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Progressive electro-edged trance
Best known for: 
Pioneering UK trance.
Tune of the year: 
Signalrunners feat Julie Thompson 'The Shoulders' (Anjunabeats)
Producer of 2008: 
Kyau & Albert
First record you ever brought: 
A Shaking Stevens album on tape!
Weirdest thing you've seen all year: 
Gareth Emery coming to talk to me in his Y-fronts whilst I was in bed with the missus.
Top gadget of 2008: 
BBC iPlayer or 4OD.
Your year in five words...: 
Stressful at times but rewarding.
Most important thing you've learnt recently: 
That change can be a wonderful thing.

It's a year of change for Lange - the UK trance pioneer who has had his hand on over 20 Top 40 chart productions. Finally letting out his debut artist album 'Better Late Than Never' at the tail end of last year, Lange has this year shifted agents, shifted perspective and started shifting his sound to more experimental areas. "I'm trying to be a bit different without forgetting my trance roots," he tells us. "I've been heavily influenced by electro and minimal and I do like the progressive stuff. I'm trying not to be too formulaic, which I was guilty of in my early days. "People like Deadmau5 have blurred what is house and what is trance in a way," he adds. "It's been instrumental in opening the trance community's eyes to other musical perspectives. People don't just like trance anymore, they're into trance but they're into Eric Prydz or Deadmau5 as well." Following last year's electro pumped collaboration with Gareth Emery - 'Another Me, Another You' - Lange has kept a steady output with the epic vocal number 'Out Of The Sky' and the proggy 'Songless' complimenting his remixes on labels like Vandit. "I'm enjoying the gigs more than ever too," he says. "The Sunrise festival in Poland was amazing with a crowd of 25,000, South Korea is a great new territory and I also played Hawaii for the first time, which was unbelievable." The next project for the 12-year veteran of the trance scene is knuckling down for his second album.