An astronaut has performed the first DJ set in space, breaking through the limits of earthly clubbing to set a new record (and then some).
Luca Parmitano is based on the International Space Station and was inspired to attempt this feat due to his belief that music is one of two global languages, alongside maths. This groundbreaking moment combines both, with the cosmic professional playing tracks on a tablet while suspended in zero-gravity.
Above & Beyond have curated the Chill Mix for Phil Taggart's Chillest Show on Radio 1.
Featuring a diverse range of selections, not usually associated with the trance outfit's typical style, the mix opened with tracks from BANKS, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The xx, and more.
Canaidan producer Marie Davidson has dropped a previously unreleased track called ‘Chasing The Light’.
The track channels early ‘90s-era trance (minus the cheese, of course) in epic fashion, and is part of a new EP that also features a Soulwax remix of ‘Work It’ and a remix of ‘Laura’ from Daniel Avery.
‘Chasing The Light’ was written specifically for Davidson’s Working Class Woman tour, and she describes it as “a fast and energizing musical journey that is meant to keep you moving from start to finish”.
Since the early ’90s, when pioneers like Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, and Jam & Spoon crafted some of the earliest and best-loved trance records, the genre has gone through huge swings in popularity. Today, the sound is as strong as ever, as artists like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, and plenty of newcomers fly the flag for trance the world over. To find out why the genre has endured for so long, we spoke to some of its greatest producers – and some of their answers may surprise you.
HOW HAS TRANCE CHANGED SINCE ITS EARLY DAYS?
MATT DAREY: Trance is a chameleon of electronic genres. It’s fused with, and taken influence, from every other genre along its journey. The old sounds return, then fuse with the new.
LORENZO SENNI: My interest in trance is focused on the build-up. I believe that trance evolved into EDM, which pushed the limits of what the build-up can do. Tension and release becomes a psychotic rollercoaster of emotions – the audience is already bored a few seconds after the drop, so there’s always a need for a new build-up to keep the attention high. This is taken to an extreme now, but I’m pleased to see that, actually.
WHY DO NEW GENERATIONS KEEP FALLING IN LOVE WITH TRANCE?
MATT DAREY: I think it’s the way that trance feels like a universal family, connected and nurtured by fans, DJs, and producers. Above & Beyond and Armin Van Buuren in particular are titanic forces in this, focusing their efforts on maintaining this family feeling. They’ve undoubtedly kept the genre growing.
Above & Beyond have collaborated with Seven Lions for an emotional new single, ‘See The End’.
A collaboration between these heavyweight producers has been years in the making, following the 2011 remix competition that introduced young Seven Lions to Above & Beyond with his stellar remix of ‘You Got To Go’ featuring Zoë Johnston, turning him from bedroom producer to a mainstage headliner.
Paul van Dyk may not be eligible to receive the $12.6 million awarded to him in compensation following a near-fatal fall from a stage in February 2016, it has been reported.
Armin van Buuren has a dropped a new trance track for Untold Festival.
The Dutch legend, who dropped a new album under his GAIA pseudonym last month, will also play the "longest mainstage live set" in the Romanian festival's history today, even moving his own festival production from his home in the Netherlands to on-site at Untold for the weekend.
Legendary trance trio Above & Beyond have shared details for their forthcoming album, ‘Flow State’.
Veering away from the propulsive trance and anthemic pop that has defined their recent material such as the ‘Common Ground’ LP and their recent Anjunabeats mix LP, the trio’s new album will be exclusively comprised of ambient and neo-classical music, inspired by yoga and mindfulness.
Trance figureheads Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeij have finally released their long anticipated debut album as GAIA.
Having released numerous beloved singles in the past including 'Tuvan', 'Stellar' and 'Empire of Hearts', an LP has long been promised but was only officially announced last week on Armin’s A State Of Trance radio show.
The album, titled ‘Moons of Jupiter’, features 21 tracks, each named after one of Jupiter’s moons – apt enough.
In a recent interview with DJ Mag Armin van Buuren shared what he believes is the most important element in trance music.
Reflecting on his time as winner of DJ Mag's Top 100 polls, and the timeless appeal of trance for him as a DJ and producer, van Buuren spoke about the genre and shared that despite the decline in popularity when up against EDM or mainstream, trance will always hold a place in his heart.