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Trance Update 059 GuestMix BART CLAESSEN

Trance Update Episode 59 GuestMix BART CLAESSEN

Trance Update 059 GuestMix BART CLAESSEN

Trance Update Episode 59 GuestMix BART CLAESSEN On this week [september 05 – 12, 2010] in Trance update Episode 59 we have an awesome guest mix from Netherland DJ and producer Bart Claessen..

You can listen the radio show on this link.

About Bart Claessen – Biography

Intro: Over the last eight years he’s been responsible for huge club hits, international chart smashes and sub-genre defining releases. His exacting studio standards combined with a unique blend of electronic music styles has won him a formidable production reputation. As a spinner, his warping, club-smashing DJ sets have caught the imaginations of clubbers worldwide, pulling in universal plaudits along the way. He’s also pulled off the uniquely tough trick of musical reinvention…
He’s none other than Bart Claessen.

Pre-Production History: Born in the Eindhoven region, smack-bang in the middle of Netherlands’ Trance-central, Bart was perfectly positioned to embrace and capitalize on the then-embryonic Dutch sound. Caught by the bug, Bart hard-grafted whilst at high school to raise the money to buy his first studio equipment – going on to outfit his parent’s attic into his first studio. On graduating high school he went on to study Music Technology at the Utrecht School of Arts and simultaneously started work on his debut production.

The Barthezz Years: Through a raft of licenses to a network of the world’s most famous dance labels (Positiva, Ultra, Avex and Superstar among them), ‘On The Move’ became one of the biggest crossover dance hits of 2001. It notched-up Top 10 national positions in over 10 countries, was nominated for two of Holland’s prestigious TMF awards (for Best National Dance Act & Best Video) and, in Germany alone, sold a whopping 150,000 copies.

Spurred on by its success and that of the follow up, ‘Infected’, Bart stepped behind the decks. Getting to grips with the mixing in lightning-quick time, he launched a DJing career that saw him tour the world, rocking floors in countries as far apart as Japan, Spain, Russia, Lebanon, Poland and Canada, as well as playing major festivals including Trance Energy & Innercity.

The ‘Bart Claessen’ Era: In 2004 he effected a reinvention-cum-revolution; a 2.0 for Bart. Using his own name as his revised production handle, he re-emerged with a new tougher, wider-scope sound. Club-hit followed club hit as ‘Persona Non Grata’, ‘Playmo’, ‘When Morning Comes’ & ‘First Light’ all set fire to dancefloors between 2004 & 2008. ‘Playmo’s idiosyncratic tech-tone, mixed with a blisteringly bouncy production became and evergreen club-favourite for DJs like Tiësto, Armin and Ferry Corsten. It was also blended with Motorcycle’s ‘As The Rush Comes’ to form ‘As Playmo Comes’, and in doing so became one of the hottest dance bootlegs of 2006. ‘First Light’ was a bolt-from-the-blue smash in the Netherlands’ national singles chart, reaching number 18 in the Top 40. ‘Catch Me’, the vocal reworking of ‘Playmo’, quickly repeated the same trick in 2008. Most recently ‘Madness’, his debut for the highly-respected Anjunabeats label tore up dancefloors in the second half of the year.  

Bart Claessen The DJ: Bart similarly started to re-angle his spinning career in 2004. With DJ Magazine naming him as one of the artists/DJs expected to explode, he was signed to Ferry Corsten’s Dance Therapy agency. Off the back of the sustained club-hit profile he has subsequently gone on to spin at some of the biggest events and clubs, including Coloursfest, Cream @ Amnesia, the Sunrise Festival in Poland, Peppermint in Dubai, Melbourne’s Ultraworld, Godskitchen Kiev and many more.

Bart Claessen The Remixer: Aside from DJing and original productions, remixing has played a big part in Bart’s career. Picking only the tunes that particularly interested him, he’s reworked such artists such as Chocolate Puma & Ferry Corsten, for Positiva, with the latter also being released on Ultra in the United States. He also began a flourishing partnership with the Anjunabeats label. The imprint chose his reconfiguration of Above & Beyond’s ‘Razorfish’ as the A1 side of their expansive 100th release package, with the label now having 5 further Bart Claessen remixes in their discography. In the final months of 2008, off the back of a huge raft of DJ support, Bart’s remix of the classic ‘Stringer’ moved from bootleg status to official release as Riva vs. Bart Claessen in the Benelux.

