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Time to DREAM with DAVID GRAVELL

What can we say….David Gravell is really up to treat his fans lately…..no long now till his brand new compilation “Discover” is released, but right now we have a new monster tune to blast on this Friday:

It’s called “DREAM” and wow,this is something really special!! Armin van Buuren premiered it last night during ASOT;  so energetic and powerful, still melodic and dreamy, its infectious synth line is made to seduce you and overwhelm you with emotions!

The Dutch prodigy is really showing off with this one, we promise you’ll love it as much as we do, his new sound is intoxicating and captivating, darker and stronger, built to get stuck in your mind!!

Fun fact: vocal samples are made by the man himself,  what you hear is really David Gravell’s voice!!

Catchy beats and happy vibes to make you beg for more for a tune that is already a dancefloor destroyer.

 

Armin van Buuren launches ‘A State Of Trance 2017’ album

Long-awaited since the release of ‘A State Of Trance 2016’ in May last year, the fourteenth edition of Armin van Buuren’s award-winning mix compilation series has finally arrived. ‘A State Of Trance 2017’, which saw its release today after four weeks of pre-order, is brimming with exclusive records and monumental tracks from the finest in Trance music.

Listen to A State Of Trance 2017    here

‘A State Of Trance 2017’ is divided into two partitions (‘On The Beach’ and ‘In The Club’) and comprises thirty-eight tracks from flag-bearers such as Andrew Rayel, Gareth Emery, MaRLo, Omnia, Ørjan Nilsen and Super8 & Tab. ‘A State Of Trance 2017’ also includes two special productions from Armin van Buuren: ‘This Is a Test’ and ‘The Train’. Those two records have already marveled fans during Armin van Buuren’s ‘Armin Only: Embrace’ world tour and are released as singles today as well, on Armin van Buuren’s Armind imprint.

‘A State Of Trance 2017’ is the most recent installment of Armin van Buuren’s highly acclaimed compilation series, which has been going strong since 2004. The world-renowned DJ and producer has been putting out a new edition every year since, as is the case with his ‘A State Of Trance Year Mix’ series. Both compilation series, the globetrotting A State Of Trance event series and the A State Of Trance label branch all root down to Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance radio show, which is broadcast weekly to an estimated 42 million listeners in over a hundred different countries around the world.

Tracklist

CD1 (On The Beach)
1. Alpha 9 – The Night Is Ours
2. Joonas Hahmo X K-System – Yámana
3. Alexandre Bergheau – Summer’s Gone (Yoel Lewis Remix)
4. Fatum – Draco
5. Rodg – Right Away
6. Yoel Lewis – Tuviana
7. Omnia & DRYM – Enigma
8. Eskai & SNR – Swipe
9. Orjan Nilsen feat. Rykka – The Hardest Part
10. Gareth Emery & Standerwick feat. HALIENE – Saving Light
11. Denis Kenzo feat. Sveta B. – Just To Hear
12. MaRLo & First State – Falling Down
13. Ashley Wallbridge – Naughts & Crosses
14. Bobina – Lazy World 2017
15. Protoculture – The Descent
16. Tom Fall – Kaamos
17. Super8 & Tab – Cosmo
18. Radion6 – World Of Tomorrow
19. Armin van Buuren – The Train

CD2 (In The Club)
1. Armin van Buuren – This Is A Test
2. Andrew Rayel feat. Emma Hewitt – My Reflection
3. Kyau & Albert – Trace
4. Eximinds & Whiteout – Lacrimosa
5. Jurgen Vries – The Theme (Radion6 Remix)
6. Alexander Popov – Eyes To Heaven
7. Davey Asprey – Fallout
8. Gaia – Saint Vitus
9. Armin van Buuren – I Live For That Energy (ASOT 800 Anthem)
10. Armin van Buuren & Garibay – I Need You (feat. Olaf Blackwood) (Standerwick Remix)
11. Heaven’s Cry – Voices
12. Armin van Buuren presents Rising Star feat. Betsie Larkin – Again (Alex M.O.R.P.H. Remix)
13. Bobby Neon & Nick Arbor feat. Lokka Vox – What You Said (MaRLo Remix)
14. Robert Nickson – Heliopause
15. Ultimate & Moonsouls feat. Marjan – No One Else
16. Shinovi – Indian Summer
17. DRYM – Wraith
18. Scott Bond & Charlie Walker vs Trouser Enthusiasts – Sweet Release
19. Allen Watts – Arizona

IT’S TIME TO DISCOVER….

