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// DJ PREDATOR
Amsterdam based DJ Predator, a.k.a. Stephan Scheltema, had to deal with a rebelious,
creative mind all his life. Lost in grafitti art during his childhood,
he became intrigued by early Rap music, Breakbeats, Reggae and Electro.
The purchase of a Commodore Amiga in 1991, provided him with the
means to experiment with beats and breaks himself.
Influenced by his love for music and driven by the the rage of a young boy,
he established his first release on vinyl in 1992.
Over a period of six years, he managed to release more than sixty releases,
most of them on labels such as Mokum, Ruffneck, Ruff EX, Cenobite and H2Oh.
With the growth of the dance scene in general, Predator’s star was rising,
providing him with more equipment and posibilities.
Living his dream of expressing his musical thoughts on recordings, his enthusiasm
earned him the status of label manager for one of Holland’s best selling labels,
at the time owned by the reknowned record company XSV Music in Rotterdam.
All his time and money he spent in and on his studio.
Hit releases like Jiehaaaa, Pump Up The Vibe, Here we go again and
Mind Of A Lunatic brought him recognition from around the globe,
resulting in live performances and DJ bookings in worldwide,
from Canada to Australia, from Russia to the United States, Germany, Holland, Swiss, the UK and more.
Slowly but surely maturing his natural love for Hiphop and Breaks,
these musical styles started to sneak into his productions.
Although still using a steady beat, he more and more found himself applying sophisticated drum
patterns to his tracks, giving them more funk and more speed.
In 1998, longing for a new creative challenge, Predator decided to have a major career change.
From that moment on he wanted to present his dark, claustrophobic atmospheres to the Drum ‘n Bass scene.
The shift immediately proved to be a success. As Dutch imprints A New Dawn
and Acetate Recordings were securing Predator’s singles,
UK labels such as 5HQ / Formation were quickly snatching up pairs of their own.
In 2001, he joined one of the most prestigeous Dutch crews named Bassground and
was voted best Dutch Drum ‘n Bass producer in 2002.
While devellopping his very own sound,
Predator has his sights set on the future, so be on the look out for this lunatic psychonaut,
as he is determined to come correct across the board.
Born 7th of July 1973, in Amsterdam,
Predator, real name Stephan Scheltema
Creative background: Graffiti, Graphic Design, and Music Producer
Musical influence: Hip Hop, Breakbeats, Jungle/Drum ’n Bass, Hardcore, Techno, Electro, Ragga
First release: Aux 9 - Probe - Startraxx vol.1 end of 1992
Following releases: 1993 to 1998 Hardcore releases on: Mokum, Ruffneck / Ruff-ex, Cenobite en H2oh
Drum ’n Bass Releases: 1998 Formation Rec. Sub label: 5HQ DJ Predator – Syphon / Nothing left.
A New Dawn - DJ Predator – Genetic Wave / Backdraft
Acetate Rec. - DJ Predator – Smugglers / Diss-intergration
Ruff-teck Rec. - DJ Predator – Close Range
Acetate Rec. - Predator feat. Bioforge – Surveillance / Code Blue
Acetate Rec. - Bioforge – Centron / Nightwatch
Ruff-teck Rec. - Predator & Ruffneck – Paravision
Acetate Rec. - Predator – Hydra / Top Ranking
Most important gigs:
Scotland - Resurrection / Fubar /
USA - Together as one / Nocturnal Wonderland
Netherlands – Lowlands, Hellraiser, Dance Valley, Thunderdome, fast forward
Other countries: Russia, England, Austria, Italy, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany,
France and many more..