His first platform was hiphopmusic, which was of course a much more open style in those days and as a crossbreed included house, funk and whatnot. It all really started for him after the Beasties and Run-DMC came to town in ‘85… In 1996 he released his first record, “Do you believe in Magick?”, under the name of Magik Ballet Ensemble, which, along with its successor “What do you mean”, gained him critical acclaim, but the greater succes only came with ’t Hof van Commerce, a hiphopgroup rapping in flemish, together with mc’s Serge Buyse and Flip Kowlier. They have scored big with 4 albums and a number of singles since then, with sales and succes topping some of the biggest pop/rockbands in Belgium.
Around the year 2000 the interest in dancemusic took the upperhand over the hiphop-oriented occupations, with the exception of the activities with ‘t Hof, of course. This manifested itself in two ways: as a deejay he would choose a more specific direction and personality and he founded Ultrasonic (7), a soulful danceproject featuring vocalists Tom Derie and Nia Saw which scored hugely on a national level with the hit “Lips They Move” in 2003 and a couple of other smaller hit records. The group was 8 strong on stage, with very memorable sets on some of the biggest festivals in Belgium.
Come 2005, the whole Ultrasonic-thing had grown over 4T4’s head and distantiated itself much too far from his original ideas and intentions, so this group was buried despite (or maybe according to) its succes. Work on the very first real 4T4-record, “Fortification”, started, come what may. The album reconfirmed 4T4’s status as one of Belgium’s leading electronic music artists/producers.
He’s toured Belgium and other small parts of he world a few times over as a dj, blowing dancefloors away with his very particular blend of sounds, a specific mixture of soul food that only a dj with his experience can offer, a unique experience that never feeds on hype or gimmicks. Not as much playing records as setting the right vibes, always guaranteed to set the party on fire.
Starting july 2008, Kristof Michiels is chilling out from being 4T4 for 20 years and is exploring new horizons. He is shedding skins and refreshing everything, not very active under this pseudonym anymore, at least not for a while. He can not be booked as (DJ) 4T4 anymore right now, but is willing to come and rock your party as King DJ. email@example.com . He’s also founded a new group, called Monsters From The Id. Go to http://www.myspace.com/yourdjking or http://www.myspace.com/thosemonstersfromtheid if you’re interested.
Edited by Anti5tar on 4 May 2009, 15:52
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