Bart Ricardo hails from Bruges and is one of Belgium’s important Chicago house protagonists to have emerged from his country over the last two decades.
Bart instinctively started spinning in the early nineties. His profound passion for house music in combination with his technical skills soon landed him bookings at parties, major clubs and radio shows. His unique mixing talent quickly gained unparalleled support and recognition from iconic house artists. Bart Ricardo notoriously shared many DJ line-ups with the likes of Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Gene Farris, Green Velvet, Roy Davis Jr. …
He’s often invited to perform on international radio shows; add frequent gigs all across Europe, tours in Asia and America, this makes him a respected member of the Chicago house music community.
Bart Ricardo first released a track in 2009 on the American imprint Herbal Essence. His ever-expanding discography contains releases on respected house labels such as Farris Wheel Recordings, Gourmand Music, and Frequency Spectrum. In 2012, he topped the charts of popular online stores with his “Boom Away EP” on Tango Recordings. He has also shown his talents by remixing successful projects of Lil’ Mark, Le Babar, Andrew Emil, Joss Moog. No stranger to collaboration, he shared productions with Chicago based Alinka (Shuteye), Belgium’s Nicolas Kenyon and more recently with French producer JR From Dallas (Gourmand).
In 2013, Bart Ricardo proudly released “House Music All Night Long” as his second EP on Chicago’s Farris Wheel Recordings.
2014 was even more significant when he released the highly appraised “NYC EP” on Chicago’s Whitebeard label. That summer, Derrick Carter played “Spoken Words” in his sets and “Henry’s Philly” featured on Mark Farina’s GLA47 podcast and Roy Davis Jr. Clash Magazine podcast. The release would also earn him an honorable spot in Traxsource’s Jackin Top 200 chart of 2014. His 2014 remixes include JR From Dallas’ Acid Ghetto Street (sold out limited vinyl edition) and Pha5e & Furmits’ Bring The Good Stuff, both for Gourmand Music. A successful appearance at AMWRadio and showcase of Good For You Records during ADE topped off another excellent production year.
From then on the future only gets brighter for Bart Ricardo, having 2015 and 2016 filled with exciting gigs in Europe and several tours in Asia & the USA. While in between travelling, he keeps working on fresh tracks and remixes for labels such as Melodymathics and Marinated.
2017 promises to be even more succesful , with new productions and collaborations coming your way!
Since 2005 Bart also makes it a priority to visit his Chicagoan family and friends each year and it comes as no surprise to catch him behind the decks of Gramaphone Records, Primary, Vertigo Sky Lounge, Smart Bar, Evil Olive, radio stations and neighboring cities.
Some notable clubs Bart played at:
Silo - Leuven, Belgium
Decadance - Ghent, Belgium
h2o Club - Pecq, Belgium
Café d'Anvers - Antwerp, Belgium
La Rocca - Lier, Belgium
Kitsch Club - Knokke, Belgium
Jimmy Woo - Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Joy Club - Cadzand, the Netherlands
Prince Charles - Berlin, Germany
Chalet - Berlin, Germany
The Cube - Paderborn, Germany
Ocean Beach Club - Ibiza, Spain
Zenith - Ibiza, Spain
Base - Ibiza, Spain
Coolture cafe - Ibiza, Spain
Destino Pacha Resort - Ibiza, Spain
Djoon Club - Paris, France
Vice-Versa - Lille, France
Smart bar - Chicago, USA
EvilOlive - Chicago, USA
Brunchlox - Chicago, USA
Soundbar - Chicago, USA
Elephant Noise - Chicago, USA
House Arrest - Chicago, USA
Zentra - Chicago, USA
Uptown Lounge - Chicago, USA
Revolutionary Music - Chicago, USA
Primary - Chicago, USA
Vertigo - Chicago, USA
Some Like It Hot - Detroit, USA
Dvine Hookah Lounge - Miami, USA
Dorchester - Miami, USA
Triangle - Milwaukee, USA
Crave - Milwaukee, USA
Seven - Indianapolis, USA
Blu - Indianapolis, USA
Pontoon - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
St. Tropez - Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Don Chan - Vientiane, Laos
Marina - Vientiane, Laos
Bart Ricardo’s tracks