More info at:



early 2009

* Launch of ‘Playmo Radio with Bart Claessen’, a bi-weekly show on the English radio station


* Release ‘Bart Claessen – Catch Me’ (Cloud9 NL), with guest vocals from Denise Rivera
Vocal version of ’05 club-hit ‘Playmo’, including brand new mixes on vinyl
Top 100 charts in the Netherlands / no. 30
Chosen as ‘Dance Smash’ by Radio 538, the biggest station in The Netherlands

* Release ‘Bart Claessen and Dave Schiemann – Madness’ (Anjunabeats UK)

* Release ‘Riva vs. Bart Claessen – Stringer’
The Bart Claessen 08 tek bootleg of ‘Riva feat. Danni Minogue – Stringer’ gets
noticed and support by all the big dj’s, and gets officially released on limited vinyl

* Bart’s new partnership with Anjunabeats results in one production and three remixes with the label in 2008. Which brings the number of Bart Claessen tunes in the Anjunabeats discography to seven releases.

* Release Bart Claessen remix of ‘Above & Beyond pres. Tranquility Base – Razorfish’ (Anjunabeats UK). This track is chosen by the Anjunabeats label to mark their special 100th release.

* Other remixes:
‘Super8 & Tab – Elektra’ (Anjunabeats UK)
‘Signalrunners & Julie Thompson – These Shoulders’ (Anjunabeats UK)

* Bart records a live dj mix for Eddie Halliwell’s well known BBC Radio 1 show

* Special performances:
Dance Valley in The Netherlands
MGM and Sky Club in Beijing and Shanghai, China
Cream at Amnesia and Judgement Sundays at Eden on Ibiza
Global Gathering in Poznan, Poland
Godskitchen Birmingham and Godskitchen Easter Sunday at The Arches in Glasgow
Warsaw In Love main stage in Poland
Gatecrasher Nottingham

* Many other big performances in Japan, Ireland, United Kingdom, Russia, China, The Netherlands, Poland, Egypt, Indonesia, Spain, and more


* Release ‘Bart Claessen – First Light’ (United / Cloud9 NL), with guest vocals from german singer Simon Binkenborn
Top 100 charts in The Netherlands / no. 18
Dance charts in The Netherlands / no. 3
Chosen as ‘Dance Smash’ by Radio 538, the biggest station in The Netherlands

* Japanese release of ‘When Morning Comes’ on the Avex label

* The prestigious DJMag names Bart Claessen as thé artist that will have it’s big break-through in 2007

* Live tv dj performance at, and produced the leaders for, the ‘Teacher Of The Year Award’ show on national tv (almost 600.000 viewers)

* Remixes:
‘Signalrunners – Aria Epica’ (Anjunabeats UK)
‘Public Domain feat. Lucia Holm – I Feel Love’ (EMI UK, Dance Factory IT)
‘Remo-Con – Cold Front’ (Avex JP, Anjunabeats UK)

* Special performances:
Special guest on the BBC Radio 1 main stage of the Coloursfest festival in Glasgow
Sunrise Festival main stage in Poland
Cream Amnesia on Ibiza
Special guest on the Ultraworld festival in Melbourne, Australia
Peppermint Club Dubai
XFM Xnergy Eindhoven in The Netherlands
Godskitchen Kiev in Ukraine

* Many other big performances in the UK, Sweden, Belgium, Greece, Tunisia, and more


* Release ‘Bart Claessen – When Morning Comes’ (United NL). The track unexpectly, without any radio edit and on download sales only, enters the Top 100 charts in The Netherlands.

* Release first dj mix album on iTunes: ‘Bart Claessen pres. Yakuza Sessions 001’

* Performance as headliner on the Waterdance 2 festival in Nizhny Novgorod (fourth city of Russia). This festival enters the history books as the biggest event ever held in Nizhny Novgorod.

