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!
2018 has begun, and it is a very promising year. This year has kicked of with many news and releases, and there are some more in the queue. But not only that, we can look forward to many events and albums in the upcoming months.
Markus Schulz engagement
This year has started with some announcements from our DJs. The most sounding was the engagement of Markus Schulz with Adina Butar. It didn’t come as a surprise, but after a massive 2017 for Markus in the professional life, this other side -considering he has always remained tight-lipped about his personal life- is, for me, great news. This duo-marriage is already a powerhouse, and we will be lucky to hear more from them in the year to come. Congratulations!
The year of the follow-ups
Four days ago, our dear Saad Ayub dropped his own news for the fans. He has just let us know that this year he will be releasing some follow-ups to the tracks that loved in the last years. The most awaited for me, is the new collaboration with Jaren, something we had discussed with Saad and Jaren herself back in September 2016 when I interviewed them after the release of Ever After http://t-er.org/ever-after. I can only be so excited about this!
However, it seems that after one year of great success for him, he has also managed to work on a new chapter in his work with Jennifer Rene (with whom he previously produced Move On, another great track) and Christina Soto, whose amazing voice gave life to Daylight. Saad, we will be waiting for your releases!
Above & Beyond: Common Ground
As we have anticipated before, Above & Beyond will be releasing their sixth studio album, Common Ground, on the 26th January 2018. The album will feature the amazing talents Zoë Johnston and Justine Suissa, and will mark the return of Richard Bedford to an A&B album.
The album will include some tracks that have been already played and acclaimed by the crowds, such as “My Own Hymn” ft. Zoë Johnston, “Northern Soul” ft. Richard Bedford and “Alright Now” ft. Justine Suissa, together with some of the more melodic and classical Above & Beyond tunes. You can already pre-save the album on Spotify and pre-order it on iTunes!
The big festivals: A State of Trance
Like every year, the pace of 2018 will be marked by the periods of waiting for the big festivals and the following sadness because it’s over, until you resume the waiting-for mood.
The first big event of this year will be A State of Trance festival in Utrecht, to take place the 17th February. Once again, ALDA events will be putting on the greatest indoor trance festival there is, now with five stages!
The big news is precisely the fifth stage, as this has come to fruition after discussions between Armin and the legend John 00 Fleming. The fans will be able to witness Airwave, Spencer Brown and Gai Barone among others on that stage.
As usual, there’s a lot to expect from this festival, like the Argentinian talents Heatbeat B2B Chris Schweizer -certainly recommended-, plus the Dutch comebacks Purple Haze and NWYR, and the masters Solarstone, John O’Callaghan and Jorn van Deynhoven. Certainly an event you don’t wanna miss, and also: Trance Energy Radio is one of the official broadcasters!
The big festivals 2: Luminosity Beach festival
Headliners Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz, Andy Moor, Bryan Kearney, Chicane, Gabriel & Dresden and Solarstone. Do I need to add anything else? Well, if that’s not enough check the three phases of the line up that have been announced so far.
If last year Luminosity beat all odds -despite the horrifying weather that lasted the whole weekend- we can only hope that we will experience those four days without rain and with the impressive line-up that is already promising a lot!
As usual, Lumi will take place in Bloemendaal aan Zee (Netherlands) from the 28th June to the 1st July. Tickets are already on sale, so don’t come back crying when they sell out!
The big festivals 3: Transmission Bangkok and Prague 2018
For the Asian trance lovers, this year will bring back the bliss of having Transmission in Bangkok! This will happen soon, on March 17th, and the line-up is almost at that point where it can’t get any better: Aly & Fila, Ben Nicky, Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella 2.0, John O’Callaghan Official and Bryan Kearney present Key4050 -this one got me absolutely blown up-, Jordan Suckley, Markus Schulz presents Dakota and The Thrillseekers presents Hydra. It’s gonna be a blast, satisfaction guaranteed.
After the amazing show and the firework fiasco, everybody has their eyes set on Transmission Prague 2018. It’s gonna be massive, for sure, but the big question is: what surprises await for this year?
There’s not so much information, as a whole year is yet to pass before we can go there, but we will keep you posted about it!
