|Date:||December 20, 2017|
Blue Print Artists (BPA) together with the collaboration of Tone Artistry Records and Origin Nightclub in Durban; have the pleasure of introducing a new International brand Zulu on 20th December 2017.
Blue Print Artists have had a long standing relationship and reputation with South African Nightclubs and Promoters by bringing some of the biggest Dance Industry International Artists to South Africa. Now BPA would like to showcase some of their artists from a distinguished roster; Loco and Jam and Oscar L together with some of the top South African artists including Mark Stent (aka Benchpress) and Ricardo da Costa to display the integration and important unity between South Africa and the international arena.
BPA/Tone Artistry/Origin bring you the launch of a brand new international brand, ZULU which will highlight ancestry tribal importance of the Zulu nation by celebrating music in all forms.
There will be various workshops taking place for aspiring DJs that would like to learn and gain important experience and advice on how to progress to an international platform.
“Origin” will be the venue to be at for the launch of Zulu bringing a very high standard of performing artistry….
LOCO & JAM (Ireland)
Oscar L (Spain)
Mark Stent (aka BenchPress) (South Africa)
Ricardo da Costa (Soul Cando Live) (South Africa)
More surprise artists to be announced over the coming weeks…
Our two International headliners Loco and Jam and Oscar L are touring South Africa during December and we felt that we had to complete the tour in Johannesburg and Cape Town and to include Durban.
The only formidable club Origin flaunts 5 dance floors to suit all tastes together with the Engine Room which has a full Funktion One Sound System to tantalise the senses.
// LOCO & JAM \\
Tronic Music – Octopus Recordings – Stereo Productions – Terminal M Records
LOCO & JAM are Northern Irish based Techno duo made up of Lloyd Reid and James Peoples. Formed in 2007 they have went from strength to strength playing clubs and festivals worldwide.
2009 was the first break for Loco & Jam as it seen their remix of Henry Von – Propaganda on Fergies Rekluse imprint make its way on to Carl Cox’s Space Ibiza compilation and was also featured as his Global Warmer Track Of The Week on his Global Radio Show which had over 10 Million listeners worldwide.
Throughout their 10 year rise the guys have been killing the Beatport Techno charts and now have a healthy CV with a list of Productions and Remixes on major labels such as Christian Smiths Tronic Music, Sian’s Octopus Recordings, Chus & Ceballos Stereo Productions, Monika Kruse’s Terminal M, Green Velvet’s Relief Records, Marco Bailey’s MB Elektronics, Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records to name but a few.
A notable remix for them in 2016 was being asked to remix Green Velvet – Flash which is without doubt one of the biggest Techno Records of all time..
Loco & Jam’s Productions have been getting massive support from some of the worlds biggest DJs including Adam Beyer, Technasia, Sharam, Pan-Pot, Carl Cox, Carl Craig, Green Velvet, Solomon, Hot Sine 82 and many more A-Lists artists.
Now signed to Blueprint agency Loco & Jam are a regular on the world circuit continuing to tour week in week out across the globe playing what they like to call their style of stadium techno.
// OSCAR L \\
Suara | Stereo Productions | Toolroom Records | Shinshy Records
With more than 10 years of international experience behind him, Oscar L is one of the essential names of the Iberian electronic scene. Personality, perseverance and energy define him and are qualities that are also found in his particular sound, a combination of influences and peculiarities that have caught the attention of the best labels on the globe, such as Suara, Toolroom, Truesoul, 1605, Stereo or Material, amongst others, all of them being connoisseurs of the talent and the effectiveness that the productions of the Spanish artist reunite.
A tasteful mixture that have been used to put a good handful of tracks at the top of the Techno and House charts. These capabilities have given Oscar the opportunity to travel the world making the most diverse audiences dance. Dozens of cities from different continents throughout the world have enjoyed the intensity and warmth that his sets transmit to the dance floor. But the diffusion of his music does not end there, for a few years now, Oscar has also been directing his own radio show, D-Mix, which is broadcasted in 16 countries through 90 different stations. Oscar L’s professional framework continues to expand, foreshadowing a prolific future and a privileged position amongst the most outstanding figures of his country.
Flexual Records, Tone Artistry Record, David Gresham Records
South African DJ/Producer DJ Mark Stent, “The World’s Strongest DJ” is as known for his uplifting and magnetic energy as he is for his physique as the result of a background in competitive bodybuilding.
As an internationally touring DJ mark has travelled the globe. He has toured Mozambique, Zambia, Mauritius, Namibia, and Zimbabwe and Botswana. Making his international debut at the F1 Grand Prix Opening Parties in Bahrain, he has since created epic and unforgettable sets at the Cocoon Lounge Bahrain, Kadoc in Portugal, Z Club in Bahrain, The Mass Club in London and The Escape Club in Wales.
Playing MIXES That make the hairs on your arms stand up and your body move uncontrollably, mark takes you on an epic journey with his fresh and funky Beats, allowing you to taste a little something from all over the world; past, present and future soundbites.
The ultimate party host and music curator, he effortlessly delivers many styles of music including EDM, House, Deep House and Techno. Fusing worldwide sounds and creating music that can transport you to a sun-soaked beach in the farthest corners of the planet, or a dance-floor deep in a downtown urban jungle, Mark can make the speakers seem to swelter, sweat and ooze bass.
