Sjag Kozak (Founder and owner of Bear-Necessity) was born in Tel Aviv and moved to Amsterdam in 1996. He now lives with his husband, Aart, whom he met in 2011. Sjag is no stranger to the Dutch gay nightlife having worked in the scene for many years. His roles have ranged from his early days as club doorman to now being a party promoter since 2006 being responsible for such parties as COC Leather group, Playground, Salvation, LoveChild, Club Sandwich and many more.
Sjag is synonymous with Bears in the Netherlands and throughout Europe. He is also an outspoken leader in the Dutch Gay community. He volunteers in a gay retirement home and is an active supporter for the Amsterdam Lowlanders (gay rugby team).
In 2008, Sjag thought there was very little available for “Butch” men to meet and socialize in a relaxed atmosphere. It was then that the infamous Bear-Necessity (BN) concept was born- and gave home to hairy men and their admirers.
In addition to BN, Sjag regularly organizes and promotes other international party concepts both in the Netherlands and internationally. Sjag is a founding member of the “Amsterdam Bear Weekend” which includes the election of Mr. Bear Netherlands. Bear-Necessity is also an official sponsor of the Amsterdam Lowlanders and the Bingham Cup 2018 (that will be held in June in Amsterdam).
UK-based Italian Pagano has a pretty serious CV. Playing a blend of House and Techno with his own reworks of classics in good measure, Pagano has crafted a niche for himself that helped him becoming one of the most successful DJs and Producers to come out of the London club scene.
“DJ MAG’ said about him: “…In seemingly no time, Pagano has emerged as one of Italy’s finest DJs. An accomplished hand in the studio and behind the decks, Pagano’s really hit his stride of late, with his release featuring in no less than 5 Beatport charts at the same time. But Pagano is no overnight DJ sensation. A keen studier of sound, the man is obsessed with finding obscure gems and unique cuts and layering them together in his own inimitable manner…”
Pagano has completed a number of releases on many prestigious labels worldwide such as TOOLROOM, BITTEN, 1605, DEEPERFECT, ALCHEMY, Cr2, STEREO, HOTFINGERS, TWISTED AMERICA, NERVOUS, KULT, S2G, ZULU, PACHA, MINISTRY OF SOUND and others. His original productions and remixes have reached the Top Ten of the official dance charts in UK, USA, Germany, Italy including Billboard, DMC and Buzz charts and have been played in dance music programmes of radios as important as the British BBC Radio 1. They have been supported by a variety of big DJs including: CARL COX, ADAM BEYER, UMEK, DANNY TENAGLIA, NICOLE MOUDABER, MARK KNIGHT, CHUS & CEBALLOS, STEVE LAWLER, ROGER SANCHEZ, ROUTE94, SKREAM, FORMAT:B, TIESTO, PAUL VAN DYK, BOB SINCLAR, DUBFIRE and others.
DJ SERGIO CARDOSO | BRA/NL
Sergio Cardoso was born in Brazil and moved about 20 years ago to Amsterdam, from where he never left. Since he can remember he has always been into many kinds and all sorts of music, but throughout the years he became increasingly interested in the electronic music genre, that has got him totally addicted nowadays. Sergio is very passionate about his work in different fields, and it grows stronger every day. “Because of the great support from the people that have followed me and gave me a chance! There’s nothing better than a day and/or night filled with music!” With his sets he aims to create an emotional journey through the mind and soul. His performances at Wolf and Club Sandwich in Amsterdam, under his previous name BravoGuy, got him a residency at Bear-Necessity, where he controls the venue’s second area. House, progressive house, tech-house, tribal, soulful, jacking, deephouse are the styles that speak to and from DJ Sergio Cardoso, and the list is growing…
DJ MIKE JAYY | DE
Mike Jayy (a.k.a. Mike J.) was born in East Germany and moved to Cologne, where he has lived since 1998. His first dance music inspirations came from artists like Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre, and later in Stuttgart during the mid to late 90´s, Mike got into dance music for the floor at clubs “Trance” and “Oshos”. In 2006, a DJ friend (Mister Mola) passed Mike his turntables and Mike J. eagerly began mixing. After a year of home sessions and private party sets, Mike was very quickly given his first residency at Cologne´s Station2B. Instantly, his refreshing presentation of a unique cross-section of house-tech-progressive-techno-electro was received with positive critique. Mike was soon after invited to perform in Madrid at The Angel, where he has played as a regular guest since mid 2007. At the end of 2007, one of Cologne´s premier clubs Diamonds engaged Mike J. to work in their after hour events including “Insomnia” and “Toxic” where he has been resident since. The event has since moved on to a new location Privilege, where the party has been re-named “Illegal Sounds”. In mid 2008, a new event appeared in Cologne´s Room69 at the chic, ultra modern Media Park; “Kinky Beats” occurs 6 times a year, and of course, Mike J. is at the helm. After a quick but effective stripe-earning process, Mike J. was selected to play Germany´s seminal progressive club, often voted best club in NRW by German magazines Rik and Blu. Mike J. made his debut as a warm-up DJ at Greenkomm in October 2008, and has been welcomed back many times as a main slot DJ. More recently, Mike J. has performed at Fetish Evolution Essen, one of the biggest fetish events in Germany, and has been called in to perform as regular guest at Cologne hotspots The O and Teatro, at both Night Control and Key Club, at Breakfastbeats, Club House / Teatro, Greenkomm, Sexy, Sonar Wave Festival, Bar Barcelon, Stuck bar, Cock-Pit, Codex, Tanz & Schmerz, Care, UC Party Frankfurt and now also Bear-Necessity. His passion “to make people happy and flying” permeates through the speakers.
