hook; he's the pants. Find out why this guy is single handedly taking the electronic/pop genre's by storm, from his one bedroom apartment.


Hailing from Washington DC, Justin Katz is a true pio neer of tight house grooves, downtempo beats and killer song productions of all styles. From breaks to progressive or tech house, to tribal, to trip hop, to drum and bass, to straight up pop, the captain has been acclaimed in nearly every genre to date both for his original recordings and his remixing capabilities. Drawing on a love for warm ambient sounds, dope disco, funky tribal beats, epic melodies, and tweaked out human voices, there is little question why this master of the hook is topping the Washington D.C. charts this month.
The captain’s music has been featured all over the globe and included in several key positions for up and coming artists. Several of the Captains tracks were placed in the spotlight on the forefront of the multimillion user Kazaa Network. Kazaa is the world's largest peer to peer software sharing service. From over 12,000 artists, Hook was chosen not only to be featured on the front page of the Network, but his track "Temple," was actually used for the DEMO of the entire program being showcased to over 35 million people. The captain was interviewed by the New York Times and The Washington Post regarding his recent accomplishments in December. The Washington Post’s Pop Music Critic, David Segal, recently wrote an article featuring the Captain and local crew Deep Dish in the Post's Sunday Magazine on November 3, 2002 and interviewed the Dish about the captain.
Historically, the captain has been featured in just about every Press imaginable in DC including on the front page of the prestigious DC City Newspaper Arts Section. He can constantly be found schmoozing with the local DJ's, deblousing the local ladies, and every once in a while, writing reviews for various magazines including BPM Culture Magazine and DJmixed.com.
Stay Tuned for "Reach", “Temple”, and “Whatever” being released this winter on Climax Recordings. Reach is expected to have strong international support from John Digweed on Kiss FM, Sander Kleinenberg, Jondi & Spesh, Nick Warren, James Zabiela, Chris Cargo, Greg Vickers,Mike Shawe, Steve 'Jawa' Parry, Brian Stillwater, Hernan Cantaneo, Moussa Clarke, Saeed and Palash, Ali and Sharam of Deep Dish, and other high profile DJ's from Balance Promote US, Yoshitoshi, and Choo Choo Records.
Also keep an eye out for “The Way You Like It,” on Flordia based label, D-pulse. With a projected March 2003 release date, dPulse and Aural Hallucinogenix have teamed up with renowned promotion agency Rude Awakening Promotions, which will seed 'The Way You Like It' in the UK and European DJ/club communities. In addition, leading UK electronic music distributor Prime Distribution will seed advance copies of 'The Way You Like It' to retailers throughout Great Britain.
Stay Tuned for Info regarding three other forthcoming releases from the Ovenready Label in the UK including the Red Blood 12’’, the dope Liquid Heart 12’’ with a phat remix by Gray Area of Hope Recordings, and a remastered version by fandango records, and a full length album, "BANG TO THIS" that is scheduled to be released sometime this year.

The captain is currently in negotiation with several new house labels, sinister, basilux, and 555 for exclusive releases in 2003.



Written By: hook

you took me by suprise
the oceans in your eyes
you take me further still
but I know we never will

You cannot escape
cuz your already free
and your falling through the nothing
that I could never be


"I'll Follow You" (BasicLux) (Winter 2003)
"The way you like it"(D-pulse) (March 2003)
"Reach" (Climax Recordings) (Summer - 2003)
"Whatever" (Climax Recordings and Toryumon UK) (tba - 2003)
"Take Me Away" (Toryumon) (2001)
"Liquid Heart " (Oven Ready) (Winter – 2003)
"Temple" Original, Lancaster, Fretwell and Facedown Remixes- (Climax Recordings/Mutant/Toryumon) (tba)
"Dive Bomb"- (Sonic Garden/We are one Records 2002/Fresh Nectar Compilations) (2002)

"Bang To This" (Running In Space) (March 2003)
"The Temple EP" - (Running In Space) (2001)

Set List

LIVE: 30 minute sets or 60 minute sets
DJ: 2 - 4 hour sets