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RODG TALKS ABOUT HIS UPCOMING ALBUM ‘FATE’, TOUR LIFE, AND STATEMENT ANNIVERSARY!

We met Rodg right after his stunning set at ASOT900 for a chat about his upcoming album ‘FATE’ , the direction his music is taking and some insights on his tour life; check out what this talented artist told us 🙂

 

TBA: Hi,  Rodg!! How you doin’ man?

R: I’m good, thank you

TBA: How does it feel to be playing again at A State Of Trance?

R: Amazing, it feels like coming home, it was great! I’ve played a lot of new records, had a different time slot, usually I am on early but tonight I played 1 to 2 am, it was great!  I am very happy!

TBA: Can you tell us something about the new album?

R: I can tell you I just played a lot of records from the album haha! You know like High On Life was a little bit deeper  than the album I did with Ruben ( togetheRR) ..  I think if I work on my own stuff in general it’s a little bit deeper side of the progressive trance  and that’s what I did again, it what came out of my fingers while producing it and I just tested out a lot of those new tunes and I am very happy with the reaction of the crowd, it’s amazing, a great feeling!

TBA: Are you also touring a lot these days?

R: I am touring a lot, I am going to the United States in 3 weeks and I am super excited

TBA: Which are the 3 things you always bring with you while traveling?

R: Obviously headphones, an extra charger pack and really comfy pants to sit in the planes

TBA: Are there any other upcoming gigs you are very excited about?

R:  Well I am very excited to return to one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands, it’s not announced yet, but it will soon,just saying! And as I were telling you, I am going to the United States ,  I haven’t played so much in states and there are so many trance fans out there and I can’t wait to see them there and play for them and have a good time to make great parties.

TBA: Do you think the European crowd gets a different vibe from the American one?

R: Well, hard to say because I haven’t played much in the U.S.A. but in general you can see a lot of differences, in the Netherlands , the typical Dutch crowd is a little bit difficult,is a tough cookie to crack let’s say,a tough cookie, in Poland for instance it just goes off,  I love Poland, I love Mexico,…the energy is different everywhere, you know, I can say Spain has a fantastic energy for instance Ibiza..but well in Ibiza people come from everywhere so it’s hard to say if it is a Spanish thing haha. So it’s a different experience every time but it’ s also what makes it so much fun as nothing is the same ad you need to just feel the crowd and do whatever they want, at least I try to do whatever they want and make it work.

TBA: Back to your new album, how did you pick the title ’FATE’ ?

R: Fate basically means ….well you know life brings you certain things you might not expect  and in the last couple of years a lot of things I didn’t expect come my way, both in business and in personal life and I am very happy at the moment, I went through some difficult times but you it takes a leap of faith to change and on that time I was writing on the album so it was the only perfect title I could give it, it’s quite emotional but yeah, maybe I am an emotional guy! Haha!

TBA: Is there a tune in the album that challenged you the most?

R: Well there a couple of tunes that are not really trance and lean more towards techno but I do kept certain melodic elements, but these are quite experimental so yeah a bit challenging

TBA: Statement Recordings is on its 13th anniversary, what would you say to Ruben?

R: Ruben I love you mate, very happy to be on the label we are gonna do a lot of amazing stuff in the future, very happy to be part of it, thank you!

TBA: Awesome, thanks a lot and hope to see you very soon!

R: We will! Grazie mille!

LET’S MEET FUTURECODE @ASOT900

ASOT900 was hands down one for the books, and we’ve been living our best life wandering around the stages, dancing in the crowd, stopping by the illustrious radio dome and even taking our time to have a chat with a few of the prodigious artists performing at the majestic Jaarbeurs venue.
We’ve been blessed to catch up with FUTURECODE just before they decided to destroy the mainstage with a mindblowing closing set!

 

 

TBA: Hi this is Jess from The Backstage Access here with Futurecode 

FTC: Heyyy!!

TBA: So guys how do you feel to be here celebrating the 900th episode of ASOT?

FTC: (Ben Gold) Oh yes it’s amazing, to play at any of ASOT events  is exciting, and congratulations to the team for reaching this far, it just keeps getting bigger and better and yeah, it’s great to be here.

TBA: You guys are a true match made in heaven, looking at the socials, there were so much expectations for your set tonight

FTC: (Omnia) Oh really? That’s great, we’re excited about it also, but it’s really nice to see that people are really excited about it as well; we will do our best definitely ’cause we have some really great music, we think so, we believe that, so yeah let’s see.

TBA: You have a few new tunes that are going to be premiered tonight, right? 

