Origin:
St. Martin, Netherlands Antilles
Decades:
1988-present

Randy Katana (born Randy Joubert on March 14, 1965 in Saint Martin (Netherlands Antilles)) is a popular Tech Trance DJ. He is also known as Katana, DJ Randy, DJ Gardner, M. A. D. MAD, Phantom, R.K. and Noski.

He is a prominent producer, and a pioneer of the Tech Trance genre, hitting hard on the trance club scene with a single called Play it Loud. It was followed up with many remixes, including the appropriately named Play it Louder. One of his previous tracks, In Silence, was also a success, being played by DJs such as Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and also featuring on many CD compilations. Randy Katana originally came from the Dutch Antillean Islands (Aruba, Curaçao and St Martin), where for many years he worked as resident DJ at many of the trendiest clubs on the Islands. He also spend many years playing drums in Brass Bands, which on the islands where specialized in Carnival music. This is where Randy acquired the Latin tribal soul that he projects in his music today.

Shortly after moving to Amsterdam in 1988 he started his own record company BPM Dance, and opened one of the most successful online vinyl shops till this day: Only-Djs.com. January 2003 he stopped the company activities and decided to become a full-time DJ. By the end of the year he became resident DJ to “Xtra Large” (Marcanty Plaza) and “Crazyland” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Within two years he made his debut in the DJ Mag top 100 list at position 150 (2005). By the end of 2007 Randy released his first album called ”Spirit Of The Drums” accompanied by a large release party during which he gave a live drum show together with a drum band.

From November 2008 to March 2009 he produced enough music to release a whole album, but did not play any of the tracks until one of them leaked and became a Hype in the Netherlands. Randy Katana's "The Hype" was released in the summer of 2009. Additionally his record company released his first Beatport Trance number one hit "You & I". The massive Doorn Records release soon was used as intro track for DJ's around the world, including Sander van Doorn, Armin van Buuren and Tiësto. in October 2009 Randy Katana released "DERP", which is the perfect example of the new sound of Randy Katana.