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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!

Rodg – Inupiaq / Over Town

Rodg is coming out with some Techno and Melodic House tunes. Inupiaq and Over Town are some deep sounds that will be loved by the crowd.

Listen to these two tracks here.

Both featured on Rodg’s second artist album ‘Fate’, ‘Inupiaq’ and ‘Over Town’ show a different, more experimental side to the Dutchman’s musical brilliance. Geared more towards Techno and Melodic House with its foreboding arpeggios and shuffled beats, these cuts can only be described as the finest Deep Progressive with a twist.

MYSTERIOUS PERSONA AÏKA SHOCKS TRANCE SCENE WITH SUBLIME FIRST RELEASE ON ARMADA MUSIC: ‘MEXICO CITY’

Once every so often, a brilliant artist emerges out of nowhere to shock the industry with a range of top-tier tracks. Today, the Trance scene welcomes its newest sensation, AÏKA, as he drops ‘Mexico City’ as the first of ten new singles to be released across 2019, culminating in a gorgeous album at the end of the year.

Listen to AÏKA – Mexico City HERE 

Possibly one of Statement! Recordings’ most stand-out releases of the year, AÏKA’s ‘Mexico City’ is the first world-city-themed single of the new Trance star, bearing a title chosen for the massive energy of the Mexico crowd and their unconditional passion. From the iconic melody to the gliding synths and the cinematic staccatos in the breakdown, this cut is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece meant to drive fans wild at every turn, wherever in the world they are.

 

AÏKA“AÏKA is all about staying true to your north star, no matter what happens.”

 

Already the subject of plenty of guess-who campaigns online, AÏKA draws from thirteen years of experience in the dance music industry for a fresh start and new chance to follow his dreams. Less overwhelmed by the full-speed, sometimes uncontrollable trajectory of the industry itself, he aims to rediscover the passion and things that matter the most. AÏKA is all about staying true to yourself and letting that notion guide you in fulfilling your dreams.

RUBEN DE RONDE & LOUISE RADEMAKERS – GAMES

 

Coming off a terrific 2018, Statement label’s honcho Ruben de Ronde did it again, tailoring a blistering track that the crowd will love right of the bat;
taken from the upcoming album ‘Different’,
‘Games’ is a song sure to withstand the test of time; Louise Rademaker’s emotion-laden vocals will leave you mesmerized, her stunning voice  blends amazingly with the high-impact sizzling melody;
when it comes to hooking listeners with exciting synth plucks and dreamy vocals we know that Ruben and Louise are a top-notch team that never fails to provide us a nice trip on cloud nine.

 

Built around guiding piano chords and Louise Rademakers’ fragile vocals, ‘Games’ sees Ruben de Ronde emerge with a true masterpiece. Emotional, captivating and dreamy, this gorgeous new single is so enchanting it can only be magic, especially when you add Giuseppe Ottaviani’s thoroughly uplifting rendition to the equation.

We can’t help but singing along:

Can you give me something
I won’t regret taking
Cause If I could ask you one thing
Can you keep my mind from playing

Playing all these games on me
My mind keeps playing games on me
Just like you

Games on me
My mind keeps playing games on me
Just like you

RODG x DOM FRICOT – CINNAMON

Rodg teams up with Dom Fricot to made this dreamy track. Nice laid back vocal vibes, what electronic music fans want to hear. ‘Cinnamon’ is an amazing laid back track taken from Rodg’ s album ‘Fate’. Excited?

Listen to the track here.

Dropping yet another killer track taken from his second solo album ‘Fate’, Rodg teams up with Dom Fricot to spice up the dance floor. Blending dreamy vocals with mouthwatering Progressive, ‘Cinnamon’ offers a distinct sonic flavor that will make electronic music fans lick their lips in anticipation.

OUT NOW: Lumïsade – Ride 80X0

Lumïsade is coming with a masterpiece of a track! ‘Ride 80X0’ is making the crowd dance all night long.

Listen HERE 

Raising the Statement! bar with a masterpiece of their own, Lumïsade push their progressive sound into the outer reaches of the spectrum to come up with an acid-infused crowd favorite set to wreak havoc in the most popular venues. With ‘Ride 80X0’, you know you’re in it for a super-crazy all-nighter on the dance floor.

OUT NOW: RODG – THE COASTER

Rodg is announcing his upcoming album ‘Fate’ with his new track ‘The Coaster’. The smashing track with a crazy drop will take you through a wild ride on the dance floor!