DJ RADO | AUS/NL
Rado launched into his career in Sydney (Australia) back in 2004 with instant and impressive moments. In the immediate years to follow, Rado flourished at residencies in leading locations across Sydney. His abbreviated list of DJ haunts includes the city’s top super club Home and the giant halls at Sydney Mardi Gras’ Sleaze Ball, Fox Studios plus week to week at Manacle, Arq, Midnight Shift, The Phoenix and Colombian. Fans favoured his performance style as traversing the genres of progressive, house, tribal, tech, & deep-house with rare effortlessness, swiftly creating an energetic and effective fusion of accessible and underground sounds. Unfortunately for his Sydney fans, Rado returned to his home continent in 2008, setting up his base in the iconic dance hub Amsterdam. Fortunately for the European fans, Rado is thriving and in demand in Western Europe. His focus on a rhythmic twist of house & tech led in 2009 to his residency at BEAR-NECESSITY, and pushing deeper in boutique rooms at Club Church, Hard On and The Web. Rado was an early advocate of the digital revolution – a pioneer of DJing on CDs when most jocks insisted vinyl was the future – and now embraces unrestricted digitalism via Traktor software in order to enjoy the freedom of remixing on the fly as he adds vocals & beats in his DJ sets. On tour, it’s all killers, no fillers. Catch Rado working the hotspots at ADE (Amsterdam), Gay Village (Rome), Wonderland (Zurich), Greenkomm (Cologne), UC (Frankfurt), Naughty/Hunkut (Brussels), and Madbear (Madrid), or on air on Sorry Shoes Global Radio Shows (Gone1.fm, totaldjwebradio, cyberbeatfm, 95.9.fm Hawaii). Since 2011 Rado has been producing and remixing with Cologne based Mike Kelly, for which he created the production alias Eastnwest. Their remix of “Don’t” for Londoners Tom Marchant and Lizzie France blew the clubs away and was the top Beatport 2012 download for the label Sorry Shoes in Germany. Next up they tackled Barcelona’s finest on Nacho Chapado & Smaz feat. Patricia Leidig “Trust In The Universe” (Guareber Recordings). Later Rado & Mike joined DJ Mike Jayy and violinist Dylan Naylor to create an epic string version of Giangi Cappai’s Alma Matris classic “Circuito” (Mantra Vibes). Most recently Rado & Mike remixed Tom Stephan’s cult cut re-presented as Ben Manson & Gerald Henderson – “Magic Orgasm” (Twisted Records). The first original production came out in 2015 on Hoxton Whores’ label Whore House: Voltaxx & Mike Kelly & Eastnwest featuring Sua Amoa “I’m In Lust”
SAEED ALIMIRZOEV | RUSSIA
DJ Saeed Ali began his career as a professional DJ in 2006 in Moscow. Rapidly making his name in Moscow’s competitive club scene, in 2008 Saeed Ali became resident of the Spanish label SuperMartXe for their Russian events. With Saeed Ali’s luscious and progressive tones the SuperMartXe brand quickly gained popularity among the discerning public of Russia’s capital. Saeed regularly receives rapturous applause for his sets while touring the world at club events from Shanghai to London. In 2010 Saeed became resident of SuperMartXe Amsterdam. From here Saeed’s success continued at the Circuit and XLsior Festivals in Europe. World famous events and venues have welcomed Saeed including Matinee, SuperMartXe, WE Party, Toolroom Nights, Salvation and LoveChild. Saeed has wowed crowds at the illustrious Gay Pride celebrations in Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Stockholm and many more. Since its launch in 2010 Saeed became resident at Russia’s most famous gay club Central Station. 2011 brings yet more for Saeed Ali with the launch of his own brand dance music extravaganza “Alimania” hosted at the world famous Moscow club ‘ICON’ ex ‘RAI’ every month. Experienced clubbers and professional critics and colleagues agree on the reasons for Saeed’s such wide-popularity as a DJ, noting his unique ability to truly ‘feel’ the room. From 2012 he based in Amsterdam where in less than a year he became resident of the world famous label “Rapido” for their regular events around the world. Saeed is now driving his talent forward producing his own tracks.
MISJA XAMPL | NL
Misja is one of the more talented DJ/producers the Dutch house scene has ever known. Born in Amsterdam, Misja started collecting records in 1988 as a hobby and after that the DJing started. In 1990 Misja became resident at the infamous Club iT on Fridays and Saturdays and got himself a regular guest spot at RoXY’s “HARD” Wednesday events. In the mid nineties he won two awards for best DJ in England and Amsterdam and soon after that started focusing on producing. His first track, “The Journey” on Orange Records was released in 1996 and -later remixed by DJ JP- eventually licenced as the opening track of the Pacha Ibiza CD and La Rocca Belgium. A selection of the clubs he played at throughout his career: iT , RoXY, Paradiso, Melkweg, Space Ibiza, Pacha Ibiza, Trade London, Heaven London, Arc Sydney, Love Parade, Planeterium Russia and he has toured through Indonesia, the Philippines, China and Thailand.
DJ ALESSANDRO LONDRA | UK
Alessandro Londra is one of the most highly regarded DJ’s from London for the past decade. With his consistent sound, he made his mark around the globe.
A glowing ambassador for the gay scene having played for Matinée London, Lovechild, As One, A:M Afterhours, Salvation, Lo Profile, Barcode and Green Komm. These promotions have taken him to many beautiful corners of the world. Alessandro has been LoveChild main resident DJ from since it was established. Spreading the brand in the world best capital cities like: Sydney, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin and The Alps, with phenomenal success.
He has backing from the most prestigious producers & promotions all giving him the green light to spread his sound globally. Alessandro’s technical ability got him working with some of the finest sound systems known to clubland. To name just a few; The Ministry of Sound, The End, Fabric, Fire, Area and The Colosseum.
His extended knowledge in music combined with his vast collection of records, makes him stand out from the rest.
ALEX LOGAN | UK
ALEX MOLINDARDI | BRA/NL
“Between a little dance and another…
Many years of assiduously frequenting the best dance floors here and there, look what happened!”
ANDY GARCIA | UK
Andy “Doctor Woof” Garcia
Cabaret by Andy Garcia Valarino… Dr. Woof!
ASAF DOLEV | ISRAEL
Asaf Dolev from Tel Aviv, started his journey in the world of music a decade ago, inspired by House as well as Techno, and ever since puts his focus on Tech and Tribal Music with a strong beat.
