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

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Online, Spotlight

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

Transmission Festival Asia : (The Spirit of The Warrior) The Biggest Trance weekend in Asia

Written by Sherif Mekkawy on . Posted in Events, Home

After the huge success of last year’s show, The world class Trance event and one of the best & biggest indoor festivals in the world is back for the second time in a row, to BITEC center in Bangkok, Thailand, one of the hottest spots in the world and a destination for so many Tourists & Trance lovers from the neighboring countries and from all around the world

Trance lovers came from more than 70 countries as far East as Japan and Australia and far west from USA, Mexico & Argentina and of course from Czech Republic the homeland of the show

A very warm welcome to the biggest Trance event in Asia till date, welcome to Transmission Festival Asia

 

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

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Live

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.

W&W a.k.a NWYR: “With NWYR, we are again trying to be creative and not to produce within the limits that almost no one seems to dare to cross”

Written by Luciano Medica on . Posted in Home

Young, wild and free. Probably those were the words that any ‘classic’ trance producer might have said back in the days when W&W, the Dutch duo formed by Willem van Hanegem and Wardt van der Harst, jumped into the trance scene and ran us over like a hurricane. Their disruptive sounds, that were breaking the molds for many, were their biggest asset.

After 2011, they started moving towards a big room house sound, which many criticized, and some others saw as a betrayal, especially those die-hard fans who had fallen in love with their sound. They released an album ‘Impact’ in that same year, and for many, it was representative of the place where trance stood in those days. Even Armin van Buuren used to say that they were probably the future of trance. Almost 11 years after they released their first track, the story is different. For some people, they still have to prove what they’re made of. For others, there’s no way back from where they arrived with their music. And there’s a third group, the fans, that regardless of what direction they take, they will follow.

Even though they stirred quite a controversy when they appeared back into the trance scene with their side project NWYR and played in ASOT Miami 2017, it seems to me that they haven’t been as productive or successful as one might have expected. It’s all about the timing. One year later, many things have changed for them and also in the trance scene, that is going towards a new direction, leaving EDM behind and embracing again tech and psy sounds.

Whether you like them or not, there’s a lot of questions most of us would want to ask, and we got the chance to talk to them and ask some of them during ASOT in Utrecht. So sit back and enjoy!

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

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Online, Spotlight

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

Written by Katrina Merca on . Posted in Events, Home, Live, Online

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?

Transmission 2017: The spirit of the warrior – setting the bar higher than ever!

Written by Luciano Medica on . Posted in Home

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.

ASOT 836 – ADE SPECIAL, a dance event, a trance event, a great event!

Written by Luciano Medica on . Posted in Home

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).

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