touring 4 May - 7 May
In little over a year, Eddie Bitar has established himself in amongst the ranks of the world’s most respected DJs. Born in Canada but with Lebanese roots, Eddie’s sound of futuristic cutting edge trance, that seamlessly blends the best elements from tech and psy, has seen him receivehuge support from the likes of Armin van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk, Simon Patterson, John O’Callaghan, Aly & Filaand many more…
With releases on the world’scoolest labels such as Armada, Vanditand Perfecto Fluoro, it’s no wonder Eddie is being highlighted as one of the most exciting names in the genre today.
Eddie’s first breakthrough came in January 2011when he received his first major signing on Armada with his single “Drift”(a collaboration with AnjunabeatsartistGenix). Achunky progressive base line and mysterious layered atmospherics this was the production that set the scene for what was to become the trademark Bitar sound.
As the hype built it was Paul Van Dykthat came forward first to sign Eddie to his Vanditlabel. His opening two track EP for the legendary German trance imprint included the hard hitting club rippers “Beirut”and “Red Room”.
An ode to the city he grewup in, “Beirut”perfectly translates the constant energy flow of Lebanon’s vibrant capital that often played host to 10,000 capacity trance events. The EP featured a remix coming from another icon from the scene Giuseppe Ottavianiand it drew wide support fromPaul Oakenfold, Alex M.O.R.P.H, John Askew, Sean Tyas and John O’Callaghan.
Soon Eddie’s services as a remixer were widely sought after –first remixingPaul Van Dyk’ssingle with Artycalled the “The Ocean”which Armin van Buurenheavily supported –describing it as the record that “putPaul (van Dyk)back where he belongs”. Since then he has remixed for Bryan Kearney, Indecent Noise, SHato and Paul Rockseekand many more.
As a DJ Eddie’s live performances reflect the music he makes in the studio. Energetic, crisp, powerful, hard hitting and melodic. First starting outDJing inLebanon in2008 he soon earned himself a residency at Chocolate Clubin 2010 where he played along sinde the likes of Paul Van Dyk, Jennifer Rene, Betsie Larkin, Marco V, Jerome Isma-ae, Greg Downey, Daniel Wanrooy, Max Graham, Mark Sherry, Genix, Marten De Jong, Fred Bakerand Greg Nash.But as his profile and reputation,as a world-class producer,grew-so did the demand for him to tour.
Temporarily relocating to the UK in order to meet demand for European gig opportunities Eddie quickly found himself playing for many of the regions hottest trance nights including The Gallery at Ministry of Soundand Passion. Aroundthis time he also began his monthly “Verdict”radio show on iconic electronic radio station -AH.FM.
From there Eddie’sDJ gigs have sprawled across the globe taking him to the hottest dance floors in Ibiza, Argentina, England, Amsterdam, Australia, Indonesia, Scotland, Italy, Ireland, Canadaand of course back home in Lebanon.