Save the date: May 12th!! On this day, the long anticipated mix compilation by David Gravell will be released on Armada Music.

After our chat with the golden boy during ASOT, where he told us about his upcoming project introducing  his new sound,  we really couldn’t hide our curiosity and excitement here at The Backstage Access, so we’ve asked the artist to share a bit of insights, and if he could tell us  something about the concept behind “Discover”, he kindly got back to us with these words:

People are always looking for new ways to explore a little bit more in
life. That’s why I was always looking for new ways to explore my sounds
and that dark rhythm that will get you in the right direction from the
moment you will hear the music. Now I finally have discovered what was
looking for and i think it is time to start dreaming and go on this
journey together and discover!

Well, we are certainly more than ready here, to take the trip together with David, and enjoy our journey dreaming and discovering his new compilation!

Here is the tracklist :

1 DISCOVER- David Gravell

2 COLOSSUS (Melodic Mix)- Naian

3 LEFT BEHINDS- Paris Blohm & Taylr Renee

4 BATTLEFRONT- David Gravell

5 CHILDREN-David Gravell

6 I’LL BE THERE (feat. Eric Lumiere)-Andrew Rayel

7 KUALA LIGHTS-Digital X

8 CELEBRATE-Radion6

9 STAY AWAKE-David Gravell

10 THE MYST (David Gravell Rmx)-ABHISHEK Y2V

11 NO WAY OUT-David Gravell

12 ALPHA (Radio Edit)-W&W

13 SUB ZERO (Radio Edit)-Rick Mitchells

14 BIGGER THAN LOVE  (feat. Giuseppe De Luca)-Ilan Bluestone

15 CARTE BLANCHE (David Gravell rmx)-Veracocha

16 SWEET SORROW-Assaf

17 DREAM-David Gravell

18 COMMUNICATION (David Gravell Rmx)-Armin van Buuren

19 EXPLORE-David Gravell

20 I LIVE FOR THAT ENERGY-Armin van Buuren

21 ENERGY-David Gravell

To summarize a bit I’d say we will receive a massive fix of…. Energy from this compilation!! ( Yes….I know you see what I did there)

 

For the moment you can have a taste of Gravell’s new dark sound with Explore, (that is already available as instant gratification as you preorder the album on iTunes here ) super powerful and melodic tune that will for sure seduce you with its catchy beats, dark vibes and a totally infectious synth line.

And the just premiered on ASOT by Armin van Buuren: Children, a revamped version of the ’96 classic tune, a stunning beauty we’d say, so sick it will grab you down its trance spiral!!

photo: @[232306510283671:tomdomscom]

 

 

 

OUT NOW: RENEGADES by James Kiedis on GROTESQUE FUSION

 

We’re excited to announce that James Kiedis is back with another monster release on RAM’s label Grotesque Fusion!!

Prepare your ears to a massive treat with this new stormer called “Renegades” a perfect trance anthem with a fusion of tech, uplifting and a hint of Psy !!

All in all a twisted piece of music meant to destroy the dancefloors!

