- Danny Williamson
- was born in London
He started his DJ career around 1988
as DJ Bukem, becoming "LTJ Bukem" after he told a friend that he wanted to change it to something different; they suggested "LTJ", and that was that.
The "Bukem" came from Hawaii 5-O
; A policeman says "Book'em Dano" when arresting someone (Bukem samples this in one of his sets- anyone who's heard much of his music would probably recognize it).
Bukem is one of the pioneers of drum n bass
- he created his own incredible style of it which incorporates jazz
flavours with jungle
, intelligent beats, and often in his live sets rhyming/hip hop style lyrics by MC Conrad
(as well as others).
He himself refers to the style just as "drum n bass
". In an interview1
he said, "D&B is D&B, why have different styles of one style? It only confuses and confines people's attitudes, and therefore closes minds"
He also mentions that he draws influence from a vast array of different styles and sounds, saying that there are beautiful aspects to all genres.
Bukem is regarded by some as one of the greatest DJs and has continued to be viewed as such since his first single "Logical Progression
" - released July 1991.
With MC Conrad he created his own label rather than join an existing one - Good Looking Records
- which has since gone on to be the home of some of the best drum n bass DJ's and MC's around, including Makoto
His music tells me a story - not a story of words, just of wicked sound. I can listen and re-listen to all of his sets and albums and never get sick of them.
If you like electronic
, dnb, jazz, soul, or laid back chilled beats, go grab some Bukem immediately. Trust me, you won't be dissapointed.
If you're looking for a sample of some quality tracks by him, take a listen to "Atlantis
", "Demon's Theme
", or "Music
I had the opportunity to see him live when he was in Adelaide
on Christmas Day '02 and I missed it. I'm still kicking myself.
The Progression Sessions
The Progression Sessions are my favourite LTJ Bukem works. They're laid back with lyrics by MC Conrad and DRS & they all come with two cds - a vocal version and an instrumental version of the sets.
The Earth Series
- Progression Sessions 1, 1998
- Progression Sessions 2, 1998 - It should be noted that this was produced by Blame, not Bukem.
- Progression Sessions 3, 1999
- Progression Sessions 4, 1999
- Progression Sessions 5, 2000
- Progression Sessions 6 - America Live, 2001
- Progression Sessions 7 - Live in Tokyo, 2002
- Progression Sessions 8, 2003
- Earth 1, 1999
- Earth 2, 1999
- Earth 3, 1999
- Earth 4, 2000
- Earth 5, 2001
- Earth 6, 2003
- Logical Progression Level 1, 1996
- Logical Progression Level 2, 1998 - I've been informed that this was also mixed by Blame. Thanks mkb
- Logical Progression Level 3, 1998
- Logical Progression Level 4, 2001
Bukem also selected the tracks for most of the Points in Time
series on Good Looking, but didn't mix or produce them.
As well as these, Bukem has (and continues to) play many live sets for various radio stations, clubs and parties around the world.
** Years of listening.
** Good Looking Records - http://www.glo.co.uk
** 1: http://www.justdancelah.com/features/bukem.htm