Episode 7: Interview with 99 Souls and hear their Breakout Song, The Girl is Mine! Their faces were obscured on the cover of their breakthrough 2015 hit, but dance production duo 99 Souls identified as “1 jazz kid” and “1 hip hop baby” from the U.K. They evidently had a soft spot for Brandy and Monica’s 1998 duet “The Boy Is Mine” and Destiny’s Child’s 2005 single “Girl,” as they applied a sample of the latter and had Brandy re-record a portion of the former for “The Girl Is Mine.” The pop-oriented house track, released on Resilience and eventually licensed by Sony, earned early support from BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong. Months later, it peaked at number 15 on the U.K. pop chart. ~ Andy Kellman
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Episode 14: Interview with Above & Beyond! Above & Beyond, a London-based trio, has hit number one on iTunes in 20 countries, they’ve become the first British DJs to sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden – in fact, the first DJs from anywhere in the world to sell out both the legendary New York venue and The Forum in Los Angeles. Wait there’s more… Above & Beyond sold 12,000 tickets in one day in both Sydney and Amsterdam. They have headlined stages at festivals everywhere, from Glastonbury to Creamfields, from Electric Daisy Carnival to Pukkelpop to Lollapalooza. After all of that Above & Beyond did something truly unimaginable for a mainstay EDM artist, they decided to go acoustic. Now presenting these wholly different productions in iconic global venues like the Royal Albert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, San Francisco’s Greek Theatre, Sydney Opera House, New York’s Beacon Theatre and the Chicago Theatre. We caught up with Above & Beyond as they were getting ready for night number two in Chicago. In this Episode, we cover everything from the beginning to going acoustic, and even what Mom thinks of all their success.
Episode 22: Interview with Cosmic Gate! Initially known for producing hard trance, German duo Cosmic Gate gradually shifted to a more accessible progressive trance sound on their way to becoming one of the genre’s most successful duos, selling out arenas and releasing dozens of club hits. Claus Terhoeven (born 1972) and Stefan Bossems (born 1967), both from the West German city of Krefeld, first met in 1997, but started collaborating the following year when they found themselves in the same studio by chance. Driving singles “The Drums” and “Mental Atmosphere” appeared on EMI in 1999, but the duo’s breakthrough came when “Fire Wire” (initially the B-side of 2000’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”) was given a stand-alone release in 2001. The commanding track hit the U.K. Top Ten and was remixed numerous times. Parent album Rhythm & Drums appeared that year and reached number 30 on the German album charts. This was followed by 2002’s No More Sleep, which spawned further hit singles such as “Back to Earth” and “The Wave.” In 2003, the duo made the first of many appearances on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll. During the same year, the duo released the first volume of their Back 2 Back mix CD series. The second volume, released in 2005, marked the beginning of their long, fruitful relationship with Black Hole Recordings.
By the time Cosmic Gate released their third full-length, 2006’s Earth Mover, their sound had changed, moving away from hard trance and exploring a progressive style. Released in 2009, Sign of the Times continued Cosmic Gate’s venture into progressive trance, with tracks sung by vocalists such as Emma Hewitt and Aruna. Back 2 the Future, a double CD containing remixes of older Cosmic Gate tracks, arrived in 2011, and that year also saw the release of the duo’s fifth album, Wake Your Mind, which included one of their best-known songs, “Be Your Sound.” The duo mixed the 2012 edition of Ministry of Sound’s annual Trance Nation series. They founded Wake Your Mind Records in 2013 and initiated their weekly Wake Your Mind Radio podcast in April of 2014, issuing their sixth full-length, Start to Feel, shortly after. Two volumes of Wake Your Mind Sessions mix CDs appeared in 2015 and 2016, and the studio album Materia arrived in 2017, first as two separate digital chapters before being issued as a complete double CD.
Episode 12: Interview with Jes! In a world where few have the vision, creativity and willpower to carve their own distinct niche JES has excelled in exactly that. One voice and vision that has forged a career path that is often imitated, but rarely equaled. JES’ extraordinary voice and passionate songwriting have won her the respect and adoration of both the music fans and industry across the globe. After hits with dance music pioneers like D-Fuse and Deepsky, JES began to work with two underground San Francisco based DJ’s named Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden forming a band called “Motorcycle”. The resulting song, “As The Rush Comes” would change the landscape of electronic music for a generation. Propelled onwards by the massive success of “As The Rush Comes,” (#1 Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Chart US) JES formed a close working relationship with Tiesto (then ranked as the worlds #1 DJ) and signed a solo artist deal with his label, and the rest, as they say, is history. In this episode Jes covers it all, including her record label and tips for getting your song heard, then she plays her Top 3 Favorite songs including “Happy” the track she did with Austin Leads and Redhead Roman