Ariel (trance artist Ariel Belloso)
Frequently rated by his peers as one of the most naturally gifted talents, Ariel Belloso has been a professional DJ since the age of 15. Born into a nightclub owning family in the city of Rosario, music is in his blood. Ariel's distinctive sound is informed by his knowledge and understanding of World and African rhythms cultivated into his sets. His is a percussive, Latin based groove heavily influenced by the dynamics of Rumba Cuban roots. His sound is championed by a large and diverse selection of DJ's around the world. Ariel's productions and remixes have sold in excess of 2 million records.
Ariel debuts in Europe in 1991, more specifically in Ibiza. By the end of summer that year, he had played at virtually every club on the island, including the recently opened Space Terrace. As his reputation spread so did the bookings and, basing himself in London, he began his infamous residency Fuct at Crews. Regular sets at Tribal Gathering, Limelight and Club UK, together with an arduous touring schedule saw Ariel become one of the true pioneers of the UK Hard House and Trance scene of the early nineties.
In 1996 Ariel decided to try something new a weekly residency in London where he could play all night instead of 2-hour guest slots. Over the next 5 years Ariel's 8 hour sets at Bagleys Studios in Kings Cross became the stuff of clubbing legend. Freedom was the busiest Saturday night in London. Record label A&R's flocked the club to check out how the young South American DJ filled the club, week after week. Many of the periods' crossover hits were broken on Ariel's dancefloor including one of his own productions, "A9". A chart success when released on Essential Recordings, "A9" was also the first UK Top 40 hit by an Argentine artist. In November 1999, Muzik magazine listed Ariel in their Top 50 best DJs in the world.
Ariel's stream of residencies has taken him to more than 40 different countries over the last 15 years, including the whole of Europe and main spots in North America and Asia, playing some of greatest venues and music festivals around the world. Ariel was also one the first DJ's to tour the Middle East and Asia, including Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Ariel headlined the first ever Gay Pride event in Africa in 1997 and was also invited to performed at the Summer Stage in New York City's Central Park the same year. In 2004 Ariel was honoured to play an exclusive set at the Argentine Embassy in London's Belgravia.
For the last 12 years Ariel has returned regularly to South America where he has been instrumental in promoting the European electronic sound in Buenos Aires. In 1994, on one of the first DJ World Tours, Spanish TVE filmed Ariel performing in front of 3,000 at Buenos Aires' legendary Bunker Club. He was the first international DJ to be broadcast on Cuban radio, following his 2002 "Dia de la Revolucion" street party show in Havana. Ariel's 2005/6 Latin American tour saw him play in front of thousands on Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema Beach, Punta del Este in Uruguay and Santa Cruz in Bolivia, South America's newest clubbing hotspot.
Every week for the last 7 years, Ariel has been resident DJ at London's Fabric, where he plays for the DTPM Sunday night crowd. Here is where he showcases his unique Latin Tech sound, playing many of his own productions also featured on his recent DTPM Recordings Sydney Vs London CD. He regularly performs with live instrumentation percussionists. Fabric is where Ariel has honed his groove, tailoring his productions for the club and its sound system.
Ariel's own Latin sound has largely influenced the music direction of many of today's underground Gay clubs around the world. His own London club nights, Latinaires at Turnmills and Manteca at Freedom Bar, Soho were received with massive acclaim by the press. Ariel was also the first live DJ to record a set with a 50 piece School of Samba at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach in the summer of 2005.
2006 sees the start of Ariel's latest residency, a World urban inflected night called "Mondiale" at The End nightclub in London. His brand new label "Mydust" is due to launch digitally in 2007, and will showcase music from some the exciting new talent emerging from the Latino scene, as well as more established artists. Ariel is currently recording a new album with collaborations from some of Latin America's finest UK based musicians. Ariel's 17 hours set at Dimension in Argentina is recorded as one of the longest DJ sets ever played.