CJ Bolland

Real Name:
Christian Jay Bolland
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Born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham in 1971 but transplanted to Belgium when he was only three, CJ Bolland received an early education in dance music; his parents ran a club in Antwerp, and his mother DJed there. He grew up listening to the synthesizer music of several eras — from Jean-Michel Jarre to Front 242 and the The Neon Judgement — but began devoting most of his time to house and techno by the late '80s. Bolland began producing in 1988, when a drummer friend gave him access to the right gear, and his tracks were soon heard on several Belgian pirate radio stations. He then sent demos to several labels, and finally heard back from R & S Records.
CJ Bolland's first production for R & S, the Project's "Do That Dance", jump-started his career, and he soon saw releases from his projects Pulse, Space Opera (with the Advent's Cisco Ferreira), Cee-Jay, Ravesignal and Sonic Solution. His 1992 "Ravesignal 3 EP" (specifically, the track "Horsepower") made Bolland one of the hottest names in the new global dance community.

Bolland made his album debut soon after, with "The 4th Sign". His 1993-94 schedule also included production work for Mundo Muzique, Dave Angel and Joey Beltram as well as remixing for Orbital, The Prodigy, Sven Väth, WestBam, Tori Amos and Baby Ford, among others. His second album "Electronic Highway" was released in 1995, after which Bolland signed a mammoth five-album deal with Internal Records. The first fruits of the contract, "The Analogue Theatre", were released in late 1996 to critical praise and dance-chart success, thanks to the excitable single "Sugar Is Sweeter".

He founded his own label "Mole Records" in 2002.
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Albums

RS 92024 CD The 4th Sign — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland The 4th Sign (Album) R & S Records, R & S Records RS 92024 CD Belgium 1992 Sell This Version
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RTD119.3107.2, RS 95011 CD Electronic Highway — CJ Bolland C.J. Bolland* Electronic Highway (Album) R & S Records RTD119.3107.2, RS 95011 CD Germany 1995 Sell This Version
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838 832-2, TRUCD 13 The Analogue Theatre — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland The Analogue Theatre (Album) Internal, Internal 838 832-2, TRUCD 13 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
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none The 5th Sign — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland The 5th Sign(12xFile, AAC) Wack Attack Barrack none Belgium 2006
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WKD500E100 500€ Cocktail — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland 500€ Cocktail (Album) Wikkid Records WKD500E100 Canada 2009 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

RS 912 The Ravesignal — CJ Bolland Cee-Jay* The Ravesignal R & S Records RS 912 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
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RS 928 Ravesignal 2 — CJ Bolland C.J. Bolland* Ravesignal 2 R & S Records RS 928 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
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RSUK 5P Here We Go / Get Busy Time — CJ Bolland The Project (3) / Ceejay* The Project (3) / Ceejay* - Here We Go / Get Busy Time R & S Records RSUK 5P UK 1991 Sell This Version
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RSUK 6 Ravesignal III — CJ Bolland C. J. Bolland* Ravesignal III R & S Records RSUK 6 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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none CJ Bolland / Jack n Phil CJ Bolland / Jack n Phil - Horsepower / We Are Unity (Instrumental)(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none UK 1991 Sell This Version
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RS 93022 RX Camargue (Live At Universe) — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland Camargue (Live At Universe) R & S Records RS 93022 RX Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
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RS 93022 Camargue (The Remixes) — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland Camargue (The Remixes) (Single) R & S Records RS 93022 Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
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RS 93024 CD Live At Universe 30-04-93 — CJ Bolland C•J•Bolland* Live At Universe 30-04-93 (Maxi) R & S Records RS 93024 CD Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
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LXDJ 22 The Starship Universe E.P. — CJ Bolland C. J. Bolland* The Starship Universe E.P. Internal, Internal LXDJ 22 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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LXXDJ 22 There Can Be Only One — CJ Bolland C. J. Bolland* There Can Be Only One Internal LXXDJ 22 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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RS 95081 Neural Paradox — CJ Bolland C.J. Bolland* Neural Paradox (Single) R & S Records RS 95081 Belgium 1995 Sell This Version
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LIEDJ 35 The Prophet / Sugar Is Sweeter — CJ Bolland C.J. Bolland* The Prophet / Sugar Is Sweeter Internal LIEDJ 35 UK 1996 Sell This Version
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575771-1 Sugar Is Sweeter — CJ Bolland C.J. Bolland* Sugar Is Sweeter (Maxi, Single) Internal, Internal 575771-1 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
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none The Prophet — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland The Prophet (Single, Maxi) FFRR, FFRR none UK 1997 Sell This Version
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5439-16978-9 How Do I Deal / Sugar Is Sweeter — CJ Bolland Jennifer Love Hewitt, CJ Bolland Jennifer Love Hewitt, CJ Bolland - How Do I Deal / Sugar Is Sweeter(CD, Single) 143 Records, Warner Bros. Records 5439-16978-9 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
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PRO A 9621 Sugar Is Sweeter / Blue Monday — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland / Orgy CJ Bolland / Orgy - Sugar Is Sweeter / Blue Monday Warner Bros. Records, Elementree Records PRO A 9621 US 1998 Sell This Version
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ESXDJ 5, EXDJ5 It Ain't Gonna Be Me — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland It Ain't Gonna Be Me (Single, Maxi) Essential Recordings ESXDJ 5, EXDJ5 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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EXXDJ5 Desolate 1 / The Tingler — CJ Bolland C.J. Bolland* Desolate 1 / The Tingler(12", Promo) Essential Recordings, FFRR EXXDJ5 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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RTC 002-6 Dark Side / Camargue — CJ Bolland AWeX / CJ Bolland AWeX / CJ Bolland - Dark Side / Camargue Rewind The Classics RTC 002-6 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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RTC007-6 Inside Out / Cyrus — CJ Bolland CJ Bolland / Psilocybin CJ Bolland / Psilocybin - Inside Out / Cyrus(12") Rewind The Classics RTC007-6 UK 2000 Sell This Version