Tomorrowland in Belgium and Brazil, Electronic Family in Den Bosch (Netherlands) New Horizons in Nürburgring (Germany), UMF in Split (Croatia) and Dreamstate (USA) are some other of the events that will be back in 2018 with a bang!
New Armin van Buuren album?
Armin has stated that he has been working on new tracks, and that he has at least three new singles ready to be released. But his last album, Embrace, was released in 2015, so a new studio album seems a bit overdue. However, he says this could come at the end of this year the earliest. Bad news for AvB fans? I don’t think so. Probably Gaia and other projects will be benefited if he’s not dedicated to produce a new album… we’ll see!
These are just some of the events in 2018 that we’re looking forward to, what else are you expecting? Let us know in the comments!
We, the first departing Lithuanians, met excited at an almost empty bus station during the late evening to travel to Poland, to an event we had been waiting for since the shining lineup was released. Gdansk and Sopot shone like the faraway trance destination we were heading to.
From the early arrival to Gdansk to the extended city weekend, for us, it was magic. Whether we were lonely tourists at the center in the dark morning, between decorated streets or at dawn walking along the river, or when we started small home party. We were waiting for our trance friends to join this weekend experience group by group – the Trance Xplosion Reborn event had attracted the biggest number of Lithuanians arriving to party this year, even some flying here from abroad and trance friends coming from Belarus.
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?
Like the name defines itself, Dreamstate SoCal festival sounds like a dream to reach, especially for those who are not from United States. A mix of a dreamy vision for a new, different type festival, and the experience at the prime and biggest trance music event in USA, Dreamstate also implies a few tasks to be completed before getting there. It demands long flights, visas, some conversation at the departure airport before boarding, an interrogatory dialog with the U.S. border officers at the arrival airport, and finally your own transfers to San Bernardino city in California, where the festival took place for the third year.
Three weeks ago another DJ duo had their debut on Transmission Festival in Prague, at sold-out O2 Arena. No wonder they have been chosen to start the night, as their last years were really successful. We were lucky to catch them for a nice talk and here it is – interview with legendary Super8 & Tab!
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.
It is not new to say that Transmission lives up to the expectations they create. It is not a lie to say there’s always more than you can think of in first place. So it won’t be any revelation to say that we were there and came back amazed and invaded by the spirit of the warrior!
Believe it or not, I have been living in Europe for 3 years now and this was the first time I managed to go to Transmission. I had been hearing stories, watching videos and so much more about Transmission, to the point I was wondering what have I done wrong so far to be unable to attend to any of the previous editions. Even before Trance Energy Radio decided to cover the event, I had already bought my ticket and everything was set: I was not missing this year’s edition even if I had to sacrifice for it.
Before the interview with trance superstar Ferry Corsten, I tried to count how many years he has been on the scene. As long as I remember, since the development of trance as an independent music genre, he had already been in. It’s not a surprise that his first major achievement, produced single as a solo composer, and under the pseudonym Moonman was released in 1996.
Then followed another unstoppable release as well as the new classic era under the name System F. Another pseudonym – Gouryella doesn’t need an introduction as this name is still in Ferry Corsten’s performances.
The list of DJ and producer awards and nominations speak for itself, and I can’t describe the honor, the excitement and the impossibility to realize sitting next to him backstage at Luminosity 10th Anniversary Weekender and listening to the special voice of a trance pioneer that has been shaping music history and is sentimental talking about the older classics.
Amsterdam Dance event is the showcase for all the biggest names and events in all genres of dance and electronic music. A State of Trance is the most well-known brand for trance events and naturally, the most listened trance radio show. That is why, the synergy of combining these two massive powerhouses had created a big hype and expectation in most of the trance fans, but also raised the hopes of the fans to a point where it was hard to deliver. Disaster or success? Let’s see how that night went!
This year’s ADE was especially relevant for trance music in many aspects. Not only the ‘classic’ events took place, but also new and enormous gigs were added to the schedule, in a fashion that lets us imagine them established for the years to come. Personally, I was a little hesitant at the beginning, since there were so many events overlapping, I had other compromises too and during last year’s edition, it had been rather complicated to balance everyday life with all these events (and back then, the offer was smaller).