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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE #BEATPORTDECADE PROGRESSIVE HOUSE (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Bonzai Progressive joins #BeatportDecade celebrations with this Progressive House compilation featuring original tracks and remixes by Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Nico Parisi, Inkfish, Phi Phi, Rise And Fall, Audio Noir, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Solar Fields, Moshic, Philthy Chit and Matan Caspi.

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AFTERHOUR TRAX 13 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

13th episode in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Phi Phi, Relaunch, Matt Holliday, Kay-D, Alex Vidal, Manu Riga, Van Bellen, LoQuai, Moshic, Solar Fields, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Silicon Syndicate, Ewan Rill, Quincy, Nico Parisi, DJ Fire, Kintar, Nae-tago & Squillante, AnLight, Julian Dep, Quadran, Anthony Yarranton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Derek Howell & Faskil Warm, Soft Knees, Cordoba, Etnia and Suggy.

Afterhour Trax 13, out this week on Green Martian, is featured by Beatport in the Staff Picks section at the Progressive House genre page!

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AFTERHOUR TRAX 13 (GREEN MARTIAN)

13th episode in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Phi Phi, Relaunch, Matt Holliday, Kay-D, Alex Vidal, Manu Riga, Van Bellen, LoQuai, Moshic, Solar Fields, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Silicon Syndicate, Ewan Rill, Quincy, Nico Parisi, DJ Fire, Kintar, Nae-tago & Squillante, AnLight, Julian Dep, Quadran, Anthony Yarranton, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Derek Howell & Faskil Warm, Soft Knees, Cordoba, Etnia and Suggy.

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AIRWAVE & DJ FIRE – WITHOUT ROOTS CHARTED TWICE BY BEATPORT

After being featured last week on Beaport Progressive House genre page, the Relaunch and the Kevin Vega remix of Without Roots have been charted by Beatport!

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AIRWAVE & DJ FIRE – WITHOUT ROOTS FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Airwave and DJ Fire join forces once again to deliver another stunning deep progressive monster entitled Without Roots which comes backed up with four superb remixes.

Aiwarve & DJ Fire – Without Roots, out this week on Bonzai Progressive, is featured by Beatport on the Progressive House genre page.

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AIRWAVE & DJ FIRE – WITHOUT ROOTS (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

Airwave and DJ Fire join forces once again to deliver another stunning deep progressive monster entitled Without Roots which comes backed up with four superb remixes. The guys have work well together in the past with their hugely successful Fire and Ice project, and more recently with cool cuts such as Kabalash.

First up we have the original mix that starts life with a nice chunky kick and subtle percussions. A deep rooted pad begins to fade through as the percussion arrangements become more prominent. As the track progresses we are drawn into a darkly atmospheric space that consumes your mind beautifully. Distant ethnic sounds further enhance the deep progressive vibes and add a surreal element. Deep basses bubble up from deep within the groove as soft melodic phrases break through and we are left with a stunningly epic track that will prove a hit in many sets for sure. Not to be missed.

Relaunch is first up with his brilliant remix. Big and bold intro as monster kicks take full control from the off to the backdrop of tight percussions and a hypnotic synth loop. Dancey drum patterns soon follow and lead us up to a fantastic Psy styled riff that really sets the track off. The bass sits perfectly under the track and adds its own pulsating rhythms to the sound. The break is an out of this world moment that delivers a beautiful euphoric vibe as melodies are forged out of a wonderful string and pad arrangement. We are then thrust back into this tough edged workout for the duration, absolute top quality yet again from Maik.

Kevin Vega is back on remix duty and as he normally tends to do he has raised the bar again with this remarkable journey through the progressive spectrum. The intro eases in with a beautiful atmospheric soundscape filled with lush tones and subtle melodic flavours. Distant percussions lead up to a fantastic pulsing bass which is soon joined by a smooth kick and the track flows magically. Intensity breeds at every turn and soon you will find yourself locked into a stunning hypnotic groove. A truly epic ride that will appeal to many, a must have.

