBlenderz – Fiesta Picante (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

 

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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.

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 04 – 2012

EPISODE 112: Michele Cecchi – A Spy In Paradise (Bonzai Elemental)

Michele Cecchi is a veteran of electronic music, with 17 years of hard work to prove it,started his music career in 1997, on a radio program called -Future Releases-,presented by one of the most popular italian djs Freddy K. After the studies he decides to build a little home recordings studio in his house with a Roland JP-8080 a Drum machine and a TB-303 so starts to produce a lot of demos in different genres from techno to trance and hard house…but the quality of the tracks is still very poor.

In 2000 he writes The Mistery Inside, low quality but good melody…so spending a lot of weeks to work on that and with the precious help of DjMill&ManuelT and the producer Elvio Trampus from Nebula, he finally recorded his first vinyl on Uforecordings. This was the beginning;and consolidated the frienship with DjMill,in 2001 saw the birth of their new project Antithesys with the single World of Dreams, after that many others like The Gate and a lot remixes for Raptor,Black Runner,Rotar for Wicked records,Pleasent records,Uforecordings and Stik records followed.

Michele Cecchi is an eclectic music composer and his productions takes a wide range of genres from electronic,trance,techno,chillout and classic scores for soundtracks. In 2003 starts the collaboration with Emanuele Inglese wich brings an electronic-house influence
to his own productions, so he decides to create another project to divide the genres which gives life to Michael K with the vinyl release Soap To Skin.

Both his current projects are defined by different kind of sound: Michael K (techno-minimal-house) Michele Cecchi (trance-chillout-electronic).

From 2008 to date he has produced for labels such as Bonzai records, Neurotraxx, Neuroscience UK and Trance All Stars Records

EPISODE 113: Brisboys – Beat The System (Mint & Mustard Recordings)

Belfast DJs John Manning & Ciaran Duffy joined forces in late 2008 having been DJs in their own right for over ten years, playing in clubs and radio stations all over Northern Ireland and beyond.

They had never met until 2007 when they met by chance in Brisbane, Australia. After talking they realized they shared a passion for House Music and realizing they only lived a few miles apart back home in Ireland they made an agreement, that they would keep in contact and start a project when back on home turf, Brisboys was born.

In the short time they have been working together they have already had several number 1 hits on www.djdownload.com and support for their tracks comes from the likes of Dave Piccioni, Miss Nine, Jesse Voorn, Eric Entrena, Threesixty and Felix Baumgartner to name a few. Their track -Upside Down- was selected for the highly acclaimed Azuli Presents Miami 10 Compilation which is available to buy digitally or on CD, a rarity in this digital age and they also have tracks signed to Presslab Records (Italy), Stampgevaar Digital (UK), Soultech Recordings (UK) , Active Cut Recordings (Brazil) & Atmosfera Recordings (Columbia).

With lots more releases to come from these guys they are definitely one to look out for in the future.

EPISODE 114: Daniel Ray – Fourty (Eyepatch Recordings)

Daniel Ray van Zyl aka Placid Larry has been DJing since 1999. Beginning his career in his native South Africa, Daniel has held residencies in Jo’Burg — better known as Johannesburg — and in Tshwane — better known as Pretoria — before setting his sights on the UK club scene, where he held residencies in London, Brixton and Southampton.

After a brief stint home, he moved to Bahrain where he has held a residency in premier restaurant and lounge “Zoe” for the past two and a half years.

For the past five years, Daniel has been honing his skills as a producer. His unique chilled house and down tempo electronica and chill out sound has seen his tracks being released on the renowned Lemon Grass Music label. Daniel continues to produce deep melodic soundscapes filled with thought and emotion, stemming straight from his heart.

EPISODE 115: Cassandria Daiva – Sulabha EP (Bonzai Basiks)

Behind any successful DJ and music producer, you will usually discover a strong, focused individual who is really passionate about the music scene and who knows how to connect with the crowds. Cassandria Daiva is no exception. Bringing an energetic spirit and love for the sensual grooves, this tech house DJ sets the dancefloors ablaze everywhere she goes. Whether she is performing in nightclubs, music festivals or private parties, Cassandrias experience and unique energy make her a genuine asset to the success of the event at hand.

Born out of passion for the underground house music scene of the 90s, Cassandrias career began more than 15 years ago when she learnt the art of beatmatching on Technics turntables, the precursors of the infamous 1200s! Her unique energy stems from years of mentoring from influencial music figures of the disco era who actually contributed to the birth and rise of house music in the 80s. Watching her flawlessly mix and beat match 3 decks with seamless perfection on and on for hours brings awe to the sharpest musical connaisseur and dazzles even the most demanding crowds.

In addition to her extensive DJ skills, Cassandria is also an avid music producer and remixer. With her experience behind the decks, this progression came naturally and her artistic persona gave birth to new releases and exciting remixes. These found their way on various labels such as Do2Night, Triskel Tech, as well as her own imprint High Gloss, and most recently Bonzai Basics. Her latest releases have gained support from artists such as Osuna Paco, Sergio Fernandez, Rainer Weichhold, Junior Vasquez, Alfonso Padilla, Sergio Matina, Markus Schulz, LegNo, Juan DDD and countless others.