FTC: (Ben Gold) We were on the live ASOT show 2 days ago we played a mini mix and I think we played maybe 4? (Omnia) I think so yeah! (Ben Gold) We played 4 but think we have probably 7 , and everything we play here has been re-edited or re-designed especially for this set. When you close a festival it’s a responsibility ’cause it’s the last set people are gonna remember when they leave but at the same time as Ben Gold and Omnia and now as Futurecode we have our sound, so we’re gonna be true to our sound and hopefully delivery the set of our lives and we can’t believe we are premiering a new project at A State Of Trance with a closing set.

TBA: Yes it’s insane 

FTC: (Ben Gold) It is really insane! I don’t know many others who have done that so yeah we’re excited! 

(Omnia) It is definitely such a great start for this new  trance project; I mean we are really happy to be here tonight and really excited about that!

TBA: How did you guys decide to join forces ? 

FTC: (Omnia) Well you know we collaborated before, we released 2 tracks together, ‘The Gateway’ and ‘The Conquest’ which I believe are really strong records and we had a really nice feedback from fans all over the world and at some point we realized we had even more ideas and when we went together to the studio it was really easy to work together because we had like the same mindset, both of us love the melodic stuff, the vocal stuff so I think that’s why, like it’s really easy for us to collaborate together.

(Ben Gold) Yeah, it felt natural, it was really easy to work on line or in the studio together we are at the same page at every stage we knew how the record sounded before it was finished, it was just natural, it was just a natural progression from being Ben Gold and Omnia into Futurecode. We’ ve played a really good back2 back set last year at Untold music festival in Romania and we uploaded the set on line and people really enjoyed that and people talked about it a lot so it was kind an easy decision to create Futurecode.

TBA: What about the name FUTURECODE?

FTC: (Ben Gold) He came out with that he was the brain behind it 

(Omnia) Yeah yeah exactly ,the first idea was, I don’t know, THE FUTURECODE is definitely a kind of futuristic thing and you can see it now in our new branding; see we’re trying to bring something new in the trance scene we’re trying to be the best we can so I think it’s the right name for both of us to collaborate just the name gives you a kind of good feeling for the future right? You will hear it in our set and you will understand.

TBA: Are you guys planning to make an album together as well? 

FTC: (Ben Gold) You know we’ve been working pretty hard for the last 3 months and maybe more preparing this set we also signed an exclusive record contract so there will be many Futurecode singles already planned for this year, everything you gonna hear tonight is gonna be released over the next 6-8 months , we also play at festival all over the world that we can’t announce just yet but I guess in a couple of months you will start seeing FUTURECODE not just in trance stages , we play on mainstages , it’s a really exciting time so let’s see where it goes; it’s been natural up until now so if it’s natural the next step is to come up with an EP or an album, or maybe a tour…that’s what we would do.

TBA: Beside that are you still working on your own projects?

FTC: (Omnia) Well, me personally I was focused on the Futurecode in the last months, we discussed it a lot before we started and I think it’s really important to know the direction you are moving to, right? We really want to make it a big debut show here at ASOT because this is such a great opportunity and this is the mainstage so…(Ben Gold) Yeah, we talked about it and we both agreed you can’t be 100% into 2 things so we dedicated the last 3 months of our lives to this project and yes Omnia is a prolific trance name, Ben Gold is doing pretty well too so this is not the ned of these 2 guys  but just for now we focused on one thing at time.

TBA: Thanks a lot guys for your time and see you later on the mainstage 

FTC: Thank you!

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ESTIVA DURING ASOT900

One of the highlights of our night at ASOT900 was for sure catching up with one of our favorite artist of  Statement! , Mr.Estiva!
He had the responsibility to open the Mainstage this year, so we’ve been following him up close from the front row during his smashing set right after Armin van Buuren’s delighting warm up,  and we sat with him for a follow up of our last chat at ADE,and were itching to know how his album is shaping up and if he could give us some insights about it, so go on to check what he told us.

TBA: Hi, this is Jess from The Backstage Access, here with the amazing Estiva!

E: Here we go again!

TBA: Yes, how does it feel?

E: It feels great, I am feeling good, yeah! I’ve got a load of energy, I liked it tonight, it was different cause I played so many new tunes, well I think I had a unique set and I am happy with it and I think the crowd was happy with that too cause they were dancing.

TBA: Of course, they loved it! How is it going with your busy schedule? You are just coming off from Slovakia, right?

E: Yeah I was playing in Slovakia but it’s only 1 hour or 2 away; I actually got tested what I was playing tonight , it was good to be there and there was a great crowd last night , a great crowd today, so I am a happy man!

TBA: So how do you read the crowd… seeing the reaction to your tunes?

