GOOGLE ANNOUNCES ARMIN VAN BUUREN IS ONE OF 2018’S TOP 5 MOST SEARCHED NAMES IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC

 Today global online search giant Google has announced its annual year in search list that unveils the most popular names and events searched in 2018. In the category of electronic dance music Armin van Buuren, the Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, has been ranked one of the top 5 artists that people searched on Google this year. The entire list consist (in chronologic order) Swedisch House Mafia, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Fatboy Slim, Benny Benassi, Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Laidback Luke, Steve Angello and Marshmello

With more than 41 million listeners tuning in each week to his SiriusXM radio show “A State of Trance”, Armin van Buuren is considered one of the top DJs and music producers in the world, having been voted as the #1 DJ worldwide five times. Further highlighting his popularity, Armin recently sold out his show in London’s Wembley stadium in less than three hours after tickets went on sale.

Armin van Buuren said, “Wow! This is so cool and such great news to hear; what an honor to make it in Google’s search list of 2018. Behind every search is someone looking for my shows or music. Connecting my music to my fans is the most important thing for me. My thanks go out to Google and even more so to my fans for their amazing support. I wouldn’t be on this list without you!”

This coming Friday, December 14, Armin will release his own annual year in review, his end-of-year compilation of his personal picks from the trance and electronic music releases this year. Armin will unveil his “A State of Trance Year Mix 2018” this coming Friday, December 14th. 

For further information on Google’s “Year in Search” 2018 list, please click g.co/2018 to see all of the top searches of the year in different categories. You can find the official artwork Google has created for Armin van Buuren for this announcement below. You can also follow this announcement on social media using #YearinSearch. Collectively, Armin van Buuren has over 14 million social media followers and can be found at Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @arminvanbuuren.

COSMIC GATE – ‘20 YEARS – FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER’ ALBUM & TOUR

COSMIC GATE RECEIVE FIRST GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR ‘ONLY ROAD’ REMIX

In 2019 Cosmic Gate will mark a milestone: twenty successive years of music-making union. It’s a period that has given rise to dozens of club classics, genre-shaping hits & outright anthems, 50+ career remixes and 8 (soon to be 9) albums. Regularly reminded of this approaching moment by fans, Nic & Bossi looked at not a way to salute the career landmark, butthe way. Fresh off the back of their first Grammy nomination (more info below), what they’ll arrive with in the New Year won’t so much rewrite the ‘greatest hits’ rulebook, as leave it for dust.

What Bossi & I didn’t want says Cosmic Gate’s Nic Chagall, was something that focussed exclusively on our last 20 studio years – a straight up ’greatest hits of Cosmic Gate or whatever. More, we were looking for something that was a broader echo of what we’ve experienced as DJs, with – further – an as-strong emphasis on the future”.

Released in the spring 2019, ’20 Years – Forward Ever, Backward Never’ is a music album project, apparently without precedent. “This will take us closer to the 360 of who we are, where we’ve been and – as much – where we’re going, feels Bossi”. Approaching the release from four distinct points, the album will comprise new Cosmic Gate productions, and collabs with artists who have accompanied their career. It’ll also feature reworks of tracks that have been of particular inspiration, as well as new takes from others on classic Cosmic moments. “Where these four avenues meet on the album will be the sign-off for our last 20 and mark the start of our next.

It could be argued though that it is in fact five avenues: Cosmic Gate’s celebrations will also encompass the liveliest-of-live aspects through their 20-20-20 tour.

Commencing in Australia on the very eve of their 20th year, 01.01.19 will see the group embark on a tour of 20 cities & clubs, all of which have played notable/remarkable roles in the development of their career. Each handpicked by Nic & Bossi, over the course of the nights’ three-hour sets, the group’s ‘future x present x past’ will be thrillingly recognised, bringing its music electrically to life, Details/dates of the first phase of shows are below, tickets for which are on sale from today here (https://cosmic-gate.de/tour-dates/).

With them comes the chance to see one of the most enduring, groundbreaking and critic-delighting names in trance mark their once-in-a-lifetime milestone.

Cosmic Gate Forward Ever, Backward Never’ Tour – phase one details:

Dec 31 – Sydney Metro Theatre

Jan 01 – Melbourne Shed 14

Jan 04 – Adelaide HQ

Feb 08 – Toronto, ON Rebel

Feb 09 – Montreal QC New City Gas

Feb 16 – St Petersburg Trancemission

Feb 23 – Utrecht ASOT 900

Mar 01 – Seattle, WA Showbox

Mar 02 – Vancouver, BC Harbour Event Centre

Mar 08 – Denver, CO Gothic Theatre

Mar 09 – San Francisco, CA The Regency

Mar 15 – Chicago, IL Concord

Mar 16 – St Louis, MO RYSE

Mar 22 – Houston, TX Stereo Live

Mar 23 – Dallas, TX Stereo Live

Apr 05 – Los Angeles, CA Palladium

Apr 21 – Cologne Bootshaus

Apr 27 – Singapore Zouk

 

More dates to be announced …

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PAVEL KHVALEEV – SONDER

This December will see the release of ‘Sonder’ – the sophomore solo LP from Moonbeam founder Pavel Khvaleev. Following his 2017’s ‘Rebirth’ debut, ‘Sonder’ is a continuation of effectively his life’s work: breaking down the barrier between what we hear and what we see.