Listen to Rodg – The Coaster HERE 

Bringing the Rodg sound to a whole new level, ‘The Coaster’ is a wild ride on the dance floor in Progressive style. The first single of his second solo album called ‘Fate’, this track builds and builds before dropping down at full speed for maximum impact. In other words, ‘The Coaster’ is a thrill you can’t miss out on.

 

ICONIC ALBUM ‘MY STORY’ BY RUBEN THE RONDE HAS BEEN PRINTED ON CD!!!

Let me take you back to January 20th 2017…does it ring any bells? Oh I am sure it does! It was indeed, the release date of the long awaited iconic album ‘My Story’ by Statement! honcho’s Ruben de Ronde ( aka the best day of 2017).

After months of teasing we finally got to download this masterpiece made of precious gems and holy moly, how we loved it.

It was love at first listening and we spent the night tweeting about our first impressions and sending love to Ruben and all the artists who were involved in it.

We didn’t sleep a wink but what a magical night it was!!

Sure, we knew some of the tunes already, but a few others were brand new to our ears, so we needed to listen and savor it a few times before being able to write something about them.

We can say in all honesty we loved the whole album but if you are familiar with our blog you know already how ‘Eska’ blew our minds from the beginning 🙂

‘Eska’ stole our hearts from the first beats and we remember Ruben’s used it as soundtrack of some of his vlogs before he released the album;

for a number of  reasons it was and still is dear to us in a special way and the fact it never got to be remixed and always remained untouched made it feel even more significant.

But of course, ‘My Story’ had a lot more gems in it, each tunes was there to unveil part of the splendidly tailored record.

Wanna talk about the magic of  Leave a Light On (Ruben de Ronde & Rodg feat. Louise Rademaker)? 

or the sweetness of All In (Ruben de Ronde & Kimberly Hale) ? 

This is not only a great tune in itself but it also got us to know Kimberly Hale, such a talented artist that we are now proud to call a great friend of us;

 

Open Wide (Ruben de Ronde & Donata) is still bringing us back to some sweet memories and Time has come (Ruben de Ronde & SIR NOTCH) is our choice when in need of some positivity in our day;

oh dear, we could go on forever talking about all the tracks but published an article about the album back then, and you can still find it here:

OUT NOW: MY STORY by RUBEN DE RONDE 

So, I bet you are wondering why, after almost 2 years we are still talking about it?

Well, we have our motivations to be honest, and so many good  memories  related to this album,

like when we sent this clock to Ruben to celebrate the amazing tune  ‘Time has Come’

but the main reason we are blogging this today is:

Ruben de Ronde just announced the physical album is going on production, which means we can have the cd in our hands very soon! But hurry up as there will be only 100 copies available!!

Still wondering why we are so hyped about the printing of a 2 years old album? Well, the truth is, we fell in love with it from its early days of conceiving ( yeah, sounds like we were expecting a baby, I know, but this is how we felt back then), we followed the album making of step by step, we saw Ruben putting all himself in its creation, or as he would say “all the blood, sweat and tears” it costed him to realize it; the process was long and things have not always been smooth and easy, but on the way, we all learnt a lot,  as time went by we built a strong relationship, the fanbase grew up, we got to know a few of the artists involved in it and we created our own Statement family, the album really gathered us together in many ways.

It’s hard to explain to all of you how much this cd means to us personally and how much we appreciate Ruben’s decision to print it,

just put it this way, to us, having the chance to keep this treasure in our hands it’s like when, after an amazing experience, you finally seal it by getting inked, yes, this cd, is our tattoo, something no one could ever steal from us, it’s engraved forever in our  hearts and minds and soon, we will have the physical copy at home with us; Ruben named it ‘My Story’ but we are proud to say this is also ‘Our Story’ he made us feel part of it in a kinda unique and precious way.

In a world were an album is old after a month from its release, ‘My Story’ stands out for its unicity, it didn’t get old, it grew inside us, it united and strengthened us, it saw us growing and changing as well, it made us laugh and cry, it has been there when we were clubbing with Ruben and also when we were alone, it’s nestled in our lives.

When all is said and done, we couldn’t be more happy about this news and we are forever grateful to Ruben de Ronde for being the amazing artist and precious soul he is!

We highly recommend you to order your limited edition copy here:

https://www.statementmusic.nl

so to be part of this amazing experience together!!