* A mashup of ‘Playmo’ with vocals from ‘Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes’, an idea of hungarian dj Shane54, is a major hype among the dj’s

* Remixes:
‘Chocolate Puma – Always And Forever’ (Positiva UK, TMC SE)
‘Ferry Corsten feat. Guru – Junk’ (Flashover NL, Positiva UK, Ultra US)


* Release ‘Bart Claessen – Playmo’ (United NL)
The big break-through as ‘Bart Claessen’
Dancecharts in The Netherlands / no. 2

* Bart Claessen bootleg of ‘Reflekt – Need To Feel Loved’ gets amazing worldwide support


* Release ‘Bart Claessen – Persona Non Grata’
First release on the Yakuza label of United Recordings
Vocals recorded in Sweden, with Peter Björklund (producer of Atomic Kitten a.o.)

* Performance at Velfarre Superclub, Tokyo, for achieving the first (‘Barthezz – Infected’) and fifth (‘Barthezz – On The Move’) place in a big ‘Best Trance Tracks Of All Time’ poll, in the year that Velfarre celebrates it’s tenth anniversary

* A new studio is built

* Performances in Russia, Spain, Poland, and more


* Release ‘Stereoshaker – Rock ’n Roll’ (Digidance NL, Kontor DE, Vale Music ES)

* Remixes:
‘Nightvision – Believin’’ (Kontor DE)
‘DJ Jean – Supersounds’ (Digidance NL)

* Performances in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka tour), Germany, Canada, Spain, many in Poland, and more


* Nominated for two TMF-awards (Dutch MTV):
Best National Dance Act
Best National Video (‘Infected’)

* Remix of ‘Blank & Jones – Desire’ (Gang Go DE, Addiction AUS)

* Special performances:
Trance Energy in The Netherlands
ID&T Innercity New Zealand, in Auckland and Wellington
‘From West To East – Barthezz Poland Summer Tour’, seven cities in seven days
Big festival (25.000 visitors) in an Olympic stadium in Barcelona
Closing act on the Bacardi open air festival in Beirut, Lebanon
The legendary Velfarre Superclub in Tokyo
Club BBC in Belgium, live for TMF (Dutch MTV)

* Many other big performances in Germany, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Greece, and more


* Release ‘Barthezz – On The Move’
(Purple Eye NL, Positiva UK, Superstar DE, Avex JP, Ultra US, Tempo ES, among others)
UK singles chart / no. 18
Top 40 charts in The Netherlands / no. 9
Dancecharts in The Netherlands / eight weeks on no. 1
Top 10 position in official singles charts in more than 10 countries
Almost 150.000 copies sold in Germany
Charted 41 weeks in the official Swiss singles chart
Leader of successful Dutch national tv show ‘Door Het Lint’
Chosen as ‘Dance Smash’ by Radio 538, the biggest station in The Netherlands

* Release ‘Barthezz – Infected’
(Purple Eye NL, Positiva UK, Superstar DE, Avex JP, Ultra US, Tempo ES, among others)
UK singles chart / no. 25
Top 5 Spanish singles chart
Top 40 charts in The Netherlands / no. 23
Dancecharts in The Netherlands / no. 1
Charted in the World Singles Sales Top 100 and World Airplay Top 100 (no. 72)

* Remixes:
‘Ferry Corsten/System F feat. Marc Almond – Soul On Soul’ (Sony Music DE, Insolent ES)
‘DJ Jean – Lift Me Up’ (Digidance NL, Urban DE, Insolant ES, News BE)
‘Mark’Oh – Never Stop That Feeling’ (Orbit DE, EMI UK, Insolent ES)

* Chosen as one of four Dutch artists to enter the MusicXport project: A new project, supported by the Dutch Ministry Of Culture, to promote Dutch pop music in Germany.

* Performance on Top Of The Pops in Germany and The Netherlands

* Performances in Germany (EinsLive Sommer Rave, 10.000 visitors), Switzerland, Poland, Italy, and The Netherlands (opening night of the famous Matrixx club)


* ‘Barthezz – On The Move’ is signed on the Dutch Purple Eye label

* Bart Claessen wins the international Vengaboys remix contest

* Remix of ‘Vengaboys – Cheeka Bow Bow’


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