Johan Gielen begins his walk of life at seventeen at a Dutch club.. Not long after that period he leaves for Japan for two years to work as resident DJ at club Velfarre in Tokyo. Johan’s reputation runs ahead of him and after his return to The Netherlands his career skyrockets, both nationally and internationally.
Since that time from all over the world the booking requests pour in and in no time he plays the biggest venues of the world, features on the known raves and appears in every line-up of the ruling festivals and clubs like Dance Valley, Sensation White, Sunrise Festival, The Government, Space Miami & Ibiza, Godskitchen, Sunrise festival, Tomorrowland and many more. Up to this day Johan Gielen remains the only artist who performed 15 times in succession at the prestigious Trance Energy.
In 2000 Johan starts producing with Svenson. The duo harvests worldwide hit records and strikes gold with titles like “The Beauty of Silence” en “Twisted”. By that time the amount of remix assignments for artists like, amongst others, Tiësto, Boy George, The Thrillseekers, Chicane and Delirium, has gone through the roof. Countless Top10 positions follow.
In 2006 Johan further expands his busy activities with the launch of his debut album “Revelations”, which is released by Black Hole Recordings.
From that moment on it is clear for everybody that Johan Gielen can no longer be seen as merely a Trance DJ, but also as an artist who knows how to make the perfect combination of house, electro and trance in a style that he obviously adapts to his audience..
By the end of 2006 he jumps from the fiftieth position to the 24th in the annual DJ Top 100 from DJ Magazine.
Enter 2009 and Johan tirelessly continues the up going line in his career. He mixed the very first edition of the “Private Party” mix compilation for Black Hole recordings; under the alias of Airscape he released the single “My Love” with the vocals of Jes Brieden and he began a brand new project named The Dubguru. Their first single “U Got To Know” immediately shot to the highest regions of the charts The productions show that over the years Johan has widened his view and that he doesn’t limit himself to trance, embracing other styles as well.
Johan continues to be as cutting edge as ever, evident on his latest releases ‘Physical Overdrive’, ‘Confusion’ and Svenson & Gielen – Twisted [ Jorn van Deynhoven remix] entered position #3 at the Beatport Trance top 100. Both released on Dutch Label High Contrast recordings.
While his releases dominate the download charts and playlist all over the world, up till today, Johan is also taking centre stage at worlds best clubs and summer festivals like Tomorrowland, Emporium, Electronic Family and many more!
Johan’s Trance-project Airscape has been rocking your world with quality releases ever since 1992, when one of the finest icons in the trance landscape, Johan Gielen, cultivated a new project and conquered the dance floors with his energetic productions.
Between 1992 and 1995, Airscape was nurtured by Gielen who slam dunked the scene with tracks such as Plaisir D’Ete and Cruising. Successful releases such as Pacific Melody (UK#27), L’Esperanza( UK #33) together with Svenson , Amazon Chant ( UK #46) and Sosei - still considered as all time trance classics
One of Airscape most well-known remixes is that of the Delerium song "Silence", which was used as the lead single release and in the music video of the song when it was re-issued in 2000, reaching the top 3 of the UK Singles Chart.
In 2005, the Airscape project took a firm break and Sven Maes quit as producer,but as of 2009, it was Johan Gielen personally who resurrected Airscape and injected it with a fresh focus complimented with the brand new Airscape release My Love featuring US vocalist JES. This single is followed by the highly anticipated release of Airscape’s album Now & Then.
Along with 'Endless Forever' the return of Airscape, summer's 'Welcome Home', 'Promise’, ‘All of us’, ‘Manami’s Theme’ and ‘Pianomatic’ Airscape makes up the opening troika of the second Airscape album!
Online Johan is also a busy man and hosts his own monthly radio show and podcast, called “Global Sessions”. The show is broadcast by various stations all over the world. And it’s exactly this global character that defines Johan Gielen’s career.