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‘’Good year to do it’’ – interview with Grum during Transmission Prague 2018

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This year’s Transmission surprised its fans with a rich Anjunabeats line-up for such a festival, considering so few progressive-sound names playing there during last years, but such DJs as Above & Beyond, Ilan Bluestone and Grum have attracted a lot of new fans to the festival, bringing some AnjunaFamily vibe with them (as you could see from people coming to the festival faster to the festival than usually, with a goal to catch their favorite artists, which were playing quite early). As the first two above-mentioned names have released their albums in the beginning of this year, we decided to shortly interview Grum, who’s album is coming out really soon, to find out what we can expect from it, why it took him such a long time for the next album and more!

 

Thanks to Grum for the nice chat!

First of all, how do you feel yourself in Prague? Is it your first time here?

Yes, I think, this is actually first time I’ve ever been to Prague, so, yeah, I don’t know… I like it.

Do you have time to enjoy the city too?

No, I leave in the morning, so just a really quick trip, but everything is really nicely organized here, and it’s all great.

So, what do you expect from tonight then?

I don’t know much about Transmission, to be honest, but well, one of my friends sent me some videos last week of Aly & Fila, all the lasers and things, and it looked impressive, so I’m looking forward to seeing my set back and see how it looks.

Do you know that it’s better to stay till the end the best lasers?

Oh really? Ok…

(Hopefully Grum will got to see his lasers too! Photo credit: Transmission festival)

How did it happen that you are playing here? Transmission is mostly known for its uplifting music, but this year there are 3 Anjunabeats DJs, which is something different. Is there idea, why something is changed?

I don’t know, to be honest. Only thing, when Above & Beyond are playing, they like to bring their own support, so maybe that’s why there are more artists of progressive sound.

Well, people are satisfied, as you will see a lot of fans with Anjuna T-shirts and symbolic in the crowd.

Oh, cool!

Next – more about the music. Are you going to play something from your upcoming album?

Yeah, I’ve got few tracks that I will be playing tonight.

Is there some reason why it took you quite a lot of time to make a new album, considering that the first (previous) one was released like 8 years ago?

I don’t know, I just kind of changed the style of music I was doing, and you have to build momentum when you change it, if you are going to the music scene. There has to be enough demand for the base, so this year I got to the point when there was enough demand, so it felt as a right time.

So after playing at ABGT celebrations this year and before and all the other parties..

Yes, I felt that this was the good year to do it.

If not a secret, is it Anjunabeats or Anjunadeep, considering the name ‘Deep State’?

Well, everything I’ve done is Anjunabeats, but I do play some Anjunadeep in my sets and things like that. I think, musically I fall between two labels, but I am more on Anjunabeats side.

Then, what can you tell about the album? What can people expect? Some hints?

Hmm… Heh [smile]. That’s a very open question. I think it’s definitely above a step up from me and the music I was making before. Definitely got some influences, which are probably kind of new to my fans, like some I haven’t really used before. There’s some stuff on there that was inspired by proper old 90s, trance, I’ll say. Well, maybe not quite as fast as then. There’s enough of hadn’t really done so much before. Also there’s 00s inspired stuff as well, which some of my older fans may enjoy, you know, from the first album. I kind of really wanted to move away from that stuff for a while, but I sort of come back to it, a little bit.

 

The specific date for Grum’s ‘Deep State’ album is not announced yet, but it will be out on Anjunabeats in December 2018!

Photo credit: Transmission Festival

New edition of EDMANIA – become a part of Dance Revolution!

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As the summer festival season is only starting, and one of the most intriguing and young festivals EDMANIA will happen in the small city in Slovakia – Trenčín, which became famous thanks to previous EDMANIA editions. This festival, which for few years already brings people not only from Slovakia, but also other countries together, will open its doors to the music lovers and ravers already this Friday – June 22, and for the first time in almost 3 years it will last not just one, but two days!

Interview with Emma Hewitt in Riga – more about old and new music, new album, relationship between vocalists and producers & more

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When such a huge star of Vocal Trance music is coming to your city, you can’t miss a chance to take an interview, so even if it took over 30 hours for Emma Hewitt to come to Europe from Australia, she still agreed to have one, revealing some news and interesting facts about her past and future projects, how difficult it can be to find a producer for solo songs, who usually pay – producers or vocalists, and more facts, which you can read below!

 

45 minutes of hope – Emma Hewitt and Coyote Fly bring Trance back to Latvia

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Last Saturday was a significant day for the Trance Family not just in Latvia, but also from the neighboring countries – Lithuania, Estonia and Belarus, as one of the most popular Trance vocalists Emma Hewitt was invited to perform at one of the best clubs in Riga – Coyote Fly. Even if for them it was a usual way to attract more new people, for some it turned into a dream coming true: meeting and listening to this angelic vocalist in person, even if it means travelling more than four hours for just a few hours of Trance music.

Hope of Baltics for Trance music – what’s happening in Estonia?

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As it’s known, Trance is a very specific genre of music, which has a somewhat limited amount of followers around the world. While in countries like Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland etc. it is getting quite a lot of support, in many other countries it has not enough popularity for promoters to invite Trance producers and event organizers, for instance, the Baltic countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia. However, it’s too early to lose hope, because support of this unique music is growing in Estonia, which leads to more events, but is it beneficial to organizers? How long will it continue? And what can improve the situation? Let’s think!

When a promise leads to the great night – Grotesque Indoor Festival 300

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After over 2 years, dreams came true: I finally got the chance to come for Grotesque Indoor Festival 300 (GIF300)! If a few years ago I was just curious about it, it wasn’t until last year that I promised myself (and also to RAM, in fact), that I will make it to the next edition – and I did it! Its super friendly atmosphere, that surprised me, and intriguing (also live) ‘decorations’, which make this event quite unique, compared to other Trance events I’ve visited. But what comes next?

When you can’t imagine festival without a Pre-Party: night before Transmission 2017

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While most of my friends were waiting for a premiere of new Transmission “The Spirit Of The Warrior”, I was waiting for the event which came before, and all thanks to my previous Transmission experience. It was my third time coming to Prague for this music event, and if I go back in time to 2015, it so was different than it was now, but every time it is something to remember.

Run, Trance lover, run! Lumi and ASOT in one day

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It’s been already more than 2 weeks since ADE, and especially since the day Trance Family loved and hated at the same time because of two events happening at the same time – Luminosity (Lumi) and A State Of Trance (ASOT) ADE Specials. It was the moment when you had to pick the best one… But some decided not to choose and do both. Question is – was it a good idea? Let’s see!

‘Amsterdam likes it Pure’ or Pure Trance ADE 2017

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Last week Amsterdam hosted many music festivals, but the ‘purest’ one of the Trance related events was probably “Quest4Trance & Solarstone presents Pure Trance ADE 2017“, and not only because of the name, but also because of the music! In a few words: It was the most perfect event to finish ADE with, and even better intro to new Pure Trance Vol.6 compilation.

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