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Unheard of YouTube views, peppering Beatport’s Top 10, building a rep as a remixer to the stars and delivering stamina-soaked sets from the White Island to Governor’s Island…Thomas Gold has fast become clubbing’s G-force of nature. Since storming onto the scene and riding the crest of dance music’s re-taking over of the planet, the prolifically pedigreed German has emerged as a top shelf seizer of arenas, talked
about the world over.
As a spinner with the most well-thumbed of passports, Gold’s upgrading from studio to stage stimulator, including the use of live drum lines and brass sections, has dominated the essentials of must-attend dance parties: the Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, Mysteryland and Tomorrowland, an experience Gold has simply summed up with the word “goosebumps!”. Pitting perpetual energy with a catalogue of custom edits, Gold treats Ibiza and New York as year-round timeshares. His dominance of Pacha, Ushuaia, Privilege and Amnesia has scaled over into the orchestration of Big Apple roadblocks at the Roseland Ballroom (“the combination of vintage historical elements with modern dance music and a crazy NYC crowd”), and numerous takeovers of Governor’s Island.
From coast to coast and continent to continent, Berlin-based Gold has earned the keys to Las Vegas dancefloors and stadia – still packing ‘em in after four years and counting –and is something of a legend as headliner at Miami heat-seekers Liv and Story. 2015 saw an epic nine-day, 14,000km wowing of locals through Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Tokyo and Singapore; and locking arenas into eight hour sessions at Space shows his ability to sustain pressure for when day becomes night and back again.
Of course Gold’s own tools are the ignition for these packed houses and stadium tailbacks. Feeding off a Nicky Romero assist, the second coming of ‘Never Alone’ sung a super-charged dance rainbow for 2015, with ‘Take Me Home’ displaying similarly intense colour and ‘Believe’ (released on Hardwell’s Revealed Records and premiered at this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival) completing a seismic 12 months of hand-raising rushes boasting top 10 chart finishes. Gold’s generosity of melodic euphoria, earning him an initial support alongside Swedish House Mafia and setting in motion the ‘Remember the Light’ tour off the back of the Kaelyn Behr-featuring ‘Remember’, has merely been keeping up the good work after ‘Colourblind’ had lit blue Beatport touch paper.
After setting standards with releases on Armada, Toolroom, Spinnin’, and Steve Angello’s Size, Gold’s consistent hitting of dancefloor jackpots had Miami anthem ‘Sing2Me’, released on Axwell’s Axtone imprint, trilling its way to Beatport’s number one spot and becoming a cornerstone of Gold’s Essential Mix.
Turning Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ into a YouTube record breaker (like his number of Facebook followers, Gold has set counters to crazy), it stood as the jewel in a remix crown of popstars and peers, from Lady Gaga and One Republic, to David Guetta, Sander van Doorn, and this year’s remix of Dash Berlin’s ‘World Fall Apart’. Thomas Gold = dance music’s Mr Indestructible.
Tom & Ian Griffiths are Icarus and 2017 has been their year; 5 releases in the last 12 months, 4 x Hottest Records, Radio One daytime playlists, 40 shows across UK, Europe, Australia & New Zealand, 3 x major remixes and close to 20 million streams.
‘King Kong’ & ‘Trouble’ broke Icarus into the mainstream with both launched as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ and both achieving Number #1 spots on the Radio One Dance Chart (and hitting #1 on the Radio One Specialist chart). ‘King Kong’ then became the acts first daytime Radio One playlist record culminating in a live performance in Ibiza for the Radio One weekend, with ‘Trouble’ then launching on the very same show amongst the biggest names in dance music.
All of this has ran alongside remixes of the multi-platinum Martin Solveig single ‘Places’ & the Rae Morris single ‘Do It’, along with Icarus’ own edits for ARLE ‘Close To You’ and George Kwali’s ‘When It Breaks’.
The boys are finishing the year returning to their Bristol underground roots in the form of ‘NO SLEEP’, which launched as the boys 4th ‘Hottest Record In The World’ of the year on Annie Mac’s show on Monday 13th November.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia – the prodigal son of Melbourne’s underground dance music has come to earn widespread praise and an impressive reputation
for his work in the music industry as DJ and Producer alike.
From beginning to DJ at the age of 14, achieving his first club residency by the age of 16 to being voted #3 in the inthemix Australia Top 50 awards in 2014, the rise to the top for Joel Fletcher has been quick and occurred early.