Quickly, he was known for his smashing Mash-Ups, while his remixes were frequently played throughout clubs in Israel. His Dj sets were featured at radio stations such as Radio Tel Aviv 102FM , MIAMI GLOBAL RADIO, Globaldjnetwork station, as well as a special set of original mash ups on Israel nationals’ radio.
Asaf played alongside with big international names, such as Offer Nissim, Jack Chang, ABEL, Manuel Carranco, Phil Romano, Dj Rado, Dani Toro, Chris Bekker, and many more.
As part of being one of FFF Shirazi’s residents, in 2012 Asaf participated in a Special production for Madonna official Party called White Goes Wild party, opening her world tour in Israel.
Later that year Asaf was invited to spin at Tel Aviv’s Pride events on the main stage, while 130,000 fans were showing their love back.
Asaf holds an International residency at the famous FFF Shirazi Productions, BEEF TLV and has been playing in major clubs in Israel.
BINOMIO | ES
Antonio Ribagorda, DJ Binomio, played for the first time before an enthusiast crowd at the MAD.BEAR Anniversary in Madrid in Sale Arena and he has become the resident DJ at all MAD.BEAR events. Since then he has been resident DJ at the Bearzone monthly parties where he has developed a loyal public who follow him wherever he plays. He was also resident at KLUBB, the first club for Bears in Madrid.
In his intense professional career to date we can highlight his regular guest performances at Bear-Necessity (Amsterdam/London/Madrid/Antwerp) and sessions at Tabasco (Sala Heineken), Bearzone, Klubb, Spank (Wind) and Cockring (The Angel). He has also played at Space Of Sound, SuperMartxe, Superklub, Kapital, Ohm, De Nombre Publico, Goa, Sala Heineken, Long Play, The Angel, Sweet, y Changó in Madrid, On (Murcia) Atmosphere@Gurú (Valencia) Les Baines Douches (Paris), Furball (Amsterdam), IceBearg (Bruselas), Cube (Roma) Domm (Sevilla), Hustlaball (Londres), Ku (Benidorm), The Fift Floor (Paris), Heaven GC (Las Palmas), Selection Party (Zürich & Stuttgard), Gorgeous (Roma).
He has shared the booth with DJ’s such as Ivan Pica, Mike Kelly, Elias, Nicolas Nucci, Juanjo Martin, Txetxu, Miguel Picasso, Karim Haas, Alex Guerrero, Oscar L, Tato Sanchez and Kike Boy, Manuel Carranco, Alan Joe, among others…. Binomio is currently resident DJ at Strong G Matic (Strong Center), Workers and at all Mad.Bear and Woof Point@infinitamentegay events. In Binomio’s sessions we discover a brilliant progressive house intertwined with elegant electro house, all mixed with dark tribal sound and drops of trance, always offering a very personal vision of dance music with his extraordinary melodies and bases that seduce and make the dance floor vibrate.
DJ’s BRAMSTERDAM & BIG GENERAL | NL
Bram Sniekers and Walther Ploos van Amstel, aka DJ Bramsterdam & DJ Big General are off after a flying start. What began as just a hobby has grown into a full blown passion. Initially involved as the DJʼs for the Furball Café editions, these two are now the creative force behind the Amsterdam Furball parties in Club Church, holding a solid residency in their hometown.
Internationally, the guys have worked the floor at the Great British Bear Bash (Manchester), Bear Essentials (Sydney), headlined Romeʼs Subwoofer during EuroPride, Copenhagenʼs BearAware, Bear Pride in Madrid, Cologne’s Butch & Bear parties and the infamous Cock-Pit. In Amsterdam they appeared in the line-up of Bear-Necessity several times. In 2010 they switched to a higher gear: The boys took Furball on the road for a special Furball Down Under during Sydneyʼs Mardi Gras and headlined the Underbear party during Bear Essentials. And if that wasnʼt enough, the guys played at Indulgence, Sydneyʼs leading leather dance event going strong for 8 years. Closer to home, the guys celebrated the 25th edition of Furball, created the party SuperSize(d) for Club Church and held two Furball Outdoor events during Queensday and Gay Pride in Amsterdam.
2011 turned out to be a very busy year with international gigs in Sydney, London, Rome, Madrid, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Cologne and over 25 dates in Amsterdam and in the future these guys show no signs of stopping. Behind the decks the guys work their back-to-back magic, constantly upping the ante, whipping dancefloors in a state of frenzy with that right track, at the right time. From warm-up or mainroom house via melodic progressive to a solid tech-house groove, it is all there.
CHARLY | MADRID
Dj Charly was born in Madrid and started his professional career as a DJ in 2006. His sets are energizing electronic journeys from Vocal House, Tech House, Progressive and Trance sounds. Dj Charly ́s sets let him engage with any kind of crowd, immersing his audience in an evolving torrent of powerful beats.
Dj Charly ́s gigs and club residences include Sleazy Madrid ( The Fetish and Leather week in Madrid), Into The Tank, Pridesh ( Fetish Weekend of Gay Pride Madrid), Macho Party, Pitbull Vienna, Banana Party Cologne, Brut London, and Brut Gran Canaria among others,. Since 2016, DJ Charly has been a resident Dj of Enfrente Club (Madrid Hot Bears Bar Group) and Odarko (the monthly fetish event of reference in Madrid).
CYRIL G. | FR
Cyril G. was born in Trouville sur Mer, has always loved music. As a teenager he turns to music. At the age of 12 he bought his first turntables and more efficient equipment and starts mixing. In 1996 the disco Blue Eyes gives him a chance to play. Arrived in Paris under the name DJ Cyril G., he meets nightclubs of Paris. Ever since he mixes for parties and discos.
DAVE URANIA | ES
DAVE URANIA has been working as a Dj since he was 18. He gave his first musical footsteps in a great number of clubs in the outskirts in MADRID, city in which he lives now. Eager to succeed, he soon collaborated with some casual parties, in legendary clubs of the spanish capital, thus creating admiration and attention among the clubbers he summoned. In just two years, DAVE URANIA has become a total surprise in the clubbing scene in Madrid, he is devoted himself, body and soul, to the FU3L GROUP, which gave him his first chance in BEARCODE Area in the INFINITA 2011 party. This gig, became his starting point for his residencies with DI3SEL and KLUSTER parties. Lisbon, Rome, Málaga or Barcelona have been some of the cities in which this young Dj has been able to grant the audience with EXQUISITE Dj quality, imposing a rhythm on the dance floor that lets us see the potential of the forthcoming generations.