Grab your copy here: Renegades

FERRY CORSTEN discovers his ‘BLUEPRINT’ with new Sci-fi concept album

FERRY CORSTEN:  “Very excited to announce my brand new album & tour #Blueprint coming soon! Download the first single for free via http://flashover.choons.at/blueprint “

Ferry Corsten discovers his ‘Blueprint’ with new Sci-fi concept album
Release date: Coming Spring 2017
For many music fans the art and craft of the album has been lost to a digital age, for others the vision of a concept album often lacks that atmosphere-enhancing quality. Dutch electronic music producer Ferry Corsten is an artist who shares this view. It is a view that has led him to complete his fifth and, by his own admission, most ambitious artist album to date. A true concept album conceived by a wilful passion to recode how the music delivers its story, ‘Blueprint’ is a new LP that its architect sees as being “greater than the sum of its parts”.
Stimulated by an idea to unite the music with a storyline that stretches beyond a nebulous lyrical theme, Ferry wanted to explore his appreciation for the art of screenwriting and film scores and bring to the project a wider scaling approach. Drafting in acclaimed screenwriter David H Miller (of House Of Cards and Rosewood fame), the pair worked closely on storyboarding a narrative to accompany the albums conceptual direction. What results for the end listener is a body of work that is polished, synthesised and intellectual in its in conclusion.
With the storyline giving nods to the proses of iconic sci-fi authors such as Jules Verne, Hugo Gernsback and most distinctively HG Wells, whilst equally sharing familiarities with modern day shows such as The OA, Westworld and retro Sci-fi-fest Stranger Things, ‘Blueprint’ is an explorative piece of work that puts Sci-fi at its interstellar core. Hollywood actor Campbell Scott (known for The Amazing Spider-Man and The Exorcism of Emily Rose) provides his voice as the narrative of the album flirts between first and third person narration. A unique output for one of the biggest names in the electronic scene but Ferry’s attempts with ‘Blueprint’ is to bring a wider perspective to the listener, as he aims the album to be inclusive of dimensions of religion, history, idea and science fiction.
‘Blueprint’ is truly an explorative journey and one which the iconic producer is finally excited to be sharing with you…
To give fans an opening introduction of the album’s tracklisting Ferry has chosen to gift the first single and title track ‘Blueprint’ on his official SoundCloud as an offering to give any eager ears a taste of what’s to come. Already support by some of the biggest names in the galaxy that includes selectors such as Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz and Above & Beyond, ‘Blueprint’ is available to listen/download via http://flashover.choons.at/blueprint
Opening with the announcement of nine confirmed shows spread across Asia, Europe and North America, the official Blueprint Album Tour will touch down at Myst in Shanghai, SW4 in London, Exchange in Los Angeles, Webster Hall in New York with more to be announced.

OUT NOW: “ENERGY” by DAVID GRAVELL

We’ve had the pleasure to meet David Gravell a couple of weeks ago and he told us about the upcoming release of another of his signature masterpieces (more will follow in the interview asap) and…

Yes!! The day has come for this monster tune to spread around freely!!!
David Gravell presents his brand new tune “Energy”. The name says it all, a fully energetic kind of track that is already smashing the dancefloors around the world lately, basically, Armin van Buuren is playing it on a regular basis during all his gigs since months! And last night he also introduced it, together with the artist, during the weekly episode of his radio show (ASOT 803)

The track’s title came in when David’s manager, stepping into the studio where the artist was working , listened to it and said it was a very energetic track! So here you go, track title! Simple as that!

So, ready to check this powerful, trance stunner rich in enthralling synth plucks?

Yes? Ok, check it out Here

This will also be included in David Gravell’s upcoming compilation “Discover” … stay tuned for more news soon!

ASOT 800 INTERVIEWS: Let’s MEET ESTIVA!! Plus…BARBA/TARMAC OUT NOW!!

Last Saturday, during ASOT 800 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, I’ve had the honor to meet the super talented dj and producer Estiva, he was so nice to join us right after his epic set, for a very interesting chat!

