ABOVE AND BEYOND
The end of a music festival is always depressing. We often tend to make it sadder than it really is or needs to be, maybe because we’re slightly dramatic, or maybe just because we’re simply in love with the music and the festival environment. Whatever the case may be, most of us go through a withdrawal period spanning from a few days to a few weeks. It makes sense though, because the hype continues to prolong with each year. If you haven’t noticed, Ultra Music Festival tickets went on sale in May this year as opposed to in October. We'll admit it— many of us are spoiled, and many of us demand the best of the best. With productions that promise to outdo themselves each consecutive year, we can’t help but to get overly excited for a major festival a year in advance. But those three (in this case, two) days pass by so quickly that when it finally ends, we think to ourselves, “F*ck. It’s already over?” The buildup is intense, but the comedown back to reality hits you harder than you’d think. Particularly with the abrupt ending to Electric Zoo.
Yes, you read that correctly- a couple got engaged this past weekend at Electric Zoo and two of their wildest dreams became a reality. For Chris, it was important that he made the ultimate proposal to his girlfriend of a little over three years, Ashley. And what better way to do so than with the help of Above & Beyond? If you were at the Zoo last week and saw A&B's set, you may remember that during "A Thing Called Love," the LED wall behind them read: "Chris, @TheDJBF WOULD LOVE TO MARRY Ashley, @DJGFProblems." Well, she said "yes," albeit a teary "yes." We found Chris on Twitter thanks to one of our contributors, Jessica Ekman, and decided to ask the couple a few questions to lighten the mood surrounding Electric Zoo. As they say below, "The music we so dearly love is not about drugs and death. It’s about magic, dance, love and bringing people together." Read on to learn their story, and gain a different perspective on Ezoo and electronic dance music in general that oftentimes, we fail to remember.
Friday, August 16th
It’s been a while since Above & Beyond has been in DC, and ever since Echostage opened a little over a year ago, we’ve been dying to see them perform. One of the top trance acts in the last decade, A&B are bringing Group Therapy to the district for their Echostage debut. Best known for their tracks, “Sun and Moon” and “A Thing Called Love,” this show is sure to bring tears to many. Unfortunately tickets are sold out, but you might be able to find some on Craigslist! Doors 9 pm. No dress code. 18+
Ministry of Sound recently released the highly anticipated Trance Nation album, mixed by the father of trance himself, Lange. Between this and the release of his third artist album at the end of this year, the DJ and producer is staying very busy. Lange took some time to fill us in on the mixing of Trance Nation and the exciting year ahead.
What was your reaction when first presented with the opportunity to mix Trance Nation for Ministry of Sound?
Just recently celebrating their one year anniversary, Electric Beach is still going strong and bringing in prime DJs to headline its weekly series. This Saturday, Oct. 13th, welcomes Ben Gold, a rising player in the trance scene, along with NYC based, FancyCats.
At just 25 years old, Ben Gold is a versatile producer who has managed to catch the attention of big name DJs. He has been featured on popular compilations such as Ministry Of Sound's 'Trance Nation Harder,' 'Trance Nation Deeper' and Europe's biggest dance compilation, 'Dream Dance.' Ben's productions have also been consistently featured on leading radio stations like Radio 1 and on leading radio shows, including ASOT by Armin van Buuren, Club Life by Tiesto and TATW by Above and Beyond.
Everyone from Armin, Sander Van Doorn and Paul van Dyk have played Ben's productions. His recent collaboration with Senadee, "Say the Words" was named ASOT tune of the week and Mixmag's tune of the month while "Life" was picked by Armin van Buuren himself as not only Future Favorite on ASOT but also Tune of the Week.
Article by Sarah Harper
Usually when an eclectic mix of ravers cross paths, they find themselves wired with different brainwaves and thinking patterns, disagreeing and interested in opposite genres whether it be dubstep, progressive house or trance. But when the conversation between the two parties leads to Electric Zoo, surprisingly, the two-different minded personalities can usually come together in agreement: Electric Zoo is an electronic music festival, designed for whatever type of sub genere of dance music you’d like to delve into.
Taking place from 8/31-9/1 on Randall’s Island in New York City, Electric Zoo boasted a prestigious line-up of the top DJ and producers in the world, a sold-out crowd and unbelievable electronic music. For three-days straight, attendees dressed in absurd neon attire, drenched themselves in glitter and danced around in animalistic ways while world-renowned DJ/producers dropped their latest beats and high-tech LED visuals.
There are few groups whose effect can be as varied as Above & Beyond. Vascillating between extreme club dance extravaganzas and heartfelt/emotional tracks, A&B inspire both the party and our minds. After a well received album launch, the veteran producers are heading back to the US for an all-out tour, stopping at Electric Zoo, Electric Daisy, Global Dance and just about every event in between. Do not miss this one!
As an added bonus, Joonbug is giving away two tickets to the May 12th show at Chicago's Congress theater! Worth over 75 dollars, you can't miss a chance like this. Head to the giveaway page and submit your story!