ROGER SHAH- NO BOUNDARIES

 

Seven years in the waiting, nearly three in the making and a testament to music’s spiritual capacity to heal, ‘No Boundaries’ arrives this May.

Musically, its creator Roger Shah is a man with a considerable amount to say and a tireless amount of studio energy to do it with. Album-wise however it’s not often he does it under his own name. Given the wealth of his output, ‘No Boundaries’ – surprisingly perhaps – is the first Roger Shah long-player to see the light since ‘Openminded?!’ back in 2011.

Interspaced between have been five mix-compilations, a range of soundtracks & side projects and – under many an alias (most notably Sunlounger and High Noon At Salinas) – several albums. As such you’d be more than forgiven for losing sight of the time slip that’s opened up between ‘Openminded?!’ and ‘No Boundaries’.

Even for studioholics like Roger, albums don’t happen overnight. ‘No Boundaries’ process came together at a more measured pace than any of his projects before it. Though its production took place during a period of personal loss for Roger (with the passing of his mother), this was as much down to the album’s range & scope. It took the better part of 3 years for its 30 tracks to be completed and drawn together.

A frankly massive contingent by any long-playing standards, ‘No Boundaries’ features a comparably impressive ensemble of singers, songwriters and other artistic partnerships. Moya Brennan, JES, Carla Werner, Natalie Gioia, Jennifer Rene and Susana are just some of the names marshaled to its starry vocal cast. Alongside them Roger’s rejoined by singers whose tones have become all-but synonymous with his work. ‘No Boundaries’ sees the return of regular Shah players such as Yoav, LeiLani, Inger Hansen, Zara Taylor and Adrina Thorpe. As singers, so producer team-ups abound. Aly & Fila, Sied van Riel, Stoneface & Terminal, RAM and Feel are just some of the fellow studio-heads who’ve rallied to ‘No Boundaries’ creation.
 

 

 

 

A seven year interim between albums there might be, but title as in tone, ‘No Boundaries’ and ‘Openminded?!’ share a common message-cum-theme. Shah’s musical world is remarkable. Instrumentation, arrangements, influences and style-mixing – the likes of which no other producers addresses – are writ big-print large and ‘No Boundaries’ is no exception. It is however definitively Shah at his most 4/4 and ‘club’ paced.
Right away the first disc delivers a cornucopia of standouts. Clannad’s Moya Brennan features on the heart-stirring ‘Reasons To Live’, while keeping it in the family, daughter Aisling Jarvis delivers a hat-trick of incredible performances through ‘When You’re Here’, ‘Hold Your Head Up High’ and ‘Call Me Home’. LeiLani’s ‘Love Heals You’ and ‘Eternal Time’ strike at emotional centres, as does Roger’s most recent single – the JES-treated ‘Star-crossed’. Lent voice by Inger Hansen, Roger’s creative reconsideration of dance classic ‘Castles In The Sky’ shines, as do ‘Fire’ & ‘Skyline’ – new productions voiced by Zara Taylor and Adrina Thorpe respectively.

 

 

 

 

On it’s road to release, Roger said of ‘No Boundaries’ “my idea was to create a unique journey for the listener to take. Its production has certainly been that for me. Working on it over the longer time period has been an experience as different as it’s been hindsight revealing. When I listen to each individual song, I can really hear what I was going through whilst making it. It’s wonderful to now be able to experience them all together, collected in this album form. 

 

‘No Boundaries’ creation also coincided with a markedly difficult time for him personally. Roger continues: I have dedicated this album to my beloved mom, who very sadly never got to hear it in its final form. I’ll always be grateful though that she had the chance to listen to it at least in part”.

 

To the greater degree Disc 2 is the rally point for the majority of the album’s producer collaborations. ‘For The One You Love’ teams Roger with Dutchman RAM while ‘Without You’ sees a similar debut studio acquaintance made with Sied van Riel. A former ASOT Tune Of The Year, ‘Unbreakable’ has Roger reconnecting with Aly & Fila, while Disc 2’s swansong is his remix tribute to Tiësto & Julie Thompson’s classic ‘Somewhere Inside’. Dotted between, cooler productions also prevail. More chilled lower-tempo numbers like the Carla Werner-sung ‘Castaway’ and ‘One Life’ alongside Feel and Zara Taylor provide natural intermissions to its abiding 4/4 nature.