An essential name headlining South African festivals such as Ultra South Africa, Octopia, H20, Aquafest and Colourfest, Mark has billed alongside industry greats Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Avicci, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Blasterjaxx Yolande Be Cool, Stimming, Hector Couto, Chris lake, Pleasurekraft, Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Fatboy Slim, Chris Lake to name a few.
His labels Flexual Records and Stentfire Music allow Mark to release his own music and that of other South African artists and showcase new and up and coming talent.
Marks first solo album SOLID is out now on iTunes.
With multiple Radio Number ones and chart topping success, Marks infectious brand and attitude towards his music show no signs of slowing down.
Ricardo da Costa
Ricardo da Costa knows a thing or two about what makes a dancefloor tick—master of the addictive morphing bassline and a pounding kick drum, his fusion of electro, tribal and tech house has marked him as one of the most significant DJs to emerge from an already illustrious era of innovators. He is one of the most prominent and accomplished figures in South African dance music— his credentials read like every DJ’s daydream but, above anything else, what shines through is the fact that Ricardo da Costa has tirelessly followed his passion for dance music and it is this potent passion that permeates all his endeavours.
A true musical maverick, Ricardo da Costa succeeds at whichever role he decides to take on– the constant element being dance music. Director of South Africa’s most well-respected dance label by day (Soul Candi Music) and a highly sought-after DJ by night, Ricardo’s world revolves around music—and it’s clear that he’s got all bases covered.
His longevity and presence owes not only to the undeniable quality of Ricardo’s sets: his ability to meld the hypnotic, funky and raw into thumping, soul-shaking soundtracks but also to his constant drive to be at the forefront of global trends. His special gift for finding dance-floor diamonds has led to some of the most successful dance releases in South African music history. With a growing repertoire of highly-successful releases behind him— (nine to date and the tenth on the way) Ricardo has consistently brought his distinct flavour and contagious enthusiasm for House music to South Africa’s ever-evolving party scene.
Whenever South Africa plays host to an international talent— Ricardo is there, representing. He has held his own alongside some of the most legendary DJs and producers worldwide: Erick Morillo, Pete Tong, Deadmau5, Alex Kenji, Bass Kleph, Sasha, Paul van Dyk, Martin Solveig, Sandy Rivera, Junior Jack, Kid Creme, Tall Pall, Tiesto, Tom Novy, Axwell, PleasureKraft, Bingo Players, Dubfire, Sharam, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex, Carl Cox and David Guetta— Ricardo’s been there, done that!
Chances are, if you’ve been anywhere near a dance-floor, you’ll have heard his name or heard his distinctive style of House. A quick rewind takes us to the nineties when young Ricardo was inspired and captured by the sounds of groups like 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor, Cappello, Nightcrawlers, Culture Beat and the iconic band, Depeche Mode. A year or two later, Ricardo was seduced by the burgeoning house scene and his DJ career began to take root. In 1994, at Azurri Cafe, Ricardo’s skills first registered on the clubbing radar and he’s never looked back. Fifteen years later Ricardo has headlined at virtually every nightclub in South Africa, from Flyhouse, Bump, Tramps, DNA, Therapy, ESP, Nexus, Opium, 52 Parliament, Taboo, Origin, Trinity,Truth, Aruba Lounge, to Nicci Beach and many more.
Ricardo is no stranger to the sprawling madness of festivals either, rocking thousands at Urban Wave (David Guetta, Dubfire, Sharam), Kiss, Sound Factory, ICE, Woodstock, Fu-Cha Gathering and, of course, his long-standing residency at Africa’s biggest dance music festival, H20. It’s here that Ricardo has fuelled a massive 18,000 crowd with his magnetic blend of beats. When Ricardo Da Costa gets his groove on, he grabs your soul and won’t let go.
The demand for his skills has spread to neighbouring state Mozambique and has led to globe-trotting expeditions where he played at some of the world’s best international clubbing cities and festivals. 2004 saw Ricardo fly to Dubai where he rocked club Oxygen; in 2007 he hit Germany’s legendary Love Parade (1,2 million people) and this year his UK tour included gigs at Ministry of Sound, Hoxton Pony, Zulu Bar.
Not content with playing at other people’s parties, Ricardo and partners conceptualized and realized an event at South Africa’s premier night-club, Truth. For two years running the wild and colourful ‘Electric Circus’ parties have pulled well over 3000 of Johannesburg’s dancefloor devotees— a testament to Ricardo’s role as a party-starter, trendsetter and industry mainstay.
Ricardo’s charisma and capacity to lead has defined his career from day one: appointed manager for both Mental Groove Records (1999) and Retro Music (2004) Ricardo developed his in-depth understanding of all facets of the dance music industry. In 2006, Ricardo took up his position at Soul Candi Records where he manages operations of label as well as A&R. His expertise and leadership is now responsible for heading up Soul Candi LIVE, the eventing division for Soul Candi that is responsible for hosting SPRING FIESTA
Behind the public persona, Ricardo is a genuinely vital guy with compelling, almost tangible charm. Untouchable in his power to communicate to all people, Ricardo da Costa walks the walk and has truly earned his place among the scene’s leaders. In fact, if there’s one word that exemplifies Ricardo da Costa, it is leader. Whether as a DJ, producer, promoter or label manager his dedication and vision knows no boundaries.
Loco & Jam
Mark Stent (aka BenchPress)
Ricardo da Costa (Soul Candi)
SUPPORTING LINE UP
TO BE RELEASED OVER COMING WEEKS