Rotterdam-based dj/producer Baggi Begovic (Adjin Begovic to his mom and dad) is up there in the clouds, in the rarefied air of specialness. In the Fall of 2010, he rocked dance floors all over the globe with Smells Like Teen Spirit, a smashing 21st century take on Nirvana’s grunge classic co-produced by Baggi and Rene Amesz. It hit number 1 of Beatport’s Progressive Chart.
About the same time, Baggi set a new standard for high-altitude partying when he, Skitzofrenix and four dj colleagues transformed a KLM airliner, en route to Miami’s Music Week, into the planet’s loftiest party zone. The captain’s altitude meter clocked 11.582 meter. Baggi Begovic and friends made the Guinness Book of World Records.
Like these snapshots from the man’s working life suggest, Baggi is a team player. He likes to co-operate. He wants to share. Baggi is a dj/producer of the people, for the people.
Migrating from his native Bosnia to Rotterdam in the mid ‘90s, Baggi dived head-first and heart-deep into the rapidly blossoming Dutch dance scene. His timing was perfect: Dutch dance had gained a strong foothold in The Netherlands, yet its days of global supremacy were a fantasy on the horizon. It inspired Baggi’s fertile mind to pay his dues and learn his craft, behind the decks and in the studio. Music was – and is – the perfect release for his passion for life.
Honing his skills and establishing his name on the national (Dutch) scene gave Baggi stamina. It paid off when the 2009 Defected In The House: Amsterdam 2cd compilation, selected and mixed by Hardsoul and veteran studio masters Chocolate Puma, included three (count them!) Baggi tracks. It resulted in a Baggi Begovic & Chocolate Puma co-production for the famous Defected label, Solarianism, and kick-started Baggi’s international career.
Baggi Begovic has worked in the studio with, among others, Roger Sanchez, Hardsoul, Funkerman and, as mentioned, Rene Amesz. He has remixed tracks by Christina Aguilera, Cece Peniston, Donna Summer and Sandy Rivera, to name a few. Recently, he released a track via Roger Sanchez’s Stealth label, The Chant. He has selected and mixed various compilations, including releases for Sneakerz (Amsterdam) and Nervous (New York). Baggi’s latest (digital) release is the Dutch Tech EP on the illustrious Strictly Rhythm label (out in May 2011).
Baggi Begovic has been spinning all over the globe, in fabled clubs and at reputed festivals like Ministry of Sound, Mysteryland, Creamfields,Extrema, Dance Valley and Global Gathering. He has shared the decks with top producers and top jocks: Dennis Ferrer, Erick E, Sharam, Funkerman, Erick Morillo, Chocolate Puma, Roger Sanchez.
Come to think of it, Baggi Begovic is a top jock himself. 11.582 meters and counting.