‘No Boundaries’ arrives on May 11th – you can pre-order Roger Shah’s exceptional new album here https://rogershah.choons.at/noboundaries from today.

‘No Boundaries’ by Roger Shah Tracklist:

Disc 1

 

  1. No Boundaries
    02. When You’re Here (with Aisling Jarvis)
  2. Love Heals You (with LeiLani)
    04. Star-crossed (with JES)
    05. Reasons To Live (with Moya Brennan)
    06. Beautiful Lie (with Yoav)
    07. Triumvirate (with Stoneface & Terminal)
    08. Hold Your Head Up High (with Aisling Jarvis)
    09. Not Alone (with Brian Laruso featuring Angus Powell)
    10. Castles In The Sky (with Inger Hansen)
    11. Skyarium (with Taucher)
    12. Fire (with Antillas & Zara Taylor)
    13. Skyline (with Adrina Thorpe)
    14. Eternal Time (with LeiLani)
    15. Rapture (with Dante Thomas)
  3. Call Me Home (with Aisling Jarvis)
    02. A Different Part Of Me (with Susie Ledge)
    03. Castaway (with Carla Werner) (Trenchtown Mix)
    04. Down By The Sea (with Emoiryah)
    05. Fool 4 U (with Jackie Bristow)
    06. Natural Order (with Rene Ablaze)
    07. For The One You Love (with RAM & Natalie Gioia)
    08. Al Ritmo Que Vas (with Suzie Del Vecchio)
    09. The Namib (with Pierre Pienaar)
    10. Sanctuary (with Suzy Solar)
    11. Unbreakable (meets Aly & Fila & Susana)
    12. Without You (with Sied van Riel featuring Jennifer Rene)
    13. Never Forget (with Nathia Kate featuring Amber)
  4. One Life (with DJ Feel featuring Zara Taylor) (Deeper Translation Mix)
    15. Somewhere Inside (Tiësto presents Allure featuring Julie Thompson) (Roger Shah Remix)

 

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ORJAN NILSEN TALKS ABOUT ‘PRISM’, THE CREATIVE PROCESS BEHIND IT, AND A TRIP TO…THE JUNGLE !!

After 3 years in the making, the Norwegian Trance Viking Orjan Nilsen is ready to publish his third artist album called “Prism”. Divided into 2 parts, Orjan will take you on a wonderful new journey!

We’ve been lucky enough to sit down with him for a chat about ‘PRISM’ ,  the creative process and much more….

Orjan about his new album: “I have always been a very brave kind of producer. I’ve experimented, have tried different styles, genres, techniques. No matter how much I love DJ-ing I will always be a producer first and I will never stop going over the barriers in music production. This is what Prism is all about, its about exploring different points of view, different perceptions. Prisms have the unique ability to reflect light and disperse darkness into color. And this is exactly what I do through music – I express my feelings and my thoughts with it. I disperse the darkness, turn negatives into colors and reflect the light. Or at least I really try. “Prism” is a combination of the many stories I have and want to share with you. Singles do not create a storyline, so it was only natural to compile those in an album, which I will be releasing in 2 parts.”

TBA: Hi Orjan, goods to catch up with you again ☺
First of all congrats on ‘Million Miles Away’ , such a perfect tune for the upcoming summer, I’ve heard Ibiza inspired you to create this gem right?

O.N.: Definitely. I was at the island and I got this guitar melody stuck in my head and when I got back home it was just something I needed to finish.

TBA: Talking about Ibiza, will you be back on the white Island this summer?

O.N: I am not too sure if I will be back this summer, because I haven’t seen anything yet, but usually im always there since 2011, so it might happen!

TBA: Prism is finally seeing the light , after 3 years of work, can you tell us a bit about the creative process?

O.N.: PRISM was actually 2 years in the making. The creative process was so much fun because I have created so many different things. Especially with the fact that I’ve been working with far more vocalists this time around, which means that the creativeness doesn’t come from me personally, but also comes from the people around it. So working together with all these vocalists and lyrics writers its just been really inspiring for me. It was really good!

TBA: Being a great fan of yours, I know how eclectic you are and how much you like to mix different styles , but at the same time you manage to keep your signature sound, how is that possible?

