Jurgen Leyers aka DJ Fire started out in 1992, after visiting some of the well known clubs in Belgium. He had played at small school parties and under his first guise DJ Energy, which changed in 2001 to DJ Fire. He got his first big bookings and productions through his job, which was working for the well known Lightning/Bonzai Records in Antwerp.
Jurgens DJ career started professionally when he got together with DJ Ghost at one of the first big house radio stations called Rave FM. From there went on to his first residency at clubs Qu and The Hole. Meanwhile Jurgen also got asked to do guest performances in clubs such as Extreme, La Scala and Dixies.
A few years later he had played in nearly every Belgian club (Cherrymoon, Illusion, Zillion, BBC,…) as a guest DJ. An illustrious journey followed with residencies in clubs included Bel-Air, Club X Belgium, Fauna, Pampas, The Return, Club X in Tilburg, Holland and Afterclub Rockefeller. He also played in a lot of other clubs in Holland like Time and Trance-Buddha in Amsterdam, Ministry of Dance/Outland in Rotterdam and Mysteryland in 1999.
His career also took him abroad to bookings in Malta, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, Luxemburg and Norway. He played at the legendary Dorian Grey in Frankfurt, EFX-Club in Hamburg, the Love Parade in Berlin and the Summer Parade in Oslo. Also some big raves like Euphoria Rave in Hannover and Highway in Geneva. In 2003/2004 he was also booked for gigs in Oxa Club in Zurich, Switzerland and Club Deja Vu in Holland. In 2006 he played in the Arctic Circle and near the Russian border on 2 gigs in Finland and in Malta’s leading club Tattingers. In 2007 he played in Belgian clubs like La Rocca, Factory, Cherrymoon and also at the massive ID&T event Tomorrowland. 2008 saw him playing at events like Tomorrowland 2008, clubs like Illusion, Cherrymoon, Chedis, Visage, Dimanche,… In 2009 he played in Illusion, La Rocca, Cherrymoon and the new Extreme club.
Becoming a father in 2010 has slightly influenced his DJ appearances, with bookings in Zalinaz, Holland, Cherrymoon and some online DJ sets. 2011 saw him playing on big Belgian festivals like Daydream Festival, Last World Festival and Supersonic Festival.
Production started in 1997, when he teamed up with Dimitri Dewever (Swirl People) to start his first project called Energy Source. This immediately resulted in chart positions all over the world and plays by DJs like Tiesto. But the big breakthrough came in 1998 when he formed Fire & Ice together with Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave. Every production was compiled on many national and international compilations including Serious Beats, Club System, Gatecrasher and compilations by Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and more. Jurgen also worked together with M.I.K.E. (Push) on the project Intimo and with Pascal Quatretemps for Freebase. Fire & Ice have worked as remixers for various big artists as well, productions include remixes for Sunscreem, Forcefield, Freebase, DJ Looneytune, Aurora, Sensoria-X, Sonic Inc., R.O.O.S., Dance Nation, Edvika, Kansai and Unknown Source. One of their productions Tour De Trance, was elected as Tune of the week in Armin Van Buurens radioshow A State of Trance!
Jurgen also produces under the name DJ Fire and they have all received great reactions by nearly every big DJ. Ulan Bator as well as Jetlag were in playlists from Tiesto, Armin, Ferry Corsten and Graham Gold. Religion , Summermorning as well as The Closest Thing To Heaven were big favourites of Ferry Corsten and were compiled on CDs like Mixmag and Euphoria. Joy Rise/Midnight In Beijing was TUNE OF THE WEEK on Armins radioshow A State Of Trance and got played by Paul Van Dyk. Trashy/Rendez Vous did very good as well.
There is also the DJ Fire remix of the Manuel Le Saux track Forgive, which was released in 2007 and a full online album Rendez Vous by DJ Fire released in 2007, including all the hits and some exclusive stuff. The next DJ Fire was called Transatlantic, released in January 2009, including an Antidote remix. The track was hammered by Paul Van Dyk, Manuel Le Saux, DJ Elof and some other big names! The follow up on this was called Under Pressure and included a remix by Sovve which had some great reactions! DJ Fire also remixed classics such as Yves Deruyter – Infinity, Tiesto – The Tube and Airwave – Above The Sky, also a remix on Actuate Records for Blufeld – Through My Eyes.
Nowadays you can catch DJ Fire at several big parties and events throughout Europe, just check his site, his Facebook fanpage and his My Space-account regularly for more updates.
Jurgen is another very popular DJ and producer from the Bonzai stable and together with all the other prolific artists he has helped define a sound throughout the nineties and noughties which still proves prominent in today’s music.