Paul Hazendonk was born in the suburbs of Rotterdam in 1982. As a young kid he already developed an excessive interest for music, quickly discovering house music and noticing the deejays who were mixing records together. He found his passion..
He got his first club gig at age 18 and after that it all seemed like one big rollercoaster ride. In the first years of his carreer he already played at some of Hollandʼs most infamous clubs, parties and festivals. Shortly after, his talents also got noticed abroad, taking him to over 20 different countries to perform throughout the years.
Paul started his first label, Technique, back in 2002 whilst working at the legendary record company and store Basic Beat which was located in the heart of Rotterdam. Nowdays both Technique and Basic Beat are defunkt but Paul is more active than ever in the record business, being the owner of the Manual Music company. Manual Music releases music on various (sub)labels, takes care of artist management, digital distribution and music publishing.
Having always been a DJ first and a producer second, it took some time before Paul got busy in the studio, but in the last couple of years his name as a producer is getting more and more known globally, after having signed to respected labels such as Hope Recordings, Diynamic Music, Sleaze Records, Einmusika, Sudbeat, Proton Music, Lowbit Records + naturally his own label Manual Music.
Both his DJ and production style has evolved throughout the years from full on techno to a more mature sound, music with an infectious drive, blending (deep)house, and melodic techno, depending on time and place of performance.. But who cares for all those genre tags anyway,right?
In 2009, Paul Hazendonk left the Basic Beat company after more then 8,5 years and adapted the Manual brand name for his own company, simply calling it Manual Music. Nowdays Manual Music is a company taking care of management, publishing, digital distribution and ofcourse releasing music on several (sub)labels in various genres within the electronic music scene. Every now and then Manual also hosts an area or a party at various locations, but Manual Music is not a party organisation.Next to the main label Manual Music (electronica / progressive techno) there are also the Stolen Moments (techno), Melomane (techhouse), Adult Records (hardgroove techno), Groove Worxx (hardgroove techno) and Work Hard Play Hard (funky / melodic techno) labels. On top of that the Manual Music company also owns the catalogue for now defunkt labels Lo-FiSoul, Relatives, Technique and Fly Life Records.After 6 years Manual Music is still going strong. With an ever increasing fanbase and expanding brand name, the future for Manual is looking bright!
Manual Music releases have been charted by Hot Since 82, Max Cooper, Hernan Cattaneo, Shinedoe, Pan-Pot, Slow Hands, Fergie, Dominik Eulberg, Gregor Tresher, Alex Celler, Jody Wisternoff, Nick Warren, Matador, The Black Dog, Darko Esser, Agoria, Ed Davenport, Dirt Crew, Oliver Koletzki
01// Avatism feat Forrest – Different Spaces [Vakant]
02// Xenia Beliayeva & Ilya Demin – Precious [Smiley Fingers]
03// Magshine – Grand Tartaria [Particles]
04// Crowdkillers – Keep It Secret [MBF Ltd]
05// Francesco Pico feat. Royal Sapien – You Changed My Way (Qbical remix) [Manual Music]
06// Aldo Cadiz & Oscar Barila – Offshare [Highway Records]
07// Rich Curtis – Dead Mophead (Dousk remix) [Proton Music]
08// Grandmoms Hands – Ut Ro (Moreno remix) [Something Different Records]
09// Mumford & Sons – I Gave You All (Hubert Kirchner remix) [bootleg]
10// DNYO – Grain Phaser [microCastle]
11// Gregor Tresher – Nightcolors (Garnier without the B devotions remix) [Break New Soil]