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Questions Top100 DJs 2008 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:25

Balearic trance
Best known for: 
Creating my own Balearic trance style and my Magic Island label.
Tune of the year: 
My collaboration with Armin Van Buuren and Chris Jones 'Going Wrong'
Producer of 2008: 
Too many good people to chose from but maybe I've been one of them thanks to the two albums I made under DJ Shah and Sunlounger.
First record you ever brought: 
Don't know anymore but something from the Italo Disco era.
Weirdest thing you've seen all year: 
It's hard to say but Ibiza always amazes and surprises me.
Top gadget of 2008: 
Ableton Live.
Your year in five words...: 
My best year so far.
Most important thing you've learnt recently: 
If you take time for your fans they pay it back for you.

With the Dutch trance big boys continuing to reign, it's easy to forget that Germany was most responsible for creating the original trance template back in the early '90s. Hell, even Sven Väth was playing it back then. But whilst names like Eye Q, Visions Of Shiva and Jam & Spoon are now long faded and Berlin is a minimal Mecca, Roger Shah continues to fly the flag for German trance sound with sets across Asia, Mexico, Eastern Europe and at Armin's Armada parties in Ibiza. "All my inspiration comes from the island," he tells us. "I always to try to give my tracks that summer mood and capture the feelings I have when I'm there." Indeed, it was in Ibiza where Roger Shah handed Armin Van Buuren his 'Beautiful' anthem on CDR at Amnesia. Armin snapped it up for release and Shah has since been fully embraced into the heart of the Armada family with his Magic Island label now operating under their umbrella. Enjoying his most prolific year to date, Shah also collaborated with Armin on the 'Going Wrong' anthem that appeared on Van Buuren's 'Imagine' LP, whilst also finding time to drop two double CD artist LPs of his own in 'Songbook' as DJ Shah, and 'Sunny Tales' under his Sunlounger guise.