Through his large library of releases through labels such as Ministry Of Sound, Ones To Watch and many more, the ‘Melbourne Bounce’ Superstar, Joel Fletcher has been hard at work in recent times, releasing some of his best yet.
His impact can be felt in the productions of many of his peers including Will Sparks, TJR and Deorro, as well as in the sound of a plethora of aspiring producers both within and without of Australia.
In the past 18 months, the multi-platinum-selling artist has managed to reach double platinum sales and for his collaboration with Will Sparks ‘Bring It Back’ and gold sales for his original production ‘Loco’, but it would be ‘Swing’, Fletcher’s take on the 2005 hit by Kiwi rapper Savage that bounced the sound from the clubs to car radios, proving to be an inescapable track – going four times platinum, peaking at No. 2 on the ARIA charts, being nominated for ARIA’s Song Of the Year and giving Fletcher even more platinum plaques to put up on his studio walls.
In addition to the success of his recent originals, Fletcher has also attracted the ears of the dance music world with his remixes, his treatment of Disclosure’s Latch gaining main-stage spins from like-minded souls including Hardwell and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
With recent tours across Europe, Australia, Asia and North America firmly under his belt Including a 50-date, three month, US bus tour and two national festival tours for Stereosonic & Goodlife, it is safe to say this 23 year old is undoubtedly one of the most exciting talents in his genre, and the captivating and electrifying sound of Joel Fletcher is showing no signs of slowing down.
The Aston Shuffle are Australian duo Vance Musgrove and Mikah Freeman. As DJs, producers, remixers, selectors, and radio presenters, they have established themselves at the forefront of the Australian dance music scene and are forging a growing presence on the world stage.
The duo first rose to prominence as standout remixers, with Aston Shuffle remixes of Claude Vonstroke, Empire Of The Sun, and London Grammar becoming blog sensations. Their profile grew exponentially with several contributions to the iconic Ministry Of Sound mix compilation series, and their debut album Seventeen Past Midnight was critically acclaimed, receiving a 4-star review in Rolling Stone. Their 2013 collaboration with fellow Australian producer Tommy Trash, “Sunrise”, was an era-defining record, hitting #1 on Beatport, and becoming a main stage festival anthem across the globe. The duo took their sound further into the pop realm while still staying true to their club roots on their sophomore album Photographs, which featured the gold-selling single “Tear It Down”.
2016 saw the duo hitting new heights. Belgian tastemaker The Magician selected three of the duo’s new productions for release on his Potion Records label, “High With You”, “Only 1” and “Make A Wrong Thing Right”, which found their way into the sets and playlists of the dance music world’s heavyweights, from legend Pete Tong, to Oliver Heldens, and Martin Solveig.
2017 was an even busier year for the duo, making their debut appearances at Belgium’s iconic Tomorrowland festival and Hï Ibiza. The duo also released two new tracks on The Magician’s Potion records, “Pass You By” and “Alpha Love”, and a club-focused collaboration with the hotly-tipped LO’99, “Birthman”.
All the while, the duo have balanced their touring and studio activities with a weekly radio show. Currently in its 8th year, The Friday Night Shuffle sees Vance and Mikah selecting, mixing and presenting 3 hours of new-release dance tracks every Friday night on renowned Australian station triple j, commanding the biggest weekly audience of all specialist shows on the national station. The show gives the duo a high-profile platform to shine a light on up-and-coming talent – something they’ve always done when selecting artists to remix their own tracks, having enlisted the likes of Flume and RÜFÜS DU SOL to remix Aston Shuffle songs prior to them becoming some of the world’s most in-demand electronic acts.
Having well and truly honed their ear for picking dance music’s next big thing, in 2016 the duo launched a new monthly one-hour mix series named Only 100s to focus purely on the standout tracks that hit their crates every month. The duo took Only 100s on tour for the first time across Australia in 2017, inviting hyped UK acts TCTS and Icarus to join them, and in 2018 they took the brand international with the debut Only 100s event in Vance’s adopted home of New York, and more events are in the works for later in the year.
2018 is shaping up to be The Aston Shuffle’s biggest year yet with recent appearances at Miami Music Week and renowned Brooklyn club Output, a number of huge tracks slated for release, exciting new collaborations and international tours in the works, and now an upcoming Australian club tour, where the duo will be previewing their numerous forthcoming releases.
