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Bonzai

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September 29, 2018

Every Sunday from 1pm till 2pm Bonzai Basik Beats showcases a wide range of music including the best in Progressive House, Tech House, Techno and Deep House grooves, with guest mixes from some of the top DJs in those genres.

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Banshee Worx was founded in May 2003 some 2 months after the closing of Lightning Records which was the company that took care of the Bonzai brand and imprint since 1992 until early March 2003. Then things changed and Banshee Worx was formed by Fly (owner and founder of the Bonzai trademark), Marnik (former International and A & R from Lightning Records) and 2 artist/producer/dj’s who were also part of the Lightning Records artist roster, namely Yves Deruyter, Belgium’s number one dj with huge, already considered classic, clubhits such as Calling Earth, The Rebel and Born Slippy. Last but not least there’s Laurent Véronnez, aka Airwave, without a doubt a man leading the electronic dance market with superior quality music. Remixing many of his colleagues and deejaying worldwide, he is the caterpillar of the musical bulldozers out there.

So, nothing much has changed, a new entity has been formed and the same driving forces behind the succes of the Bonzai imprint will continue to serve the universe with the greatest trance music with artists like Airwave, Yves Deruyter, Push, Plastic Boy, Quadran, Lolo, DJ Fire, Fire & Ice, Solar Factor, Cape Town, Philippe Van Mullem and many new ones to come.

Many years have passed since the launch of Banshee Worx and they are still expanding, dedicated and secure, with their little group of labels and artists. With the continuously descending physical music market, they have been devoting a lot of time in developing their on-line activities. Not only do they keep a weekly updated webstore running (including customized soundcarriers) but they have also launched the Bonzai Digital Network, where they offer all cd and vinyl releases, plus digital only releases for digital download at fair rates both via their own downloadshop powered by Audio Jelly and a range of digital download partners, including the number one worldwide downloadshop iTunes Music Store, Beatport, ID & T Dance-Tunes, Track It Down, Juno Download, Audio Jelly, DJ Download and DJ Tunes.

In addition to supportting the wide range of labels they handle, with an average of 2 physical releases a month and additionally all releases in digital format and exclusive digital only releases, they have created the iPool, a dedicated website that delivers both promotional music and the iPool Supreme Membership that delivers music via a unique podcast link.

What would the use be of all these investments without……NEW ARTISTS ! Since the company start they have signed a bunch of new and old talents such as Paul Edge, Andy Tau, Arto Kumanto, Joost Glazenburg, Eddie Sender, Ville Lope and Audiophox. Undoubtfully this list is incomplete and unfinished taking into consideration the amount of good stuff that’s rocketed in their direction. With roughly 500+ demos every month, needless to say this is titanic. The continuous flow of new good tracks offered to them and the increase of young talented producers out there obviously had it’s influence on the number of labels currently residing under the Banshee Worx umbrella. First there’s the fully owned labels which are 100% controlled by themselves such as all the Bonzai trademark imprints, Green Martian, Camouflage, Progez, Nemesis and a dozen more. Then there’s the labels they run in collaboration with label managers such as Piston Recordings (Rogerio Martins), Subtraxx (Miika Kuisma), J00f (John ’00’ Fleming), Tripomatic (Pete Miskelly), Real Music (Andrew Parsons) and Troia (Pedro Goya). Last but not least, they have labels that joined the Banshee family for digital distribution purposes such as Missile, Neuroscience, Wonka, Warehouse, Dj-International and Strictly Rhythm Benelux,..

In 2009 they had a new upgrade with the Banshee-Entertainment Division which will ensure the the promotion and marketing of their artists towards the deejay circuit. Furthermore they will set up between 6 and 8 events yearly in the Benelux territory and negociate franchises to organize Bonzai events worldwide.

Now with 2010 in front of the door, new labels are being signed up including Olympik Records and Belgian techno legend Frank De Wulf putting them in charge of his entire old and new catalogue.