E: Well when you are up there on the stage you see a mass of people, sometimes it’s dark, sometimes you can just see one light , and then you see some faces, or moving heads , so you don’t really live what you are doing there..

TBA: Have you seen someone thinking in the crowd…like you were telling me in a previous interview?

E: Yeah you know when you play new music ..well ususally when you are on the dance floor and you know the music you are all dancing like yeah yeah I know this tune , and you know exactly what is going to happen,while what happens if you don’t know the tune is that if you don’t feel it you start thinking,if you are feeling it you start dancing….and I think it’s what happened a lot tonight, I mean I played a lot of new music and they were dancing so all is good.

TBA: How is it going with Spectacle2?

E: Well Ruben told me to release the whole set as an album but this is not going to happen..

TBA: Why not?

E: Well, becausethere is a remixI did for Temper Trap “Sweet Disposition”, that I probably can’t clear that sample, so it’s not quite perfect butI like the idea, there’s a lot of tunes I played that can be in the album

TBA: Ok so we must be a little more patient…

E: Well it’s scheduled for May

TBA: Wow my birthday month!!

E: What day?

TBA: 11th

E: Ok, I’ll tell Armada to release it on that day, haha! No ,I am really not sure if we can make it… but definitely this year.

TBA: Are you also working on some collaboration?

E: Not really too many collaborations right now, I’ve done a few with Ruben but an actual follow up to Rainbow is still need to happen but I think it twill happen this year, we are both up for it. Other than that, just me in the studio 24/7 , doing my thing, it’s the way I like it ,to be focused.

TBA: If you have to choose 3 thing to take with you wherever you go?

E: My phone with music on it, my eyepatches, and ear plugs

TBA: Do you have any lucky charm?

E: Not really, but ususally right before I get on stage I do like 2 push ups …so I can do…hahaha , no, it helps me release the tension, to get in the mood, to get the blood pumping…

TBA: I’ve seen it in your insta stories sometimes!

E: Yeah, it helps.

TBA: Thanks a lot for your time and see you very soon.

E: See you soon!

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If dance music and travelling are your greatest passions, you’re going to love this one! This month, Armada Music and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are offering you and a friend the opportunity to win the weekend of your dreams to a sun-laden Miami. Including a careless flight with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, a three-day hotel stay, access to two huge Armada Music events a meet & greet with Armin van Buuren among other Armada artists, and all the sun, sea, beach and party vibes you could possibly need. This trip is without a doubt the chance of a lifetime for you to live your dreams Miami-style!

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ARMIN VAN BUUREN LIFTED US HIGHER AT ASOT900 PRESS CONFERENCE

Last Saturday (Feb 23rd), just before  ASOT900’s madness hit us like a hurricane, we’ve been invited to attend Armin van Buuren’s press conference where the legendary dj himself welcomed us with a great news that literally lifted us higher!!

“A State of Trance show will touch down in California’s Bay Area on June 29th, it will be the biggest trance show we’ve done in the US” said Armin.

Armin van Buuren’s strenuous work has been crucial to transform trance parties into huge festivals, and this year ASOT broke all the records selling out 7 weeks in advance;

The trance king  talked about what it feels like  reaching such a milestone, with the cooperation of his top-notch team and  Allan Hardenberg (ALDA Events CEO), explaining how ASOT show has evolved into a massive happening as the years went by, and how mind blowing it is to have such a reaction from people flying from all over the world to invade the 5 astounding stages at Jaarbeurs.

We’ve asked him about ASOT1000 and what to expect next as the hype is raising already, but obviously he couldn’t spill the bean; though he gave us some hints that everything is escalating very quickly for what is gonna be an event of epic proportions.

 

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ASOT900 WAS A BLAST!

Last weekend 35.000 people took over the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht to celebrate the 900th episode of ASOT!

We’ve been there to witness the record-breaking festival and thanks to the precious cooperation of Armada Music and Alda Events, we’ve lived the best experience ever!

We’ve been among the very few lucky ones to attend Armin’s press conference before the show, where he introduced us to this spectacular happening, raised the hype about the future of this event and been so kind to take the time to answer a few questions…just right before he blew our minds with a special vinyl warm up set!!

As always, the partnership between ASOT and ALDA made the night just perfect for us, everything was flawless and they made sure we felt at home…and nothing feels better than celebrate in style with such a family.

