With support from all the major players in the trance scene, Grammy nominations and a touring schedule that goes from Manchester to Malaysia and all major hubs in between, it's no surprise that Mike Koglin is in the poll. Known for his exhaustive remix portfolio, Mike says that 2008 has been as busy as ever. "I've been in the studio doing loads of remixes, including a not-quite-so-authorised one of Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida', which seems to be causing quite a stir on the scene at the moment," he says. When he's not busy turning self-righteous misery rock into podium-filling anthems, Koglin is one of the world's most in-demand trance DJs. "I've been pretty much all around the world this year with tours in Asia, Europe and America, plus about a dozen gigs in Russia so far," Mike says. High-speed internet connections and legal download sites have been central to the trance explosion in recent years, but in parallel Mike also sees the music developing organically. "The great thing about trance is that it is constantly evolving. My music has certainly changed quite a bit since my first releases in 1998. At the moment I love mixing trance with elements from electro and techno, both in my productions as well as in my sets." SoundLab plan to put out a compilation of Mike's releases before the end of the year, while the next six months will see Koglin release more new material on Anjunabeats and his own label, Noys Music. "We're also just about to launch our sub-label iTronic Records, which is for electro house kinda stuff," he adds.