HARRY COSTAS - BIOGRAPHY / DISCOGRAPHY 1998 - 2011
In 1998 Harry Costas enrolled at Midrand University where he studied a Bachelor of Business Administration. It wasn’t long before he was Dj ing at the University Radio Station alongside long time DJ / Producers Alan M and Sean Oxley. In the same year Harry was spotted by a 96 Degree`s club owner named Dirck Pont in Rosebank. Harry was soon after nominated as the warm up Dj for the legendary DJ Adrian. Harry quickly moved up the ranks and was soon Dj`ing at Stop 1, Krypton and the Foundation.
In 1999 Harry received a residency at I.C.E. and Mother Productions, making him the longest running Mother Resident after Paul Almeida. Harry has played line ups alongside Dj`s like Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Sasha and Digweed, Tidy Trax Dj`s, Trade DJ`s, Style of Eye, Scott Mac, Louis Paris, Claire Wonk, Kalevra, Kanan K7, Emerson Todd and most South African Dj`s on the the circuit. Harry has played most clubs and venues in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
By 2000 Harry was producing his own music under instruction of the iconic Dj Dizzy. After a series of Slippery n` Wet parties co hosted by Gen x and E.S.P. Sun City was utilised as avenue for dance parties and award ceremonies, leading to the inception of the current Spring Break at Sun City. Harry and Dave Skinz(Dj Mix Club) would travel to Cape Town regularly summoned by the Futuretribe crew to play at a series of events called The Elements at The Piano Lounge.
After E.S.P. End street`s closure Harry picked up residencies 115 on Anderson, c3 and the legendary 206 where he was the 208 resident, the next door 206 residents at the time were Shaun Duvet and Guy Herman.
Harry`s next major residency was upstairs at Reality/Insanity for a stretch of +-1 year.
By 2003 Harry teamed up with Gareth Mc Ewan aka Howard Hope, the founder Blue Chip Events to co host an annual deep house event.
In 2005 Harry worked for Trans Africa Radio, syndicating radio shows hosted by Black Child and exported to over 8 million listeners across Africa.
During the next period harry qualified as a sound engineer at Allenby Campus graduating with classmates including the highly successful Dj Cleo and Harael Salkow(Soul Candi) to name a few.
In 2007-2008 Harry partnered in the Alberton Guitar and Music School where he lectured and recorded a wide spread variety of artists ranging from Gospel to Techno, from Tokoza to Tanzania. One of Harry`s most recognised Hip Hop collaborations / productions called the Take Over enjoyed much airplay on Y fm. A young rapper called Nic Explicit featured on the track, later remixing it ” She Parties “ which also aired regularly on 5fm and Highveld. The Take Over was nominated for a Hype Award that same year.
In 2009 Harry paired up with prime slot and radio legend Chilli M on Yfm for a year, filling the Friday guest Dj afternoon slot. The collaboration saw various shared productions and the co creation of the Y Academy. Harry also played regularly at Sugar on Sundays, working closely with the talented wiz kid Cheeky D who has of late become one of SA `s top export producers.
2010 saw the international launch of DirtySmart clubbers clothing range to South Africa. The launch of DirtySmart DJ Adventures was held at the Truth Night club, various other sponsored parties including FHM were promoted and hosted by Harry and the local DirtySmart team.
Harry also features regularly at The Function hosted by Defplant and Waide Lemos(Mute), an industry night dedicated to showcasing local DJ and producer talent. Harry was also a Saturday night resident DJ at club Feva.
2011 proved to be busy year for Harry managing the music line up for Bar Fusion simultaneously hosting a number or parties under the banner of his own brand called HouseWorx. Harry has been fortunate enough to be involved and play for long time promoter and veteran Ricky Da Mata @ The Planet Of The Grapes one of the highlights of his career. Harry has also been selected to play guest slots Upstairs @ Truth throughout the year.
Harry has been producing from the beginning of the PC production era and among 100`s of original tracks has remixed for the likes of:
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