History learns people have always seen Bonzai Records as ambassadors of quality electronic music regardless of the genres they touch. Over the years music has evolved, so did their musical taste, a combination which is pushing them to think more forward.

In order to focus on what they really want to do and giving artists what they deserve, it’s become necessary to discontinue some of their labels. Most of these labels are part of that trance scene which they helped develop in the early 90’s. The trance scene of today does not fit their vision, so they will fully focus on 3 remaining trance labels (Subtraxx, Camouflage & Nemesis) and on quality progressive trance.

You will wonder now what they really want to focus on, well deep progressive, mini tech, tech house and real progressive house as they have been doing in their own way over the past year on Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks.

2010, a year of change... major changes! The company has been split up in 2 divisions, each running entirely independent from each other. On one side they have the Bonzai Progressive set up which will have it’s focus on House, Tech House, Techno, Deep, Chill and Lounge. Obviously these changes had a big influence on the labels remaining in the BP division, although slowly but surely, styles and sounds have been converted and shaped into what it is today. New labels have been launched such as Eyepatch Recordings (Deep Techno/Deep House), Mint and Mustard Recordings (Tech House/Funky House) and more recently Howz Choonz (Tech House/Funky House). These imprints have been exceptionally well received over the last months and have positioned themselves amongst the already established labels in those genres. This department is under management of Fly.

On the other side there is the Subtraxx division which is a docking station for all trance & dance related labels Camouflage, Nemesis and Subtraxx itself. Management here is with Ville Lope.

Furthermore there is the digital distribution which has been growing enormously over the last 2 years and has without a doubt become a highlight for us in today’s insane music biz. With labels such as Renaissance, Azuli, Gusto, Deviant, Dance Opera and a few dozen others joining the Bonzai family it’s needless to say this has become a huge part of today’s business. With a few other big signings in the pipeline, they can only nod that this department has done well over the last years under the careful management of Marnik.

Bonzai Records invite you all on this new and exciting journey!

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Mladen Tomic

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November 28, 2017

Mladen Tomic joins Safehouse Radio every Tuesday at 9pm delivering a hypnotic compound of techno and tech-house, further enhanced by the powerful groove and bass lines which characterise the sets of Mladen Tomic, Bosnian DJ and producer, who has won the hearts of clubbers across the globe.

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You will recognise his uncompromising sound and strong energy, which is woven into every one of sets. The carefully selected compositions. The unique production. The strong personal touch, whether in production, the mix or the re-mix.

His personal work, recognised and supported by both prominent artists and owners of famous record labels such as Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, John Acquaviva, Monika Kruse, Umek, Popof, Adam Beyer, Stefano Noferini and others, have catapulted him to among the best, and opened the doors of the most prestigious clubs and festivals around the world.

Performances all over Europe (Germany, Spain, Netherlands, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, England, Scotland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Belgium …), America (USA, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica) and Canada are testimony of that. The ever growing list of festivals whose line-up includes Mladen’s name is even more impressive: Miami WMC 2013 and 2014 (US), EXIT – Dance Arena (Serbia), Soul Tech and Selenic Beach (Mexico), Kazantip (Ukraine), Stereo Sunday ( the Netherlands), Amsterdam Dance Event (Netherlands), Refresh (Montenegro) amongst many others.

With a highly acclaimed series of original tracks, production is still the centre of Mladen’s business with regular releases on renowned labels such as Sci + Tec, Suara, Terminal M, Octopus, Form, 1605, Definitive, 100% Pure, Deeperfect and Stereo Productions.

