There are DJs who can rock a party, a club, a festival. And there are acts that can write songs that will bring out the goose bumps in you. But there's only one group that can do both: ‘Above & Beyond.' Scoring fifth in the DJ Magazine annual poll - the highest-placed Brits - in the last year alone, they have sound-tracked the unveiling of a new space-ship, performed an acoustic show in a hot air balloon, and entranced a crowd of 8,000 in Beirut with their first full live show. For the world's most famous trance trio, there are no limits.
From remixing Madonna (2001), to winning ‘Essential Mix of the Year' (2004) or playing to one million people on the beach in Rio de Janeiro (New Year's Eve 2007), Above & Beyond's career has been a constant upward curve since the trio formed in 2000. From small, East European club shows to major festival like America's Coachella, Above & Beyond have a unique ability to captivate and engage audiences.
Their Trance Around The World radio show airs on over 15 FM, Internet and Satellite stations worldwide and has just celebrated its 300th show - in Russia. They began their DJing career in front of 8,000 people in Tokyo in 2002. In 2004 they won BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix of the Year. They are Number Four in DJ magazine's prestigious poll.
Their ‘Anjunabeats 100' - a collection of the very best tracks from their universally respected label - included a DVD documentary of the shows the group played over the Christmas holidays in 2007 in Goa, India and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they celebrated New Year with a million people. A peak in a career that has been full of them.
With new releases on the way & their full live show hitting Aus shores this September, this show is definitely not one you want to miss.
"Few trance artists have reached Above & Beyond's stature in terms of integrity and respect." IDJ
"A cut above." - Mixmag
"Above & Beyond's vault from innovative trance trio to globetrotting DJ superstars is now complete." DJ Magazine
"The UK's new dance superstars." Pete Tong, Radio 1
"A blend of sleek electronic rhythms, lush filmic textures and old-fashioned songwriting, ‘Tri-State' is the fulfilment of any dance act's ultimate album aspiration: a padding-free, skilled, diverse long-player. In a word ‘brilliant'. 5/5" DJ Magazine
In-depth Biography One of the most successful trance acts of the 2000s, Above & Beyond are a British trio known for their production and remix work, as well as their DJ performances and record label. Founded in 2000 in London, England, the trio is comprised of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. Prior to founding Above & Beyond, Grant and Siljamäki met at the University of Westminster and founded the Anjunabeats label. Shortly afterward, they met McGuinness, teamed up as Above & Beyond, and did a remix for Chakra's "Home." One remix led to another, culminating in 2001 with an attention-getting remix of Madonna's "What It Feels Like for a Girl." Other early Above & Beyond remixes of note include Aurora's "Ordinary World," Fragma's "Everytime You Need Me," and Perpetuous Dreamer's "The Sound of Goodbye." As a DJ act, Above & Beyond made their debut in 2002 and steadily worked their way up into the Top Ten of the much-touted DJ Mag Top 100 poll. From a production standpoint, Above & Beyond made their debut in 2002 with the single "Far from in Love," a vocal trance anthem featuring Kate Cameron. Around this same time, Grant, McGuinness, and Siljamäki formed the group OceanLab with vocalist Justine Suissa. They made their production debut as OceanLab in 2001 with "Clear Blue Water" and continued releasing new material as such throughout the decade, most notably the smash hit "Satellite" in 2004 and the full-length album debut Sirens of the Sea in 2008. Other alternate monikers employed by Above & Beyond over the years include Anjunabeats, Tranquility Base, Dirt Devils, Free State, Rollerball, Tongue of God, and Zed-X. As Above & Beyond, they made their full-length album debut with Tri-State in 2006 and released a steady stream of singles on the Anjunabeats label. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi