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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!

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!

Maor Levi & OTIOT feat. Ashley Tomberlin – Turn Out The Lights

This track from Maor Levi & OTIOT feat. Ashley Tomberlin is premiered in ASOT during Maor Levi’s guest mix! ‘Turn Out The Lights’ is a dark temptation no clubber can resist! Exited to this track?

Turn out the lights and listen to it here

In the wake of their seminal link-up on Armind (‘Bandana’), Maor Levi and OTIOT join forces again for their joint debut on Armada Music. Featuring atmospheric, mood-defining vocals of Ashley Tomberlin that swerve around gorgeous breakdown strings and rumbling bass, ‘Turn Out The Lights’ is a dark temptation no clubber can resist.

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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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GARETH EMERY & ASHLEY WALLBRIDGE – ELECTRIC PIRATES

Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge release this dance-floor track. Listening to ‘Electric Pirates’ will make you never stop moving yourself wherever you are!

So stand up, make a small dance behind (or on) your desk and listen to the track HERE  

Hoisting their sails up high before slamming down the bassline at full speed, ‘Electric Pirates’ sees electronic music freebooters Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge conquer the dance-floor as if it were the seven seas. Taken from the ‘Kingdom United’ treasure chest, this blazing instrumental sets clubs alight with fists in the air and feet on deck.

 

 

ORJAN NILSEN – Wait 4 It

And again a banger from Orjan Nilsen! ‘Wait 4 It’ will be loved and will make the crowd going crazy with his amazing tunes! Exited?

Listen to the track here.

Returning to his In My Opinion label with another full-fledged banger, Ørjan Nilsen goes all out from the get-go. Ripe with big bass, screaming synths and swirling melodies, a mainstage rocker like this one can only be – ‘Wait 4 It’ – legendary.

SUPER8 & TAB EMERGE WITH LEGACY-STRENGTHENING MIX COMPILATION: ‘PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE’

One of the oldest traditions in DJ culture, mixtapes have given listeners a consistent window into the musical thought process of countless of the planet’s top electronic artists, from the Northern Exposure series of Digweed and Sasha to the ASOT specials of Armin van Buuren. Continuing the practice and ushering in the next chapter of their trance legacy are Finnish stars Super8 & Tab, who release their new compilation album today: ‘Past, Present & Future’.

 

Listen to Super8 & Tab – Past, Present & Future

 

Having already set the trance sphere alight with a stunning 2019 remix of their classic single ‘Helsinki Scorchin’’ and brand-new track ‘Lungs’, the duo have swiftly signaled their intent to up the ante from 2018’s highly acclaimed ‘Reformation’ period. Speaking from their studio in Finland, Miika Eloranta and Janne Mansnerus explained the concept behind the new series.

 

“Whenever we play out in the clubs or at festivals, fans always ask us to play tracks from across our whole back catalogue, not just the latest hits. There are so many trance tracks that still have just as much of an impact today as they did when they were first released, and we don’t feel DJs should be limited to only playing what’s out right now. For us, that ignores truly incredible music. With ‘Past, Present & Future’ we’re taking our fans on a deep journey through trance, with originals from years ago, our own remixed versions of some of those tracks, singles that are on release right now and also new music that people won’t have heard but that we feel is strong enough to stand in out set list. It’s very much what people can expect from us when they come to see our shows out on tour.”

 

As with any mixtape, the success of ‘Past, Present & Future’ ultimately boils down to the quality of its track selection. As expected from an act that has been around for well over a decade, there’s a wealth of music to choose from. Tracks featured in the mix include the spine-tingling beauty of Above & Beyond’s Club Mix of their Marty Longstaff single ‘Flying By Candlelight’ and Cosmic Gate’s remix of Giuseppe De Luca and Ilan Bluestone’s ‘Frozen Ground’. The soaring, hands-in-the-air euphoria of Super8 & Tab’s remix of Myon & Late Night Alumni’s ‘Hearts & Silence’ sits perfectly alongside Luke Bond’s remix of ‘Burn’. Erupting with energy are the roaring, thunderous crescendos of festival-ready singles ‘Thrive’ and the Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W monster ‘Repeat After Me’. From start to finish the mix is a twisting, turning, rollercoaster ride from the Finsn that perfectly showcases their instinctive ability not just to dominate the dance floor, but to turn it into a living, breathing creature that delivers life-changing moments for those lucky enough to experience it.

 

Fans can expect to see Super8 & Tab roll out ‘Past, Present & Future’ on the global tour circuit, with headline shows already confirmed for London’s Ministry of Sound and Zouk in Singapore. For more information on all upcoming tour dates, new music and everything else Super8 & Tab, visit www.super8andtab.com.

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MORGAN PAGE UNITES WITH PEX L FOR NEW SINGLE ‘GONE MY WAY’

Fresh from rounding off 2018 in suitable fashion with the 10th anniversary release of seminal single ‘The Longest Road’, US progressive godfather Morgan Page makes his first move of 2019, dropping new single ‘Gone My Way’ on Armada Music, to the delight of fans.

 

Listen to Morgan Page feat. Pex L – Gone My Way

 

A collaboration with relative newcomer Pex L, ‘Gone My Way’ marks a vigorous new direction from Page. While listeners will instantly recognize the American’s flawless, GRAMMY-winning production levels, Pex L inserts an uptempo house beat that gives the cut a huge amount of instant, bouncing dance floor energy.