On fire producer Audio Noir is up next with his remix that stuns with its wonderful complexities. An Audio Noir Odyssey is a master stroke of epic proportions as the intro guides us into a progressive world filled with a myriad of melodies and tight arrangements. Beautifully tweaked sound designs light up the spectrum with warm pads, cascading arps and a haunting chorus. These sound blend perfectly into an epic intro that builds to a stomping rolling kick climax. Big chunky kicks take over alongside a brilliant bassline that just oozes acid flavour. The track holds a steady flowing rhythm and takes us to the break where we are given respite in a serene setting with fluctuating melodies before we are slammed right back with the help of a massive build up. No more words, just listen, you will not be disappointed.

Audio Noir offers up his Zen Mix which encapsulates the ambient side of his Odyssey. All the mesmeric and haunting qualities are gathered together to captivate us into a surreal progressive driven utopia. Anticipation builds as we are teased with the prospect of a full on 4×4 beat that never arrives. Absolutely amazing work yet again from this wonderfully talented guy.

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CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 8 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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8th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series, featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Cid Inc., Lloyd Trimmer, 21street, Stan Kolev, Matan Caspi, Airwave, DJ Fire, Kintar, Gai Barone, LoQuai, Philthy Chit, Matteo Monero, Audio Noir, AquAdro, Moshic, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, Angga, Rise And Fall, John 00 Fleming, Christopher Lawrence, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Franbeats, Anthony Yarranton, Zan Prevvé, WayWork, Jakhira, Kindred Spirits, CJ Art, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Rishi K., JJ Grant and Digital Department.

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE – ADE 2013 FEATURED BY BEATPORT

Bonzai Progressive – ADE 2013 compilation is featured by Beatport on their main page!

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BONZAI PROGRESSIVE – ADE 2013 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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October means ADE and this year is no different! Here is a selection of 60+ tracks featuring original works and remixes from Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Nico Parisi, Kintar, Airwave, DJ Fire, 06R, Narel, Rise And Fall, Samotarev, deepAlexander, Kabalo, Kevin Vega, Audio Noir, Matteo Monero, Rishi K., Kindred Spirits, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Yuriy From Russia, John Scott, Anthony Yarranton, Steve Sai, Pierre Zamyatin, Mindgamers, Florian Meindl, Chantola, J-Junior, Thomas Genchev, Eric Powa B, Ecco, Jusa, Haze-M, Saccao, Matan Caspi, Mylan, Michael Berklin, Alen Simple, In2Deep, Fulltone, Dimitry Liss, Solartoff, Harmon, Landowski, Rick Wade, Sebastien Desay, Rogerio Martins, Accatone, JR From Dallas, Lurob, Hurlee, Fauvrelle, Oushanmete, Chrono, Ascaloon, Electric Bastards, Oz Romita, Van Czar, RV, The Revolving Junkie, Darouge, Active Line Six, Tribal Warriors, Ugur Yurt, Tofke, Lyle Quach, AngelLopez, Redraft Memories, Sander Bongertman, Sean McCaff, Project KF, Jey Fever, Soren Aalberg, Zolex, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Re Dupre, Rod B., Angelo Fracalanza, Sa.Du, M.R.T.N, Onofrio Conter, Ozan Kanik, Mariano Santos, Filth & Splendour, THiN, Franky Jones and Redhead.

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AFTERHOUR TRAX 9 (GREEN MARTIAN)

 

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Episode 9 of the Afterhour Trax compilation series featuring original tracks and remixes by Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Chantola, Gai Barone, Kintar, Matt G. & Booya, Relaunch, Kay-D, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Matias Chilano, Neon, Moshic, Monojoke, Anton Chernikov, Franbeats, Santiago Garcia, Dark Soul Project, Matan Caspi, Rise And Fall, AquaDro, LoQuai, Steve McGrath, Chris Sterio, Yuriy From Russia, Frangellico, Midnight Star, Concealed Truth, Cut Knob, Hector Sawiak and Rue Duo.

