‘The producer’s producer’, as he’s often referred, are really just words until you’ve empirically witnessed how trance mastermind Giuseppe Ottaviani does that thing he does. The divide that separates what the audience hears and how it came to be however has been one Giuseppe Ottaviani’s been chipping away at for time. From audience-inspired idea-kernel to
It seems German trance authority, Paul van Dyk (real name, Matthias Paul), may have some difficulty collecting his $12,588,643.45 restitution money he was granted after a near-fatal fall in 2016.
Dyk suffered serious brain damage and spine injuries in February of 2016, upon falling from the stage during a performance at A State Of Trance Festival in Utrecht, a province in the Netherlands. The festival’s organizers, ALDA Events, were ordered to pay Paul the settlement funds for medical bills, future damages, as well as “other damages,” after the preceding judge deemed that organizers neglected to let Paul know the stage wasn’t “safe to stand on.”
ALDA is pushing back, however. Representatives on ALDA’s behalf are building a case to appeal the settlement, largely predicated on their claim that Paul was never in contract with them or their festival.
“The fact that petitioner Paul is a non-signatory and a non-party means that the arbitration agreement doesn’t extend to him,” ALDA Events writes in their opposition filing. “And no agreement to arbitrate exists between him and Alda.”
Paul is still performing and quite active under his van Dyk masthead. Earlier this year, he launched a record label, called VANDIT, which he says is dedicated to providing a release platform for up-and-coming trance artists.
John O’Callaghan’s Subculture label tips its cap to summer with a fittingly superheated dual-disc music compilation. For it, the mix-reins have been passed to two of the label’s most trusted operators, Craig Connelly & Factor B. As is evermore the series’ form, our protagonists have used the platform to bring a near album’s worth of their own
Dreamstate was created by Insomniac in 2015 to serve as America’s trance hub. Distinctively, the weekend event championed trance sounds not often heard at the time on this side of the pond; everything from progressive, to uplifting, to psy trance was included on its singular stage. The event expanded four-fold the next year, and Dreamstate as a whole has risen up as a dominating global brand for the music.
Organizers have been teasing all sorts of sizable improvements for the flagship festival’s milestone fifth edition. They moved the San Bernadino gathering back one weekend to make it more accessible for fans, while additionally promising even crazier production, better sound, and stage design.
Its lineup is another area of huge leap for the brand. While Dreamstate has always been more forward-thinking than the status quo, its lineups sometimes overlapped quite a bit between editions. This one, however, branches even deeper into the obscure—and ambitious. Notable names showing up this year are iconic outfit The Space Brothers, Shpongle, John O’Callaghan under his Joint Operations Centre alias, and Ferry Tayle & Dan Stone’s joint project, Fables.
On the commercial end, watch Seven Lions experiment with psy trance alongside Dimibio for their Abraxis debut, and Above & Beyond move the main stage audience to tears during their headlining set.
Two years back Mark Sherry had his humanity questioned. Nobody – least of all he – could have known it’d trip off his first artist album. Clicking a captcha to ‘confirm’ his ‘humanity’ was an innocuous, seemingly fleeting moment. Everything that followed that, well, markedly less so. Over the following minutes, hours, days & weeks
Miika Eloranta and Janne Mansnerus folded temporalities on their recent compilation, Past, Present & Future, to simultaneously contemplate the origins of the trance genre, its current configurations, and the progression of its sound. With more than 15 years of expertise as trance producers, Eloranta and Mansnerus–collectively known as electronic duo, Super8 & Tab–are genre veterans who lay claim to a wealth of accrued insight regarding the maturity of trance sound over the years. It is this intimate familiarity with form that guided their fastidious shaping of Past, Present & Future, released this past March on Armada Music.
As its title denotes, Past, Present & Future scales the continuum of trance music, to position modern updates of older genre efforts like Super8 & Tab’s 2019 remix of their 2012 Anjunabeats instrumental, “Helsinki Scorchin.”
“We have a long, long history in [trance],” Eloranta tells Dancing Astronaut. “We wanted to take that journey that we’ve had over the past 15 years, and put it on the compilation. [Past, Present & Future] reflects what we play during our DJ sets: testing some new tracks, playing some classics. Now, it’s packaged.”
The forward-thinking quality of Past, Present & Future indeed figures in Super8 & Tab’s live sets, which Eloranta and Masnerus regularly use as platforms for debuts of new IDs. Both Eloranta and Masnerus hail from Finland, and return to the country to play about ten shows on their “home base” each year. Super8 & Tab’s interweaving of unreleased material into these sets has grown to be an experimental practice familiar not only to Eloranta and Masnerus, but also to the fans who attend Super8 & Tab’s annual Finland based shows.
“We usually test a lot of new tracks there for the first time, so it’s interesting for the people who come, because they know [to expect that],” Masnerus said.
