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This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of Belgium’s most iconic dance labels: Bonzai. It’s hard to overstate the importance this local powerhouse had on ravers and dancefloors worldwide. Multiple generations of fans have grown up with these timeless classics that span from trance to progressive, or the sturdier electronic genres. From bringing out the first record to ultimately becoming a global force with around a dozen sub-labels and hundreds of releases to date, Bonzai have engraved themselves in the definitive history of dance music.
Get ready for 25 Years Bonzai! This one will be our 6th annual event showcasing the sounds of the heydays of the rave scene in Belgium and beyond. Oh, and just to let you know, this year’s event will be even bigger than any previous parties as we celebrate a major milestone at the forefront of an ever changing dance music scene.
The legendary Belgian Bonzai label is 25 years old and is more popular than ever! “Universal Nation” of Push was this year the number one on the greatest switch on Studio Brussels. Bonzai even had his own stage at Tomorrowland. And at this festival, “Universal Nation” was one of the most twisted songs. The Bonzai revival can not be stopped!
Next up in our new Bonzai Classics series we give you a superb remix of the club monster Parker & Clind – Generator, remixed by the talented titans of uplifting trance Glynn Alan and Dave Wright. They both work out of Glynn’s studio in the UK and have both received praise and support from the creme de la creme in the trance scene. Glynn Alan is a DJ, producer and sound engineer and his works have featured on several top labels with support from Armin Van Buuren, M.I.K.E./Push, Sean Tyas and more. DJ and producer Dave Wright has been a huge presence in the hard house and hard trance scenes for many years having found a niche on Nukleuz Records as one half of the duo Rowland & Wright, support from the likes of Paul Oakenfold became a regular occurrence for their material. Together the guys have gained quite the reputation for delivering serious beats which led to plays on ASOT and the respect from their peers. We think they’re the perfect partnership to breathe new life into a favoured classic.
To keep the 25 years celebrations we’ve commissioned another series of remixes of some of our memorable classic cuts. In 1996 we launched the Bonzai Classics label and delivered the top tunes of the day on vinyl, CD and later on digital platforms. The success of the label was outstanding and this was due to the forward thinking, in-depth knowledge of the electronic music scene from within the Bonzai family. Over the last number of years we’ve been busy filling up the Bonzai Classics digital catalogue, it’s now possible to download hundreds of your favourite Bonzai retro gems via Beatport. Keep your eyes peeled for more in the run up to 18th November 2017 at Waagnatie where our year long party comes to a climax. To kick start this new series we’ve enlisted the supreme talents of Blufeld, a very much revered Bonzai artist for almost a decade, who will be utilising his remixing skills on Airwave’s When Things Go Wrong. With an ever evolving sound, Blufeld is the perfect match up for this one as the original contains beautiful melodic parts for him to play around with. There can be no doubt that Airwave is a hugely influential figure in the progressive and trance scenes. For over 20 years he has consistently provided us with anthemic tracks filled with raw emotion and drive. Released in 2003 this explosive melodic trancer rose to prominence in a very short space of time. Such a simplistic structure that seems to unleash a wave of emotion with every listen. If there was ever a defining moment in emotional, melodic trance, then the original is right up there. On the remix Blufeld has done the track justice, bringing the sound in to the modern era in a deeper progressive style. The intro comes at us with mesmerizing synth which is followed by a solid chugging bass and tight beat construction that stays the course for the duration. The beauty of this track lies in the raw proggy groove that draws you in as the layers build. Blufeld creates a tension the builds effortlessly and climaxing with that infectious melody we know and love. A simply stunning contemporary take on a classic that will give the floors a good time.
Mike Dierickx’s Push guise is a world renowned name in many the many facets of dance music, particularly within the trance genre. Since 1994 this guy has been putting out top quality sounds, from Acid Hysteria to Da Story. 1998 was the breakthrough year in many respects, it was the year that Universal Nation was born, the rest is history. Surprisingly – for an artist who had been around for a long time – his first album didn’t arrive until 2000. From Beyond showcases multiple trance hits from Push such as Universal Nation, Strange World and a tribute to the late great Marino Stephano. This one got a re-released in 2004 as CDr on Banshee Worx and 2007 as MP3 on Bonzai Back Catalog.
Mike’s second album – Electric Eclipse was a veritable treasure trove of quality cuts. As ever we witnessed an attention to detail that effortlessly portrayed the essence of trance. Some big hitters on this one including Tranceformation, Journey Of Life, and R.E.S.P.E.C.T. as well as a few complimentary remixes of past hits.
One of Mike’s most recognisable guises – Plastic Boy – gained a huge following in 1998 with the release of the mighty Twixt. Several top quality cuts followed and in 2005 we were treated to this album which gathered together the bulk of Plastic Boy’s work. Soaring trance vibes with a sci-fi twist were entrenched in the likes of Silver Bath, Live Another Life and Angel Dust. A true gem in the trance world, this one is not to be missed.