Ultraplay's start to this year has been explosive! First there was the crazy NYD party, then last Sunday there was the incredible performance from Trumpet Man aka Gordon Edge, who literally 'blew-the-roof' - off the Cafe... Well, as if things couldn't get any more intense, we have yet ANOTHER highly entertaining Ultraplay party for you this month... and yet we're still only just recovering from the last one!
We've got not just one, but two 'extra special' guests, both with an extremely strong 'electronic' flavour in their sounds.
First up, is Berliner bad-boy - CJ Hartmann, an Ultraplay favourite. We're extremely happy that CJ is flying over exclusively to grace the Ultraplay decks once again with his crazy mad-assed tunes. This is big news for CJ fans and Techno heads alike, as CJ's previous slot at Ultraplay sadly had to be pulled last-minute due to a cancelled flight. As anyone who's been lucky enough to catch one of his sets, CJ digs in the deepest, darkest places whilst mining for only the most underground of treasures that he can find, ready to deploy unexpectedly on the dance floor. If you haven't yet experienced this 'London-gone-all-Berlin' cool cat... now's your chance!
Our second spesh guest this month is super cool, globe trotting London/Tokyo DJ - Knock.
If you've been following the Ultraplay Podcast recently, then you will have heard Knock's awesome, eclectic, disco-tech fueled mix. Knock, a true master of mixing quality tech house will all manner of electronic dance elements, absolutely kicked dance-floor ass in the wee early hours of 'Lost/Holic' NYE warehouse party. Knock's solid and skillful mixing, kept the the party alive and kicking right up until the end, which was around 10am. Not an easy thing to do, but one that Knock appeared to do with ease and with style!
Ultraplay resident Tech heads - Maker & Meyer , true Jedi's of the East London 'Sunday sound', will be igniting this party at 2pm with their incredible set up of multiple decks, FX, controllers and digital wizardry. Definitely check them out if you haven't already. Then Darren C will finally wind-up the proceedings to a massive high - that is of course, ...until he finally presses the dreaded Ultraplay 'Doomsday' button!
This is going to be a very, very busy party... so get down early to ensure you don't miss a beat!
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Guest DJ Biogs
He began to seriously take part in the scene as a DJ in Tokyo in 2007.
Having rock music as his backbone and roots, he now pursues mainly club music such as Techno, House, Minimal, Electronica, Dub, etc.. adjusting to the party's concept and hour. His unique sensibility and broad knowledge of music produce a brilliant atmosphere on the floor.
His true value lies in setting the groove with sensitive mixing talent and space creation. He has been greatly received by various fields and continues to progress to establish a new scene.
Since 2008, in order to offer a sound space with fine, stoic, groovy sound,he hosted the event "3+4BEAT@Daikanyama Air"as sub-organizer and DJ.
He is now a residential DJ at the rave party "BLAFMA@Club asia"(Since 2010). Also he takes part in over 100 bookings a year at famous clubs in Tokyo such as Womb, ageHa, WAREHOUSE702, and continues to expand the field.
He has been acting in London since 2011.
He released his original music from Beatport, and "Round Up EP" is released from famous label stereOOxid of Luxembourg in 2011.
Not only as a DJ but also as an organizer and a creator, his future moves will gather wide attention.
Chris Janisz aka C.J. Hartmann is a Berlin-based DJ and producer. Born in 1986 in Poland he started his adventure into electronic music at the age of 14. Fascinated and inspired by musicians like Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Westbam he started gaining his musical knowledge collecting his favourite releases. And thus a journey began through different types of electronica: Trance, Breaks and Funky House, slowly developing his music preferences. Chris’s current sound can be described as Electronica/Techno, mostly influenced by artists like Stephan Bodzin, Oliver Huntemann and Aphex Twin.His DJ sets are very dark, deep and heavily laced with his influences. A presence of melodies is always incorporated into his sets, creating powerful and emotional highs and lows. His careful track selection always tells the crowd its own story, taking people on 'a journey' creating a fantastic and unusual atmosphere on the dance floor.Arriving in London at the age of 18, his musical taste changed after discovering an exciting new sound flooding out of London's underground Techno scene and an instant love affair with clubbing began! Listening to plenty of DJs, in May 2006 he decided to learn how to use DJ equipment himself, so he could play his favourite music.C.J. so far performed in one of the most important clubs all over Europe including places like Razzmatazz (Barcelona), Op Art (Lisbon), Ministry Of Sound (London), Sugar Factory (Amsterdam) , Tresor (Berlin) and Cookies (Berlin) to name just a few, starting his residencies in clubs like The End (London), Aquarium (London), Cafe 1001 (London), Suicide Circus (Berlin) and Asphalt (Berlin). He was sharing the bill with stars like Miss Kittin, Stephan Bodzin, Ame, Ellen Alien, Marc Romboy, Phil Kieran, Marco Carola, Adam Beyer, System Of Survival, Simon Baker, Thomas Schumacher, Oliver Koletzki and many more! His tracks have been supported by artists like Extrawelt, Phonique, Florian Meindl, Alex Smoke and Redshape. Chris’s enthusiasm talent and energy behind the decks was an inspiration to many and his future started to look extremely positive.We can't forget to mention such facts as his legendary 26hrs DJ set with Darren C at Ultraplay back in 2010, or 7 hours sets @ Lockemuller Open Air Festival 2009 and 2010 where his performance mesmorised thousands and is still remembered today!In late January, Hartmann's first production this year 'Tail On Fire' was released on a Ministry Of Sound compilation called 'Sound Of Berlin vol. 9' amongst such artists as Paul Kalkbrenner, Soul Clap, Mark Henning and Oliver Koletzki, to name just a few. Upcoming releases involve collaborations with artists like Argy, Jerome Sydenham, GummiHz and Phonique. C.J. is now also a featured artist in Zweisam Records – a Berlin-based record label, with a recent collaboration with the fresh and new talent, Stephan Bobinger.
Hartmann recently took things to the next level. You will be able to see him performing using the iPad 2 - LIVE FX controller and 'A MAGIC STICK' - Doepfer R2M!