In March 2012, Mladen and Sian’s joint single “Front Pocket”, remixed by Nicole Moudaber, reached number 1 on the Beatport Techno charts and the original mix No.3. In the January 2013 edition of Techno Tools Vol.1 on the famous Suara label, was a great success – up to four compositions were in the techno Top 20, and two in the Top 10, with “Physical Level”, on the 4th and “Tune” in 8th place in the techno charts. Mladen’s remix of “Airscape” by Stefano Noferini found itself in the seventh place on the Beatport techno list. The famous track ‘’Before Sunset” from 2009 has also been a huge worldwide success, and it has been ranked 12th on the tech house list. “Solar Wind”, which was released on Sci + Tec, was one of the most played tracks in Dubfire’s sets in 2014 and was positioned 12th on the Beatport techno chart. “730 Drink” on Night Light Records was on the 9th Essential mix of Richie Hawtin and “West Beach” and “Inside The Bootle”, (which has also appeared on Night Light Records), found themselves in almost every one of Richi’s sets in Ibiza in 2014 and 2015.

An equally large success has been achieved by “Dance of Shadows”, “Global Mind”, “True Story”, “Under The Fool Moon”, “Tangas”, “Lady In The House”, “Green Cubes” and so on.

It is also important to mention the successful remixes produced by Mladen for famous artists, including Mauro Picotto, Sebastian Leger, Cristian Varela, Stefano Noferini, Chus & Ceballos, ANNA, Manuel De La Mare, Paolo Mojo, Marko Nastic and Boris.

Mladen’s career began way back in 1999, when he joined forces with Sinisa Tamamović to promote events in their native Banja Luka and toured the Western Balkans. They soon founded their own label, Night Light Records, which is now the synonym for quality, innovation and releases that are always one step ahead.

Mladen’s mission is to travel around the world, conveying his unique vision of music to people with an open mind and heart. 

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Brooksie

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November 16, 2017

The Brothers Grimm's own style of dark and dirty techno beats hits the Safehouse Radio airwaves on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 9pm with their filthy acid techno show We Speak Techno.

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DJ/Host at Safehouse Radio, Artist at the Rave Yard and Semi-professional Tea Drinker & Dance Floor Clearer at The Brothers Grim (Techno)

 

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Remnis

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November 11, 2017

DJ Remnis show delivers the first hour of pure vinyl classics we love along with guest mixes from trance, hard trance and techno DJ's in the second hour. Mixing up the old with the new, we go Beyond Reminiscing every 4th Friday from 7pm on Safehouse Radio.

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Remnis started DJing in 2009, learning himself to play on a controller and laptop. As he discovered more and more old music, he realised that he had to get records to be able to play his favourite music. In 2011, he started collecting vinyls and he spent hours upon hours teaching himself to mix with vinyl.

In mid-2011, Remnis was invited to get a weekly residency at the FearFM hard stream, specialised in early hardstyle and hard trance. After about one and a half year, the radio station quit. In the years after FearFM, he had lots of time to improve his mixing. It would be until 2015 until he would have a regular radio show again.

2015 saw the founding of the BIT - Back in Time group, a group of DJs passionate about the roots of hardstyle. Focussing on the era of 2000 - 2010, this group has a weekly radio show at rhr.fm. Every week, one of the 12 DJs makes a mix. Every few months, the group presents a liveshow, gathering in a studio in the south of the Netherlands. Furthermore, the group does BIT showcases at gigs every now and then. Remnis has played at a few of these showcases around the Netherlands. Other than these showcases, he played at some local gigs in and around Utrecht, the Netherlands.

In September 2016, Remnis started his very own monthly radio show on Safehouseradio. ‘Beyond Reminiscing’ gave him the opportunity to really do what he wanted, without musical boundaries. The show includes hard trance, techno, acid, trance and more.

Around 2011, Remnis started looking into producing his own music. In 2016, he joined Nostic in the studio and they started a collab track, The Project. Having almost finished it, it will only be a matter of time before it is released.

Nowadays, his main focus is on hard trance, be it old or new. His most beloved style is the German hard trance from labels like Chaos Records, Overdose, Pulse and Tracid Traxxx, from around 2001. Other genres Remnis loves and often plays are techno, trance, acid, early rave, Chicago house and early hardstyle.

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