This is Progressive | One Week to Live are proud to work with Amsterdam’s Panama on Saturday March 8th to bring you legendary Hernan Cattaneo.
For some DJs, music is more than just their passion or occupation – it’s the reason for their existence, the thing that keeps their world turning. Hernan Cattaneo is that special breed. Across his three decade journey through music, the legendary South American DJ has lived his life through the music that inspires him; inspiring thousands of electronic music lovers across the globe in the process. As a respected label owner and producer, Cattaneo’s creative output remains as plentiful as ever. In just two years, his Sudbeat label has risen up as a leading light in melodic electronic music – regularly releasing material from names like Guy J, Henry Saiz, Nick Warren and Danny Howells. Hernan’s own tracks have provided other highlights in the label’s growing discography, with the Argentinean electronic music ambassador currently working on many studio projects.
Sharing these sounds – and those that inspire him – is at the heart of Hernan’s musical mission and is something he achieves through his relentless touring schedule. A resident at the UK’s longest running weekly event The Gallery @ London’s Ministry of Sound, Hernan’s DJ passport is stamped with the most respected dance events on the planet. From Serbia’s Exit to Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival, Spain’s Monegros to Holland’s Dance Valley, just about every major dance event has been graced by Hernan’s expertly weaved DJ journeys.
Blessed with a deeply ingrained knowledge of house music and its many electronic roots, Hernan’s own DJ journey can be traced back to the mid-80s in Buenos Aires. Fascinated by pioneering synth-pop and post-punk bands like Depeche Mode and New Order, Cattaneo soon became consumed by imported 12”s from the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Derrick May and Inner City. Before long, the young music lover’s instinctive desire to DJ and share this new found love of Chicago and Detroit based sounds had lead him to his first – and now legendary – residency at Buenos Aires Clubland. Clubland became the epicentre of Argentina’s burgeoning dance scene and Hernan rose up as its spiritual leader. It is here where he earned the respect – and friendship – of legendary DJs like John Digweed, Sasha, and – most significantly – Perfecto boss Paul Oakenfold, who invited Cattaneo to join him on Perfecto.
With the window of global opportunity opened, the Argentinean ambassador impressed at every turn. Club giants Cream soon recruited Cattaneo as their South American resident and were impressed enough to install him as international resident at Cream Liverpool & Ibiza. Rapidly gaining a taste and skill for the larger stage, Hernan soon followed with appearances at festivals like Nevada’s legendary Burning Man as well as key debuts at European institutions like Homelands, Bedrock, Pacha and Fabric. By the time, Hernan had mixed Perfecto’s first international mix CD – South America volume – he was confirmed as one of those rare DJs able to transform the DJ set into a true art form. Each individual set became a complex voyage through genres, emotions and sound.
Both a true DJs DJ and a people’s favourite, Hernan’s popularity has spiralled in the years since. Now respected as one of electronic music’s true legends, Cattaneo stands proud as a DJ, producer and ambassador of the highest pedigree. From John Digweed’s standard bearing Bedrock imprint to Manchester´s Hacienda Records or the legendary Ministry of Sound, a host of electronic music’s most pioneering labels have all called on Hernan’s studio skills at some point over the past years. He is also one of a select breed of DJs to have enjoyed more than a decade in the DJ Magazine Top 100 poll.
Known for his love of all music, regardless of genre, Hernan’s unique ability to weave stories from sounds are also responsible for some of the most celebrated mix CDs of recent years. Back in 2005, it spoke volumes on Hernan’s rising stock that he was hand-picked to succeed DJ legends like John Digweed, Deep Dish and Sasha on the aptly named Masters series. Seizing the opportunity, Hernan’s debut marked him out as a legend in his own right. Widely loved and acclaimed, his individual mix shifted seamlessly through genres and was coloured with both the rich seam of melody and lush lulling groove that his fans have come to love and know him for. In the year since, he has followed with four more mix CDs for the globally renowned Renaissance – including their 50th ever album in 2009 and his acclaimed 2010 album ‘Parallel’, which featured no less than 12 of his own productions and remixes.
For the many thousands of music lovers that lap up their sounds the world over, these CDs provide a perfect snapshot of what Cattaneo is all about. It’s that human connection that drives Cattaneo further through music. And whether he’s taking crowd on an epic journey at festivals like Coachella, Exit and Creamfields or beaming his sounds across the globe through his weekly podcast and radio show on Delta FM 90.3, Buenos aires, he is able to be inspired and inspire in equal measure.
Panama is consistently rated amongst industry and clubbers around the world as one of the most cutting edge and forward thinking venues in the last decade. Located on the northeast edge of central Amsterdam. It’s right on the water, and housed in a century-old former Port Authority building. The space acts as both a concert venue and nightclub for local and international house and techno talent, and is divided into a lobby and restaurant for pre-clubbing fine dining. The clubbing space is expansive with high ceilings and windows, owing to the building’s warehouse heritage. Each week showcases some of the biggest acts and artists from around the world from Danny Tenaglia, Armin Van Buuren, John Digweed, Nick Warren and more.
Jaaps parents failed miserably at one thing, music. Years and years exposed to horrifying (Dutch language) music, poor Jaap discovers electronic music years later… As of then Jaap found his passion. He listened to sets, mix cd’s and radio recordings of Tiësto, Carl Cox, Sven Väth, Sasha, John Digweed, everything he could get his hands on. Not much later he started buying vinyl, and this time no vinyl with Dutch music!
Nowadays the world is getting to know his music… For example by guestmixes in numerous broadcast on Radio 538 (the number 1 radiostation in The Netherlands), guestmixes in Dennis Ruyers Dance Department (March and June 2011) and Tiësto’s Club Life (July 2010).
His productions (original tracks, remixes, bootlegs) played lots of times by the world’s big time dj’s. Artists like Sasha, John Digweed, Tiësto, Dave Seaman and Jody Wisternoff (Way Out West) are playing Jaaps productions over and over again and are dying to play his new stuff every time.
The styles/genres that Jaap plays, varies every gig, depending on the gig and crowd. Sometimes he plays very deep with deephouse and minimal, other times he treats the crowd with a more uplifting or raw sounding set. It all depends on the evening…
C-Jay is as diverse as it gets in today’s dance music business: former record store owner (Sessions Record store), DJ, producer, label owner (The Sessions Recordings) promoter of his own underground nights called “Electric Cafe” and “Head of Dance music Licenses” at Dutch authors rights company “Buma / Stemra.” With his day job he makes sure composers and authors of Dance music in Holland get paid when their music is performed on stage.
As a producer C-Jay got his first worldwide release in the spring of 2004. This track (SwayWatch) got signed to the Moun10 imprint, (owned by Dutch house legend Jaydee) and got massive support from artists like The Flash Brothers, Chris Fortier and Fred Numf. His second release, co-produced by his long time friend Jaydee under their “Graylock” alias, got a release on First Impression Recordings, the label of ……Jaydee. This release got supported, played and charted by Armin Van Buuren, Ton TB, Paul Van Dyk, The Flash Brothers, Carl Cox, Chris Fortier and many more.
Next to his studio work, C-Jay used to be a well known record store owner and event promoter in Holland from 2000 until 2006. As he was a skilled and eager DJ without gigs, he decided to throw his own nights. With success! He organised some legendary events during those years, inviting artists like Moshic, Chris Fortier, James Holden, Chris Cowie, Anthony Pappa and Quivver to Holland. In 2006 the nights officially stopped, but he still hosts low profile (free entrance) nights in and around his hometown Amsterdam, called: The Sessions.
Having shared DJ booths with almost every big star of the scene, C-Jay is bound to become one himself. In the last couple of years C-Jay found himself playing gigs in Poland, Romania, Holland, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Switzerland, Jordan and the Ukraine and the rest of the world is waiting for him.
Not doing it for the Hall Of Fame but just loving what he does since childhood, C-Jay is known for his motto: “Progressive is an attitude….” (not a style)
Josh joins the line up as our very first ‘Future Leader’ on This Is Progressive. Nijmegen based Josh has firmly established himself as one to watch with his unique house, techno and progressive style, taking you on a journey. Besides DJing, Josh is also involved in organising parties, mainly in his DJ hometown Arnhem. Currently Josh is working on a new concept with a group of dedicated electronic music lovers and different kinds of artists called Metamorphosa. The basis is their love for Berlin and the amazing parties that are given there in old abandoned warehouses and other unusual places. Their mission is to combine raw new locations and accessible underground music in Arnhem and to further expand the music scene.
