Factomania Belgium

 

Pedro Mercado & Derek D B2B!

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Pedro Mercado Bio:
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Pedro Mercado is a talented and passionated dj, producer & radio-host from Belgium with a very close eye on the international house scene & sound. As a dj he has played and still plays in all the best clubs in Belgium, and every summer he does some nice gigs in his second home country Ibiza. He is also resident-dj at 2 radio shows in Belgium: Rotationz & Kondo Beach, which are broadcasted on several important radio stations around the world such as Ibiza Global Radio. His style of music goes from deep house over tech house to mnml techno always with an Iberican touch. As a producer he released his first official EP in 2009, together with his studio partner Karada. In 2011 came already their international breakthrough with the release of their “Hallelujaaahhh” EP on Factoria, the label of Wally Lopez. More releases on other international labels followed soon (Deeperfect, Go Deeva, WTF!, Parquet, 303Lovers, …). His most recent successfull EP “You Take Me There (Behind The Sun) feat. Zoë Xenia” together with Karada, was released on Gold Records (DE) from Rainer Weichhold and got remixed by Shadow Child & Rodriguez Jr!! In 2013 Pedro Mercado becomes resident in the the legendary belgian club At The Villa where he also starts up his very own party-concept: Supermercado, which is held every 2 months .

Pedro Mercado started Dj-ing like most youngsters at Dj-contests and small local parties. Pretty soon he became monthly resident at the well known Club Decadance in Ghent (1998-2003). In 2005 he reached the semi-final of the Diesel-U-Music Dj-contest at Fuse Brussels. His dj-career really started to boom when he became an important part of the concept “Rotationz, The Heart of Club Nature” in 2006.

Rotationz is one of the biggest radio shows in Belgium concerning Quality House Music.
Since 2003 every Saturday Rotationz host their national radio show on Topradio, the biggest dance fm radio station in Belgium, between 20.00 and 22.00 h where they introduce the newest tracks, artist albums, CD-compilations & the hottest Dj-mixes,… Pedro Mercado still is co-host and resident-Dj of the show: every first Saturday of the month he hosts his own mix session which is called “The Hottest Sounds From The Underground”. On top of that he is responsable for all the Ibiza related topics in Rotationz and therefore he plays at Ibiza Parties all around in Belgium.

Additionly to his Rotationz residency, Pedro Mercado started in July 2009 with a new monthly radio mix session called “Kondo Beach” where he presents the hottest Deep House! Kondo Beach is broadcasted on several belgian and international radio stations such as Ibiza Global Radio.

In the mean while Pedro Mercado plays as guest in important belgian clubs like Café d’Anvers Antwerp (Circoloco, Mimazu, Peoples, Tape Tape), La Rocca Antwerp (Factomania Showcase, Club Local One, Dazzelin’ Darling), Stereo Six (La Banda), Versuz Beach (Eivissa Clubbing), Club H2O, Club Decadance Ghent, Culture Club Ghent (La Clinique, Tease Your Ears), The Temple (Retro Arena), Riva (Rotationz Parties), Noxx Antwerp (Ketaloco), Make Up Ghent, Pulse Factory (4 years Rotationz), Escape Concept, Cherrymoon, Zuri (Jack Your Body), ICC Ghent (Reworxx), Flanders Expo Ghent (Liberty White), Neverending Festival, … At these parties, he played alongside international dj’s such as Mark Fanciulli, Djuma Soundsystem, Wally Lopez, Ismael Rivas, Joris Voorn, Davide Squillace, Butch, Matthias Tanzmann, Ida Engberg, Tania Vulcano, Barem, José De Devina, Hermanez, Ramon Tapia, Dimitri Andreas,…

The next logic step was producing. Together with his studio partner Karada he released his first official EP in April 2009: “Something” EP, on the belgian label Creamminal Records. The leading track ‘Something Phat’ got a lot of airplay in Belgium and was compiled on several CD’s. Other EP’s on Creamminal followed: “Gecko” EP and “Benirras” EP.

May 2011 was a very important moment in the producer career of Pedro Mercado & Karada. Their new track “Hallelujaaahhh” was released on one of the biggest labels in Spain, Factoria Records, the label of Wally Lopez. “Hallelujaaahhh” was already elected before as Track of the Year 2010 in the famous DJ MAG Top 100 Dj’s by Wally Lopez who played it also @ Space Ibiza Opening Fiesta 2011 with huge success! Later on that summer, “Hallelujaaahhh” was also hammered at Bora Bora Ibiza.

From then on Pedro Mercado is invited every summer to play some nice gigs in Ibiza, for example in Guarana Club, Es Vive Hotel, Tantra Bar, Lio, La Plage,… and some live guest mixes on Ibiza Global Radio.

End 2012/beginning 2013 Pedro Mercado has his biggest success as a producer so far. Together with Karada he releases “You Take Me There (Behind The Sun)” feat. Zoë Xenia on the German label GOLD of Rainer Weichhold, who runs also Kling Klong together with Martin Eyerer. The track is remixed by international topproducers Shadow Child & Rodriguez Jr., it reaches position nr.70 in Beatport and is hammered by all the big dj’s all over the world. In the summer of 2013 Steve Lawler & Darius Syrossian play the Rodriguez Jr remix live from Sankeys Ibiza in their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. The track is getting ever more popular and the label decides to bring out this version on a special vinyl: Black Gold Vol.1.
Pretty soon more releases on big other international labels followed: Deeperfect, Go Deeva, WTF!, Parquet, 303Lovers,…

In 2013 Pedro Mercado becomes resident in the legendary belgian club At The Villa where he also starts up his very own party-concept: “Supermercado”, which is held every 2 months. The music policy of Supermercado is bringing the hottest deep-, tech- & iberican-house.

