DJ Balthazar

dj balthazarBalthazar was born in 1977 in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria, and has been interested in music for the past 12 years. He started DJ’ing in 1998 and now he’s known as one of the most respected and popular DJs/producers in Bulgaria. He has performed at every major club in his country as well as on many big raves (including the Bulgarian Street Parade) and various radio and TV shows. His international gigs have taken him to more than 20 countries including USA, Egypt, England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Malta and Cyprus, to name a few, and currently he is one of Bulgaria’s top music exports. Very often he plays at special events alongside well known and respected DJ’s or Live acts.

Balthazar’s unique style varies between groovy minimal techno and electro/tribal/progressive house, always corresponding with the newest records on the scene. Usually his sets are quite energetic and technically perfect. For almost 2 years he was resident at the biggest techno club in Bulgaria, called Indigo (closed December 2001). Currently he holds various residencies at different clubs in the country. Balthazar is also co-owner of the Renesanz agency, with which he promotes numerous parties and books foreign house and techno DJ’s for selected clubs and events (more than 150 booked artists for the last 3 years). Few times in a year Renesanz organizes big raves for 2000-3000 people and right now it’s one of the biggest electronic music promoters in Bulgaria.

Since 2004 Balthazar has been producing underground dance music with his studio partner JackRock under the alias ‘Balthazar & JackRock’. At the end of 2004 they produced a 45-minutes progressive set combined with classical music elements, for a fashion show in Erfurt/Germany. They also composed the soundtrack for the DVD movie Clinique Noir #2.

In January 2006 Balthazar & JackRock released their debut record Rockin’ Dancefloor on the greek label TechHead, with remixes by Eric Sneo and Cave. The EP reached number 1 in Musicmail Distribution‘s sales charts and was played by DJs like Marko Nastic, Pedro Delgardo, Marco Lenzi, Ortin Cam & Dylan Drazen. A few weeks later Balthazar & JackRock released the record Moonshineon the belgian label Magura, which was co-produced with the renowned artist Kobbe and was supported by star DJs like Carl Cox, Sander Van Doorn, Marcel Woods, Preach and many others. Moonshine was included in the official Dance Valley 2006 CD compilation and was presented in Judge Jules’ BBC 1 radio show. Kobbe & Balthazar also released two remixes on the dutch label Patterns and norwegian Spilo. Later in 2006 followed also a second Balthazar & JackRock EP on TechHead Recordings, Venus Delta EP on 8311 Music, 2 tracks for Chris Binder’s imprint Primal Confusion + a few other CD compilations. In 2007 and 2008 Balthazar & JackRock released more than 30 tracks and various remixes on different labels all over the world, including Tribalero EP, which reached top 20 in Beatport’s charts. Tribalero was included in a few Tecktonik CD compilations, released by EMI and Universal Music.

In 2007 Balthazar started another joint project with the bulgarian band Deep Zone, which was meant to be more pop-house orientated. They produced together 2 smash hits: Welcome To The Loop + DJ, Take Me Away, which both entered all possible music charts in Bulgaria. Only for 1 year they managed to do 4 big national club tours with 20 dates each and more than 80.000 visitors total. In 2008 Balthazar & Deep Zone took part in the biggest musical contest in the world – Eurovision. They won the bulgarian final and represented their country at Eurovision 2008 in front of 150 million tv viewers worldwide! Balthazar & Deep Zone won awards for ‘Best South-East European Track’ (SEEME) and ‘Best Joint Project’ (Fan TV). Their

videoclip of DJ, Take Me Away was also nominated for a few other music awards (BG Radio, Mad TV, MM TV).

In August 2009 Renesanz organized the dance (main) stage for the biggest bulgarian festival – Spirit of Burgas.

In September 2009 Balthazar & Renesanz became owners of one of the oldest electronic music clubs in Bulgaria (established in 1997) – the legendary Comics club in Varna.

In November 2009 Balthazar & JackRock were invited in Egypt for the DJ Academy in Cairo. They teached there DJ workshop courses – mixing and production.

In June 2010 Balthazar & JackRock started their own record label Renesanz, which will release mainly their original tracks + remixes by international artists like DJ Preach, Dandi & Ugo, Dub Makers, Joy Marquez, Claudio Ponticelli and others.

Right now Balthazar is focusing on many new underground dance productions. He’s also taking his time to dj every weekend and promote events.

In 2010 they are booked by Tech Factory Events , a romanian booking agency and they start to colaborate with them so in march 2010 they play in Bucharest @ Kristal Glam Club and Bacau @ Club Zebra.The summer of 2011 brings them another gig in Bucharest , this time at Turabo Summer Club.

Piatto, Dandi & Ugo – Mad Circus (Balthazar & JackRock remix) by Balthazar & JackRock

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