Dirty South, aka Dragan Roganovic, the world-renowned DJ, two-time Grammy nominated producer and global festival headliner, has been on a journey to challenge every conventional mold around the electronic landscape. His prior album, ‘With You’, shattered the model of modern-day music with its genre-bending collaborations and resplendent imagery, and his new album (set for a 2017 release) will be no exception either.
Dirty South has collaborated with world-renowned producers, ranging from Alesso to Axwell who he shared the studio with in creating their Grammy nominated remix of Temper Trap’s ‘Sweet Disposition’. Dirty South’s productions have earned him several awards including two Grammy nominations and two ARIA (Australia) nominations.
This year will see Dirty South dominate the international touring circuit following an endless roster of performances to date, including headlining gigs at Omnia Las Vegas, Avalon Hollywood, Tomorrowland, Storm Festival, Big Slap Festival, LIV Miami, Creamfields and more.
With a credible label behind him and an unparalleled focus on his new album project, this year is moving fast for Dirty South, and there is no slowing down.
I’M THE GIRL THAT SUNG THE GUCCI GUCCI,
The ‘Queen of Electro’, Luciana has stood at the forefront of the electro nu-wave movement with a supercharged sound that has infiltrated dance floors across the globe, particularly the United States where she consistently rises to the top of the Billboard/Beatport charts.
She has been the voice behind countless club anthems and collaborated with the biggest names in Dance and continues through upcoming releases with KHSMR, Tom Budin,Will Sparks, Federico Scavo, and Timmy Trumpet
Other recent collaborations include Tiesto, Bassjackers, Hardwell, 3LAU, KSHMR, Dave Aude – to name a few. It’s clear how she has made a name for herself as a dance vocal darling.
Luciana’s in your face, punk-edged vocals have won her a legion of fans since she first grabbed international attention with the groundbreaking UK Platinum Bodyrox track “Yeah Yeah” for which she received critical acclaim and a prestigious Ivor Novello Award nomination. The fresh new Chocolate Puma remix of Yeah Yeah was another recent beatport no 1 and has been pounding the dance floors thoughout Europe.
Her smash hit ‘I Like That’ with Static Revenger and Richard Vission, topped the U.S. Billboard dance chart in 2011. Reaching double platinum sales in Australia and has since gone on to become a global club anthem with the music video garnering over 13.5 million YouTube views to date.
Luciana’s newest endeavor, a collaboration with the spanish mega star Juan Magan went #1 in 8 countries on the first day of release and went platinum within two weeks. The video has already rocketed up to 69 million YouTube views.
Amazing new tracks coming soon with few more surprises !
Luciana has proven that she will continue to give music lovers her signature sound that stays in demand by fans and industry supporters alike. Long may she reign!
Mashd N Kutcher
Mashd N Kutcher are NOT your average DJ’s.
The pair of Brisbane-grown musicians have progressed from local DJs to one of the most prominent electronic acts to grace the music scene in recent years, with an ever-growing list of successes including being voted Australia’s #1 DJ duo (inthemix 2015), producing multiple Gold-selling records, hitting the one million followers mark on Facebook and achieving viral video success for their infamous ‘mashups’ almost too many times to count and continue to make waves around the world combining music, multimedia and exhilarating live-electronic performances.
Since meeting each other in 2014, the classically trained pianist and drummer merged as a duo with a mission to defy what is considered to be ‘normal’ in electronic dance music. Creating a concept for a live show, that combined their love of music and incredible array of skills as multi-instrumentalists, DJs and producers to develop a world-class live show – proving themselves as not just musicians and DJs but creative masterminds and all round entertainers.
MNK are no strangers to commercial radio success, with multiple Gold-selling productions, as well as securing a weekly spot on one of Australia’s largest national commercial stations and undertaking multiple sold-out tours each year across Australia, Asia, New Zealand, North America, South America and Europe.
Three years later, Mashd N Kutcher have fast become one of the most buzzed about acts in the industry, both within Australia and abroad. While their live-shows keep the dance floors jam-packed, their music has been keeping Australia’s airwaves busy with their two Platinum and Gold selling records ‘Do It Now’ and ‘My Sunshine’, a track that came in as #1 Most Played record on Australian Radio in February by any Australian artist and reached #5 overall on iTunes. ‘Do It Now’ reached over 1 million plays on YouTube alone and was added to every major commercial station across the country.
Unless you’ve been living free from social media, there is no doubt Mashd N Kutcher would have appeared in your newsfeed one time or another, the pair have one of Australia’s biggest social reaches online in music, with each video reaching tens of millions of views – leaving the boys with over 250 million video views in total, winning the boys praise and partnerships from globally recognised brands such as Dominos, Subway and Optus to name a few and international media coverage on some of the world’s biggest news outlets including The Discovery Channel, CBS, Good Morning America and Inside Edition.
