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Balthazar originates from Bulgaria and has been in the music business for over 15 years. He started DJ'ing in 1998 and now he's one of the most popular DJs/producers in his country. For 2 consecutive years - in 2010 and 2011 - Balthazar has been chosen for "Best Bulgarian Techno/Minimal DJ of the Year" @ AwardsBG, the only official DJ poll in Bulgaria. He has performed at every major club in his country as well as on many big raves, including the Bulgarian Street Parade, and various radio and TV shows. Hisint ernat ional gigs have t aken him t o more t han 20 countries including USA, Egypt, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, France, Malta and Cyprus, to name a few. Very often he plays at special events alongside well known and respected DJ's or Live acts.Balthazar's unique style varies between groovy minimal techno, tech-house and a bit of progressive/electro house, always corresponding with the newest records on the scene. His sets are quite energetic and technically perfect. Between 1999 and 2001 he was a resident DJ at the legendary 3000 people capacity Indigo club in Sofia. Balthazar is also co-owner of Renesanz - an agency for electronic dance music, promoting numerous parties and booking international DJ's for selected clubs and events. In short time since their inception, the Renesanz dance parties and raves have grown immensely popular and have become a national trademark for Bulgarian dance culture. During the last few years, Renesanz have organized events with over 150 artists.Since 2004 Balthazar has been producing music with his studio partner JackRock. Their official debut project was a 45-minutes set for a fashion show in Germany. They also composed the soundtrack for the DVD movie Clinique Noir #2.In January 2006 Balthazar & JackRock released their debut record Rockin' Dancefloor on TechHead Recordings. The single reached number 1 in sales charts and was played by many international DJs. A few weeks later Balthazar & JackRock released the top selling record Moonshine on the belgian label Magura, which was co-produced with Kobbe and was supported by star DJs like Carl Cox, Sander Van Doorn, Marcel Woods, Preach and others. Moonshine was included in the official Dance Valley 2006 CDcompilation and was presented in Judge Jules’ BBC 1 radio show. Kobbe & Balthazar also released two remixes on t he dut ch label Pat t erns and norwegian Spilo. Later in 2006 followed a second Balthazar & JackRock EP on TechHead Recordings, Venus Delta EP on 8311 Music, 2 tracks for Primal Confusion + a few other CD compilations. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 Balthazar & JackRock released more than 30 original tracks and various remixes on different labels all over the world, including the single Tribalero on Muzik Xpress Uruguay, which reached top 20 in Beatport's house chart. Tribalero became extremely popular after it was included in many Tecktonik CD compilations, released by EMI and Universal Music.In 2007 Balthazar started a joint pop-house project wit h t he dance band Deep Zone. T oget her t hey produced 2 smash hits: Welcome To The Loop + DJ, Take Me Away, which both topped many music charts in Bulgaria and it s neighbour count ries (Greece, Romania, Serbia, Turkey). The video of DJ, Take Me Away was also aired on MTV Europe. Only for 1 year Balthazar & Deep Zone managed to do 4 big clubt ours wit h 20 dat es each and more t han 80.000 visitors total. In 2008 Balthazar & Deep Zone took part in the biggest musical contest in the world – Eurovision. They won the national final and represented their country at Eurovision 2008 in front of 150 million tv viewers worldwide! Balthazar & Deep Zone also won awards for 'Best South-East European Track' (SEEME) and 'Best Joint Project' (Fan TV). Their videoclip of DJ, Take Me Away had nominations for a few other music awards as well (Mad TV, BG Radio, MM TV).In August 2009 Renesanz organized the dance (main) stage of the biggest bulgarian festival – Spirit of Burgas.In 2009 Balthazar & Renesanz became owners of one of the oldest electronic music venues in Bulgaria (established in 1997) – Comics club in Varna.In November 2009 Balthazar & JackRock were invited in Egypt for the DJ Academy in Cairo. There they taught DJ workshop courses on mixing and production.In June 2010 Balthazar & JackRock started the label Renesanz Records, with main purpose to represent their vision of music. In the period 2010-2012 they also released over 40 original tracks and remixes on 1605 Music Therapy, Bosphorus Underground, Neurotraxx, Binary 404, Miniatures, I Am Techno, Diva Records, Human Garden, Land of Voodoo, Janemba, Dirty Talk, South American House, Mu.Too, Get High Music, Akoom, M-Vitamine, Audio Elite and other labels. Balthazar & JackRock teamed up with italian top duo Dandi & Ugo for the dancefloor filler Bulgaro Business. The record was heavy supported by Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Laurent Garnier, Mark Knight and many others, and one of the mixes hit #3 in Beatport’s chart. Their track Dupka also charted great in the minimal and techno sections, and was remixed by thetop producer Ahmet Sendil. Also notable was the huge success of their releases Puerto Rico and Nu Nu Zaietz Maietz, which both received massive dj support and radio play worldwide, including Paul Van Dyk’s Vonyc Sessions show, Umek’s Behind The Iron Curtain show and Spartaque’s Supreme show. Puerto Rico was re-released on Umek’s 1605 imprint.Renesanz had a nomination for “Best Bulgarian DJ Booking Agency of 2010” @ AwardsBG.Right now Balthazar is focusing on new music product ion and his int ernat ional DJ career.

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