What do Max Cooper, Hernan Cattaneo, John Tejada, Henry Saiz, Eelke Kleijn, Hybrid, Fairmont, Umek, Tigerskin, Gabriel Ananda, Microtrauma, Jesper Dahlback, Matador, Avus, Applescal, Guy J, Ryan Davis and Phonique all have in common? They have all released music on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music label, giving you a first impression of what this allround music lover is all about.
Born in the suburbs of Rotterdam in the early eighties, Paul Hazendonk already developed an excessive interest for music at a young age. After seeing a documentary about one of the early editions of the Mystery Land festival he found his passion and bought his first DJ equipment at age twelve. After winning various local DJ contests in his teens, he secured his first club gigs by the time he turned eighteen and his first international gigs followed not long after. In his early twenties Paul was a resident DJ at infamous Dutch clubs Las Palmas (Rotterdam) and Asta (The Hague), whilst being a regular guest at clubs and festivals all over Europe. Throughout the years he has performed in more than 20 countries worldwide.
In 2000 he started working at the legendary record store Basic Beat which was located in the heart of Rotterdam. This was also the place where he released his first mix compilation CD’s, started doing A&R for various labels and, eventually, where he started his Manual Music label in 2005. Paul left the Basic Beat company in 2009 and adapted the Manual brand name for his own company, simply calling it Manual Music. Having always been a DJ first and a producer second, it wasn’t until a couple of years into his career that Paul released his first records. By now he has released music on respectable labels such as Hope Recordings, Diynamic, Sudbeat, Proton Music, Sleaze Records, Einmusika and naturally his own Manual Music amongst many others.
Although people like to genre-tag artists nowadays, it’s not easy to do the same with Paul Hazendonk. Throughout the years of his career he has crafted his own distinctive sound, blending elements of house- and techno music, often filled with warm basslines and melodies, but without losing sight on the dance floor. With the release of his long awaited debut album ‘Adapt’ coming up in 2014, the future is looking bright for this young but experienced house connoisseur!
For me music is all about emotions. Without them, music would be useless. Therefore I like being able to capture the moment and incorporate it into my track or set that I’m working on. Using it as an outlet. No compromises, no obligations. just honest emotions. Martijn van Dijk better known as Alessandro Diga, is a Dutch artist living in Breda. His music can be characterized as pigheaded, innovative, bold, vivacious, but most of all melodic. In the past years Diga produced music in different directions, but always melody predominated. This enabled him to release tracks on labels such as: Manual Music, Inlab Recordings, Perspectives & Cinematique. Which resulted in arrived artists like Nuno dos Santos, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Roland M. Dill, Pig & Dan, Hernan Cattaneo, Laurent Garnier & Moonbeam playing his tracks.
Throughout the years, Alessandro Diga gained a lot of musical experience. Starting with playing the trumpet and the bugle, on a very young age. In his early teens he mastered the guitar and played in a (punk)band. After these musical wanderings, he got sucked into the electronic music scene. Being towed by his brothers, Alessandro Diga visited a wide range of festivals in the summer of 2007. Which resulted in developing a deep passion for EDM. After years of hard work and solitary confinement, the reward consisted of releases on various labels and being featured on various compilations.
His first EP named ‘Meltdown’ (2010), was released by Outside the Box Music. A Dutch label by Eelke Kleijn. He received a lot of support by well known artists. The title track made it to the beatport top 100, and was played in 538 Dance Department. In 2011 Alessandro Diga participated in ‘De grote prijs van Nederland’, and made it to the semi-finals. Not winning this competition encouraged him even more to improve his productions and live-sets. Diga’s releases did not go unnoticed, and gave him the opportunity to play at clubs and festivals. Examples are; Sysophos (Berlin DE), Barkode (Amsterdam NL), Westerunie (Amsterdam NL), Lakedance (Aquebest NL), Fort de Vechten (Bunnik NL), Club Poema (Utrecht NL).