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The grandmaster of blending Hungarian folk music with hip hop vibes

Ever since scavenging his first record player at the age of 13, DJ Bootsie has been a staple of the European experimental electronic scene, dwelling on hip hop records and rare findings of Hungarian folk music.

On the invite of the Hungarian Cultural Center, New York, Bootsie has assembled a carefully curated exclusive mix for our audiences, flashing his unmistakable character of dizzy turntablism of cleverly marrying Hungarian folk music with today’s electronica. Among rarities of his Hungarian folk music collection, he surely will play a handful of tunes from his most recent release, Allegro Identity.

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Since 2002, Bootsie has released 4 full-length records as a solo artist to great critical acclaim and previously been involved in a variety of third party production work, composing film scores and providing beats and production skills for other artists. His subsequent albums were released by the highly respected British BBE Records, with international big-boys like J-Dilla, Pete Rock, DJ Vadim, and DJ Jazzy Jeff, or Madlib on their roster.

On the stage, Bootsie is rounded out by classically trained saxophone player János Vázsonyi, drummer Tibor Lázár and László Grünvald on vibraphone and percussion of Amadinda fame. Together, they have already performed at prestigious venues like the Cologne Philharmony, the Concertgebouw Bruges, at top jazz clubs like Domizil Dortmund, Casablanca Riga, at festivals like Wetterleuchten Innsbruck, Pohoda Trencin, Nowy Horizonty Filmfestival in Krakow Poland, or Sziget in their hometown Budapest.

Lately, the Hungarian State Opera has commissioned him to produce up-to-date adaptations of two movements of the most important national historic opera (László Hunyadi by Ferenc Erkel) as well as Richard Wagner’s Twilight of the Gods and Rhinegold.


Allegro Identity is a soul-gripping record, like its predecessors, a garland of memorable compositions. Stirring scenes from an imaginary movie that has as much action as poetry, a lot is being drawn from Hungarian cultural heritage as well. Most of the time hidden ancient folk music elements and patterns prevail throughout, molding natural and artificial beauty into one unique, spiritual entity. Listen to the album on Spotify.

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