DIKKY VENDETTA | NL
Starting his residency for the funky cocktail bar Arc in 2004, he wasn’t just playing records but creating a vibe and ambiance different from what people had heard before. It didn’t take long before club promoters asked him to participate in major gay events in Amsterdam and beyond. He started to play at parties such as Salvation, Taboo, Joystick, Juice, Real, and in Club Cockring. And it didn’t prevent him from playing at other major gay events all over Europe.
Since 2007 he is a resident member of the DJ-team of La Démence in Brussels, where he, together with Elias and Ben Manson, is responsible for the uplifting and sexy vibe that fills the upstairs room. Sexy vocalicious groovin music is no better way to start the night away when he is behind the decks, taking the people with him on a musical journey as the night moves on.
DREYAZ | NL
EKO | ID/NL
Eko Priyanto a.k.a. DJ Eko is deejay and producer living and working in Amsterdam. His style varies from commercial to non-commercial, tech house, and from progressive tribals to underground.
ELLIOTT MATOS | USA/NL
Elliott Matos, a.k.a. ManMachine, a.k.a. E.P.M. (Elliott Peter Matos) is a DJ, party promoter, electronic musician, and nightclub booker, currently living in Amsterdam, Holland. ManMachine recently spent the past 10 years living in Vermont , one of the most beautiful places on the east coast of the U.S which he moved to in 1999 from Manhattan where he was born and raised. Growing up, mostly on Long Island, in a Spanish household where music was greatly appreciated and with a family that regularly frequented the legendary Manhattan nightclubs of the 70’s, nightclub music holds a major place in his heart. He went to his first rave clubs (Caffeine and NASA) when he was 17 and have been involved in EVERY aspect of the club scene since. He proudly proclaims, “It’s in my DNA at this point”.
GORDON JOHN | UK
“I like house either deep and dirty or with a slightly tough edge…”
Gordon John has been a DJ in London for 10 years, playing most of the big clubs in London: Fire, DTPM, Trade, Crash, Heaven as well as up north in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Nottingham. Down west in Cardiff, Bristol and Plymouth. Abroad Milan, Rome, Verona, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Cologne, Copenhagen, Helsinki, USA, Canada, South-Africa, and Amsterdam… at Bear-Necessity!
GUY SCHEIMAN | IL
Guy Scheiman from Tel Aviv has been DJing for ten years to some of the most exclusive clubs in Tel Aviv such as Cat&Dog, Oman 17, The Penguin and Supermarket club, and of course the world-renowned Pride Festival. In the past five years he’s been developing his productions and taking his DJ set on tour through Germany, UK, Brazil, Spain and Greece, spinning for iconic events such as Salvation, HustlaBall, LoveChild and AsOne. In 2012 he rocked the world famous G-Music Fest in Mexico City to a 5000 person crowd. 2013 will see his premiere for Bear-Necessity during Amsterdam Pride!
His productions and DJ sessions present a combination of house, progressive, tribal and tech-house with a strong melodic presence joining memorable vocals. Guy sources emotionally stimulating music and his fascination for the ultimate quality of sound ensures the crowd feels it! His preference for strong grooves and powerful bass-lines completes his desire to build an energetic and emotionally-fulfilled audience.
Guy describes his music: “Music is food for the soul; it’s a wonderful getaway from our daily life. It has a key role in making our life brighter. For me, what is the most important is to make people happy with my music. It’s an art form and when I see my work being appreciated by a crowd it means the world to me. I hope I can keep people happy through my music for many years to come”.
As a producer, Guy Scheiman’s cuts have been supported by top DJs and producers all over the world including Funkagenda, Jonathan Ulysses, Miss Nine, Roger Sanchez, Sarah Main, The Flash Brothers, Thomas Penton, Tony English, Dave Aude, Erick Decks, Danny Verde, Ivan Gomez, Ivan Pica, Jens Lissat, Abel, Chris Cox, Paulo, Steve Pitron, Edson Pride, Mauro Mozart, Enrry Senna, Jeff Valle.
In the past few years he´s joined up with Peyton for “Reach Out”, Michelle and Oshri Elmorish on “Feel The Vibe” as well as dropped solo cuts “My Life” and “Ibiza Trip” with much success. Guy collaborates extensively on official remixes for several US-based recording groups such as Universal Corp, Capitol, Atlantic and TommyBoy. Other international labels Guy has worked with include Sorry Shoes, Sunset, Kult, HMSP Music, Firebeats, Music Taste, Matinee and Fly Again US. Recently he’s worked his magic remixing Scissor Sisters, Ellie Goulding, Flo Rida ft. Sia, Kristine W, Ciara, Doxi Jones and Blake Lewis. In the USA he’s had some big billboard success with top 10 placements for remixes of Scissor Sisters, Kristine W, Ellie Goulding, The Saturdays and Stereo Missile.
HIFI SEAN | UK
DJ Hifi Sean (Sean Dickson) has been pushing the boundaries of music all of his adult life. From his beginnings as singer, songwriter and producer in the million disc selling band The Soup Dragons (whose worldwide hits include Im Free and Divine Thing) and then critically acclaimed band ‘The High Fidelity’ hence where he got his name to his current incarnation as a cutting edge DJ, Sean is an expert in providing the soundtrack to other peoples lives. Voted in the top 3 best Djs of the year in Boyz magazine London 2010 + 2011!