J: Thanks a lot for supporting The Backstage Access
E: Yes, of course, thanks for having me

J:The first thing I would like to ask you is: What does ASOT mean to you?
E: Means to me? Well the first time I was listening to ASOT, no, actually, let’s go way back, when I was 15 ,16 ,or something, I used to listen to ASOT radio show,and it kinda got me into producing music so at some point I was actually releasing music on labels, and one of the first songs, was picked up by Armin van Buuren and he played into ASOT so while I was tuned in one night,  I heard my song and I was like: hang on, this song is one of my songs, so Armin was playing my song, can you imagine it? Like ,the thrill for me was insane!
So that was my first experience and actually got hooked from that moment on.It’s really special for me,  you know, the music like the emotions and the beats…I like the groovy beats,not too fast, I do like the psy trance stuff like for an hour or so and then I’d go back to something else, so like the whole trance jam is really interesting to me.

J: I know you are cooperating with Ruben de Ronde and his label Statement, so any new projects going on?
E: Yes, so…first things first, about one year ago, I was kinda lost and didn’t know which direction I wanted to go with my music, so I told to myself, ok let’s just have fun again, try to create music that I really like,not for the labels, not for the fans, just whatever goes up in my mind, so I made a few tracks, sent them to Ruben, he said Yes, I love that, so I released some tracks with Ruben, got to know him a little bit more and now we  actually have written a tune together, with Rodg as well, so that’s a collaboration and I think he premiered it tonight (during ASOT 800 in Utrecht) so I am proud of that, that’s great! 

(The tune is called “Intergalactic” and you can find it in the new album “Togetherr” that you can pre order here)

J: Is there a track that represents you right in this moment?
E: It’s kinda hard, I would like to say that my last production is my best production, but it’s a very tough question to answer because I like to see the whole picture, tonight I’ve played 60 minutes of my own music, so looking back, that’s me, I’d say it captures my vibe, it’s a combination of a good groove and an epic melody maybe.

J: Any festival on your bucket list?
E: Well, does it get any better than ASOT?
I mean next year, on my bucket list, there’s ASOT850!Let’s stick to that!

One of the cutest moment in the famous Radio Dome…family time for Estiva!!

J. What do you like to do in your spare time if you have any?
E: I like cycling, soccer, football, I actually been to Italy too in Pisa, Tuscany ,with my bike,hit the mountains with my bike so that’s what I like to do, but really, other than that, if I have some time, I just go ahead and produce.

J: Where do you find the inspiration to create your tunes?
E: Nights like these are very inspiring to me because you feel the energy so when I get back home  home tomorrow morning I am like  I need to go to sleep but I actually have so many ideas in my head, I need to go to the studio as well so I won’t just sleep…so that’s where I find the inspiration.

J: Do you have a favorite plugin or studio tool at the moment?
E:I write my tunes with FL studio since I’ve started so I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I use also Spyre, it’s a great synth and like it a lot.

J: Ok thank you so much for your time and let’s catch up soon.
E: You are welcome, thank you for having me 

 

If just like us, you couldn’t get enough of his stunning set at ASOT800, you can listen to it again here

 

 

And for all of you always looking for new stuff, we have a very special treat:

Estiva’s new EP,  Barba/Tarmac  is OUT NOW on Statement!  so hurry up and grab it here:

Barba / Tarmac

Download & Listen : here

 

 

 

 

 

Up Close And Personal With Kimberly Hale

 

Hi everyone!

Today I got a pretty special treat for you: an exclusive interview with one of the most talented songwriters/singers of the trance scene, I am happy to introduce you to the lovely Kimberly Hale from the United Kingdom!

Let me tell you that her angelic voice and magical lyrics will charm you and bring you to another place, she will cast a spell on you…you have been warned!!

 

With a string of emotionally and stylistically diverse releases and compilations through multiple dance labels including Statement!, Armada, Amsterdam Trance, Raz Nitzan, Sir Adrian, Discover Group, EMI, and more…Kimberly’s tunes and collabs have been supported on worldwide radio shows and DJ sets by the top international superstars Armin van Buuren, Cosmic Gate, Paul Oakenfold, Max Graham, Andy Moor, Lange, Judge Jules, Simon Patterson, Marcus Schossow, Nifra, Ruben de Ronde, Susana, Audrey Gallagher, Jes, Beat Service, Pedro del Mar, Omnia and many more…

So, let’s welcome Kimberly on TheBackstageAccess!!