Cassandria has toured in Europe, played several Winter Music Conference events in Miami including club Mecca and The Dolce, and performed at one of the largest music festival in North America: WEMF. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity of sharing the decks with Mark Farina, Junior Sanchez, Alexander Technique, King Britt, DJ Heather, Jojoflores, Da Fresh, Dan Marciano, Chuck Love, George Morel and so many more…

Cassandria also hosts her infamous Erotech show, a weekly broadcast syndicated to 9 internet radios and an FM station in Belgium, reaching listeners worldwide.

This female DJs distinctive sound is filled with lively rhythms, brightened by wild percussions, sustained by hypnotic samples and enhanced by deep enchanting basslines. Her unique energy, coupled with her ability to instinctively relate with the partygoers make her a perfect addition to any venue. Cassandrias character, experience and credibility help event organizers and promoters deliver quality musical entertainement that stands out and leaves the crowd wanting more.

EPISODE 116: Janeiro – That Close (Green Martian)

Janeiro is a duo (Eugene & Alex) of EDM producers and remixers from Belarus, inspired by productions of such big names as ATB, Chicane, Solarstone and many others. Their focus is melodic music (trance and chillout) filled with pianos, guitars, balearic motives, feelings and atmosphere.

Included into Solarstone’s Electronic Architecture 2 at the beginning of musical career Janeiro keeps making more music, what results in new forthcoming releases on different well-known labels. Their music tastes are defined for now but not strict due to many influences and possible future collaborations

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 03 – 2012

EPISODE 109: Valeria Croft – No Speaking EP (Piston Recordings)

Valeria Croft – No Speaking EP is a three track jewelcase. Inside you can find three precious deep house gems. No Speaking, Hippy and A La Russe. What a way to start 2012!

Some of the early support:

Patrick Zigon – great ep 9/10

Fish Go Deep – Fine, original-sounding release. All tracks working for me but the piano on
No Speaking edges it. Will play 7/10

Feygin – nice one from valeria.. 7/10

Severino Panzetta – Deep stuff here …A la russe is pretty 8/10

Dibby Dougherty – 3 stormers, especially a la russe, such a cool old skool vibe off this one 10/10

EPISODE 110: Bonzai PRogressive Sampler – Volume 2 (Bonzai Progressive)

New installment in the Bonzai Progressive Sampler series, this time with original tracks from Crocy and Redraft Memories.

EPISODE 111: Rogerio Romao – Tarola EP (Monog Records)

Rogerio Romao presents his first original work at Monog Records, Tarola EP!
Rogerio Romao, with his several aliases, has been releasing music for about 10 years with a broad range of influences, from downtempo to electro, to club vocal house, to techy and progressive.
He already appeared on Monog Records with a sucessful remix on Noret EP under the name of DJ Groovy. He’s also one half of the duo Across Digital, and owner of the GroovePacks company that produces sample packs and sound design.

This time, he presents us two incredible original tracks, “Tarola” and “Feedback”, with a very deep and hypnotic atmosphere! Just close your eyes and listen, the music speak for it self!

Don’t forget, we are together til dance tear us apart!

 

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE PODCAST – WEEK 02 – 2012

EPISODE 104: Parafernalia – Erotize Me (Bonzai Elemental)

In 1973, after my mother passed away, I held my first guitar. I had never played guitar before but could play Fur Elise instantly. After that I had classical guitar lessons until I was twelve years old. During this period I got interested in fx-equipment and synthesizers. In 1980 I met Rasta Robert with his home studio.

In that studio he had some drum boxes, a Korg MS-20 synthesizer, guitars, percussion and some microphones. We used a 2-track recorder en pingponged all overdubs. In those days I listened to producers like Lee Perry, Henry Junjo Lawes, Chris Blackwell, Steve Hillage and more. Dub engineers like King Tubby, Scientist and other founders of the dub, gave me the feeling you needed very little equipment to achieve a lot. Eventually I started producing in an 8-track studio in a youth centre (Poort van Kleef, working together with Sander Kleinenberg) and I joined many reggae bands as a mixer when they performed live. I also composed music for some pop and reggae bands. From 1986 until 1993 electronic music became increasingly popular and important and the studio joined this digital revolution in 1991. I started working together with a computer freak who could do things on a Atari 24 ST that at that time amazed people. Later on I worked together with him on several productions including some work for Top Sound studio and the Harrow studio. In 1993 our team was reinforced by a dj from Rotterdam named Ricky the Dragon.

Rick and I had worked together for Stealth Records; Dance (h)all night EP. We also did some productions for among others DJ Raymond Heg and Sander Kleinenberg (Wonka). Eventually the youth centre was closed in 1994 and everyone went their separate ways. In the year 2000 in my own studio Raymond Heg and I made the EPs Dub U Always and Dark Dub for Wally’s Grooveworld and Babe Records. Within a short period of time my cooperation with DJ Thorin and Roelie van Lingen joined the MTR concept. We started the Promusic foundation to help people do more with music then only bedroom performances.

