The Bulgarian representatives for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest have been selected. It's Deep Zone & Balthazar. Their song DJ, Take Me Away is a contemporary dance track with an energetic stage performance.
Deep Zone Project was formed in 2000 by three musicians, DJ’s and studio engineers, who are recognised in Eastern Europe for their talent for song writing and making club anthems.
After the release of their debut album Ela Izgei in 2002, DJ Dian, Rossko, Luybomir Savov (Dian’s father) and Joanna aka Deep Zone Project, were nominated in a smashing five categories at the 2002 MM TV Music Awards. The Award Best Song was well deserved as their track Ela Izgrei was massive hit around the Balkans. In the next year 2003 they left the MM TV Awards Ceremony with another award - their track Without Caffeine won the Best Club Track of the Year.
Their massive hit DJ, Take Me Away has reached Number 2 Position at MTV Europe’s World Chart Express, and won the Bulgarian Eurovision 2008 song contest selection process.
The collaboration with DJ Balthazar took the group to another dimension with their massive national club tours Welcome To The Loop and Red Line (20 dates each), which gathered an audience of more than 30 000 people.
Joanna Dragneva, aka Joanna, the lead vocal of Deep Zone, was born in Sofia 21 years ago and soon she discovered that she was born for music and television. At age ten, she started studying at the Lyubomir Pipkov Bulgarian National Music School. At the moment, she studies at the Pancho Vladigerov National Music Academy in Sofia, specialising in percussion and pop & jazz singing.
All along, Joanna has been anchor of Bon-Bon TV show at Bulgarian National Television (BNT). Joanna was backing vocal of the Bulgarian pop stars Georgi Hristov, Nely Rangelova, Krum, and others. In 2005, she became anchour of Melo TV Mania show on BNT, and since the next year till now Joanna has been a reporter in Everybody in front of the TV screen show of BNT.
Joanna has played percussions at the Sofia Youth Philharmonic band and at the American symphonic orchestra. Since 2006, Joanna has been vocal and percussion player in Deep Zone & Big Band.
Balthazarstarted DJ'ing in 1998 and now he is known as one of the most respected and popular DJs and producers in Bulgaria.
He has performed at every major club in his country as well as on many big raves and various radio and TV shows. His international gigs have taken him to nearly 20 European countries including England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Malta and Cyprus, to name a few.
Very often he plays at special events alongside well known and respected DJ's or Live acts. Balthazar is also owner of the Renesanz agency, with which he promotes numerous parties and books foreign house and techno DJ's for selected clubs and events. 4 times a year Renesanz organizes big raves for more than 2000 people.
With this Balthazar has become one of the biggest promoters in electronic music in Bulgaria. Since 2003 he has been producing music with his studio partner JackRock and they released so far more than 50 tracks/remixes on different labels. Balthazar's own style varies between groovy/minimal techno and electro/tribal/progressive house, always corresponding with the newest records on the scene. Usually his sets are quite energetic and technically perfect.