 

Morgan Page: “Really proud of this single, it merges several different sounds and influences together into one cohesive song. Progressive house, electro-house, elements of complextro, and also future house are merged into one with some ethereal female vocals on top. Pex L and I swapped stems and the song just came together naturally. It’s been a really fun part of my live sets recently, and I can’t wait for it to be released and for people to hear it!”

 

As well as Page, the rising Spanish producer counts Don Diablo, Blasterjaxx, Yves V, Mike Williams and Two Loud among his supporters and Page’s decision to bring him on board for an official release cements his status as one to watch for 2019.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC ICON FEDDE LE GRAND DELIVERS ON REMIX DUTY FOR LOUD LUXURY’S ‘LOVE NO MORE’

When you’ve crafted up a hit single as globally acclaimed as ‘Body’, it’s no easy task coming up with a suitable follow-up. Canadian superstars Loud Luxury managed on their first try though, with ‘Love No More’ (with Anders) clocking up over 60 million streams on Spotify since its release. And now, they’re welcoming a blistering remix from none other than electronic music icon Fedde Le Grand to fuel the fire even further.

 

Listen to Loud Luxury x anders – Love No More (Fedde Le Grand Remix)

With Fedde Le Grand’s supercharged edit of their second release on Armada Music, Loud Luxury are gearing up for another run past the globe’s most popular clubs with ‘Love No More’. With whiffs of electro, thumping beats and an arrangement meant to make people dance, the remix is straight fire both on and off the dance floor, and a great complementary addition to both act’s discographies.

 

Fedde Le Grand“I met up with the guys from Loud Luxury during ADE last year and we had some great fun together. I was honored to do this remix for them, and personally, I think it turned out great. I hope everyone will enjoy it as much as I had fun working on it and playing it in my DJ sets.”

 

It’s been – and still is – one hell of a journey for Loud Luxury and their international hit song ‘Body’ (feat. brando). Since its release on Armada Music at the end of 2017, the single sold seven times platinum in Canada, hit #1 in the U.S. Mediabase Dance Airplay chart and #20 in the Global Spotify charts, charted in Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, won the MMVA award for ‘Best Song Of The Summer’ and gained over half a billion streams on the most popular streaming services. ‘Love No More’ in turn racked up tens of millions of streams and is gaining momentum as we speak, especially now that Fedde Le Grand’s top-tier remix has come into play.

FOLLOW FEDDE LE GRAND HERE 

 

STANDERWICK JOINS FORCES WITH TENSTEPS AND NOHC FOR HEARTFELT SINGLE: ‘THIS LETTER’

There’s no denying STANDERWICK’s incredible output as of late, and the U.K. Trance icon just added another big single to the list. For ‘This Letter’, he teamed up with New York-based producer Tensteps and emerging duo NOHC, and the result is as expected: an emotional, banging Vocal Trance cut bearing heaps of crossover potential.

 

Listen to STANDERWICK feat. Tensteps & NOHC – This Letter

An instant staple record, ‘This Letter’ sees STANDERWICK build on the momentum in signature fashion. With touches from Tensteps and heartwarming vocals from NOHC amidst a dreamy, piano-led breakdown that transitions into a blazing melody, this brand-new, peerlessly melodic single might just start a new chapter in Trance music.

 

STANDERWICK: ‘This Letter’ has been such an exciting project to produce. Having been passed the amazing vocal from Tensteps and NOHC, the plan was always to let the vocal shine bright and to let the music speak in between. As soon as I heard the lyrics and vocal melody in its earliest form, I just knew there was something amazing here. I find excitement in every record I produce, but every now and again, something a little bit special comes along and this was one of those occasions. I hope every listener will feel the same as I felt when I first heard NOHC and the excitement we all feel now about this amazing record!”

Brandon Zemel (Tensteps): “I had worked up an instrumental early last year, and sent it to Suzanne (NOHC) to try writing to. What she came back with blew me away, and I knew immediately there was something special there. When my manager sent the track over to George Hess, he passed it along to Armada Music A&R James, who had the idea to get Ian involved to rework the production. The result is a really massive uplifting tune we’re all very proud of.”

 

Suzanne Real (NOHC): “Brandon (Tensteps) sent me the song one day, wanting to see what I could write to it. As soon as I opened the song, I felt a connection to it. The tag ‘This Letter’, which became the title of the song, was a byproduct of the leading chorus lines. It all came together at such high emotional levels, and as I sang it alone in my apartment, all I could think was that someone else could hear this. Hence, ‘This Letter’ was the only way these words could be heard by another soul.”

 

A household name in Trance, STANDERWICK has been dropping bomb shells onto a range of Armada Music imprints for over five years now. Throughout his long and prosperous career, he has remixed tracks from high-profile artists such as Armin van Buuren, Gareth Emery, John O’Callaghan and Markus Schulz, and continues to power on after scoring big in Beatport’s Trance charts with eight #1 spots and eleven addition Top 3s. Gaining even more international recognition through his work on A State Of Trance’s Tune of the Year ‘Saving Light’ (with Gareth Emery and HALIENE), the Englishman is continuing his meteoric rise raising the bar each and every time, as he’s done today with ‘This Letter’.