Kicking 2017 off with a bang, MNK signed to powerhouse-label Universal Music Group and highly esteemed publishing company BMG, which in turn has seen their new single ‘Pretend’ featuring Park Avenue released globally on all platforms.
Impressively, the boys’ social media stats speak for themselves. With 1 million followers on Facebook, 50 thousand Instagrammers, a whopping 100,000 viewers on Snapchat and over 200,000 YouTube subscribers. There’s no slowing down.
From songwriters to artists and super-fans to superstars, electronic dance music’s first sisters – Mim and Liv Nervo of NERVO – have staged a miraculous climb onto the international stage, straight from the pit in front of it.
These multi talented DJ dynamos are the all-time top-ranking female DJs in the world, voted by their legions of fans to No. 16 on DJ Magazine’s influential “Top 100 DJs” poll while continuing to rank as the top female DJ’s. In-demand and beloved across the globe, their nonstop schedule takes them from the shimmering beaches of Ibiza, to their studio in their home-away-from-hometowns of London and LA, to the towering Main Stages of the biggest festivals in the world including Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Creamfields, Balaton Sound, EDC, Electric Zoo, ULTRA and many more. Everywhere they go, their infectious energy, fearless personal style, and deep love and understanding for the music precedes them.
Mim and Liv’s career caught fire in 2009, when they co-wrote the the emphatic and grand global hit “When Love Takes Over” – for David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. But their journey into dance music started years prior in the festival fields of their native Australia, when as teenagers they went all-out for life-changing electronic acts like The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, and Fatboy Slim.
“Purple hair and purple lipstick; we did it all,” says Mim. “We almost broke ribs being in the front row of the mosh pit. We were those people in the crowd for so many years, to be playing on the same bills with some of those artists now is just electrifying.”
Having cemented their songwriting prowess with a global No. 1 (plus several other songs for artists like Ke$ha, Kylie Minogue and Armin Van Buuren), NERVO set out to pursue their own career as artists, quite literally writing their own songs under their own name. Their friends and collaborators in the world showed up to support them. “We’re All No One” with Afrojack and Steve Aoki (No. 8 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart),”The Way We See The World” with Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike (the official anthem of Tomorrowland 2011, which has garnered over 45 million YouTube views), “Reason” with Hook N Sling, “Something to Believe In” with Norman Doray, “Like Home” with Nicky Romero (their first No. 1 topping the Beatport chart for 3 weeks), “Turn This Love Around” with Armin Van Buuren (off the No. 1 DJ’s new album Intense): Their list of A-list collaborators is dance music’s longest and most enviable, and in a world dominated by bros, that’s one heck of a sister act. They can do it for themselves too: NERVO original “You’re Gonna Love Again” has over 17 million views and their 2013 single “Hold On” (#1 on the Billboard Club Play chart) has garnered 11 million views. Other releases included “Not Taking This No More” (#1 on the Beatport Electro House chart). Their single titled “Revolution”, a collaboration with R3hab and Ummet Ozcan, was released on Nov 11th via Spinnin Records and has spent 3 weeks at #1 on Beatport.
“Normally we open our DJ sets with one of our own records, and the second that happens and you see the hands go up, it’s game on,” says Liv. “We’ve worked so hard in our industry behind the scenes, to step out and be releasing records in our own name is a whole different energy, a whole different world. It really is addictive and so rewarding”
Fortunately the girls can get a regular fix during their residencies and headlining sets at some of the top venues and events in the world including the new Las Vegas mega-clubs Omnia, Hakkasan, and Wet Republic, and Ibiza Beach Clubs Ushuaia and Hï (home to their #NERVONation parties). NERVO are also regularly embarking on Headlining tours of their own in Mexico, Europe, India, Australia and beyond! Wherever it may be the sisters are always playing to their devoted fans who wear homemade NERVO t shirts and hoist signs (“Will you marry me?”; “Lesbians for NERVO”), curve their hands into heart shapes, and post photos and poems to show their love and appreciation. NERVO has seen rapid growth across their social media channels including 1.2 million Instagram followers, 1.1 million Twitter followers, 3.7 million likes on Facebook, 338K subscribers on YouTube, 1.7 million monthly followers on Spotify, and 610K followers on Soundcloud.
