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The trance legend has decided to hang up the headphones

After an abundantly fruitful and extensive career, trance pioneer Marcel Woods has announced his last gig as a DJ. The Eindhoven-born producer will be the first of the ‘golden generation’ of Dutch DJs to announce their retirement.

Since his beginnings as a DJ in 1988, Marcel has released 13 albums and over 30 singles including the Trance Energy anthem ‘Advanced’ and the more recent Tiësto collaboration ‘Don’t Ditch’. Through regularly playing main stages at events such as Mysteryland, Sensation, Trance Energy and MayDay, he has undoubtedly reached the heights of legendary status over the course of his 26-year career.

Despite totting up an enormous amount of accolades during his life, it’s clear that maintaining an international career can become challenging with two young children and an artist agency to manage. His agency 2-Dutch represents the likes of Showtek, Jordy Dazz, Justin Prime and TV Noise, artists whose careers are becoming rapidly exponential.

Other than his current “classics minded” project, ‘Bring Back The Music’, that may lead to some rare gigs and appearances, this does of course mean that as of now, no new material will be released under the name Marcel Woods. It’s a sad moment for dance music, but his career has left a legacy that DJs will aspire to for years to come. 

Words: James Goatman