We’ve wandered around the stages, danced with the best crowd in the world, stopped by at the famous radio dome and took our time to chat with our favorite artists, so stay tuned for our reports and interviews 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

A State of Trance 900 takes over Utrecht with record-breaking festival

Utrecht party saw over 35,000 fans descend on Jaarbeurs for an unforgettable night

 

Watch the recap here

 

Over 35,000 trance lovers from more than 100 countries were in attendance at Utrecht’s Jaarbeurs venue on Saturday night as global dance event organizer ALDA hosted a night that was brimming with an electric atmosphere, surprises and magical moments, at A State of Trance 900. The event broke multiple records with it selling out 7 weeks in advance.

Marking the milestone occasion for the ASOT series, the sold-out showpiece saw a variety of acts join Armin van Buuren in his native Netherlands as ravers danced the night away, joined by the unity of global trance families and a mutual love of music. 12 million trance lovers from 161 countries worldwide followed the event on ASOT.TV which brought the energy of the night directly to their homes. During the night’s live radio broadcast Armin announced the massive news that ASOT will be taking place in the Bay Area in the United States on 29th of June 2019. The new show is part of the ASOT 900 world tour which will stop off in Madrid, Ultra Miami, Kiev, and Tomorrowland.

 

Armin performed 3 times across the course of the night as part of the ‘Lifting You Higher’ theme, including a special return to the Who’s Afraid of 138?! stage for the first time since ASOT 650. Attendees were treated to a full range of the DJ’s most iconic anthems from his vast back-catalogue, as well as more recent fan favorites and previews of future hits. One of the highlights of the festival occurred when Above & Beyond joined Armin on stage to premiere their first ever collaboration, ‘Show Me Love’. The brand new track effortlessly fuses influences from both artists, resulting in a huge trance anthem that provoked a monumental crowd reaction at ASOT 900. Above & Beyondalso took to the stage to deliver their own phenomenal performance, which was balanced perfectly between the emotional and euphoric. During the set, the trio were also confirmed to play at Electronic Family, the largest outdoor trance festival in Europe, on July 20th in the Netherlands.

 

Filling the ASOT Mainstage arena with a rapturous set abundant with dynamic transitions and an array of their most anthemic hits, German duo Cosmic Gate helped deliver a night of unrivalled energy to the thousands in attendance. The rippling blasts of psy-trance act Vini Vici also proved a particular highlight. With the likes of Estiva, FUTURECODE, and MaRLo all spinning massive sets to the packed crowd, the venue’s dynamic design and pyrotechnics left ravers captivated.

Another record-breaking ALDA event packed with moments that will live long in the memory, A State Of Trance 900 proved to be 2019’s biggest dance event so far, cementing the unrivalled legacy of both Armin van Buuren and A State of Trance.

COCOON ANNOUNCE A 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT AT USHUAÏA IBIZA

Sven Väth’s legendary COCOON IBIZA party is delighted to announce that their Ibiza summer will begin with a one-off special event at Ushuaïa on the 25th May 2019.

Park the date. Set the alarm. Tell your phone. Whatever it takes to be there from 2pm on the 25th May for a dramatic start to a big year for Cocoon.

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When COCOON arrived on Ibiza in 1999, the sound of the island was incredibly different. It took several years of Väth and his team’s dedication to underground house and techno before people started to understand and appreciate these uncompromising styles. Along the way, the party helped make superstars and grew to become the most popular night on the island.

 

All the while, ‘Papa Sven’ has resided over the proceedings, breaking countless records, playing hundreds of breathtaking sets (including many legendary afterparties) and sticking firm to his musical beliefs while trends came and went. He and his huge COCOON family who have enabled him to realise his vision have truly transformed the musical landscape of Ibiza forever.

 

Sven Väth will honour the 20th Anniversary of COCOON at Ushuaïa Ibiza with a legendary set of acts soon to be announced.

 

 

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SHINE IBIZA REVEALS SEASON 2 DATES & LINE UP

PVD-HEADLINED IBIZA NIGHT FLIES IN HOST OF TRANCE HEAT FOR 2019’s 11 SHOW RUN. ALY & FILA, COSMIC GATE, GIUSEPPE OTTAVIANI, ALEX M.O.R.P.H., JOHN O’CALLAGHAN, JOHN 00 FLEMING, BRYAN KEARNEY AND JORDAN SUCKLEY AMONGST THOSE SET TO APPEAR

If you happened to be looking in the other direction throughout January, let us catch you up! Events on Planet SHINE have been running – fair to say – plenty hot over the first month of the year. Assumed – and subsequently confirmed – the White Isle breakout is returning for the summer of 2019. For its second season run, word of a venue uptick got out, taking SHINE to its own space at the legendary Eden. From there things started to get a little crazy. Having been on the circuit for but a single season, SHINE’s owners dropped word of a partnership with none other than Tomorrowland, which – come July 20 – will see the marque takeover Freedom – the festival’s second biggest stage.