For Sean DJing is not simply a case of playing records, it is a creative act where his sets are full of his own remixes and re-edits that he tailors specifically to take his audience on a personal and unique journey week after week. His mix of 77 Strings by Mantronix was a massive underground hit on the UK and Europe scene and climbed the QX Club chart on audience reaction alone. Djs have been fighting for copies of this, he also has many remix projects and releases under his belt. It is this commitment to his music and his audience that has seen Sean take up residencies and pack dance floors in the most popular and cutting edge clubs in London since his move to the capital five years ago. Sean can also be heard weekly at the capital and U.K’s biggest and best after hours event the infamous Beyond which is packed with clubber’s from 6am -1pm every Sunday where he is a resident. Also a resident for RAW a club within the club Orange the Monday morning phenomenon. RAW opens at 4am on a Monday morn and packed with people wanting to hear his trademark sound. Also a firm favourite at both Barcode Vauxhall and Barcode Soho in London and has also played world famous parties like DTPM, Hustlaball, Recon, Kinky Trade to name a few in the UK and many more in many other countries, amongst them Bear-Necessity in Amsterdam.
Sean brings his considerable talent as a musician to the dance floor. He instinctively knows how to take clubber’s on a thrilling musical roller coaster ride. It is a testament to his passion and commitment that he has a loyal following who are always more than willing to go along for the journey.
JIMMY STOKES | NL
DJ Jimmy Stokes is known for his thumbing beats and hot and steamy vocals. He always gives everything on and beyond what music is all about. As resident of The One X parties in Brussels Jimmy performs at major venues and parties all over Europe such as: Dirty, Gung HO, Muccassassina Rome (IT) (Z)onderbroek (NL), XXXLeather (resident), Trash, Furball (NL), The Rubzz (resident) (BE), Bear-Necessity and Rapido After to name but a few…
DJ JON DOE | DE
Resident DJ / Regular Guest at GREEN KOMM, BEARDROP After and LA DEMENCE and Organizer of GRAVITY
Style: Deep, Progressive, Tech-House, Techno, Psy-Trance/Goa
Since his 2001 landing in the world of electronic music, Jon Doe has been a name synchronous with quality.
Fans and enthusiasts have come to love the congenial German DJ for his affectionate sound and unique DJ sets, which have taken him to big events and well known established Parties all over Europe and beyond.
Jon‘s breakthrough came 2003 when he started playing as resident (and still is) at one of Germany‘s most well known afterhours, the GREEN KOMM. Since 2004 he is resident at LA DEMENCE and 2005 he won the reader‘s gold award of Germany´s Gay Magazin „RIK“ as „Best DJ“
In 2006 he began to compose electronic music which is supported by Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz, C-jay and many more. Besides his work as a DJ and producer, Jon also successfully runs the record label ‘Nachtangst Records`
In 2014 he became also Resident of the Afterhour of the biggest gay party in France: BEARDROP.
Because of his love about music he successfully started his own party GRAVITY which takes place every third Saturday in Cologne.
LOUIS LENNON | UK
Originally from the midlands, DJ/Producer Louis Lennon has been pushing his sound from an early age. He began DJing at the age of 15 in his hometown of Coventry (UK) where he gained a resident DJ slot at ‘The Warehouse’ parties. Since then he has earned himself a good reputation behind the decks which has continued his progression onto the music scene where he has been DJing at many venues in the UK & Abroad. such as Area, Hidden, Union, MOS, as well as playing in Madrid (Chango).
As well as DJing Louis has also been promoting his music brand/Label ‘Audio Orgy’. Louis is the resident DJ at Audio Orgy and puts out regular podcasts which have been well praised among fellow DJs on the scene. He is currently working hard to produce some new tracks ready to release under the label in 2012. His fired up style of music consists of anything with a good groove, from Tech, progressive, jackin , electro, to straight up house. Louis is now a regular resident DJ on the London scene for Bear Necessity, Butch and Beartrap, as well as playing regularly for ‘Electronic Sessions’ at the infamous Ministry Of Sound individually and also with his brother under the name Dun & Dusted.
MARCEL B. | NL/DE
MATEJ ŜUMNIK | SLO/NL
Matej Ŝumnik was born in Slovenia. He moved to Netherlands in 1993 to study dance at the Art Academy in Amsterdam and he performed in many musical productions and TV shows all over Europe. After his successful dancing career, progressive house music became his new passion. He surprised many clubbers at the after-party “Finally Dance Matinee” in Amsterdam, he played at the Fight Club and the annual Love Dance in Paradiso. In December 2005 he became resident at Joystick, at the time one of the biggest parties in Amsterdam, followed by residency at Sleaze Ball Amsterdam.
Shortly after he received invitations by the Strong Party in Brussels and Nightkomm in Cologne. Another big success was at Joyride XL, one of the best parties of the year 2006. September 2006 meant another success at after-party Subway at La Loco in Paris. At the beginning of 2007 he was invited to become one of the residents of Butterfly Rotterdam, while in February he was invited on the radio show of DJ Mental X at Virus radio in Zurich and the legendary Labyrinth Club. He continued his success by becoming one of the few European DJs who have the honor of playing at Under -Paris, one of the best known after-hour parties.
In 2008 he was attending SAE Institute in Amsterdam, getting in touch with electronic music production. DJ Matej Ŝumnik continues to focus on combining minimal techno sound with house in very unique way, succeeding to have a very original sound and to be recognized as a grooving talent.
MAX DEL PRINCIPE | NL/IT
Born in Milano (Italy), Max del Principe traveled quiet a lot around Europe and after living for six years in Nice and Paris he made the definitive move to Amsterdam in 1998. This is the city which kick-started his love for dj’ing and he has no plans to stop yet.
At first, Max started playing for private parties and occasionally in different bars in Amsterdam. It was during these bar gigs where Max his infectious sounds were noticed and he was shortly invited to play in the hottest new gay nightclub in Amsterdam, Club Church. Only a few days later, Max received a call from the club booking manager offering him a residency which he still holds on Friday nights. This friday night party became very popular in Amsterdam and still sees a cue at the door… sometimes down the street.
In the last couple of years, Max has since been asked to play on the gayromeo boat during the Amsterdam Canal Parade and he was the opening DJ of Amsterdam Gay Pride largest street celebration. Nowadays Max is resident at Club Church, holds a residency at Propaganda Antwerp and is regularly booked by Gorillas Rome.
Max del Principe’s music is a blend of happy and uplifting and varies form funky through circuit (vocal) house with a twist of tribal influence.