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CLUB TRAXX – PROGRESSIVE HOUSE 7 (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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7th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series this time with original tracks and remixes by Matan Caspi, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Miika Kuisma, Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Anthony Yarranton, Marc Poppcke, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Jimmy Galle, Kay-D, Moshic, Sagittaire, Rezo, CJ Art, Rise And Fall, White Resonance, Kindred Spirits, Stan Kolev, Audio Noir, LoQuai, Midnight Star, Andre Bonsor and deepAlexander.

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ARMIN VAN BUUREN PLAYS AIRWAVE & DJ FIRE – KABALASH (VAN BELLEN REMIX)

In Armin’s last A State Of Trance, the Tune Of The Week was Airwave & DJ Fire – Kabalash (Van Bellen Remix)

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AIRWAVE & DJ FIRE INTERVIEW

We caught up with Laurent Veronnez and Jurgen Leyers the one time duo of Fire & Ice and now on the verge of their new release as Airwave & DJ Fire with “Kabalash”. Two hard working guys with studio and gigging taking up their time but we get a chance to get them settled and ask a few questions about their schedules and lifestyles.

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Hi guys thanks so much for taking the time to have a quick chat with us, how are you both?

L: Fine here thanks. I’m having a very hectic schedule nowadays. I have no single second to breathe.

J: Hi Brian, I’m fine thanks. Actually at this moment I’m not doing a lot of DJing or producing, since I’m getting a room in our house ready for our second boy which will be born in a couple of weeks!

Congratulations Jurgen and Mrs Fire!

Outside of music what are your interests, what do you like to do in your downtime?

L: Back in the old years I would have had a ton of hobbies and things outside music. Today I’d say I keep watching movies, I still play games a tiny bit (10 mins a week? LOL), and most of the time gets spent with the kids as they’re what matters most after all! Teaching my daughters a lot of things about life is the most enjoyable experience in life.

J: I’ve always been into movies, usually the new stuff but a nice classic from time to time is nice too. Besides that I love playing tennis and travelling to foreign countries.

You have both been connected with Bonzai for a long time now, what is it about Bonzai do you think has allowed that relationship to last so long?

L: We’ve been connected thanks to Bonzai because the people running the labels, the management, are themselves devoted to only one thing, Good Music, which results into a sense of self-commitment. Many people inside the Music industry think about two matters, themselves and money. While it’s very important not to forget yourself in life and while there’s no acceptable alternative to money for the outside world yet, self-commitment and passion bring people together. I think you’ve got your answer. This thin and fragile line, almost imperceptible in a world where you’re blinded by money and fame, makes a relationship last forever.

J: Indeed, I was a customer in the Bonzai recordstore since the end of ’92, when I started buying my first vinyls. I met up with Fly and all the other DJ’s-producers that were around at the time. That way I got my first contacts in the business and started working in the record store a few years later. Bonzai is really like a family, I think that’s why I’m still working with them as a DJ and a producer. They’re weren’t only my employer, but also personal friends (which they still are).

Let’s take a moment to talk about your most popular project together, Fire & Ice. How did you guys got together for F&I and how did the working set up go, were you both in studio together or was there some remote working?

L: Back in 96-97, NO Internet, NO Digital Audio, NO virtual effects and instruments. I was fortunate enough to have a computer with a soundcard that could import Samples into RAM. Each piece of hardware would cost you an arm, but that was amazing. I remember Jurgen and I sharing some mutual ideas about music at the 97 Love Parade in Berlin, and get in the studio in September of the same year. In 3 hours, Lost emotions was born. The die-hard fans know the rest of the story I guess.

J: Fire & Ice started up by accident. Me and Laurent both were on the Bonzai Truck at the 1997 Love Parade in Berlin. During the long journey on the bus from Antwerp to Berlin, we started talking about music. I already had a project called Energy Source and Laurent had started up several successful projects which I liked a lot. So one thing led to another and a few months later we were in his home studio producing “Lost Emotions”. Still one of our biggest tracks to date!

