This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of Belgium’s most iconic dance labels: Bonzai. It’s hard to overstate the importance this local powerhouse had on ravers and dancefloors worldwide. Multiple generations of fans have grown up with these timeless classics that span from trance to progressive, or the sturdier electronic genres. From bringing out the first record to ultimately becoming a global force with around a dozen sub-labels and hundreds of releases to date, Bonzai have engraved themselves in the definitive history of dance music.
To mark this special occasion that is a quarter century of Bonzai, Red Bull Elektropedia has teamed up with the guys behind this legendary institution to bring us something quite different. First of all, seven carefully selected contemporary musicians have reworked their favourite track from the complete back catalogue of the record label. Charlotte de Witte, STUFF., Lefto, B, Hiele, Asa Moto and Sue Avenue are all forces to be reckoned with in their own subcultures, but are united in their love for Bonzai. The result, of course, is an unpredicted clash between nostalgic rave and contemporary ideas. Whichever kind of music you like, there’s going to be something in there for everyone.
Want to join the festivities? Bonzai is having one of its legendary raves at Waagnatie on November 18, to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Click here to get your tickets.
Can't wait? Universal will drop a brand new Bonzai compilation on October 13. Keep your eyes peeled on www.bonzaiprogressive.com for more info.