Bontan Talks Exclusively To Absolute Magazine

Bontan Talks Exclusively to Absolute Magazine

I’ve been luckily enough to be able to talk to the up and coming DJ Bontan about his next gig in Coalition, Brighton and how he got himself into the DJ scene in the first place. With an impressive collection of awards, collaborations and a growing fan base, Bontan is set to round up one of Coalitions biggest nights set to date.

A Brief Bio

Bontan has managed to secure himself quickly as one of the UK’s most popular up and coming DJ’s, you may recognise his name since he’s released track on a lot of well-known labels such as Ultra records, Curcus and Toolroom. Not only that but he holds his own residency at Sankeys, Manchester. Impressive!

For Bontan, things really kicked off in 2013 with a remix for a friends and collaborator Josh Butler, with the track “Got A Feeling”, which earned him an award for Best Remix Of The Year from Beatport. Since then Bontan has earned himself even more awards and been featured on the top 10 for Deep house charts as well as Tech House. The DJ is well known for his solo work but also has a reputation for his collaboration work, with names like Vula ( Basement Jaxx), Josh Butler, Sonny Fodera and more. The UK-based  DJ/producer  has  also several solo releases such as ‘Activated’ and ‘My Memory’  and ‘Firefly’, just to name a few of his most popular tracks.

Along with Josh Butler in a special Back2Back tour, the two have made appearances at some of the UK’s most iconic clubs such as Ministry of Sound (London),  Sankey  (Manchester),  Mint  (Leeds),  Button  Factory  (Dublin),  Lush  (Portrush), Arches (Glasgow), Chibuku (Liverpool), and you can expect to see Bontan appearing at certain festivals too.

Bontan is set to play at Coalition Brighton Saturday 30th April.

171-181 King’s Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB

Read the Exclusive Interview Below

In such a short space of time you’ve already gained some very interesting achievements such as a Beatport award, but did you ever imagine you’d gain support from well-known names like Annie Mac and Carl Cox?

It was always a goal of mine to gain recognition from my idols. When one of the people you look up to has played a record of yours it is one of the best feelings possible. A serious confidence booster!

How did your career as a DJ start out?

My parents bought me a set of Numark belt drive turntables when I was 16. I was instantly hooked.

And leading on from the previous question, was it always a goal of yours?

Ever since I got my first set of decks all I wanted to do was DJ. Music production came later.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to Brighton before, but what does it mean to you to be playing in one of the UK’s most famous city’s ? Do you know what to expect or will it be a surprise to you?

I actually played in Brighton last year and the crowd was wicked! I love the city and the vibe was top notch.

What’s the next step for yourself? Where would you eventually like to be?

I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. Touring and making music. Hopefully this year my label will be set up also!

Alongside with Josh Butler, on your tour you released your second collaboration, this time with  Vula from Basement Jaxx. How did you find working with someone who’s name is so widely recognisable on the DJ scene?

Vula was incredible to work with. We all just got into the studio and had fun jamming together. She has one of the best voices out there in my opinion so for her to want to work with us was a real honour.

Bontan’s new  ‘Rewind’ EP is out on MadTech Records 6th May. Tracklist includes “Rewind”, “33 45”, “33 45 jhonsson remix” and “Rewind Ralpth Lawson remix.”