MastikSoul began his career in 1992, at a time where his life was split between Portugal and France, and from where he watched the rise of a new musical culture, that in association with his strong African roots formed his talent into a unique style.
Being connected to techno music for a while, he released his first twelve-inch and developed his DJ and producer skills but in the late 90´s came the desire of embracing other styles. At this moment House music became his main inspiration.
His vision and his style, both clearly reflect his origins, very percussive and tribal. By early 2000, with his musical productions, he was truly being noticed and acclaimed by some of the biggest House names in the scene such as Tony Thomas, Tom Stephan, Grant Dell, Terry Francis, Nathan Coles, Layo, Circulation, Justin Drake from Peace Division and also by the UK’s main dance press like Mixmag, Jockey Slut and DJ Magazine.
Entering the beginning of this century he built a production studio in London, and materialized two important projects: 4Kenzo Recordings and Digital Distribution with DJ Token Pace. The DJ work increased during this period and he played in important clubs such as Rex (Paris), Ultimate Base (London), Gas (London), The Cross (London), Locomia (Albufeira), Kremlin (Lisbon), Alcantara Club (Lisbon) and Decadance (Belgium) among others.
In 2003, MastikSoul started strong with 4Kenzo Recordings and with a release on Difference Records titled ‘South Tribal EP’, international recognition soon arrived. ‘South Tribal EP’ was licensed to a TV show in UK and was supported by many acclaimed DJs. In 2::3, MastikSoul licensed his track ‘I believe’, to a compilation mixed by Eddie Richards for much acclaimed UK club Fabric.
Work increased and MastikSoul started the new label Moxi Records with his fellow tribal guru Tony Thomas. With support from DJs like Carl Cox and Tennaglia to name a few, Moxi records became a world reference.
In 2006 MastikSoul reached another level in his career as a producer with collaborations in the studio with DJ Sneak and Renato Cohen. Placing him as one of the top House producers. During this period MastikSoul saw his much acclaimed label 4kenzo Recordings lifted to the status of one of the top labels in the world with a roster that included: DJ Sneak, Renato Cohen, Brett Johnson, Johnny Fiasco, 1200 Warriors, Angel Alanis, Tony Thomas and Joey Youngman just to name a few.
Following the success of 4kenzo Recordings, Kitsam Recordings is established. A digital label exclusive for Beatport which sees plays from top DJ´s such as: Danny Tennaglia, DJ Vibe, Saeed Younan and many more, making MastikSoul one of the top sellers on Beatport.
With records being released on labels such as RobSoul Recordings, Magnetic Recordings and Guesthouse Recordings, MastikSoul still added time to mix is own compilation along side Brazilian star DJ Gabo wile on tour in South America.
His music gets licensed on Compilations such as: Global Grooves mixed by DJ Vibe, Sneak-Beats Ministry of Sound mixed by DJ Sneak and House of Om mixed by Johnny Fiasco. The year was capped off in style with Portuguese main magazine ‘Dance Club’ nominating MastikSoul as ‘Best Portuguese Producer’.
Year of 2007 and MastikSoul was a very busy artist, The world tour began with clubs such as: Club Volar (Hong Kong), Pacha (Buenos Aires), SmartBar (Chicago - Awarded USA best Club), Footwork (Toronto), The Guvernment (Toronto), Focus (Los Angeles), Club Q (Zurich), Manga Rosa (Brazil), Comics (Bulgaria), H2O (Belgium), Mood club (Belgium), Kadoc (Portugal), Swing (Portugal) to name only a few.
MastikSoul had a massive collaboration with Saeed Younan and hit number 1 on Beatport for 4 weeks including many licensing’s for the worlds best mix CD’s. 2008 and the world goes Mastik! 80% of his releases topped the Beatport charts with ease. He even managed the feat of maintaining a position in the top 10 nonstop for the final 3 months of the year with his consecutive releases. Helping to achieve these feats among others were his huge anthems ‘Land of Spirits’, ‘Run for Cover’ and ‘Jacobino’. Beatport announced their biggest House Tracks of the year and MastikSoul was right up there at number 5 ahead of many renowned artists. MastikSoul had affirmed himself as the King of House. His presence was felt throughout the world with numerous collaborations, award nominations and appearances in the dance music press.
In 2009 the dominance continued, releasing his ‘Bofe de Elite EP’ which reached number 1 on Beatport’s Tech House Chart and sat firmly within the Top 1: Total Downloads Chart. He also produces remixes of ’Rap Das Armas’ for the famous Brazilian producers Cidinho & Doca which was included on the original soundtrack ‘Tropa De Elite’. The huge ‘Buff Buff Remix’ of Nick & Danny Chatelain’s ‘Katrinyla’ is voted record of the month on Beatport. Following on from his unprecedented success in 2::8 with his track ‘Jacobino’ the award nominations started rolling in, including ‘Best House Artist 2::8’ in the prestigious 2::9 Beatport Music Awards. The touring continues with huge headline slots at ‘Sensation’ (Lisbon, Portugal) and ‘Sun Coast Festival’ (Seville, Spain) among others. The press interest is still going strong and MastikSoul is featured on the cover of leading Portuguese dance magazine ‘Dance Club’. Catch MastikSoul at Bushido on Thursday November 25, from 8pm. For tickets, call 17 583 555