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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!

ARMIN VAN BUUREN BUSTS SPEAKERS WITH MASSIVE FESTIVAL BANGER: ‘TURN IT UP’

Following the grand success of mainstage anthem ‘Blah Blah Blah’, Armin van Buuren has pulled out all the stops to unleash yet another full-throttle festival anthem. Already premiered to legions of fans during his sets at ASOT 900 Utrecht and in his A State Of Trance radio show, ‘Turn It Up’ does exactly what its title implies: getting listeners to crank up the volume big time.

 

Listen to Armin van Buuren – Turn It Up

 

Created off the back of several amazing crossover songs, including the wonderful ‘Lonely For You’, ‘Turn It Up’ sees Armin van Buuren unleashes his dark side for a fresh cut meant the biggest stages. Peppered with colossal drums, infectious vocals and stadium-quivering bass, this blistering track is meant to make the crowd erupt into fist-pumping madness.

 

Armin van Buuren: “I’m always excited for the festival season because of the crowd’s response to tracks like these. Nothing beats the feeling you get when fans go absolutely nuts to something you play, and ‘Turn It Up’ was made for that exact purpose. I’m really looking forward to playing this one all throughout the summer.”

 

 

ABOVE & BEYOND AND ARMIN VAN BUUREN THRILL FANS WITH LONG-AWAITED, FIRST-EVER COLLAB: ‘SHOW ME LOVE’

For so many years, fans have been dreaming of a legendary link-up between Above & Beyond and Armin van Buuren, and that moment has finally arrived today. As the long-anticipated, first-ever collaboration between the iconic trio and the five-time #1 DJ in the world, ‘Show Me Love’ is an instant fan favorite, paving the way for – hopefully – many more future link-ups between the fellow Grammy nominees and electronic music flagbearers.

Listen to this track here

Premiered live on stage at A State Of Trance 900 in Utrecht, the Netherland, the biggest indoor Trance event in the world, ‘Show Me Love’ is the manifestation of what could be the most awe-inspiring dance music pairing of the decade. Juggling impactful, arena-shuddering rhythmics, a gorgeous, piano-led breakdown and a heavenly melody engineered for excitement, this brand-new collaborative record is everything fans wanted it to be: a magnificent, evergreen Trance cut that bridges the gap between Anjunabeats and Armada Music.

 

Above & Beyond“We’ve always been welcomed by the Armada Music and A State Of Trance family worldwide. Having shared many stages with Armin, it was great to finally get in a studio together to swap ideas, and ‘Show Me Love’ came together really organically.”

 

Armin van Buuren: “The guys from Above & Beyond and I exchanged a few remixes back in the early 2000s, and we really enjoyed working together. Despite that, we never linked up in the following years, until now. I think that ‘Show Me Love’ can play a big part in uniting fans from all over the world and I hope it will spark a beautiful collaborative era between us and our respective labels.”

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.

 

Photo courtesy of Alda Events

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 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

ARMIN VAN BUUREN – LIFTING YOU HIGHER (Remixes)

Andrew Rayel, Avao, Blasterjaxx and Maor Levi give their own inspiring twist on ‘Lifting You Higher’ the anthem of ASOT 900. Lift yourself higher by checking them out here!!

Just in time for the highly-anticipated A State Of Trance 900 spectacle in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Blasterjaxx, Andrew Rayel, Maor Levi and Avao turn in their blistering remixes of Armin van Buuren’s ASOT 900 Anthem. Each armed with impactful drums, mind-blowing melodies and slamming drops, these remixes will definitely be ‘Lifting You Higher’ both on and off the dance floor.

ARMIN VAN BUUREN LIFTS FANS HIGHER WITH ‘A STATE OF TRANCE 900 (THE OFFICIAL ALBUM)’

One day prior to the kick-off of the ‘A State Of Trance 900’ world tour, fans from all over the world have been offered a taste of the impending ASOT 900 madness. Today, Armin van Buuren launched the official album of ‘A State Of Trance 900’, a long-anticipated slice of Trance magic that embodies the true spirit of A State Of Trance and captures the essence of 900 amazing episodes of the globally renowned radio show in one two-disc compilation album.

Listen to A State Of Trance 900 (The Official Album)

With a grand total of forty records, ‘A State Of Trance 900 (The Official Album)’ ties in perfectly with the new milestone and the ASOT 900 events set to take over the globe throughout the year of 2019. Including this year’s anthem, ‘Lifting You Higher’, in addition to phenomenal cuts from the likes of Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Ben Gold, Cosmic Gate, Estiva, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Luke Bond, Omnia, Will Atkinson and more, the album is exactly what the loyal Trance crowd hoped for: an exhaustive selection of tracks that shows that Trance music is here to stay.