Style, savvy, positivity and talent: It’s no wonder that NERVO was invited to join the ranks of the legendary beauties who can call themselves CoverGirls, named to the iconic CoverGirl brand’s family of spokeswomen last year. The partnership is just one more fabulous chapter in the developing NERVO story, a tale told in sweat, smiles, nail polish, neon, and no small amount of pixie dust. Along this brand partnerships have included Tag Heuer, Coach, Ballantine’s, Smirinoff, MOET, Smart Car, Pepsi, SABMiller, Burn and Monster Energy Drinks, Corona, Pioneer, and many, many more.
“Let’s face it, you can be creative in many ways,” says Mim. “From wearing crazy clothes and great makeup to playing insane tunes. It’s all good.”
NERVO are regularly featured in Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, NYLON, In Style, People and other fashion/pop culture publications around the globe. In August 2013 NERVO performed live from the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards and in November they will appear on BRAVO TV as guest judges on the Rihanna produced reality show ‘Styled To Rock’.
This summer NERVO released “Not Taking This No More” (#1 on the Beatport Electro House chart). Their new single titled “Revolution”, a collaboration with R3hab and Ummet Ozcan, was released on Nov 11th via Spinnin Records and has spent 3 weeks at #1 on Beatport.
Most recently NERVO has released the viral hit “Best Friend” which has become the official iPhone X campaign launch song, reached #1 on radio and iTunes, has over 15 million views on YouTube and over 30 million streams on Spotify. Also gaining traction this past year including the hits “In Your Arms”, “Anywhere You Go”, “LOCO”, “Like Air”, “Make It Last”, “Champagne” and “Lost In You” featuring some of the biggest Artist in dance music today including Timmy Trumpet, Quintino, Danny Avila, DVBBS, Chief Keef, and Wolfpack.
Disciples are a London based production trio creating House and Electronic music. They are signed to FFRR Records.
ABOVE & BEYOND
The best moment at ABGT250, Above & Beyond’s skyscraping open-air festival staged in front of 23,000 fans at Washington state’s Gorge Amphitheatre in September? Ask the three men at the heart of it, you get three different answers.
Paavo Siljamäki: “One day I was having lunch on my own in the winery – I know, a winery! – next to The Gorge and heard these two couples chatting. They didn’t know each other beforehand, but as I sat there eavesdropping I realised I was listening to them becoming friends. They’d been drawn together by ABGT250. That was the essence of the weekend for me.”
Jono Grant: “I was in a car heading off the site with [singer] Zoë Johnston, and there was a long stream of fans leaving The Gorge. Zoë and I asked the driver to stop the car on a bridge that was above the flowing river of fans, and we got and waved goodbye to them as the walked through the tunnel. Everyone were screaming like crazy and it was a really fun moment. It never ceases to amaze me both how much love and dedication the fans have towards it all.”
Tony McGuinness: “Paavo was doing an 11am yoga set and I went with him. So, 2000 people in front of the yoga stage doing the downward dog, then a couple thousand more just enjoying the tunes he was playing, then a six-abreast stream of people in Anjunabeats and Above & Beyond t-shirts walking from the campsite – seeing all that for the first time, and seeing our family, if you like, in broad daylight and bright sunshine, brought home to me the enormity of our community. They were coming together in the spirit of openness and warmth and music. Let’s just say I was glad I was wearing sunglasses because, honestly, I was choking up.”
Three answers, one unifying theme: for their latest (ad)venture, hosted to mark their 250th Group Therapy radio show, Above & Beyond had crystallised something that lay at the heart of everything they’ve achieved over their 17 years together. From developing that groundbreaking radio show to touring the world’s best clubs and most illustrious venues; from establishing a thriving, multi-artist label to building a peerless catalogue of artist albums; from creating iconic dance anthems to curating soulful acoustic rerubs, one thing stands out.
That is: Above & Beyond have carved out a unique space in music and culture, one that reaches far beyond their electronic roots. In so doing, Jono, Paavo and Tony have created something special: a common ground where all sorts of people and ideas can come together. Celebration, kinship, community – it’s the A&B way.
Presenting, then, Common Ground. The trio’s fourth electronic album is the follow-up to 2015’s Grammy-nominated We Are All We Need, and comes in the wake of sell-out shows at totemic venues ranging from Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre to London’s O2. It features a quartet of guest vocalists, a couple of them longstanding members of the family, a couple of them valued newcomers. And it’s an album born from everything they’ve done so far, most recently the glorious Gorge happening and the band’s 2016 orchestral tour in support of their second acoustic album.