MICKY GALLIANO | IT/UK
Micky Galliano born in Naples (Italy), started DJing in 1993. It was from this time that he discovered his natural talent for mixing and producing music. He has developed his own style which has been heavily influenced by original disco, house and underground dance music.
In 1995 Micky spent 6 months in New York to expand his knowledge of dance music, listening to a wide range of new styles from all the best US DJs particularly Junior Vasquez, Francois K, Danny Tenaglia and Frankie Knuckles, on his return to Naples he used these new sounds and different techniques to establish a new following which led to him being booked to play in the big clubs in Italy. In 1999, Micky left Naples and brought his Deep House style to London where he quickly attracted the attention of the promoter, Rosario Cascio, of the prominent dance club Vertigo.
As a producer, he has worked with Luca Ricci on various projects using the name Vibe Junction. Their first track, “La Dolce Vita”, was quickly snapped up by the renowned US record label, Harlequin. In 2007 Micky was involved in a project with Fran and Marc Almond called Violent Silence. In 2010 he completed three projects called Friday , People From South and Feel The Rush on the Sugar Shake label, currently he is working with for DJ Pagano, he remixed “My Body and My Soul” and also produced two tracks entitled “Flipped” and “Every Gender” both tracks have been well received on Deviate label. Micky has also been working with Leonardo Glovibes on various projects. One of this was a remix for Robert Owens called Come Together on Translap records. Since 2009 Micky has been working as resident Dj at Muccassassina in Rome.
Micky has worked in many renowned clubs internationally these have included: Vertigo, Ministry of Sound, Pacha, The Cross, Fabric, Turnmills, Supermatxe’, Deviate, Area, Fire , The Egg, Growl, Barcode, Eagle, Tonker, The Rock ,Queer Nation, Mass, Lazy Dog, Woody’s, Home, 54 Club, Metrogroove, Factory, Azuli Party, Space (Ibiza), El Divino (Ibiza), Bear-Necessity (Amsterdam), Red & Blue (Antwerp), Salvation (London), (Italy), Company (Italy), Eagle (Rome) Hotel Pacha (Ibiza) Tenax (Ibiza), Tenax (Italy), Angels of Love (Italy), Muccassassina (Italy) Qube (Rome), Gay Village (Rome), Cockette (Italy), Why not (Italy), Barbarella (IFresh (Italy) Metropolis (Italy) Atlantide (Italy), Ennency (Italy), Chocolate (Argentina), Vertigo (Jakarta), Attica (Singapore) WMC (Miami) South (Ireland) and many more.
Dj Mr. Mola
Mister Mola Born and grown up in Ghent/Belgium. (in 1978 ) His interest in dance music started when he started visiting the local clubs (1996) In 2001 he started playing at the local gay club Paradox and he played there for many years.
In 2006 he made his big step to Cologne when his best friend asked him to play at his birthday party at a local Tea Dance party in the Lausch Gift. The organiser of the party liked his music style and started booking him for several parties. His dream started coming true when he became the resident dj of DELICE parties.
Since then he has played in many clubs in Europe to Moscow and from Moscow to Toronto like “LA DEMENCE” in Brussels, “GREENKOMM” in Cologne, “Red & Blue” in Antwerp, “MUCCASSASSINA” in Rome, “CAVO PARADISO” in Mykonos “PROPAGANDA” in Moscow, “FLY Club” in Toronto, …
His biggest party was Reina Party at SPACE OF SOUND – Madrid in 2012!!
His kind of music is a mix of Progressive House, -Tribal (Spanish), -Trance, House Music, some Happy House and some Tech house with a big wink for old good stuff (these tracks will never die!) He also likes to play Deep & Dark Progressive House. His specialty is making the people crazy with his awesome sets.
DJ MOOG | NL
Vincent Burggraeve a.k.a. DJ Moog made his first appearance during the Amsterdam Bear Pride Party in 2014 and he is back for the 2016 Edition of ABP, spinning in AIR/2.
NIKO KRIST | DE
Niko Krist is recognized as one of the pioneers of the electronic music movement in Germany, who started the techno house scene in southern germany in the late 80´s and was supporting the international club scene, with his events and dj performances until today. He has been traveling from party to party since 1984 and has been juggling with all the music styles from soul, funk, hip hop, electro, house, tech house to minimal techno. Many years of experience reading the crowds, his incredible feeling for music and outstanding mixing skills, enable him to take his audience on a climactic journey of sound and lead them to total xtc.
A selection of events Niko has appeared on: Loveparade Berlin, Sonarwave Festival Cologne, Street Parade Zürich, Space of Sound Festival & Infinita Gay Festival Madrid, Black & Blue Festival Montreal, Electronic Music Festival Detroit, Burning Man Festival USA, Lowlands Festival NL, Dance Valley Amsterdam.
International gigs include club/venues like: Paradiso, Odeon, Melkweg (Amsterdam), Privilege, Manumission, Amnesia, DC10, Space (Ibiza), Destino, Beatfactory, Souvenir (Barcelona),Fusion, Circuit (Chicago), Ambasada Gavioli (Slovenia), Rotor Club, Best (Zagreb), Crash, The Fridge, Club 180, Turnmills, Fabric, Area (London), Cave Club (Salzburg), Fumicao Progresso, IIpanema Beach Club (Rio de Janeiro), Arena, Distrito Destino, Beatfactory, Souvenier (Barcelona), Rohstofflager, Spider Galaxy, Era, Q-club, China Garden (Zurich), Under, Club 79, Red Light, Les Baines Douches (Paris), Fuse, Steelgate (Brussels), Heaven, Qube (Rome), La Riviera, Macumba, Space of Sound (Madrid).
He has been spinning in legendary German clubs like: KitKat Club, Globus@Tresor, Ostgut, Berghain (Berlin), H90, Playground, Nachtflug, Papierfabrik, Sensorclub, Teatro, Alter Wartesaal, Kunstpark (Cologne), Airport (Würzburg), Nachtwerk, Ultraschall, Muffathalle, Alcatraz, Soul City (Munich), L.O.F.T. House, The Wall, Dorian Gray, C5, U60311 (Frankfurt), MS Connexion, Altes Lagerhaus (Mannheim), Prodo X (Darmstadt), M1, Zapata, Climax, Le Fonque, Peak, Röhre, Orange Club (Stuttgart), Poison, Parkhouse, Tor 3 (Düsseldorf), Butanclub (Wuppertal).
