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John O'Callaghan
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It's been a year of extremes for tech-trance DJ John O'Callaghan, spending the first part of 2011 in the studio working on his 'Unfold' album, followed by non-stop touring after its release, including two weeks around South America.
“These were some of the best shows of 2011,” says O'Callaghan, “and it's a great injection of morale when you play in front of people who love the music so passionately. As a whole, 2011 has seen the strongest rise in up-tempo trance I've seen in years.”

Other highlights for O'Callaghan included a packed Ibiza season, again signalling a resurgence of the harder end of the trance spectrum.
“Cream has had a sensational season at Amnesia,” he says, “and clubbers are staying right until the end of the night. I've really noticed that people want to hear more and more banging stuff. Which suits me down to the ground!” TRISTAN PARKER