And today SHINE are delighted to share the entire roll call of DJs that’ll be joining them on the island this year. With PvD’s Ibiza performances clicking back into the traditional #TRANCETHURSDAYS groove, SHINE has once again placed max emphasis on crowd-drawing spinners who embody the truest form of the genre.

Goes without saying that Paul will headline each of the nights and the first month’s worth of shows alone will see him joined by the likes of Bryan Kearney, John O’Callaghan, Jordan Suckley and Giuseppe Ottaviani. Aly & Fila (who’ll SHINE six times over the summer’s duration!) will be doing an XL set on July 11’s opening night. As Ibiza shifts into high season, Cosmic Gate, Alex MORPH, John 00 Fleming, Grum and others will be over to play their part too. Events come to a head on September 19, with SHINE’s co-headliners Paul van Dyk and Aly & Fila both delivering summer summating 3hr sets for its closing party. Every date & every DJ below. Could be time to call the travel agent.

11th July (Opening Party)
Paul van Dyk  (3 hour Closing set)
Aly & Fila (3 hour Opening set)

18th July
Paul van Dyk
Bryan Kearney
Menno De Jong
Alex Ryan
Saad Ayub

25th July

Paul van Dyk

John O’Callaghan

Will Atkinson

James Cottle

 

1st August

Paul van Dyk

Ben Nicky

Jordan Suckley

Paul Thomas

 

8th August

Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila

Alex MORPH

Stephen Kirkwood

 

15th August

Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila

Giuseppe Ottaviani

Jardin

 

22nd August

Paul van Dyk

Cosmic Gate

Alex MORPH

Chris Bekker

 

29th August

Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila

b2b Paul Thomas (3 hour opening set)

Liam Wilson

 

5th September (In Association with Ibiza Trance Event)

Paul van Dyk

Aly & Fila

Jordan Suckley

ITE DJ’s

 

12th September

Paul van Dyk

John 00 Fleming

Grum

Woody van Eyden

 

19th September (Closing Party)

 

Paul van Dyk (3 Hour Closing Set)

Aly & Fila (3 Hour Opening Set)

 

Previously: reflecting on their first season and looking forward to the one ahead, SHINE ambassador Paul van Dyk said: “SHINE brought a breath of fresh air to Ibiza in 2018. To break out and do something new and under our own steam was a wonderfully liberating experience for myself personally and, I think, all involved. The team was right, the vibe was right and the DJs SHINE brought in to play were second to none. Trance and its global family were back on the island in its truest form. That all showed in the reception the night received.

On my last trip to Ibiza this year I dropped into the recently fully redeveloped Eden. I was blown away to see how the venue was modernized and refined. I’ve played the best and most exciting venues in the world and the new Eden is exactly that. Alongside San Antonio’s continuing regeneration, I am sure SHINE will host a world-class 2019 production there. Trance and Eden have a close relationship/shared history that goes back decades. In tandem with the desire to have the night back on Thursdays, I’m delighted to say that SHINE will be moving to the club for the upcoming 2019 season.”

Of the night’s move to Eden, the club said: “We are delighted to be hosting SHINE Ibiza for the first time in San Antonio. We are dedicated to offering a diverse range of club nights to our Ibiza crowd. We can think of no better team to bring Trance to Eden than with legendary Paul van Dyk and the SHINE family for 2019”.

SHINE promoter and MD of The Supernova Group Nick Ferguson echoed that, saying: “We are very excited by the opportunity to move SHINE to Eden for the 2019 season. The club has recently experienced a fantastic redevelopment and resurgence, as has San Antonio. Eden is well run, by people that believe in trance and are passionate about working with an exciting new brand!

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ASOT 900 LIFTING YOU HIGHER MERCHANDISE!!

With ASOT900 Utrecht just around the corner, Armada Music is presenting the lovely merchandise who will be the perfect outfit for the night;

you might have seen Armin and Ruben rocking it already during the latest ASOT episodes and we’re sure you can’t wait to own your new favorite ASOT sweater or T-Shirt, right?

You can shop it all HERE

Among the wide range of new items we’re dying to get, there’s our personal highlight:

This stunning limited edition wristband!!

Not only it will be so cool to wear it letting all our friends know you’re part of the big ASOT family, but also by purchasing this unique recycled ‘Lifting You Higher’ ASOT bracelet, you are supporting plastic soup foundation, who fights for a cleaner ocean & Muziekids, who are creating a musical and worry-free environment for children suffering from cancer.

We’ve already ordered ours, what are you waiting for? Get this gem HERE