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 GroovCast 015 : Budai and Vic : 10 Mar 09 iTunes Podcast | download | listen | discuss

Budai started his career like thousands of self-appointed DJs all over the world. By collecting cassettes, he started to go out to clubs to study how the 'good olds' doing their job. He got his first possibility to spin because of an illness, he had to play instead the Angyal bar's (not the same as today's Angyal bar) resident DJ. In 1990 he was the runner-up of the hungarian DMC. While the promoters started to invite him to play in clubs, the first 'only techno' club in the country, Hysteria, opened it's doors. During the year he became invited into Siofok's primary club, to Flört, where he set the sound of the club. In 1994 a huge step of Hungary's dance scene became organized. It was X-Mas Mayday. DJ Budai and his mates became invited, and this invitaion was followed by numerous others. In the spring of 1995 a new electronic music club has been opened, called Dark Side. The industrial club became the new residency of DJ Budai. In that year's summer they organised the trendsetter Stüssy Boat Party on Lake Balaton. Boat parties are still the summers' exclusive happenings. In the end of 1995, from Dark Side he moves his residency to Budapest's new club, E-Play. This time, he and some of his friends established FREEE Magazin, the first Hungarian Dance and Club Magazine. In 1997 he released his first mix CD, the retrospective Techno-House Classics Of '93-96. Labels in Hungary started to realize that it's well worth to release uncompromising DJ mixes. DJ Budai started to write music and made remixes for several artists. In 1997 Silvervoice awarded him in the ‘DJ of the Year' category. He usually played on top events as Hyperspace, Sziget Festival, Budapest Parádé Bonus, Mayday. In 1999 he released DJ Mix 2, which's progressive sound makes his fans amazed again and again. He usually spins in Austria, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Serbia. In 2000 he released his new mix CD, Techno-Logic Vol. 1, which has a brand new concept again. By releasing mix CD-s he started to produce his own music in 1999. His first tries were remixes, but with his first own music, Let's Just Go For It, he established his career as a producer as well. Three of his works together with Ferry had been released on the nederlander label Pro. Csepp a Tengerben, which contains some samplings from Hungarian top pop act Jazz+Az, got some places on several international DJs' charts.

In the summer of 2002 Underground Records has published his new double mix CD ("2002") with a couple of his own musics on it. "2002" became the top seller mixed album of the year of 2002. On the summer of 2002 he and his friends started to organize Hungary's first ever deep house party serie I Love Deep. The events became a top night in Budapest and still going it. In the fall of 2004 he released a DVD plus a new mixed album called "Live – Funky-Techno Roadmovie" which covered a tour in picture and sound. The movie had been shot on various locations including Hungary, Slovakia, USA, Ukraine. Highlighting events from Sziget Festival, Budapest Parade, Sullivan Room and Larchmont from the USA plus various great events.

In the spring of 2005 Egotraxx founded it's new sublabel I Love Deep. The label has got many positive feedback since its start. After the first release the tracks of ILD artists appear more frequently in respected names' charts and mixes. I Love Deep is focusing on the deeper but very danceable side of house music. The label runs its own clubnight, the only deep house event in Budapest, Hungary. I Love Deep just won the "Clubnight Of The Year" award on the annual E-Vote 2005 Awards.

Vic started to produce house tracks in 1996 with his school friend under the name of Sonic Age. Their tracks started to appear on compilations in 97, later BMG Hungary released two LPs of them. They also did remixes for Hungarian bands and DJs, did liveacts all across the country.

Budai and Vic met in 2000 and decided to produce tracks together and create an independent label to release them by themselves. They used to make groovy tracks that contain the funk and a positive vibe, happiness, but still built on a strong rhythm. In the end of 2001, they founded Egoist Records (now Egotraxx Records) with ex-Sonic Age member Vic. The label started with a massive groundbreaking tribal-tech release called 'Ma Macoosa' EP, and since then they keep this level as well. The label which is in its fourth year has got many positive feedback since its start. After the 12th vinyl and many international releases, the tracks of EGO artists appear more frequently in big names' charts and mixes. The labelsound is a solid fusion between tribalistic looptechno and groovy mediterranean sounds, but all of this with the characteristic Ego-flavour. Egotraxx is focusing on the soulful side of techno and tech-house. Maybe that is the reason that the label got lots of playtime from Djs like Carl Cox, Umek or Valentino Kanzyani.

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