O.N.: I think it’s because when I started learning how to produce music I had none other than myself to do the trail and error process, which means that I didn’t have anyone teaching me to do music. I taught myself! So no matter what kind of style or genre I do, I will always have a thin red line, because this is how I learnd to make music. So when you don’t have inputs from other people but just like yourself, you end up creating your own stuff. I think that has helped me a lot, even though it was a lot harder to learn that way, it was still something that made me into me.

TBA: What do you do when you are stuck at a certain point during the building of a track?

O.N.: Usually if I’m stuck I actually start on something new. I go away from that project, keeping a distance from it and start on a new track. Sometimes whilst making the new track I would figure out how to finish the other one.

TBA: Can you tell us the release date of the album?

O.N: The release date of the Part 1 of PRISM will be May 18th!

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Tracklist “Prism Part 1”:
01. Orjan Nilsen – Swoosh (Intro Mix)
02. Orjan Nilsen – That One Night
03. Orjan Nilsen feat. Mike James – Hi There Radio (Been Too Long)
04. Orjan Nilsen – Iconic
05. Orjan Nilsen feat. Rykka – In A Thousand Ways
06. Orjan Nilsen – Million Miles Away
07. Orjan Nilsen – Navigator
08. Orjan Nilsen – Craziness
09. Orjan Nilsen feat. Matluck – The Last Goodbye
10. Orjan Nilsen – I See Spots
11. Orjan Nilsen – Simulator
12. Orjan Nilsen feat. IDA – Drowning
13. Orjan Nilsen – Nothing Here But Love

TBA: What was the hardest or let’s say what was the most challenging moment for you while creating the album, or a specific tune …(musical wise) and why?

O.N.: Well the hardest thing when making the album is the fact that I am always travelling. Staying in the studio enough to finish it was the hardest thing. Hence why it took so long as well. For me the one specific tune that was a bit hard was actually “Drowning” feat. IDA. Because I love the vocal so much and I loved the way she sang it, so I had no idea what direction to take it. In the end I ended up going with the more trancier approach and the more euphoric/festival approach. So “Drowning” was definitely the hardest track, as I had too many ideas and it was all because of the fantastic vocals.

TBA: Any funny things happened while the making of the album?

O.N: To be honest not too many, but I did have a couple of things that were pretty cool. Basically when you’re on the studio and you do stuff you’re not supposed to do or planning to do, some good thigns can happen. Technically doing an error on the track with Rykka called “In a Thousand Ways” I got Mike James, who is the songwritter for that, to do the error I did but to do it professionally. So basically that was just a strange moment which changed the whole track. A small little thing that changed the whole ambience of it.

TBA: Any new toy in your studio or in your wishlist?

O.N.: Oh I always have new toys on my wishlist. I actually didnt buy too much stuff, but I bought a few plugins, but I am definitely looking into getting a Moog Voyager, as it would be awesome to have in my studio. I rally want to buy that one but its just too expensive.

TBA: The funniest thing happened to you while touring?

O.N.: Ahh there are so many things. Lets see if I can remember something really cool and funny. I can take one from recently when I was playing ASOT in Sydney. Me and my friend Eirik and Will Atkinson were actually going to the Zoo and when you go into the Zoo they ask you to take pictures. Now when you take pictures, they do it in front of a green screen. Funny part is Will was wearing a green shirt, so he turned out to be a part of the jungle! It was hilarious when we looked at the pictures. So next time we decided that we are going to wear green tracksuits so we can all blend into one! 😀

TBA: The most inspirational person in your life ?

O.N.: The most inspirational person in my life is always going to be my daughter Angelica.

TBA: What’s next after the release of PRISM? Shall we expect a tour maybe?

O.N.: There is definitely going to be a tour and I am going to premiere a lot of tracks during these shows. But also, a little funny thing, PRISM has 2 parts, one coming out on May 18th and part 2 is TBA later on this year ☺ So there’s gonna be 2 parts of the album and definitely an album tour!

TBA: In this case…will you be visiting Italy?

O.N. : I really hope I can visit Italy. It would be so cool to play there. I played in Milan once and I just loved it so hopefully I can visit again this year!

TBA: Thanks for your time and hope to see you very soon somewhere ☺

O.N.: Thank you so much for asking me these questions, I loved it!