Tofke (BE)

In 1989 Christophe Mark aka Tofke Guaparas started DJ-ing at underground party's together with Deg (fuse). In 1990 Claude from City Parade discovered Tofke and gave him his chance to start at the age of 15 as Belgium's youngest DJ in the very first after club in Belgium called The Globe. At that time, his music style was a new, fresh, techno sound. Soon he played in clubs all over Europe such as: Warehouse-Koln, E-Werk-Berlin, La Luna-Marseille, Rex-Paris... and raves like Mayday-Berlin, Love Parade-Berlin, Magic Kingdom-Switzerland, Coalmine Rave-Croatia, ... In all this different places he held his ground next to DJ’s like Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Jack de Marseille, Alex Patterson, Richie Hawtin, Marco Bailey and many, many more. In 1993 he was elected third best Belgium DJ by the readers poll of the iconic nightlife magazine "Out Soon". Later that year he fell in love with Ibiza where he started to play on beach parties and private villa parties. During the years 1996 till 2002, he held a weekly resident at Pacha for two years and another at Space Ibiza for again two years. He also did one season @ Pin-Up for Coxwen. Besides that, he played in all the major clubs in Ibiza such as Privilege, El Divino, Amnesia and also got the chance to do themore underground parties like Circo Loco @ DC10 and Km5. Next to allt he DJ-ing, he also owned the famous bar "Coolture Cafe Ibiza" together with his friend Carmello Martinez. Tofke teamed up with Daniel Munoz (former creative director @ Space) to start "Mad Productions". They were the first to organize Ibiza-reunions in Belgium. As a DJ he played with all the great Ibiza DJ’s such as Pippi, Jose de Divina, Elias, Tania Vulcano, Bruno Cafe Del Mar, Smoking Jo, Javy Munoz, Oliver, Cesar de Melero, ... Back in Belgium he has been resident the last 15 years in almost every club worth mentioning. Think La Rocca, Pacha Brussels, At The Villa, The Globe, Bump @ Fuse, Carat, Illusion, H2O, Creamm, Barocco... Tofke is probably one of the most famous DJ’s from the early 90's scene in Belgium who still continues to play everywhere both in and outside Belgium. He still pays regular visits to Pacha-Marrakech, Cream-Gran Canaria, Ministry of sound London, Kadoc Portugal, Panama Amsterdam, Souk New York, ... Tofke played with all superstar DJ’s you can think of: Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry, Bob Sinclar, Armand Van Helden, Pete Heller, X-Press2, Sharam Jey, Felix Da House Cat, 2 Many Dj's, The Glimmers, Erick Prydz , Faithless , Deadmau5, ... to mention only a few. In 2004 Tofke started the collective "THE CREAMMINALS" together with partners in crime Alec Stylez and Art.B. In 2007 he start throwing his own parties in La Rocca Backstage once a month which has a reputation as being the most famous meeting-point for people in the industry. Also in 2007, new club Noxx opened its doors. Soon enough Tofke was asked to become a resident at their Salle Noire. It was in Noxx that he shared the decks with names such as Dubfire, Loco Dice, John Digweed, Audiofly, Davide Squilace, ... Tofke also mixed the 1 year Noxx compilation which went straight to the top of the charts in Belgium. In 2009 Tofke teamed up with Ugur Akkus to start Labyrinth Productions. In just one year they’ve managed to become one of the most wanted promotors of the moment. They’ve earned their fame with the Cocoon, Cadenza, Circoloco and Peoples parties at Café d’Anvers in Antwerp, which brought the club back to being thé top location in Antwerp. In September 2010, Labyrinth joined forces with the leading manufacturer of DJ equipment, Pioneer DJ, to bring a new and original concept combining workshops with a night out on the tunes of the world’s top (100) DJ’s. Of course Tofke holds a residency on all these parties, which opened up a whole new window of opportunities. Next to organising these successful parties, Labyrinth Productions also operates as a bookings agency offering some of the best and hottest underground DJ’s of the moment. Their roster contains names such as Alex Dolby, Arado, Coyu, Danny Serrano, Hermanez, Javi Munoz, Pole Folder and many more.
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