Gones The DJ
GONESTHEDJ, IS A FRENCH DJ AND PRODUCER, WHO HAS ALWAYS KEPT IN MIND HIS VALUES, MUSICALLY AND PERSONALLY.
IN THE BEGINNINGS
He started building his career from the moment he jumped up to a stage for the first time to play his horn with his school band in 1982.
After messing up his dad’s turntable, he received his first one and started collecting records.
1988 was the year of his first public appearance, as DJ, in front of teenagers like him.
During the 90′s Hip Hop Golden Era, he soon started to share stage with the noteworthy greats of the Hip Hop & R&B french scene, and internationals artists such as Buckshot LeFonque, The Roots, Das Efx, just to name a few.
This visibility gives him the opportunity to develop his own projects in different renowned clubs in Paris. Managing to keep his integrity intact is what made him leave his imprint with his signature DJ sets.
CONNECT PEOPLE WITH MUSIC
Inspired by many styles of black music, whether it is soul, funk or world music, GONESTHEDJ has always been able to synchronize his audiences to the beat of his favorite music.
From Jazz to House, from Disco to Broken Beat.
Only connoisseurs like Gones are able to keep people’s excitement at the top making them discover great records, the known, unknown or even the forgotten ones.
He is now part of the few DJ’s who still mixes with classic scratch techniques that reminds us of the importance of taste, passion and skills.
MUSIC & FASHION
His work for the fashion community has been applauded all over the world, giving him the opportunity to become Louis Vuitton’s official DJ.
Since music is a reflection of culture, he perfectly understands how to use it to create successful and memorable special events for lifestyle companies. He is frequently demanded for private events such as product launches, fashion shows, conventions, fundraising etc.
SHARE HIS MUSIC ALL AROUND THE WORLD
The GhettoBlasterShow is another way Gones connects with the people.
An hour long weekly mix crafted for the most demanding music fans. A musical journey with the latest and the classics in soul, hip-hop, broken beat, house, funk and anything that will make its audience vibrate through rhythms from all over the world.
Available on Mixcloud and iTunes the same day the show is aired on the french radio.
Shortlisted in Mixcloud Online Radio Awards 2015 for the Best Funk/Soul Radio Show.
Soulitude Music is the label and following steps of a music project started by GONESTHEDJ. It just make sense that after 20 years working in the music business (TV, live shows and music production) Gones created it to develop new music.
INTEGRITY AND SHARING
Gones puts his passion and thoroughness before anything, to perform with honesty, bringing the best of him and the music to the audience.
Whether it is live on stage, or at the studio, or on the radio, you will always get the quality a 20 year old career DJ like him can give you.
Membre du prestigieux collectif 45 Live et résident
des Funk Da Boat (avec Gones) au Batofar, parcourt le monde
entier avec ses bacs de disques.
Après de multiples sorties vinyliques, il a récemment collaboré avec Aeon Seven pour le projet Cosmic Thrill, et Guts pour son dernier projet Beach
Diggin qui est sortit courant Juillet.
Il officie une fois par mois sur les ondes de Radio Meuh pour son émission « Le Fonk et le Forme », et vient également de sortir son dernier 45 tours sur le
label Beatsqueeze Records!
Kwak grew up to the sounds of Miles Davis, Tito Puente, Funkadelic, the Beatles and their peers thanks to his music-loving parents. His first musical ‘shock’, so to speak, came when he discovered Sugarhill’s gang rap and Motörhead’s hard rock.
He began his career deejaying for students in the late eighties whilst rehearsing as lead singer for garage punk bands. In 1994, he began organizing parties and concerts and soon became the resident Dj and programmer at the Kafe Kan’h (1999-2004). In 2002, together with Dj Eleven, he launched Strictly Niceness, a monthly party which has since became one the most popular groove events in Brussels.
Behind the turntables, Kwak offers a breadth of styles that reflect the richness of groove across cultures and history. The listener travels between continents where the music is warm and swings. From hip-hop to reggae, soul to disco, funk, salsa and afrobeat, house, dubstep or even UK garage music. The musical odyssey will bring you where the classics meet the uncharted, where new productions meet old, assuredly provoking itchy dancing feet and happy smiles all round.
Kwak has shared the mixing desk with internationally renowned deejays such as Quantic, Florian Keller, Dimitri From Paris, Benji B, Floating Points, Theo Parrish, Rich Medina, Lefto, Dj Format, Gilles Peterson, Dj Nu-Mark, Dj Suspect and many more, be it at a Strictly Niceness party, or during one of his many bookings in Belgium and abroad.
His other occupations include a radio show, “Back to Niceness,” which he has hosted every week for the past 10 years on Bruzz (Ex Fm Brussel), and writing a column for a Belgian magazine (Focus Vif).
The next step remains to be written.
Mister Critical’s dj style can best be described as fast, funky & eclectic.
When behind the turntables you can expect him to smoothly blend together both well known and obscure gems, to deliver maximum impact on the dancefloor. From hiphop to rhythm & blues, disco, funk, samba, reggae, afrobeat, jazz, house & more. Anything goes, as long as it´s funky! No hypes or gimmicks, only timeless quality from all over the planet.
After starting as a dj in 2002, things went fast forward in a very short time. From practicing alone at home, to playing the opening and after sets for acts such as: Kid Koala, The Pharcyde, Rahzel and Blackalicious, to name a few.
Later on also hosting & promoting his own MODKLUB & CRITICAL events in Hasselt, with a wide range of guests throughout the years (live gigs + dj sets): Breakestra, Kenny Dope, Monophonics, Dj Format, Lucinda Slim, Mr Mendel, Dj Moneyshot & many more.
You may have heard him rock the turntables at some big festivals or many smaller club nights in Belgium and beyond. Always able to cater to the most diverse crowds through his very broad musical interest. With a never ending hunger to dig for more grooves to share with the crowd.