Thorin van Gelden

Thorin born on 7 October 1977 in Goirle, a small village near Tilburg. He didnt 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 is 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 DJing. 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 80s. 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 90s. He was also Sander Ks 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 than expected. With that reason Thorin decided to take a break with DJing and focus more on Promusic.

Now in 2007 Thorin picked up DJing 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 EPs.

2009, Thorin started to focus on releasing music at BonzaiMusic only. Thanks to his buddy from LagoVista in Texas the one and only And3rsun aka Wilder who he met in 2002 at the online radio station PureDJ.com he got his first release on Bonzai Music in January 2009. Meanwhile Thorin started to grow inside BonzaiMusic, being added to the dj roster of Bonzaimusics bookings agency and releasing more and more on BonzaiMusic and its sub labels.

2010, Thorin joined with the second release of Bonzai Musics R3mixed project which was a remix of the well known long time no1 dj Tiesto and his first release ever -The Tube-. Also Thorins side project with Maurice ten Brink -Parafernalia- joined Bonzai Music and their first release was a down tempo single on Bonzai Elemental. More remixes from Thorin will be soon available on Bonzai Music. The second remix job for R3mixed was a track from another trance god -Airwave- and his Above the Sky track. 2010 will be a promising year with a lot of Thorin and Parafernalia original works and remixes.

EPISODE 105: Ittai Barkai – No One Smarter Than You (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.

EPISODE 106: Dimitry Liss – Envy EP (Eyepatch Recordings)

Dimitry Liss, was born on the 18th day of December 1985 in the city of Vladivostok, Russia. Soon after he relocated to Tyumen, Siberian City where he spend the first 15 years of his life. Music and sports were the only activities that kept him going in the oil- rigged city.

At home his father was his main influence and shaped his perception of music. Dad was deeply rooted in good old school rock, in the likes of Beatles, Nazareth, CCR, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne. Didn’t take long for Dimitry to pick up the tennis racket and rock on at the tender age of 4. In addition, his mother’s friend was a piano teacher who started tutoring young Dimitry from an early age, which initially was perceived as hardworking and difficult – became easy and interesting. Sports was his little sanctuary, where the body exercised and the mind relaxed, composing a flow of ideas that later on grew more complex.
The year was 2002, Dubai was the new city that would in turn add to his aural perception. In the United Arab Emirates he completed high school; in a poly-cultural environment were music, culture and technology coincide hand in hand. His younger brother formed a metal-band soon after Dimitry joined him to express their ideas, in a more sophisticated level. Rhythm guitar intrigued Dimitry and still does to this day. The band has composed over 20 original pieces over the last years, with tastes of heavy metal, brutal death, melodic and the like and now more diverse and stronger than ever.

After school Dimitry set off to Prague to study business, however his journey was cut short. Within a year his passion guided him to follow another path. In 2006, back to square one, he joined an audio engineering school in Dubai. Where he successfully completing his audio engineering degree in 2007 and was honored with a bachelor’s degree in Arts. The educational experience equipped him with several valuable tools; and his perception of music grew immensely. Now being able to put each and every one of his ideas on canvas.

In this educational journey, he met his co-producer artist, Costas Papa. Although Costas was heavily influenced from house, trance and techno; at some level they had similar visions. This gave birth to the Dimitry Liss & Costas Papa “coalition”, formed in 2007 to serve the global community with quality electronic music. Although the project is like a new born baby, it has crawled into several leading indie labels such as Bit Records Mexico, Xela Recordings, Stranamente Records, Total Wipes, Reticent Recordings to name a few. However, Dimitry did not stop there as in early 2009 he ventured to explore the music world in his solo career by signing with few more major underground labels like Frisky Records and Balkan Connection South America Records.

Currently Dimitry Liss supports electronic music, he is heavily involved with Dimitry Liss & Costas Papa duo project and his own work as a producer and a DJ, crafting brand new progressive, tech, deep, minimal house tracks for your enjoyment.

EPISODE 107: Lucio Grandi – Babilonia EP (Bonzai Basiks)

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 108: Rishi K. – Long Distance (Green Martian)

For the last 13 years, Rishi has been extremely passionate about electronic music in one form or another. Since moving to San Francisco 2 years ago he has DJ’d at several venues such as Supperclub, Apartment 24, and Project One as well as hosted his own event brining some of the hottest Bay Area trance DJs together.

Although still relatively new to the electronic music scene, Rishi has put in hundreds of hours behind the decks already, recording his weekly mixes in multiple genres which can be accessed at www.djrish.podomatic.com.
Rishi is a versatile and stylish DJ, and plays many different genres including tribal, house, progressive house and trance. His love for each of these genres is equal.

He has recently begun producing music and has been working feverishly over the last few months on many different styles. July 2011 saw the release of his first EP on Colombian Records and release on Aenaria Tribal. Since then he has released on prestigeous labels such as System Recordings, TheSounds, Spring Tube Recordings, Green Martian and others. He continues to release quality tracks so expect to hear much more from him in the coming months.
. His passion for productions range from deep and classy sounds, to tribal, to tech house, and more.

 

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