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Roo McKeller

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June 08, 2020

Roo McKeller presents... Contemplations. A journey into some of the most beautiful progressive sounds around, every 2nd Monday from 8pm on Safehouse Radio.

Contemplations 004For as long as he can remember, music has always been Roo's vehicle for expressionism. It is without doubt the universal language of us all, the one thing that stays when everyone else has gone. Over the last 30 years, Roo has honed his skills as a vocalist, songwriter, music producer & recording & mixing engineer & is now considered by many to be the top in his field in the South West. He has written songs, produced music & recorded for numerous established acts around the world.

Having cut his teeth on synth pop & rock as a teenager, Roo has been performing on the live music scene ever since as a keyboard player & singer, but it wasn't until the mid 90's that he was introduced to the club scene & fell in love with the dance genre immediately. With the kind generosity of a DJ friend, he picked up vinyl DJing very quickly, securing regular slots at The Monastery & Claire's in Torquay, The Dance Academy & The Candy Store in Plymouth & numerous other venues & festivals.

Roo's first love was Hard House & has had several releases under the alter egos Mad Max & The House Of Light. His early tracks saw him secure number 1 spots around the world in the Hard House charts & also airplay on BBC Radio 1. His biggest track, Bring Out The Gimp (Shock Records) topped the Hard House charts around the world & featured in the sets of many of the biggest DJ's at the time.

Through the natural course of inquisitiveness & open mindedness, Roo eventually discovered his true passion, Progressive House & Progressive Trance & has had several Progressive Trance releases under another alter ego Metamorph over the last 5 years.  Since being invited to join Safehouse Radio, Roo is now a major part of the admin & production team & has had the opportunity to witness firsthand the current trends of Progressive by following huge names such as Airwave, Galestian, Dezarate & Eelke Kleijn, who all have shows on the station & as such is now leaning more towards their style of Progressive production for the true freedom of expression it brings. He is now set to release tracks on major progressive labels under his own name, the first of which is due out late 2020.

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Ori Uplift

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September 29, 2018

Uplifting Only is the world's leading radio show for the orchestral uplifting trance genre, and also focuses on emotional uplifting trance, vocal uplifting trance, and a little orchestral and chillout music, with Ori Uplift on Safehouse Radio every Wednesday from 5pm.

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To quote iTunes commenters,  Uplifting Only is "nonstop mixes by the best source for uplifting trance music. Perfect for long travels, tasks, homework, or to just jam out", and "Some of the best music out there. All the tracks are just beautiful."

It is the definitive show for orchestral uplifting trance the way Armin's A State of Trance intends itself for trance and progressive. Like ASOT, UpOnly includes weekly fan votes for favorite tracks and tunes of the year, a large number of exclusive world premieres every week, and exclusive recorded voiceovers from the artists whose tracks are premiered that week.

Orchestral uplifting trance is a genre of music that is both euphoric and peaceful, energizing and cinematic. It fuses trance and symphonic music by taking the genre of uplifting trance and having the breakdowns be like emotional/epic orchestral or film music. It also features trance melodies that are more epic, emotional, or euphoric than other uplifting trance.

Uplifting Only was rated the #8 trance radioshow/podcast in the 2014 Trance Podium Awards, and Trance Hub rated it one of the top 5 trance shows for working out (and the top show for yoga & pilates).

UpOnly is the flagship show for Abora Recordings, the world's top label for orchestral uplifting trance and emotional uplifting trance and the home of 11 sublabels.

On the first show of the month, UpOnly plays much vocal uplifting trance. It plays all-instrumental uplifting trance the rest of the month, except for guest mixes or special episodes, which can also have vocal trance.

Two mixcompilations based on the show and its voting reached the #1 spots on the Beatport genre charts for releases, and five have reached the top 5 on the charts. 

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Bonzai Basik Beats

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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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