Iconic DJ YOJI BIOMEHANIKA launches the ‘2022 REWORKED’ project, starting with a brand new version of ‘DING A LING’!
YOJI BIOMEHANIKA, the globally acclaimed DJ/producer who has performed at major events including Tomorrowland, EDC, Creamfields, Sensation, Defqon.1 and Dance Valley, has begun a new chapter in his storied career with the launch of the ‘2022 REWORKED’ project. The series kicked off with the August 19 release of ‘DING A LING (2022 REWORKED MIX)’.
On August 10, this master producer’s classic albums ‘TECHNICOLOR NRG SHOW’ (2001) and ‘TALES FROM THE BIG ROOM’ (2004) became available on digital platforms, providing an opportunity to revisit those albums just as they sounded back in the day. As a new generation discovers YOJI BIOMEHAINKA and his many timeless anthems, his next work has finally been unveiled.
‘DING A LING’ was initially included on ‘TECHNICOLOR NRG SHOW,’ overwhelming audiences with its unique sound – notably the sound of a bell that resounded in the otherwise silent break, followed immediately by a crushing synth riff. This track was one of the defining moments of YOJI’s career, and its unique sound was a massive hit on dance floors everywhere.
‘DING A LING’ was licensed and released by major overseas labels such as Druck in Germany and Anthem in Italy, architects of the big-room scene trends of the era. YOJI’s friend and ally Scot Project remixed the track for one such licensed release. From the moment YOJI played this version at 2002’s massive Dance Valley outdoor festival in Holland, it dominated audiences worldwide. The track was also an enormous hit in Japan’s club scene; to this day, it is regarded as a trance classic.
Don’t miss this timeless gem, now reborn as ‘DING A LING (2022 REWORKED MIX)’. Two decades after its first release, it is time to discover the updated version of a masterpiece.
Artist: YOJI BIOMEHANIKA
Title: DING A LING (2022 REWORKED MIX)
Release date: Friday, August 19, 2022
Label: avex EDM
YOJI BIOMEHANIKA profile
In the late 1970s, the young man who would become YOJI BIOMEHANIKA immersed himself in advanced music such as noise, musique concrète, and overdubs. Later, he resonated with the futurist movement that rolled out in the ’80s amidst the evolution of digital technology in the form of MIDI. He found his identity in its technology-oriented, danceable sound-making opportunities and alternative appearance.
In the early ’90s, he started his career as a dance music producer and DJ under the name YOJI BIOMEHANIKA. He released numerous works on bleeding-edge labels in Germany, the UK, and Japan and quickly gained attention.
He rose to stardom as a leading figure in the NU-NRG scene and created a following known as “Hanikers.” With the arrival of the Millennium in 2000, the NU ERA was filled with expectations for the dawning of a new future.
YOJI BIOMEHANIKA expanded the stage of his activities globally, launching the label HELLHOUSE with London as its distribution base, and released a series of 12-inch singles of his original tracks. Each release has made the charts.
He has released many DJ MIX compilations in Japan and abroad, handpicking a list of famous DJs to participate.
In 2001, he released his first artist album, ‘TECHNICOLOR NRG SHOW’ on avex (released overseas by ID&T in the Netherlands) and the first Japanese DJ live DVD ‘TECHNICOLOR NRG SHOWCASE’ in Japan.
With a powerful stage presence and a string of original works that have become global anthems, he has jet-set across the globe to Western, Eastern and Central Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, where he broke out with an unprecedented run of performances including Mysteryland, Defqon-.1, Dance Valley, Tomorrowland, In Control, EDC, Creamfields, and many more.
He was the headliner at Sensation Black in Amsterdam for a groundbreaking two years in a row and has frequently ranked in the DJ Mag Top 100, climbing to the 32nd position – unparalleled for a Japanese artist.
In 2003, he won the Grand Prix at the Hard Dance Awards, established in the UK in its first year; in 2011, he won two awards – Outstanding Contribution and Best International DJ Asia – in recognition of his contribution to the scene.
His achievement in bringing hard electronic dance music from the underground to the mainstream market is a milestone in music history. Moreover, it is one of the reasons why he is considered an industry legend.
He began performing under the artist name YOJI (without BIOMEHANIKA) in 2007, advocating a hybrid music style known as Tech Dance that shifts more toward techno. He has had many hits such as ‘SIX HOURS,’ ‘TECHY TECHY,’ ‘AIRPORT,’ and others. After about seven years of musical exploration under this style, he returned to his identity by performing a melodic big room sound.
In 2015 he returned to the name YOJI BIOMEHANIKA, rebooting his original persona with a full heart. He released his third album, ‘CHAPTER X’ on avex EDM, his first album in 11 years, and all the single cuts from the album ranked highly on iTunes.
In 2016, he launched the ‘BANGINGLOBE’ label (under dieTunes) as a platform for his overseas work. Releases from avex in Japan are released overseas on this label, and each release has entered the world dance charts. In addition, all three parts of the digital album ‘A QUARTER CENTURY OF YOJI BIOMEHANIKA,’ a compilation of YOJI’s musical history released at the end of 2017, ranked in Beatport’s Top 5 albums.
In 2018, a rework of one of his signature tracks, ‘HARDSTYLE DISCO (2018 REVERSE BASS EDIT)’, was released and received a GOLD rating in a review from DJ Mag. The track is a massive anthem that continues to be loved by many artists around the world, and NWYR (W&W) performed a cover of the original track at Tomorrowland in 2017, where it became a scene sensation. The remix by Da Tweekaz and Sub Zero Project was released on avex EDM in Japan and Dirty Workz in Belgium and became a mega-hit.
In the same year, he supervised the production of Japan’s first major hardstyle compilation, ‘BANGINGLOBE PRESENTS SUPER HARDSTYLE’ (avex EDM), which reached No.1 on the iTunes dance chart on its first day of release.
During the covid-19 pandemic, YOJI has begun to face himself sincerely and develop his activities to pursue his unique personality. He has updated many of the songs he has written over his 30 years of activity and is now ready to demonstrate the actual value of YOJI BIOMEHANIKA as an artist.
Official website: https://yojibiomehanika.net/