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Numanoid

Numanoid

May 29, 2022
edited 4 months ago
CJ Bolland is one of few that can reach the heights of Orbital. It must not be forgotten than his remixes also are for the most part outstanding, Rational Youth's "Le Meilleur Des Mondes" is a stand out example of that.
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

July 2, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
CJ Bolland's & Cisco Ferreira's tunes such as "Mantra", "Camargue" and "Nightbreed" are standards of a very special era in the history of avant-garde dance music, for they carried inside them a very accurate sense of feeling and inspiration, made by the brilliant alliance between these two producers at the time they were part of the legendary R & S crew, in Belgium, on the early nineties.

CJ Bolland's music were the kind that would be played by the real underground minds at their time, those with a deep comprehension and taste for bold, challenging sounds. CJ's early releases on R & S Records are a testimonial of how far would all these European talented kids could go through their commitment with the idea of creating a different music with a very personal perspective.

In 1993, the avant-garde legends DJs (such as Mau Mau and Renato Lopes in Brazil) included their tunes on their charts instantaneously, a sort of blessing for the regulars of legendary venues such as Columbia, Sra. Krawitz and Samantha Santa and many other historical Temples throughout the World.

CJ Bolland's sense of harmony, melody and emotion was far away from the average, for he always showed a deep passion for ART and the desire of making something innovative and musically aesthetic.
moroder

moroder

October 23, 2003
edited over 12 years ago
In the late of '95 the relationship between Renaat Vandepapeliere (the owner of the R&S label) and CJ had reached to a point where no cooperation was possible any more.
From the beginning they met CJ was very influenced by his big example Dave Angel.CJ began to experiment and searched for new ways in which to express his musical talents.These experiments wheren't being appreciated by Renaat, who thought it didn't match the profile of R&S.CJ was obliged however to deliver a quota of records for R&S.This period of his life he described as very depressing and he fell in to a big black hole."I was a total mess": he said.He described making the obliged records as "making love to a very ugly and gross woman".It was his good friend Kris Vanderheyden ("Insider") who pulled him out of the misery and put him back on the tracks.After the contract with "Eternal" CJ felt free at last.Not only was he free in his creations (even in his video clips he had the final word) but finally could he make a decent living of music again.
(source:interview CJ Bolland on local radio station "Club-X"-1996)
Nice detail: eventually CJ expressed his thanks to "Insider" to run off with his chick "Zohra" (known as the immensely beautiful lead vocalist from "2 Fabiola")

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