CeeJ – the new outfit from young budding DJ/Producer from Sunderland, Carlton Johnston, who is no stranger to be seen on many Line Ups throughout the NorthEast over the past few years. Having a heavy musical influence growing up with instruments including Percussion, Guitar & Playing chords on the Keyboard, He has developed this Knowledge and applied this towards his musical step into DJing which was first crossed at the early ages of his youth, watching over Brother Azz on his first pair of Numark Belt Drives, Soon to be upgraded to Technics 1210s in the late 90s, where he shadowed and taken the first interest which would inspire him to go on to re-building the once Underground House music scene now being dominated by his brand HAZE throughout the city.
After years of listening to music being open-minded, it was obvious that the Trance & Funky House Genres were making his mind think a lot more deeply into how it was created and how good the sounds made you feel. Makina & Spanish Techno had played a huge part in a lot of kids growing up in the 90s & 00s in the area and listening to weekly Dance events through tapes and Walkmans were pretty much in everyones school blazer pockets, as was no different too Carlton. This then started the craze to play records on Technics from as young as 13 year old in friends bedrooms.
Growing up, the past of playing had been rekindled in 2012 with involvement of the new house night started in Sunderland, Ambience, which joined other nights running such as Housebound & Infiltrate, playing in venues to attract a great like-minded crowd. Working alongside friends, the nights consisted of gradual improvement and searching for local up & coming talent such as Lee Walker, Denney, wAFF. All who had played the event well before the times of signing for huge record labels such as Hot Creations & Defected, as well as playing on the big stage across the world to what they were back then. The event saw himself warming things up & playing 2nd rooms, this gave him the bug and after Ambience had moved on to bigger things in Newcastle, the opportunity & chance to host a night in Sunderland was there for the taken, and it was then the journey would start with friend Loui Brown. The pair had plans and visions of hosting small scale parties to friends for somewhere to go. Their combined thoughts with the aid of friends, had taken them to approach the intimate well-respected club, Independent, which would then be home for the brand HAZE.
Throwing their first party on Friday 23rd December 2013, all tickets had sold out before the event and all costs were covered by themselves. The vibe & atmosphere created by the event, was to be the start of big things to come in the city. From 2013, Haze is still going from strength to strength, playing host to world renowned DJs with a Huge list of past guests such as Heidi, Deetron, YOUSEF, Clive Henry, Enzo Siragusa B2B Seb Zito and Many more since.
As a DJ and Event owner, most recently Carlton & the Haze gang have started their new project Haze Records. This will see upcoming releases from resident DJs with remixes from some of the best artists producing top quality tracks out there at the moment, being played by the big artists on Main Stages throughout the world. The new chapter will see the Brand & Label hit new heights with showcase parties throughout the UK & afar with provisional dates already booking throughout Europe for 2017.
Carlton has seen himself warm up & close the night for these DJs, as well as playing frequently in Newcastle’s Super club Digital Hosting rooms for Haze Supporting the likes of Jackmaster, Richy Ahmed, Skream all for Patrick Topping’s night MOTION. As well as playing at TheCUT for friends LOOP, and more recently performing at Parklife Festival at Heaton Park. Further opportunities have arisen, through the level of the brands reputation, which will see him performing at a number of Summer Festivals in County Durham, Redcar & the Highlight coming in September when scheduled to play at giants Mint Festival in Leeds, with more announcements to come. The Summer/Autumn schedule is only the start of raising the bar for CeeJ and supporting Huge Djs within his beloved city and afar will always be at the top of the tree.
Agency Haze Records