1) Dutch Progressive Psychedelic-Trance producer; and 2) Australian Hip-Hop producer.
1) Born in 1976, multi talented Dutch artist C-Jay took up an early interest in electronic and experimental music from the hands of artists like Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. At the age of 11, C-Jay started taking his first muscial educations on the ins- and outs of both digital and analogue instruments, with the enthousiastic love and support of his parents.
As an artist / producer C-Jay got his first worldwide release in the spring of 2004.This tune (SwayWatch) got signed to the Moun10 imprint, (owned by Dutch house legend Jaydee) and got massive support from artists like The Flash Brothers, Chris Fortier and Fred Numf. After this first one the attention of the scene rapidly grew. His second release was made together with his friend Jaydee under their “Graylock” moniker and got released on First Impression Recordings, the label of ……Jaydee. This release got supported, played and charted by Armin Van Buuren, Ton TB, Paul Van Dyk, The Flash Brothers, Carl Cox, Chris Fortier and many more. The release also made it into the higher ranks of the world renowned Balance Record Pool charts.
Due to the fact that both releases were received so well by the international dance scene, C-Jay decided to start his own record label “The Sessions Recordings.” The basic idea behind it was to have no boundaries in releasing his own material, not having to depend on other labels in this early stage of his career and trying to draw the attention of the big guys even more. The label soon became a fact, and the first vinyl release hit stores worldwide in november 2004. After 3 vinyl releases on his own label C-Jay had the result he wanted: the attention of both the scene as well as the people on dancefloors worldwide. The established labels were now interested in him as an artist, cause he made a name for himself and showed that his tunes were loved by many around the globe.
Later on, in November 2005, C-Jay’s first co-production with his friend Mick Wilson (UK) appeared on the well respected Dutch imprint Cyber Records. This masterpiece called “Darkism” is a personal favourite of none less than Anthony Pappa and Hernan Cattaneo who both have been dropping it a lot in their sets of summer / fall 2005. Hernan Cattaneo even closed his legendary Dance Valley Festival 2005 set with this floorfiller… and Dutch national radio did a live broadcast of that set.
The record label C-Jay owns still exists nowadays; February 2006 C-Jay decided to revitalise the label again and turn it into a digital imprint. Talented young guys like Roger Martinez, Josel & Pedro, Bastian Bouma and Perry O’Neil released their stuff through The Sessions Recordings, but early 2008 C-Jay decided to focus the label’s attention back to his own music again. The label will basically be an outlet for his own material again, after having given young artists a chance to use his label as a jumpstart for their careeer.
The main result of this decision is that the first full lenght artist album of C-Jay hit stores worldwide September 2008, and is called Magnanimity. The double disc is a statement of where C-Jay’s at right now as a producer and musician. On this album u will find his own productions of which none have been released before the album. So all the material is fresh and exclusive. C-Jay’s trademark mixture of trance, progressive and techno is showcased on 2 discs, with remixes included by other artists on the second disc.
2) They say that image is everything - and with his Billabong hoodie and red sneakers, new artist Cjay is already stamping his unique stylistic authority on the music industry.
Cjay was born and bred in ‘surfer’s paradise’- Jeffries Bay. Since starting his career in 2002, he has performed to crowds of over 10000 people. His popular style has been classed with the likes of Will Smith, Eminem and 50cent.
Cjay’s passion for hip hop stems from his childhood years, and influences stretch from R Kelly to his own mother! Cjay’s catchy lyrics reflect his message of hope and acceptance especially for the youth of South Africa.
Edited by psylove on 21 Mar 2010, 01:31
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