“We were just absolutely spoiled with every venue on that tour,” says a still-buzzing Paavo. “The Sydney Opera House was emotional because that was the end of the whole tour. But I never thought we could do a show at a Broadway theatre, or the Hollywood Bowl or the Royal Albert Hall – the ultimate homecoming gig for any band based in London. It was really the stuff of dreams.”
“It was great opportunity to make real in a live band universe – which means a lot to me – everything we’ve done with Above & Beyond so far,” continues Tony. “Us playing keyboards and guitars, and all those live strings and horns, consolidated my fantasy about everything Above & Beyond can and should be.”
When it came to writing the songs for their next album, that tour, he adds, had an immediate, freeing impact.
“The success of the acoustic tour has relaxed us even more in terms of what we can do and what we can use.”
Less than 18 months since the end that most recent world tour, and only two months since The Gorge, an energised and invigorated Above & Beyond are already almost ready for their next chapter. The finishing touches are being made to Common Ground in the band’s London studio, but the songs are already firmly in place.
An early keeper was the heartfelt, bittersweet Cold Feet, written and recorded with returning vocalist Justine Suissa in Paavo’s new studio in his Finnish homeland. “By the end of summer 2016 we had had some really good writing sessions,” he explains. “Then Justine came over to Finland in January to write songs with me. We were swimming in a frozen lake, then popping indoors to write a song with a piano and and a mic in this totally isolated place. It was a fantastic place to be creative together.”
Beyond that, two teaser tracks have already been rapturously received. First up is the bleak-but-beautiful Tightrope, a big club track that Tony wrote with Martin Longstaff. “I met Marty at Chris Difford’s songwriting workshop at Glastonbury a couple years ago. I was just blown away by him.” Welcomed into the A&B brood as a guest vocalist, his writing skills were too good an opportunity for the ever-curious band to pass by. “Writing Tightrope together was a fantastic experience, and it just shows a slightly different side to us. It’s quite dark but still glorious because of his angelic voice.”
Then there’s the euphoric My Own Hymn, which features A&B favourite Zoë Johnston. “She’s just an absolute thrill to work with,” says Paavo, “and to see how her mind works – she’s one of the most creative people I know. And that song is really a result of one of these days where we just sit down with some ideas and at the end of the day we have a song.”
Tony describes Common Ground’s second single as his favourite track on the album. “As well as being this wonderful earth mother to all of us, Zoë has a lovely independent streak. And this song puts into words that feeling that everyone can write their own script if they want to. It has depth and a fantastic inspirational side. We’re so lucky to have her in the band.”
Now, teeing up the album’s January 2018 release – as well as a pair of landmark, turn-of-the-year shows at New York’s Barclays Centre and the Los Angeles Convention Centre (followed by a full spring US tour) – comes new single Northern Soul. Tony wrote it in 2014 after the band shot the On A Good Day video in Detroit. He wanted to hymn the qualities of a once great, then neglected and now resurgent heartland American city.
“There’s a sense of hope when you go to Detroit now,” he notes, “and I knew I wanted to write a song about that.”
Less immediately clear was who would be the singer. Exploring all their options, the band tried out (in Tony’s estimation) ten singers. All were great in their own ways, but none fitted the bill exactly. Then he had the brainwave of sounding out one of the trio’s foundational singers. Richard Bedford was the voice of some of Above & Beyond’s cornerstone songs, notably Sun & Moon and Thing Called Love, before going off to do his own thing.
“I just thought, sod it, I’ll give him a shout, see if he’s up for coming back,” relates Tony. He was, and he did, “and it immediately sounded and felt right. He’s got one those voices that has a really lovely balance of power and vulnerability. And because he’s one of our original singers, it’s like he owns the song. It’s great to have back in the family.”
Bedford’s involvement speaks to another dynamic at work on Common Ground. As they approach their 18-years-young birthday, Above & Beyond are refreshing their roots to reach new heights.
As Paavo says, “working with Richard for the first time in ages has that feeling of us looking back at our beginnings – and Northern Soul definitely covers again that happy-sad territory. It sounds like something really old and something really new mixed together.”
On Northern Soul, at least, the threesome are coming full circle. But as for the rest of Common Ground? On previous form, it’ll showcase Above & Beyond not so much circling as spiralling upwards, outwards and onwards – not least on the not-quite-completed Is It Love (1001) a track which features another brand new vocalist.
