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Infected Mushroom
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Of all the trance acts in the poll, Infected Mushroom - aka Israeli duo Erez Aizen and Amit Duvdevani - are the most likely to cross over to the mainstream. This year, the duo consolidated the sound they have been pushing for years with their album 'Legend of the Black Shawarma', which featured vocal contributions from Perry Farrell of iconic rock band Jane's Addiction. "We are continuing to play the Infected sound, which is continually evolving and building," Amit explains. "'Legend of the Black Shawarma' was almost three years in the making and it encompasses rock, trance, breaks, psychedelic and many more styles," he says. However, the duo didn't forget their roots and performed this year at some of the best clubs in the world, including Pacha in Brazil, Ministry of Sound in London and Guvernment in Toronto. These club performances saw them bring a different dynamic to their music. "If we are talking specifically about performance, we still have a sound that is driving, melodic, hard and unique," Amit says. "Some tracks sound different performed live than they do on the album. For instance, 'Killing Time' with Perry Farrell is a slow jam on the album, but live is a completely different beast. Overall, our goal is to keep people dancing and interested." Although Infected Mushroom just released an album, they are back in the studio already to work on the follow up. "We have been fortunate to be able to do this for our living," Amit says.