The latest single Airwave & DJ Fire – “Kabalash” (which is awesome by the way) will be out soon, how did you get working together on this particular track?

L: You know, everything has changed today, there’s much more importance brought to sound and tech stuff. As we had this very tribal idea working for both our styles, we had to put ideas together very quickly, which we did in April of last year. Then it took us weeks after that to figure out how to mix it down correctly until the very last details, but it paid off. By far one of my favourite tracks on Parallel Lines and currently getting a well deserved bunch of outstanding remixes now.

J: Laurent contacted me since we hadn’t produced a track together in some time. He was working on his latest album and asked me if I was interested in doing a collab, since he wanted to do some collabs with different DJ’s-producers. Of course I immediately said yes, and because it wasn’t Fire & Ice he wanted to do something special, we ended up doing a tribalish track with some oriental influences. Wait till you hear the remixes, they’re amazing too!

Clearly you guys have a great understanding of each other’s style, what do you think the other guy does so well and why?

L: Jurgen in a good shape is like a train that never stops when DJing. That and his very good memory make it very easy to work with him into a studio environment. He has the “feel” that so many DJ’s lack today.

J: I think we’ve always tried to meet each other in the middle. Laurent is a bit more underground-prog-oriented than I am, so I think there’s a good mix between commercial-dancefloor music and high quality progressive. Since I used to play in clubs every week, I was able to communicate with Laurent what really worked on the dance floors. We blended ideas and came up with some good stuff that did well on the floors all over the world and was also on a lot of compilations and on track lists of the top jocks.

Given that you do work very well together can we expect to see some more projects from you both as a duo?

L: Of course! When Things Go Well (sigh!!), and get made out of passion, why question these facts?

J: Who knows? If we both find the time to do some work in the studio, I’m sure we’ll be back as a duo!

Laurent, rumour has it that you are revamping another of your past projects, can you tell us anything about that?

L: Oh yeah? Which one are you talking about? LOL. If I had to resurrect another side-project besides Planisphere and Velvet Girl, that’d be a big surprise in terms of sounds. For example, I think the Green Martian project would get the same 140 BPM beat, but going a lot more hypnotic. Oh, yeah, I am still open for collabs with past collaborators, but time will tell if they can happen or not!

Jurgen, you have many other guises you have worked under, do you have any plans for more studio work and do you think you will consider bringing back some of your past projects?

J: I’ve had some guises in the past, let’s think, Energy Source, Power Station, E.N.E.R.G.Y., Captain Kirk, Fire & Ice, Freebase, Intimo (with Mike-Push) and of course DJ Fire. I guess that’s it. Not nearly as many as Laurent! I’ve already started on some new studio projects, together with different producers. I think some completely different styles as well. I’ve already been in the studio with Manu Riga (big up and coming producer in the Bonzai Team) and DJ Bountyhunter. Normally these projects should see a release this year. I might consider doing a final but huge Fire & Ice with Laurent or a new Intimo with Mike. But that’s only possible if they’re up for it…

Recently gigging has been something you guys are doing more of, do you prefer DJing or producing?

L: I prefer simply making and performing music. The way I see things evolve is that DJing will remain a matter for Music Lovers and respect to that, while True creation will happen much more often on the fly. The Technology is here with us, only a question of months. The superstar DJ days are completely gone, although you still have a few exceptions, meanwhile EDM Musicians still make it on every level.

J: I do prefer producing lately since I’m getting more offers for classic retroparties, while I normally prefer playing new music. So I play on parties, but lately only play the classics… Producing is something I’ve started doing solo lately, so I might come up with some more stuff later on.

Last year you guys were the opener for Bonzai’s 20 Year party, how was that for you both?

L: Such a kick. That’s when playing all this music from 15 – 20 years ago that you realize how disposable and forgettable the mainstream music is today, just as it was back then, but now including the mainstream electronic stuff.

J: It was a cool experience, we already played together on some other festivals the past years. It always works out, although we didn’t really put together a track list.