“Yeah, Jono sings that,” chuckles Tony, “which is something he’s never done before. He’s very, very critical of his own singing, but in terms of the music he likes to emulate, that Eighties pop thing, his voice is absolutely perfect on this.”
“I didn’t originally want to sing it, but the guys seemed to like it,” begins Jono by way of (humble) explanation. The backstory, he continues, is that the song was always meant to be a vocal track. “But the lovely folk at the offices at Anjunabeats rushed it to release, so it first came out as an instrumental. Musically, it’s a mix of synth pop with a strange combo of trance and almost a French disco feel to the crunchy claps in the chorus. I’d put some scratch vocal melody ideas down a long time ago, and then later we came back to it with Tony writing the lyrics to fit the melodies around my original ‘it’s the same way down’ demo lyric. I am a big Eighties synth pop fan,” he acknowledges, “so I wanted to do something with that kind of aesthetic.”
In its own small way, Is It Love (1001) and its deft, smartly realised vocal left-turn sums up again that A&B way. As Paavo cheerfully puts it in conclusion, “we do get bored quite quickly. When we’re busy and creative, we’re excited. And we want to remain excited, and that means moving sideways, moving forwards…”
And it means moving towards Common Ground.
Multi-Platinum selling artist Timmy Trumpet is currently ranked Australia’s #1 DJ (ITM Awards 2015), averaging 10 flights a week, and juggling over 200 shows per year including major clubs and festivals around the world. His latest smash “Freaks” featuring Savage has dominated charts and radio stations in 30+ countries with over 50 million views on YouTube, making it Ministry of Sound’s highest ever selling single.
No stranger to the limelight, Timmy Trumpetwon ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at age 13 before being granted a full scholarship to the Conservatorium of Music, where Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Anthony Heinrich tutored him. Within two years he secured a position as the leading solo trumpet player in the Australian All-Star Stage Band, taking part in an extensive European tour covering some of the world’s biggest Jazz Festivals. After developing perfect pitch at a young age, Timmy’s progression into dance music has been propelled by his ability to effortlessly mix in-key whilst mastering the art of improvisation allowing a seamless transition from jazz to dance music.
“After discovering Jazz I began to jam over everything and anything, mainly stuff on the radio. It wasn’t long until I discovered house music, met a DJ, and then played my first gig. I drove home that night knowing this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”
The Live DJ/Trumpet cross-over experiment proved a great success, providing the launching pad for an acclaimed career in dance music production. Timmy now boasts a catalogue of hits including ‘The Buzz’ (Beatport #1) ‘Hipsta’ (ARIA Club #1) ‘Freaks’ (5 x Platinum) as well as a string of successes with labels like Dutch powerhouse Spinnin’ Records, Hussle and Universal Music.
Timmy’s latest collaboration with Carnage and KSHMR ‘Toca’ is due for release ahead of his upcoming US Tour. Having just returned from a recent sold-out European tour and 40+ date North American tour as well as huge successes at home, Timmy is set on bringing his captivating shows to crowds, clubs and festivals for years to come.
New Zealand’s Premier touring House DJ, Producer, Remixer, TV Host, Label Manager of Club Luxury Records & Director of the Gold Coast DJ Academy in Australia. Jolyon Petch has acheived alot in his 14 year career. Having DJ’ed all over the globe in such exotic places such as Ibiza, Cyprus, Dubai, Stockholm, Prague, Berlin, Russia, Warsaw, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bali, UK & many more. He has been producing house music since 2002 and has worked with and remixed for the likes of Freemasons, Soul Avengerz, Full Intention, Jon Fitz, Stonebridge, Jason Herd, Marco Demark, Solitaire, Leggz, Marc Mysterio, Yanik Coen, and Trance superstars – Agnelli & Nelson. In his home country of NZ he had many club residencies at the top clubs, in Auckland – Bed Nightclub, Spy Bar, The Met, Suite 16, Starzz & played at all the Biggest Festivals & parties. In 2006 he scored his first international Club Residency in Cyprus at The Castle Club supporting & hosting DJ’s such as Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, Mauro Picotto, Mark Knight, Freemasons & more… In 2010 after four seasons in Ayia Napa’s top super club he moved to Australia to focus on his Artist album for Club Luxury Records and secured his second club residency at Platinum on the Gold Coast. After 5 months he moved onto his next residency at East Nightclub on the Gold Coast. Where you can find him playing every weekend. He also hosted the Club Luxury House sessions Radio show on 105.7FM Radio Metro (Australia) for over a year. 2011 – 2013 Jolyon continues to produce world class House music with his debut 2 CD Mix Album ‘House Sessions v.1’ hitting stores Natonwide in Australia in early November 2011. In July He also toured with Club Luxury to Thailand, Dubai, Bahrain, Cyprus & Russia. In early 2012 His remixes & original productions have been licensed to Compilations such as Fierce Angel, Ministry of Sound – SessioNZ, Electrorocker & more.