OSO PROJECT | ES
(Ignacio) OSO Project’s passion for electronic music began when he moved to Spain’s capital Madrid, where he discovered the house music that at the time was responsible for the vibrant Madrid nightlife. Thanks to his wide knowledge of classical music he began to develop his career as an electronic music producer and DJ, the dance floor being the centre axis of his creations. His tracks have been played by Madrid top DJ’s such as Ismael Rivas, Ivan Pica, Binomio and Manuel Carranco, artists with whom has collaborated in many tracks and remixes. His music sounds in most well known gay circuit parties in Madrid.
OSO Project as a DJ has the ability to transmit pure energy and power to the dance floor, with crescendo sets based mainly on techhouse and techno, tossed with sprinkles of soulful house and progressive tunes. He plays regularly in Kluster, Madrid’s main gay party, and has mixed for Infinita 2012 (along with Armin van Buuren), Sleazy Madrid and MIBB festival.
PARIS’TOPHER | FR
Born in July 1968 on the French Riviera, Topher bathes in music since his younger age with his grand fathers both musicians. Disco music invades radio waves and when he sees Saturday Night Fever, he’s ten and he puts 5 spotlights and a disco ball in his bedroom to make it look like a discotheque. He buys his first disco compilations and maxi vinyl (Earth Wind & Fire, Patrick Hernandez, Sylvester…). He changes his plastic turntable for a second hand Hi-Fi Stereo system with his first mixer. He’s too young to go to the clubs but his radio pick up Italians broadcasts (Rete 105) specialised on «special clubs» versions, he’s very interested in dance charts and more in synthetic pop music (Depeche Mode, Visage, Soft Cell, Yello, Kraftwerk, Vangelis…). In the early 80’s, his trips to U.K. make him discover the sounds and the universe of Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel, he plays and mixes Giorgio Moroder and John Carpenter soundtracks as well as Prince, The Sugarhill Gang and The Grand Master Flash.
1983, with Herbie Hancock’s « Rock It » he discovers Break-dance and Electro that he’s going to medley with Funk and Dance music. He’s training to mix and make montages with his tape recorder for his friend’s birthday parties. Topher’s a teenager when he starts to go out in Nice’s Batcave parties, where we dance on Gothic, New Wave and Electro Punk music. He listens to Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, The Sisters of Mercy and mixes Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Anne Clark, A Split Second…
1988, Topher collects Depeche Mode and New Order maxi singles, he prefers E.B.M. music than New Beat, but it’s in England that he discovers House music in Camden Palace parties and where he finds his House from Chicago records. Acid-House parties spread over France, he goes out to Pyramid et Limelight parties between Nice and Cannes but real Rave parties are happening around Paris.
1992, arrived in Paris, he discovers Rave Parties with after at the Palace (Kit Kat) and the choice of the techno music shop… So he turns toward Acid Trance, Transcore and Progressive sounds then Psychedelic Trance around 1995. DJ Ricky invites Topher as a guest in his broadcast on Radio FG « Le Manège Enchanté » for two sets live of 1 hour (Psychedelic & Progressive Trance).
1997, he becomes resident at the Gobelet d’Argent, bar near the Halles in Paris where he’s named DJ L-ium (like helium) for his sets that lift you up. He mixes for the Techno Parade and in the clubs around the city. In parallel, he’s making soundtracks for the shows of the singer Judy Cehm.
1998, he’s resident of House et Techno parties at « Le Blue Eyes » discotheque in Dreux.; he mixes with DJ Roussia in Toulouse and in Parisians happenings: music festivals for 3 years at the Ile aux Cygnes and Tino Rossi Gardens (with Joti Sidhu, X Dream, Mike de Juno Reactor, Hilight Tribe, Dino Psaras…), for the school of landscape gardners annual party in Versailles, first part of Nina Hagen’s live at Studio 287.
He keeps on making soundtrack and creates 3 techno remixes of Beethoven’s opera for the “Théâtre de la comédie de Béthune” (Fantasy about Don Juan by Molière and Milosz). He remixes Brigitte Bardot song « La Madrague » especially for the fashion show of the swimsuit mark at Les Bains in Paris.For Utram he creates a sample for the website animated logo, he mixes at their private parties and in the “Salle Méditerranée” of the Carlton Hotel during the Film Festival in Cannes with a quadraphonic sound and a 360° multi-screen concept.He also accompanies the video performance of Lavomatic at the Glazart.
2001, as he doesn’t play Trance music any more he decides to change his DJ name for Topher. His music and experience let him play in several private parties for Utram (with Bettie Page, Laurent Ho, Radium…) and BPM4 parties in Marseille from 2002 to 2003 (with Bruce Le Koala, Stephane d’Elisium, Miss Anacor…) and also at Workshop afterparty (Bruxelles) for 6 hours of Progressive House. He meets Nicolas Nucci when he’s invited to mix at Friday Party in Paris (2003) that will organise a Drive party on the boat Le Quai with Topher as a guest and after his famous Progress! Regularly (2004 to 2007). Now he’s resident at Hunkut in Brussels where he often plays with Mike Kelly, Jack Chang, Thomas William, Antoine 909… he plays regularly at Beardrop and at the Klub in Nice (www.leklub.net) and parties at Bains-Douches (Paris), SIGL, Maximale, Splash, la Boum à Nucci.
DJ PAUL COALS | UK
International London DJ, Paul has been carving a career behind the decks for many years, playing his part in the very diverse scene in London since 1997, but also performing at a whole host of parties, both across the UK & internationally. Paul’s roots are firmly based in London and it is in the capital where he devotes most of his time behind the decks, holding down a residency at Barcode in both Vauxhall & Soho. Paul also has links with various parties including The Gallery, Rulin, Love Muscle, Salvation London, Megawoof, Bear-Necessity, Scandal and Tonker and has made representations at iconic venues including Cafe De Paris, Astoria, Fabric and the mother of them all Ministry Of Sound.