While Super8 & Tab cite Finland as one of their favorite places to play, the duo’s travels have taken them all over the world, from Singapore to Madrid, and recently, to New York City, where Super8 & Tab caught up with Dancing Astronaut aboard Crust Nation’s Past, Present & Future Boat Party.
Enacted in support of the eponymous EP, the Past, Present & Future Tour is a live initiative that extends an engaging experience to fledgling fans of the genre. The new listeners who progress from first-time trance show attendees to well-versed dwellers in the domain comprise the future of the genre from the perspective of fan support, as Super8 & Tab know, and know well. Yet, Super8 & Tab also strive to apprise trance newcomers of the genre’s detailed past through their live format. Eloranta and Masnerus’ shared goal of acquainting their attendees with genre staples by featuring older and iconic trance cuts in their performances translates to Past, Present & Future.
“There’s a lot of new fans, so we wanted to get them to dig in deeper, to see what we’d been doing earlier,” Eloranta said of the release.
Super8 & Tab highlight Ashley Wallbridge‘s remix of the duo’s “Alba (Mixed)” as an emblem of a particularly well-executed contemporary rework on Past, Present & Future.
“I think he did a brilliant job,” Eloranta said when asked to identify the remix on the album that best exemplified a present take of a more dated trance release. “He kept the essence of the original, but brought it to 2019,” Eloranta added.
Both Eloranta and Masnerus underscored their 2019 revamp of “Helsinki Scorchin’” as another example of a successful current revision of a prior trance production. The present trend of re-imagining the celebrated cuts that color a genre’s past is one that Eloranta sees as sustaining the future of trance. Eloranta attributes the sustainability of remixing as a means of gleaning (and maintaining) listeners to a key component of trance tunes: their enduring melodies.
“There’s a lot of strong melodies in trance. They don’t get old; they’re timeless.”
Thinking further about the future of trance music, Eloranta and Masnerus salute Helsinki-based artist, Avenia, as a rising producer to watch. Avenia appears on Past, Present & Future, to collaborate with With The Winds on “Traverse (Mixed),” and to contribute his own individual release, “Kingdom (Mixed).”
“He’s really young: he’s 19 and has been growing up listening to Anjunabeats, but also Avicii, so he’s combining all [these influences], and has a new angle to transmit music. He’s talented and hard working and ready to take criticism,” Eloranta said.
Past, Present & Future features productions revered trance entities in addition to Super8 & Tab, including Armin van Buuren, Andrew Bayer, Ilan Bluestone, Ferry Corsten, and more. The wealth of support just further solidifies the torrential trance twosome’s profound presence within their sonic sector of choice.
From tech to progressive, Claus Terhoeven and Stefan Bossems, better known to the world as Cosmic Gate, have done it all in the trance scene. Dominating clubs and festivals literally across the globe, Cosmic Gate have ridden every wave in the dance scene for 20 years and done it successfully – and on their own terms.
Gareth Emery and Ashley Wallbridge have an extensive collaboration history that spans from single releases, producing under their parody moniker CVNT5, and co-owning record label Garuda. Earlier this year, the two artists took their collaborative efforts to the next level after announcing they would be releasing a full-length album together. The compilation, titled Kingdom United, is out now on Garuda, and the expansive body of work showcases the best from both producers.
The album is inspired by the producers’ love for their home, the United Kingdom, as the country faces turbulent political times. Emery and Wallbridge announced the forthcoming LP back in February by dropping the album’s title track, “Kingdom United,” which is the perfect sonic testament to what fans can expect from the album now that it is released in full.
Kingdom United is a trance lover’s sonic playground that features 14 songs ranging from instrumental-based “Kal El” to vocal-led “Lionheart” featuring PollyAnna. Emery and Wallbridge set the bar high with previous collaborative singles together, and the album not only meets expectations, but continues to raise the standards of what fans can come to expect from the artists working together.
“Kingdom United is an album that works equally well played live or at home with friends and a cup of tea,” the duo said in a release. “Wherever people choose to listen, we’re sure they’re going to love it!”
Emery recently announced that he will be bringing his infamous live show Laserface to New York’s Brooklyn Mirage. For those hoping to experience Kingdom United live amidst thousands of lasers, tickets for the event can be purchased here.
From the softly progressing melodies to the angelic vocals to the mighty drops and more, Trance music has the ability to strike a chord in whoever listens. It spans so many different sounds and cultures, all the while staying true to its roots no matter what. This is exactly why fans just can’t seem to
Australian dance artists MaRLo and Feenixpawl have joined forces for their collaboration “Lighter Than Air”. The Trance icon MaRLo and Progressive duo Feenixpawl may differ in their styles and genres, but they come together beautifully with this project. A cinematic, vocal-led breakdown, mighty melodies and a floor-cracking drop all blend together to create a true