Overall what do you guys have in the pipeline for the future, are there anymore gigs planned either as individuals or as a team?

L: I for sure have a few plans into my head, although Jurgen doesn’t know about them yet LOL. I’m now throwing parties in Belgium, starting from zero again, what a blessing and a relief it is! Jurgen doesn’t know but he’s part of those plans .

J: As a production team, there are no concrete plans just yet, I might make a new DJ Fire with Laurent if we can find the time to get into the studio. As a DJ-team I don’t think we’ve been booked this year, I have some gigs coming up in Belgium. In June there’s the Sunrise Festival and in September I’ve also got a booking for a new festival in Belgium. And in November there’s the big annual Bonzai anniversary!

And finally for now, you have both worked with some brilliant artists over the years, is there anyone you would really like to get studio time with (apart from each other of course)?

L: I have a ton of good names on a list, and you know what? Half of those already have confirmed they’re in! You see. My next few months will see me collaborate with great guys, Manu Riga to begin with, but also surprising collabs will see the light of day in the next few days already. Keep an eye on my blog-facebook and you’ll see!

J: I’d love to work with guys like Eric Prydz or EDX, I like their productions a lot. Also Jeremy Olander is on fire lately.

Well it’s been a real pleasure to talk with you guys, thanks again for sitting with us, take care.

L: Thanks!

J: Thanks for the interview!

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AIRWAVE & DJ FIRE – KABALASH (BONZAI PROGRESSIVE)

 

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Long time friends and studio partners Airwave & DJ Fire aka Laurent Veronnez and Jurgen Leyers have come together once again to bring us what can only be described as a “pure trance experience” with their new single “Kabalash”. The guys have a long standing history as collaborators and brought us many magical moments as Fire & Ice, here they bring the true force of trance back from the ashes which is sure to get the floors bouncing. “Kabalash” is taken from Airwave’s superb double album “Parallel Lines”.

The original mix lives up to our expectations when we hear this duo together. The intro is sublime as a reverbed kick drum fills the spectrum with a classy little bongo roll taking us up the levels. The track builds beautifully with quality melodic sequences coming together and subtle teasers of what’s to come. The break is something to behold as we are taken on an ethnic themed journey with some fantastic Eastern flavours, and the track thunders back to a solid trance groove in style that will have any floor pumping. Something very special here and a track that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.

Producer Van Bellen aka Yoogie takes us on a trip down prog memory lane with an eclectic take on the original. Cool, steady, solid rhythms are evident through a tight drum arrangement. The bassline gives off a retro vibe and brings back a time when trance was so powerful in its simplicity. Stunning melodies are built with sweeping pads and beautiful soundscapes that fit the sound so perfectly while the break brings out the main hook in all its glory. Hypnotic, euphoric deep progressive grooves that will force you to listen again and again!

Next up for remix duties is Kintar aka Jonatan Tesei. Kintar is synonymous with progressive house-trance and his own particular blend of ethically charged mystic vibes. He is a hugely acclaimed artist and DJ worldwide and he is in great demand for remixes and gigs alike. He founded the label Sudam and runs a monthly radioshow on Frisky called Sudam World. Here we see Kintar deliver his distinct sound on the remix with a deep progressive, hypnotic groove. Very subtle intro with a little percussion as the layers begin to take shape, an ethic flute brings the melody with tight kicks fading in and exploding into a full on prog fest with a stunning bassline. The arrangement spits out lots of quality percs and FX as the melody eases through, an acid type loop sits well on top of this track and on the break an understated build up has a huge effect as we kick back to the main track, superb stuff.

Fresh off the back of his last release on BP “Flying Fortress” LoQuai aka Konstantin Alt is on the remix next with his Tribal Shout Remix. Classic kick intro soon progresses into a full on tribal experience, stunning tabla and bongo combinations sit on a very effective deep bassline. The ethnic theme still runs here and the melodies are very much a huge part of this. Tension builds with huge risers taking us through to an awesome break and then right back to a tribal groove.

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