UK happy hardcore DJ and producer.
Jimmy j began his career in the music scene way back in the early 1990’s. Always a lover of breakbeat and dance he began to become a regular down Club Labrynth in Dalston, which was one of the biggest and most popular clubs of its era. He would spend every weekend listening to likes of Billy Bunter and Kenny Ken and knew that one day he would be up there on the decks! It wasn’t long before he got chatting to Joe the promoter and before he knew it jimmy was a resident DJ playing there every weekend.
His love of this type of music soon led him into the studio where he teamed up with Kniteforce guru Chris Howell. Over the next few years they produced some of the best hardcore tracks of that era (six days, take me away) and Jimmy cemented himself as one of the leading artists within the hardcore scene. Off the back of the music he produced with Chris jimmy DJ’d all around the world and of particular note is that their song ‘six days’ (which was an international hit) led to a 3 month tour of Australia with the Australian label ‘central Station’. The song charted at No4 in the Australian charts.
During this period jimmy also opened his first record shop Remix Records in Camden, which quickly became the place for up and coming DJ’s to buy their vinyl. By the middle to late 1990’s jimmy had opened a bigger and better shop in Kingston surrey and now sold a whole range of dance music over 3 floors. Meanwhile he had teamed up with the ‘Just Another label’ group and with Justin Time and singer Jenny they became Triple J. He achieved even greater success with this group and produced tracks like ‘Follow The Sun’ which became both a club and commercial success. Throughout this time he also branched out briefly on his own and produced some songs under the JJ label. Although this label was short lived due to Jimmy’s time constraints the song ’99 Red Balloons’ was produced which became a firm favourite with clubbers across the country.
In early 2000’s Jimmy’s love for the sun became too much and he moved to Spain to start a new life. The good news is that he is now back and his passion for the music and DJ’ing remains just as strong as it ever did. Watch this space…..
Also used to DJ house & trance under the name Jim F (predominantly in the 2nd or 3rd room at raves).
Acclaimed producer and DJ Vito Lucente has been releasing records under many different names but his best known moniker is without a doubt Junior Jack.
With his roots firmly planted in the House Music underground, Belgian DJ / Producer Vito Lucente, aka Junior Jack, saw his popularity soar in the 90’s, achieving a string of worldwide chart hits and becoming one of the most prominent dance music artists of his time. Recording under several different guises including Room 5 (producing the UK No1 single Make Lu
, Deep Walker, Kaf’e and Mr Jack, it was under his Junior Jack alias that he produced the ‘Trust It’ album featuring club anthems ‘Thrill Me’ and ‘E Samba’ along with global dancefloor hits ‘Stupidisco’ and ‘Da Hype’. With his constant worldwide touring and residencies at Ministry Of Sound and Pacha Ibiza, Junior Jack quickly turned into a household name. His productions include collaborations with artists such as Kid Crème, Jocelyn Brown, Kathy Brown and Ron Carroll, and remixes for musical heavyweights such as Whitney Houston, Moby and Bob Sinclair, to name a few.
In 2017 Junior Jack was invited to put together a House Masters compilation for Defected Records, featuring some of his most treasured releases.
After a chance meeting at Ibiza airport, July 2018 saw Kittball Records release a new Tube & Berger interpretation of House classic ESamba, which kept dancefloors busy throughout the summer.
Now, after a break from releasing new music, Junior Jack is back with his finger firmly on the pulse of the underground once more, creating a plethora of fresh ‘Jack’ magic for a whole new clubbing generation.
ARMIN VAN BUUREN
Armin van Buuren OON is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer from South Holland. Since 2001, he has hosted A State of Trance, a radio show, which is broadcast to more than 37 million weekly listeners in 84 countries on over 100 FM radio stations.
SISTER BLISS from FAITHLESS
Ayalah Deborah Bentovim, better known by her stage name Sister Bliss, is an English keyboardist, record producer, DJ, composer and songwriter. In the studio she is best known for her work with Rollo Armstrong, particularly as part of Faithless.