Off course Pedro Mercado is very active on the social media too. You can follow him from all over the world on Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Twitter, Facebook, Resident Advisor, Beatport, YouTube,… (cfr contact page for all the correct links).

In 2014 next to his DJ-gigs in Belgium & Ibiza and his radio sessions, Pedro Mercado wants to spend even more time in the studio, focussing on releasing more tracks and doing some new collaborations and interesting remixes. So expect to hear from him so much more in the future because some releases on big international labels and collaborations with big artists are about to follow!

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Derek D Bio:
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Derek D is from Antwerp, Belgium. He has a long experience in the music industry as DJ, Radio Host, Booking- & Eventmanager and now also as Producer. His popularity and success is as much about the music as it is his excitement and love for the scene. His style of music goes from deep house over tech house to tribal techno always with an Iberican touch. Derek has radio residencies on Zen Fm (B), Top Radio (B), Chic Radio (Fr), Warm Fm (B), Hit Fm (B), Contact-Dance (B), Dance Tunes Radio (Global), Ibiza Global Radio (Ibiza and Formentera), FG DJ MIX (Global), BeachGrooves (Marbella & San Pedro), Patagonia Fm (South America). As a DJ he performs also in many important belgian clubs like La Rocca, Versuz, At The Villa, concepts in Liège,… and at Es Vive in Ibiza.
Together with his partner in crime Pedro Mercado, he releases in 2013 his first EP called “Gualapa” on the belgian label Fix by Six records. And in 2014 much more new releases on big international labels (303Lovers, Bikini Tracks,…) and collaborations with big artists (Zoo Brazil, Tony Dee,…) are coming up!

Derek D was born in Brussels, Belgium but later on moved to Siegen, Germany. When living in Belgium he was allready much active in the belgian nightlife, but it was in Germany where he started to dj himself in several german clubs and where he set up his first radio shows. More and more he focussed on his radio shows, his biggest passion back then, and less on his club performances. In 2004 he moved back to Belgium, namely Antwerp, the party capital of belgian nightlife. Back in Belgium Derek was looking for some new radio opportunities. It was how he met in 2010 Pedro Mercado, a very known radio host, dj & producer in Belgium. These 2 immediately connected. It would be the beginning of many new succesfull collaborations and projects!

This is how Derek joined 2 important radio shows in Belgium where Pedro Mercado was part of. The first one is Rotationz, The Heart Of Club Nature: one of the biggest radio shows in Belgium concerning Quality House Music. Since 2003 every Saturday Rotationz host their national radio show on Topradio, the biggest dance fm radio station in Belgium, between 20.00 and 22.00 h where they introduce the newest tracks, artist albums, CD-compilations & the hottest Dj-mixes,… Derek D became co-host and resident-Dj of the show: every second Saturday of the month he hosts his own mix session. The second radio show he joined is Kondo Beach, which focusses on the hottest Deep House. Originally Kondo Beach was only broadcasted on Zen Fm, the small sister radio station of Topradio where Rotationz was broadcasted.

With all his radio experience Derek soon succeeded in expanding succesfully the broadcasting schedule for Rotationz & Kondo Beach to more and more radio stations in Belgium and abroad, even in South America, Marbella, San Pedro & Ibiza. Since 2012 he has, as only belgian DJ, a weekly residency on Ibiza Global Radio which is broadcasted every Saturday from 4 till 5pm! Next to Ibiza Global Radio his other residencies include Zen Fm (B), Chic Radio (Fr), Warm Fm (B), Hit Fm (B), Contact-Dance (B), Dance Tunes Radio (Global), FG MIX DJ, and BeachGrooves (the n°1 Deep House Station in Marbella & San Pedro).

In the summer 2012 Pedro Mercado takes Derek D to Ibiza, which is the second home country of Pedro and he knows all the hot spots there. It doesn’t take long before Derek D falls in love with this amazing party island. It was here that Derek made the first contacts with Ibiza Global Radio which resulted in a great collaboration as mentionned earlier. It was also in Ibiza where he met Wally Lopez, a good friend of Pedro Mercado since Pedro released his Ibiza anthem “Hallelujaaahhh” on Factoria, the label of Wally Lopez. Since then, Derek D acts as booking- and eventmanager for all the Factomania Showcases in the Benelux with Wally Lopez, Ismael Rivas & Luis Bonias with whom he works very close.

But his work as booking- & eventmanager pretty soon went much further than the Factomania Showcases, and he started to organise Ibiza related parties in important clubs in Belgium. And it didn’t stay with organising only, pretty soon he took up again his DJ-performances, very often in the form of marathon B2B-sessions with Pedro Mercado. Highlights so far are the Factomania Showcases, the Deeperfect Showcase, Neverending Festival, the Eivissa Clubbings in Versuz & La Rocca, and the Supermercado Parties in At The Villa. New projects are in the pipeline!

In 2013 the next logic step was producing. Together with his partner in crime Pedro Mercado (whom has already releases on big international labels as Factomania, Deeperfect, Go Deeva, WTF!, Parquet,…) he releases his first EP called “Gualapa” on the Belgium label Fix by Six records.

In 2014 next to his many radio sessions, Derek D spends more time in the studio, focussing on releasing more tracks with Pedro Mercado, and to do more B2B-perfomances with him in the clubs. So expect to hear so much more in the future because some new releases on big international labels (303Lovers, Bikini Tracks,…) and collaborations with big artists (Zoo Brazil, Tony Dee,…) are coming soon!

Off course Derek D is very active on the social media too. You can follow him thru:

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