 

K: Thank you so much for asking me to be here with you and your readers, Jess!  

 

 

J: Could you tell us how and when did it all start in the music industry for you?

 

 

 

K: I do distinctly remember sitting in the bathtub when I was 3 years old and saying to myself that i was going to be female Elvis when I grew up. haha My parents watched a lot of Elvis movies in the Bible belt.  After that it was piano lessons and southern baptist church choir at quite a young age.  I think for a lot of us, music is a lifetime path! 

 

 

J: What inspires you when creating a tune ?

 

K: A few times it has been a choice between having a nervous breakdown or writing a song.  Crises are very fertile moments for songs and some of my best received tunes were written in those moments.  Plus I saved some money that would have been spent on therapy!   haha 

 

Otherwise, I would say when writing on piano I need a lot more internal and external inspiration — life events and strong feelings, poetry, or listening to so much of the great music we have in this genre for example.   

 

Writing over tracks, it seems to be a lot more instinctive and things just sort of come to me out of the air.  

 

J: a couple  of my favorite tunes you wrote are Moment Of Truth and  All In, could you tell us something about them?

 

K: Thank you Jess!  It’s funny you single those tracks out as they were the first vocals I wrote over tracks in a very long time!  Most of the other releases I have had recently have been me starting with nothing but my piano and having to write the structure/chord progression as well.  

 

Suddenly, not only did I get the tracks given to me first, but super fun and inspiring tracks that made my job really easy!  They both came out very effortlessly and I freestyled it completely.    

 

“Moment Of Truth” was such a blast and inspired me rhythmically.  

“All In” was so melodically developed that I felt the only choice I had was to follow and dance around with Ruben’s lead which made it very simple to write!  The lyrics and words i did not think about at all either.  They literally wrote themselves. i edited slightly in the honing stage. 

 

 

J: Are there any artist you would love to cooperate with?

 

K: I don’t know why I always feel coy when someone asks me this question!  It’s not like you’re asking me something naughty!  hahaha 

 

 

J: If you were not a singer what else would you like to do?

 

K: There have been times when I had so many friends coming to me for counselling that I could have been a full-time therapist/ muse!  I’m an enfp so that is definitely in the skill set! I really want to write a novel one day!  

 

J: For those who are not familiar with the whole creative process, could you explain a bit how it works for you when you are asked to write something ?

 

K: It’s definitely a different process when I am writing on piano or over a track as I mentioned earlier.  But one thing is that for both, a physical warmup is very important and I always seem to do better when I stretch out completely like I am about to pole vault or something like this. 😉   I think any tension in the body can inhibit flow!   

 

I can write songs quickly but I generally spend a couple weeks at least perfecting and honing as they always get better when I do that.  I am normally not happy with the lyrics unless they seem to have multiple meanings and I have three points of view which I typically like to incorporate.  I test each song this way to make sure they hold up most of the time.  I’m not sure if anyone else notices it or not, but it’s important to me! haha 

 

 

J: The most important tune to you so far and why?

 

K: It’s really hard to say on that one as many of my tunes have been instrumental in leading me to another place.  Sometimes you only get one opportunity to move a certain direction and each of those markers has been a moment of truth to me 🙂

 

J: What do you love to do in your spare time ?  

K: socialising with friends, health and fitness,  i’ve been taking ballet classes lately too. 

 

 

 

J: Your relationship with social media and your fans ?

 

K:I really wish I could figure out a way to better reach the fans on Facebook.  Since they started with the algorithms, i think it’s really made everything feel so stagnant.  I’ve thought about sending smoke signals!   haha I feel pretty sad and dejected in there now!  And most of all, I feel really terrible that it’s so hard to reach the fans.  :'(  At least Armada music and A State of Trance posted some videos of our music lately which did receive a nice response so I was grateful for that.  

 

On a bright note, my instagram seems to be doing better a tiny bit and I’m finding the nature of the site a lot more calming, fun and positive than Facebook at the moment.  

