Johan Gielen begins his walk of life at seventeen at a Dutch club.. Not long after that period he leaves for Japan for two years to work as resident DJ at club Velfarre in Tokyo. Johan’s reputation runs ahead of him and after his return to The Netherlands his career skyrockets, both nationally and internationally.
Johan harvests worldwide hit records and strikes gold with titles like “The Beauty of Silence” en “Twisted”. By that time the amount of remix assignments for artists like, amongst others, Tiësto, Boy George, The Thrillseekers, Chicane and Delirium, has gone through the roof. Countless Top10 positions follow, all with global success and especially in Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, U.K. and his land of birth Belgium. Johan’s Productions receive support from all the major DJs and are played everywhere.
In 2006 Johan launched his debut album “Revelations”, which is released by Black Hole Recordings. With this release he brings his fans not just trance, but also progressive and techno. From that moment on it is clear for everybody that Johan Gielen can no longer be seen as merely a Trance DJ, but also as an artist who knows how to make the perfect combination of house, electro and trance in a style that he obviously adapts to his audience..
By the end of 2006 he jumps from the fiftieth position to the 24th in the annual DJ Top 100 from DJ Magazine.
Enter 2009 and Johan tirelessly continues the up going line in his career. He mixed the very first edition of the “Private Party” mix compilation for Black Hole; under the alias of Airscape he released the single “My Love” with the vocals of Jes Brieden and he began a brand new project with Virtual Vault, named The Dubguru. Their first single “U Got To Know” immediately shot to the highest regions of the charts The productions show that over the years Johan has widened his view and that he doesn’t limit himself to trance, embracing other styles as well.
Online Johan is also a busy man and hosts his own monthly radio show and podcast, called “Global Sessions”. The show is broadcast by various stations all over the world. And it’s exactly this global character that defines Johan Gielen’s career. Indeed The Netherlands is his home base, but the world is definitely his working place. Or, as Johan likes to put it: “The world in which I move around every single day, can be read by the stamps that I have all over my passport. With such an enormous amount of airmiles I can fly around the world for free six time over!” (Laughs).
2012 Johan Gielen has started a collaboration together with Jan Vervloet, one of the best producers Belgium has to offer, with an enormous list of hits already under his belt. This collaboration has spawned an very special track,built around an old, well known, sample the double J’s created a dirty sounding big room banger ‘Music for Free’ and as Follow up ‘Break ya Down’
‘Music For Free’ was found in the Beatport top 100, Trackitdown top 3 & the Dancetunes Charts.
And as if it isn’t enough yet, Johan currently works hard for the release of his upcoming artist album and Airscape album, featuring several collaborations with befriended class-A artists.
Up till today from all over the world the booking requests pour in and in no time he plays the biggest venues of the world, features on the known raves and appears in every line-up of the ruling festivals and clubs like Dance Valley, Tomorrowland, Nature One, Sensation White, Sunrise Festival, The Government, Space, Godskitchen, Sunrise festival and remains the only artist who performed 15 times in succession at the prestigious Trance Energy.
”Johan Gielen ” the name behind his famous trance project AIRSCAPE
Airscape holds a special place in electronic dance music history, with past releases, projects and remixes such as: Alice Deejay – “The Lonely One”, Safri Duo – “Played-A-Live”, Tiesto – “Lethal Industry”, ATB – “Hold You” and many more. “One of their most well-known remixes is that of the Delerium song “Silence”, which was used as the lead single release and reached the top 3 of the UK Singles Charts! With the return of Airscape and their single ‘Endless Forever’ which is the Mixmag Tune of the month in April 2013 Johan’s new Airscape production ‘ Welcome Home’will be released may 6th 2013.
Previous releases by Airscape: ”Cruising”, ”Pacific Melody”, with Peter Ramson – UK #27, “Amazon Chant”- UK #46, ”L’Esperanza” – UK #33, ”Sosei”, ”My Love”, with JES, ”L’Esperanza 2009″, Now & Then the Album