‘Sonder’s tracks are loosely themed around the Dictionary Of Obscure Sorrows’ definition of the word. Namely the conceptual realisation that every random person passing us lives an existence every bit as real & intricate as our own.

To realise this Pavel re-orbited with Moonbeam’s established, extraordinary troupe of singers/artistic collaborators. Avis Vox, Blackfeel Wite, Loolacoma, Sopheary, Jacob A. & others – all vets of the group’s 10-year run – resumed their inimitable singing & songwriting work. Others though are newer-comers to Pavel’s high-texture universe. The album features first-time pairings with UK duo RINNGS, Polish composer producer and multi-instrumentalist Olga Wojciechowska and J-Pop sensation LIA.

Through ‘Sonder’, Pavel is presenting an album that’s as close to uncharted territory as exists in this electronic music day & age.

 

On the surface, ‘Sonder’ is a spectacle for both ear and (through its accompanying videos) eye. Deeper down however it’s a swirling admixture of deeper meaning, channelled through the avant-garde, the introspective, spiritual & abstract. Across two discs, the album is divided equally & unambiguously into vocal & instrumental works.

 

Dedicated to the former, disc one is a platform for one transcendently affecting song after another. Among them you’ll find ‘Videos’, which (commented DJ Mag in their 8/10 review) “is sung to achingly beautiful effect by UK M/F twosome RINNGS”. ‘Losing Battles’ – the album’s most recent single with LIAprojects house-ier, more Disclosure-ish vibes. Equally tranquil in nature are ‘So Real’ and ‘The Saviour’ – Blackfeel Wite and Pryce Oliver respectively handling their beautifully accented vocal components. Alumni from Moonbeam’s breakthrough ‘Around The World’ album, Avis Vox is in radiant form on the bittersweet future-folk of ‘Sun’. ‘Blind Infinity’ and ‘Skin’ meanwhile draw subtle but reminiscent parallels with the early works of Lamb, Portishead and others.

Everything is relative on Planet Pavel, so to say that Disc 2’s instrumentals are of a clubbier profile would be a qualified statement. It does however move onto a 4/4 footing, the warming of its synths on opening numbers like ’Nocturnal’, ‘Visions’ and ‘Find You’ comparatively signalling a more ‘up’ tone to its second act. ‘Forever’ (with A*S*Y*S) locks in a groove factor, while ‘Indigo’, ‘Sonorous’, ‘Blackout’ and others assume trancier tempos and outlines. ‘Shades Fade’ closes out Pavel’s dazzling second solo LP. In bleepy, quirky, engaging form, it plays with your perceptions of what he is/does to ‘Sonder’s very last.

Sonder’ can be streamed/purchased here https://pavelkhvaleev.choons.at/sonder

Disc 1
01. Videos (with RINNGS)
 
02. So Real (with Blackfeel Wite)
 
03. The Saviour (with Pryce Oliver)
 
04. Losing Battles (with LIA)
 
05. Sun (with Avis Vox)
 
06. Human Touch (with Blooming)
 
07. The Star (with Blackfeel Wite)
 
08. Dark Angel (with Loolacoma)
 
09. Blind Infinity (with Olga Wojciechowska)
 
10. Skin (with Sopheary)
 

Disc 2
01. Nocturnal 
02. Visions
 
03. Dark Story (with Erase Me)
 
04. Find You
 
05. Forever (with ASY*S)
 
06. Indigo
 
07. Sonorous
08. Siberia (with Ivan Starzev)
 
09. Blackout (with Jan Zyabovski)
 
10. Shades Fade
 

About Pavel Khvaleev: Bringing sound and vision to the point of indecipherability would be mission-impossible for all but a handful. Pavel however is a man with the toolbox of abilities equal to that task, foremost amongst them vision. The composer/filmmaker’s work has – to date – produced some of the most arresting, thought-provoking and (some might even say) challenging marriages of audio & video within electronic music. Musically he skates the peripheries of a half-dozen electronic music styles, never alighting on any long enough to become classified by it. His feature films (The Random, III and most recently Involution among them) have been shown at film festivals from Berlin to Buenos Aires and dozens of hubs between. In November of 2018 DJ Mag said “The unlikely worlds of trance and art-house never got closer than through the output of Moonbeam Following their 2016 disbanding, Pavel Khvaleev continued solo and if anything the level of artistry’s only risen.


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