 

On February 23, ‘A State Of Trance 900’ will start off in the Jaarsbeurs venue in Utrecht, the Netherlands, turning the massive event into a global gathering that spans no less than five stages, a little under forty artists and a delirious crowd of 35.000 strong, making it the biggest Trance event in the world. The event has already been sold-out for weeks, so there are no more tickets available. Instead, fans who weren’t able to purchase a ticket can watch the event’s full livestream on https://www.asot.tv/, which consists of a video livestream of the mainstage and audio livestreams of the other four stages.

 

Tracklist:

CD1

  1. Armin van Buuren – Lifting You Higher (ASOT 900 Anthem)
  2. Above & Beyond – Rocket Science
  3. Cosmic Gate & Jason Ross – Awaken
  4. MaRLo feat. Emma Chatt – Here We Are
  5. Giuseppe Ottaviani feat. Clara Yates – Why
  6. Omnia feat. Tilde – For The First Time (Ben Gold Remix)
  7. KhoMha – Colorblind
  8. Estiva & Ruben de Ronde – Rainbow
  9. Luke Bond – Clockwork
  10. Dan Stone – Forgotten World
  11. Radion6 & Davey Asprey – Spin-Off
  12. Will Atkinson – Seventh Heaven
  13. John 00 Fleming – Looking Back To Look Forward
  14. Armin van Buuren – Be In The Moment (ASOT 850 Anthem) (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
  15. Exis feat. Enya Angel – Free
  16. Captain Hook – Let There Be Light
  17. Reality Test feat. Shanti People – Passion
  18. Sneijder – Decimate
  19. Magnus & Dimibo – State Of Mind
  20. Vini Vici – Where The Heart Is

                       

CD2

  1. Armin van Buuren feat. Sam Martin – Wild Wild Son (Richard Durand Remix)
  2. Omnia feat. Danyka Nadeau – For You
  3. Above & Beyond and Spencer Brown feat. RBBTS – Long Way From Home
  4. Ben Gold & Ruben de Ronde x Rodg – Two
  5. Fatum feat. Angel Taylor – More Of Your Love
  6. Maor Levi – Celestial
  7. Stoneface & Terminal Present Gundamea – The Moment Before
  8. PUSH – Together We Rule The World
  9. Rodg – Wanna Go
  10. Paul Thomas – Lorax
  11. Dezza & Kolonie – Expanse
  12. Ferry Tayle – Mystery Fear
  13. Ghost Rider and Durs – Crossroads
  14. Matt Fax – Echo
  15. Shadow Chronicles – Singularity
  16. Allen Watts – Algorithm
  17. MaRLo – Abyss
  18. AVAO – Acid Rain
  19. Vini Vici & Astrix – Adhana
  20. WHITENO1SE – Prime

 

ARMIN VAN BUUREN STARTS ASOT900’S WEEK WITH ‘LONELY FOR YOU’ CLUB MIX!!

Here we go with a brand new week, and what a week, we’d say!!! I know you got my hint already hehe, we’re all so hyped at the office today because it’s officially ASOT900’s week!!

As if this was not enough, we are so delighted that Armin decided to make it a super easy and pleasant kind of Monday releasing the club mix of his brand new tune ‘Lonely For You’,

Are you ready for it? Check it HERE!

 

From experimental pop song to mighty mainstage smash, ‘Lonely For You’ gets the club mix treatment everyone’s been waiting for. Ripe with edgy synths, thrilling melodies and Bonnie McKee’s wonderful vocals, this highly energetic version of Armin van Buuren’s latest single is bound to make the crowd fist-pump ’til the morning arrives.

Comme d’habitude, we love a good singing with you guys, so here we go with the lyrics:

Made it through another day
Don’t even the pain, it’s fading
I’ve been cleaning out my brain
I quit you like cocain, life changing

I start to panic when the sun goes down
I stay this jacked until the lights go out
I don’t want to go back home
Don’t want to be alone right now

No you’re never gonna see me cry
I already got a brand new life
Don’t you know I’m moving on
Everyday I’m stronger
I don’t even know you’re gone

Only lonely for you at night
Only lonely for you and the sun doesn’t shine
And I try to forget why
Why you’re not here by my side
Only lonely for you at night