For the last 6 years, Ganjaguru has been carving a niche in the hard dance scene but his recent success over the last 4 has created a well-built reputation making his name a buzzword on the Malaysian and Melbourne circuit scene.
The co-founder of the Bass Agents, Ganjaguru can be seen playing a diverse range of styles but his focus; hard driving relentless basslines. Their crew consists of Ganjaguru, Xt-Acid and Didjital. They all decided to go under the name Bass Agents and later that year formed BAXX their own Hard Dance label and clothing line, with products readily available off the shelf via E-bay and other various marketing channels around Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur.
During his shows, it’s typical to see him grabbing, twisting and manipulating clusters of knobs buttons and faders, all precisely moved to follow his momentary sonic path. They often call him “the devastator,” chasing the inspiration flowing through him manipulating the sound. Nothing is planned until seconds before it occurs, and when it does, it is extremely deliberate. Sometimes daring and unexpected but strangely fitting sounds are injected into the system on the fly, displaying a true love for his craft. Not afraid to experiment, he risks humiliation before thousands.
In 2004, Ganjaguru got into serious music production and to date, he has produced DeadBeat, Darthstyle, Hard Sequence, This Groove, Moment, Annihilating Rhythm, Emotion and many other bootleg remixes. On the other hand, he would secure 5 hour gigs regularly. This process involves an hour of warming up, and the mastering of the flow of seamless genre shifting within one set with such technical mastery. From electro house to hard trance the Bass Agents has also been known to execute sessions of straight ahead metallic hardstyle without an ounce of deviation. Many factors contribute to where a set will go, but the final product will always end up hard as nails.
In 2005, Ganjaguru got his lucky break and was offered a residency at Melbourne’s one and only (and longest running) Thursday Night Dance Club, Elevation. Just 3 short months @ Elevation, Ganjaguru was called upon to join the Tuned Nu-Skool DJ team. He currently holds residencies at ‘Elevation’ at Altitude (Melbourne), and ‘Tuned’ at the Tunnel (Melbourne). He is also a regular guest with Pharmacy, PHD, Bubble and the rest of the Asian collective.
It was history in the making when Ganjaguru was called upon to play alongside headline acts such as the Organ Donors, Dj Wag and Dave Joy at the first ever rave event to be held in China, at the Guang Zhou Olympic Stadium on NYE 2005. History was made as communist China opened its doors for the first time, and introduced 30,000 new Chinese ravers to the sounds of Western Hard Dance.
2007 saw the formation of Agent Entertainment, based around the notion “Infekted” a monthly event catered for the harder generation and with 500 pax decking out the club spanning 2 levels, Infekted is now emerging as a force to be reckoned with.
To date, Ganjaguru has played alongside the Organ Donors, Yakooza, Alex Kidd, Lady Dana, The Prophet, Brennan Heart, Gizmo, Technikal, Steve Hill, Dark By Design, Phil York, Dr. Willis, David Forbes, Andy Whitby, Paul Brisk, Dave Joy, Carl Nicholson, Charlotte Birch, D-10, Hellraiser, Soul-T, Scott Alert, Yoshi and Dj Nervous.
As for the future adventures of Ganjaguru, it is anyone’s guess, but a good bet would be a new mix CD reflecting his latest musical evolution and perhaps some new original music as well. We asked about the future and he said:
“You’ll see me pushing the music and cultural boundaries while staying connected to the evolution of my principles. Keep it tidy, keep it real and keep it hard!”