 

 

J: Describe yourself in 3 words 🙂

 

K: Perceptive

Creative

Nutter 

 

 

 

 

J: Please leave a message for TheBackstageAccess readers 🙂

 

K:  Thank you for loving and caring so much about the music!  Your energy is what makes this all complete!  Thanks for giving us the space on this earth and the constant support to create heavenly meaningful things!  Lots of Love!   Kimberly Xox  

 

 

Photo courtesy: Asia Werbel

 

 

OUT NOW: MY STORY by RUBEN DE RONDE 


The wait is over and it was soooooo worth it!! My Story has been released finally, I promise you can’t help but fall in love with this album.

During the last months Mr. de Ronde has had his fair share of fun teasing us with some gems from the album (and their stunning artworks as well) and now, we can scroll down the entire tracklist for a taste of this masterpiece!

1 Time has come (Ruben de Ronde & SIR NOTCH)

This is a massive fix of positivity and good vibes, a tune that spreads an optimistic message to the crowd and surely puts a smile on your face
2 All About you Ruben de Ronde & Victoria Ray)

Some stunning vocals and a huge amount of catchy beats, highly energetic and smoothly built up!
3 Open Wide (Ruben de Ronde & Donata) 

Such a sweet melody and blissful vocals on this charming tune and  great lyrics…but can you believe Ruben played it during ASOT last year? Most certainly you danced to it already and weren’t aware… 🙂
4 All In (Ruben de Ronde & Kimberly Hale) 

Dope! Those beats and Kimberly’s engaging vocals are a match made in heaven! It instantly hits you!
5 Bliss (Ruben de Ronde & Muvi) 

Happy and summerish vibes we got here, I can picture myself on the beach already listening to this…. Ibiza anyone?
6 Eska

Deeper, darker, contagious and infectious … this will drag you down the rabbit hole, hypnotic as it is, it will leave you begging for more
7 Run Away (Ruben de Ronde & Victoria Ray)

One for the dreamers… The melody and Victoria’s charming voice are totally gonna cast a spell on you, you are warned!
8 Leave a Light On (Ruben de Ronde & Rodg feat. Louise Rademaker)

When Ruben and Rodg team up you can’t expect anything less than a masterpiece and it’s safe to say that Louise vocals are the icing on the cake, one of my all time favorites!! The synth line is to die for!!

On a side note… don’t miss these 2 masterminds playing back2back next month in Utrecht during ASOT800!!
9 Moment of Truth (Ruben de Ronde & LTN feat. Kimberly Hale)

A one of a kind awe-inspiring and sweet tune that builds up to a massive breakdown
10 My Story (Ruben de Ronde & Natalie Gioia) 

The title track of this album is just something else!! Natalie’s voice is pure bliss and blends perfectly with the melody and an indelible synthline that feels nervous and fluid at the same time. A super sexy tune, pretty sure it will be on repeat for a long time!! It just gets stuck in your head!
11 By Your Side (Ruben de Ronde & Aelyn)

Will have you so intrigued by the gorgeous beats and beautiful vocals aiming to seduce you one beat at a time
12 Compound

Let’s wear your scuba wear and indulge in these deep and sweet beats … #TSOHfamily knows what I mean… 🙂
Go grab it here : https://rubenderonde.lnk.to/MyStoryTO

If you buy the whole album and send your receipt to info@rubenderonde.nl with your address, you will receive one of these awesome wristbands for free, but  hurry up, the offer will expire on Jan 27th

RENEGADES is OUT NOW! By Ørjan Nilsen & Jochen Miller


When the Norvegian Viking Ørjan Nilsen meets up with the Dutch Titan Jochen Miller, here’s what you get: a massive banger!

Premiered last night by Armin van Buuren during #ASOT798, here is a fix of sturdy beats for you, out now on Armind! 

A tune that will definitely knock you out and charm you with the power of its majestic synthline and a massive drop! Something hard and fast to make you jump during all your upcoming trance parties! 

Are you ready for it? Go Grab it –> Renegades