"His production is as solid as a rock, and his melodies are breathtaking. The man should get a medal for all the crowds that have gone crazy on the floor listening to his music." Not our words, but those of one Armin van Buuren, talking about trance wizard Steve Helstrip. Under the name The Thrillseekers, he's not only penned scores of world-beating anthems like 'Savanna', 'City of Angels', 'Open Our Eyes', 'By Your Side', 'The Last Time' and 'Synaesthesia', but is now also set about conquering the world of live performance. Having previously gone out on the road alone, taking his show to Moscow, San Francisco and, er, Elephant and Castle - well, it was The Gallery's 15th birthday party at the Ministry of Sound - earlier this year, Helstrip has a new vision for next year. He's assembled a five-piece band for the new Thrillseekers live show set to launch in 2011, alongside the arrival of a new album, due out in February. "We're proposing the evolution of this project by expanding the performance aspect of the show," he says, "growing from a solo instrumental show to a full five-piece showcase, designed to meet the requirements of large scale events."