(Macadam Music, MonkeyFunk, Shut The House Up, Ceremony Records - Tallinn, Estonia)
A resident DJ for "Ministry Of Sound" & "Defected In The House" events in Estonia / A face in 2011/2012 for Casio G-Shock
Estonia is the hub of the Baltic house music scene and DJ Widenski is one its major players. Tallin–born Andrius Videnski grew up with music from a very young age. A classically trained singer and pianist, in 1996 he discovered the joy of house music and this sealed his fate. Three months later he bought his first 12inch (which he still plays), and a year later he played his first ever gig.
Around the same time Widenski started promoting underground parties in Estonia, including the seminal "Disco Diet", "Classic Records" and "Fried Funk" nights. Buoyed by their success, Widenski knew he had found his calling. Soon he getting booked to play his brand of funk-driven house all over Estonia as well as across Europe, USA, Australia and Asia including Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Denmark, UK, Singapore, France, India, Indonesia, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Ukraine, Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania. Widenski started organizing bigger events such as "Macadam Lounge" and festivals all over Estonia - inviting over big international names like DJ Feadz from Mr Oizo (F-Communications - France), Erik "Dirty Jesus" Rug (Paper Recordings - France), Manuel Perez (Wrong Steps - France), Fredrik Stark (I Records - Sweden) etc. Widenski has played alongside these and others such as Bob Sinclar, Dimitri From Paris, Kym Mazelle, Moussa Clarke, S.U.M.O., Pete Tong, John Digweed, King Britt, Honey Dijon, Bert Bevans, Marcus Enochson, Llorca, Elegie, Lisa Millet, Ben Westbeech, Jori Hulkkonen, Andy Ward, Kings Of Tomorrow, Grandmaster Flash, Roger Sanzhez, Jo Mills, Layo & Bushwacka, Frankie Feliciano, Angie Brown, Peyton and many others.
DJ Widenski’s sound could mostly be described as funky house, but he is also very partial to Chicago style tracky stuff, all underpinned by his love for 70`s disco (rumour has it he’s part of locally famous DJ-duo "The Stomp Brothers" - weirdly costumed 70`s bucketheads who play pure disco classics, but this cant be confirmed).
Today he’s busy pushing the house vibe in his home country Estonia with residencies at Estonia’s best clubs "Privé", "Sugar", "Clazz" and playing out totally around 100 gigs a year! He`s also travelling a lot having at least 10 foreign gigs every year. Beside that Widenski is the manager of an International DJ booking agency "Macadam Music", looking after a wealth of International and Estonian DJ talent. Widenski somehow finds the time to keep at the promotions game too: he runs the “Macadam Madness”, “Fried Funk” parties in Tallinn, Estonia and several one-off nights too. He is also a resident DJ for Ministry Of Sound parties in Estonia.
No stranger to the airwaves as well as the dancefloor, Widenski hosted a weekly “Fried Funk” radioshow on Estonia`s only dance music radiostation “Energy FM” (93,2 MHz) for over 3 years.
From March to May 2003 Widenski went on his first ever major tour together with DJ Dave Storm from Subliminal & Refunkt Records. The tour took them to 5 different countries (Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania) and totalled 11 massive parties! Since then his worldwide DJ-tours have taken him to countries like Australia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, China, England, France, Denmark, Finland, Slovakia, Wales, Ibiza, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and to superclubs such as “Turnmills” (London), “Pacha” (Ibiza), "Alumbra" (Melbourne), "StereoLab" (Singapore), “Le Vogue” (Paris), "Temple" (San Francisco), "Seduction" (Phuket), "Sky Garden" (Bali), “Vertigo” (Hong Kong), “Urban Edge” (Bangalore), “Madame JoJo`s” (London), “The Emporium” (Cardiff), “Fokused” (Stockholm) etc..
Today Widenski is spending a lot of time in his studio producing house music with his friends under the name MonkeyFunk. Their first single named "I Believe", which has remixes by Andy Ward from Soul Central was released on Ceremony Records in May 2009 and has since then got some amazing feedback. Next single called "My Way" was released in 2011 on Mercado Paralelo Records and their latest single called "Feeling Good" that has vocals from Pete Simpson from The Sunburst Band came out on a new label Shut The House Up in Feb 2012.
Widenski is one of the best of the Baltic new breed, and a DJ of truly International calibre…
Comments by widenski
@oldschoolorchestra: Thank you!!!
@deanfacer: All good, still in business! It's been a century since we last met :) Hope you're well too!
great peak time filler!