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.
Ricardo 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 national radio shows. His unique mixing talent quickly gained unparalleled support and recognition from iconic house artists and 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 house radio shows; add frequent gigs all across Europe, tours in Asia and Belgian residencies to make him a respected member of the Chicago house music community. After loads of travels to Chicago, Ricardo is considered a local as he frequently divides his time between Belgium and “The Windy City”.
Bart Ricardo always surpasses musical boundaries and the amount of time he spends into purist crate digging translates well into his DJ performances. His fans rely on him to capture sounds that are housy and cutting-edge, but also sonic landscapes that are classic and timeless. Ricardo effortlessly sends people into orbit with a blend of jacking Chicago house, deep house, edits, disco, bootlegs, lounge and future jazz.
A talented producer, 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 (Kenyon & Ricardo) and more recently with French producer JR From Dallas (Gourmand Music).
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 Amsterdam’s Most Wanted Radio 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 Ibiza (Destino Pacha) , Amsterdam (ADE) , Berlin ( Chalet, Prince Charles) , … and several tours in Asia , playing Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam & Laos. While in between travelling, he keeps working on fresh tracks and remixes for labels such as Melodymathics and Marinated.
2017 promises to be an even more succesful year, 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.
While his productions and performances will continuously grow in demand worldwide, Bart Ricardo continues to astound many audiences and colleagues with his exceptional ability to connect to the dancefloor!