It is the international gigs that Paul tends to get most excited about and for good reason, as he has been involved in some pretty big events. His appearances for mega clubbing brand Salvation top an impressive list, including recent appearances for leading international promoter Steve Elliott’s including Sydney, San Franscisco, Mexico, Asia, Antwerp, Berlin, France and Spain at some of Salvation’s most prolific parties.
Paul’s musical style, which can be described as funky, chunky, electro tinged yet progressively pulsation & uplifting, remains a resounding hit with audiences far & wide. Paul featured in the massive Ibiza Summer season last August (Salvation / Cafe Ole at Space, Pacha, Sands Beach Bar and Hotel Es Vive) and is looking forward to Ibiza again in 2011. His impressive array of international destinations have included gigs in The USA and Canada, a true highlight being when he played out at the famous Fly Club in Toronto.
PISTOL PETE | UK
RICARDO OSOLOCO | FR
A young Parisian DJ, he’s been a Beardrop resident since September 2011 alongside Manue G. Invited more than once to Cologne (Germany), he plays with Darko, the founding DJ of the famous German “Cock-Pit” parties. He will also return to Cologne for Gravity, Jon Doe’s new party. Four times a year, his Beardrop resident status opens the doors of the famous YOYO underground club at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He was also invited to play at the opening of the famous FAMILY PIKNIK festival in August 2015, where he turned over the turntables to Marc Romboy and Stephan Bodzin. 2015 saw his career take a new direction with the launching of the CHEESECAKE parties at GIBUS in a special “Club” format, co-organized with his sidekick Joff Tekmeister. He also met the SWEET MELODIC team, organizers of many events in Paris, which allowed him to improve his talents at FAUST. 2016 will be the year of even more fascinating projects and experiences, including opening for John Digweed. His sets are at the same time energetic and melodic, dark or happy, house or techno – always in in sync with the venue and the audience before him.
DJ Ricardo Ruhga | DE
Born in Stuttgart, Germany
Living in Rome, Italy
Resident: Angels Zurich // Maspalomas pride/ Freedom Festival/ Revelation Brussels
Genre: Progressive, Tribal, Electro, vocal & Tech House.
Ricardo Ruhga is now based in Munich (DE) and Rom (IT)
Ricardo received his classical and contemporary musical education at the best Clubs all around in Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Italy / Netherlands / Greece & the US.
Being exposed to Music from a very young age made an important influence on his future career as DJ/producer.
In 2009, with his first set of used DJ decks, Ricardo. He started to peruse his skills as a DJ. What started as a hobby ´just for fun´, turned into an incredibly successful DJ career, which took off to a national & international level rapidly. He is one of the Best newcomers of the Circuit DJ scene
SHARON-O-LOVE | UK
Sharon-O-Love lives and breathes house music. If she’s not banging out one of her energetic sets to the loyal crowd of up-for-it clubbers that follow her, the length and breadth of the country, she will be beavering away in the studio creating another monster track to be unleashed on the dance floor.
Sharon’s DJ career started where all good things start out: in the bedroom! Her skills in this department soon developed to such an extent that she was ready for an audience. Residencies and performances at some of the biggest club nights in the country followed and her reputation as one of the most vibrant, hardworking and respected DJ’s around was born. Gatecrasher (Sheffield), Dejavu (Hull), Essential (Manchester), Love to Be (Leeds) and Rise (Northampton) are just a few of the nights that have been rocking to Sharons sound in recent times. Her commitment to the gospel of House has seen her spread the love in far off places such as Russia, Dubai, Lithuania and Greece. Sharon plays her own brand of energetic, funky, dirty, vocal house. She stamps her own authority on her sets by using her own unique and rare bootlegs that captivate her audience; you will never hear the same set twice!
Sharon’s appearances include: Salvation (UK), Mynt (Belfast), NG1 (Nottingham), Niche (Nottingham), Cream Tours (National and International) Sharon has previously played at; Gatecrasher Funkessentail, Glasshouse Essential Manchester, Mardi Gras Galaxy, FM Deja Vu, Fuel, Love To Be, Federation, Defunct, Heaven (Gran Canaria), Fresh (Moscow), Malborough Tour (Russia), Audi Tour (St. Petersburg), Beach Party (Dubai) and Bear-Necessity (UK & BE)!
TIM JONES | UK
Tim Jones was born in the West Country of the UK – Bristol, there his music career started by learning the violin and piano at his Junior School. Tim always had a great interest in both classical and modern music, and at the age of 10 was playing around with his parents Decca Record Player and spool tape deck at parties! Today Tim is first a foremost a DJ who loves music and moving the dance floor. Tim’s DJing career began from humble beginnings in the underground dance clubs of Brighton on the UK’s South Coast. Where, working for the fun of it and drinks, Tim DJ’d warm up slots and shared the decks with some of dance-music’s most treasured DJs, including Fat Boy Slim and John Digweed.
Tim’s break happened in 1998 in Australia, when a good friend promoted him to Sydney’s super club Arq, he was invited to play the Mardi Gras Recovery Party and after word spread. Returning to London he was invited to play the Saturday main floor guest slot at London’s long standing and famous gay club Heaven. From that time Tim has worked with and promoted nights in almost all the main dance venues in London, including past residencies at The Fridge Brixton, playing at the infamous Love Muscle and the after hours Rise clubs, plus Crash, Barcode, Growlhouse at Fire, and The Eagle London. Where now he headlines Tonker, one of the busiest and sexiest weekly men only events in Vauxhall.
Tim has also played at society parties such at Nubo restaurant in London, and various Pride and Bear Community events across the UK and as far away as Malaysia. Where Tim spun at the Malaysian Circuit party Maydaze in Kuala Lumphor, Tim is also a regular at Liquid Club in KL Malaysia. In 2004 Tim began working with The Tonker Crew on their one off parties, these proved so popular they had soon set up a regular weekly club in London’s Soho key dance bar – Barcode. Here in 2008 Tim still holds court over some of the freshest sounds along with managed team DJ Paul Coal’s, David Eph and The House Husbands.