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‘Pump It Up’
Out 25th of October!

***Massive Holiday Anthem hits the UK and Ireland !***
***Top 10 in 6 European countries so far!***
***Playlisted at the Box 6 weeks upfront!***

‘Pump It Up’ has been ‘THE’ summer party anthem for hordes of holiday makers this year after it was hammered in all of the Mediterranean hot spots from Portugal and Spain to Greece , Italy , Israel and Turkey! Resort bars and clubs and the local radio stations have played the track all summer long!!

It’s the biggest pan-European dance hit of summer 2004; selling over 220,000 copies in France and going top 10 in Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Greece and Russia. In Italy alone - a two month long national TV advertising campaign with Pringles has lead to over one million people owning CD copies of the track. Commercial releases in Germany and America (where it’s already been added to hugely influential radio station KTU in New York are now set to follow!

Judge Jules has been the first to respond to the European action spinning the Gladiator re-mix for the past month on his Radio 1 show. During this time it’s gone down a storm with commercial DJ’s throughout the country whilst leaping to #3 on the Cool Cuts chart. The Video has gone straight on the playlist at the Box & Kiss TV channels (6 weeks upfront) as well as being added MTV Dance and MTV UK’s TRL!

An infectious club favourite, “Pump It UP” is a combination of the ‘Black and White Brothers' euro hit 'Pump It Up' with the seminal 1990 house classic Mixmaster's 'In The Mix'. Danzel himself, a finalist in last years Belgium Pop Idol is a truly larger than life character and has been completing promo throughout Europe and the US for the last 6 months. Released on the 25th of October it’s shaping up to be this autumns biggest Pop/dance crossover hit, so in the words of the great man himself, “You’ve Got To Pump It Up , Don’t you know pump it up !”

Danzel “Pump It Up” - Out 25th October!


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Johan Waem, aka Danzel, was one of the final 20 contestants of the Belgian version of Idol (called Idool 2003). "Idol" is a worldwide spread television show which tries to determine who is the country’s hottest, new musical talent.

Three thousand youngsters participated and only 20 were selected for the big final. Danzel was one of those lucky twenty. It was his chance to show the world what he was capable of.

And, his performance did not stay unnoticed: he proved to have a very remarkable, soulful voice and an enticing personality. The down-to-earth chap with spiky hair and blue glasses left a very good impression. Not in the least on the ladies, we might add. No wonder that he reached the finals.

Johan has always been interested in singing. He has been playing music for years and was one of the members of band Scherp op de Snee, in which he sang and played the bass guitar. Apart from that he has been a backing singer for the L.A. Band, which does a lot of gigs with many famous Belgian musicians. But, Johan does more: he plays the piano and guitar, and, being an all round musician and entertainer, he also composes and writes his own lyrics. By the way, did you know he worked as a DJ-entertainer in a karaoke bar? Well, that is where he developed his excellent MC-skills…

Idool 2003 gave Johan the chance to dedicate his life to music and record his debut-single ‘Pump it up’. He used the artist name Danzel, a name which refers to Johan’s favourite actor: Denzel Washington.

‘Pump it up’ is a remake of a song by the Black and White brothers, who had a big hit in the nineties with ‘Put Your Hands Up’. Danzel’s remake was released at the end of 2003, only on 300 copies. A limited edition on yellow vinyl. People reacted very enthusiastically. The record was picked up by Airplay Records (France) and The Underdog Project producers (DJ Frank and Andy Janssens, also the producer of Kate Ryan) complimented Danzel on his version. The videoclip for the song was shot in a striptease club downtown Ghent. The ladies in the video are all regular clients of the hip Culture Club, which is - according to the Britisch Sunday Times Magazine – ‘the coolest place on earth’. On the annual music fair Midem (Cannes, France – last week of January) Danzel was licensed to the rest of Europe and some other, far away countries (eg. South Africa will release Danzel’s work). At the Midem Closing Party the famous French DJ Charles Schillings – who played after Pete Tong – played ‘Pump it Up’ two times during his set.

That's how it all began !

Now 'Pump It Up' is a massive hit in France, Belgium and the rest of Europe is following. The first full album of Danzel will be ready in 2 weeks...


Real Name: Johan Waem
Date of birth: November 9th, 1976
Place of birth: Beveren-Waas (close to Antwerp)
Zodiac: Scorpio
Studies: Electricity
Brothers/Sisters: 1 brother, 3 sisters (Danzel is the youngest)
Favourite drink: Bacardi, Jack Daniels
Favourite food: Paste, mussels with French fries
Favourite actor: Denzel Washington
Favourite actress: Sandra Bullock
Favourite band: Deep Purple
Favourite singer(male): Kurt Nilsen
Favourite singer(female): Norah Jones
Hobbies: movies, snooker, party, composing music and writing lyrics

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