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DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, ARMIN VAN BUUREN AND W&W UNLEASH INSTANT CROWD FAVORITE: ‘REPEAT AFTER ME’

For the first time in dance music history, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W have joined forces for a huge new track. Showcasing the iconic signature sounds of everyone in this all-star link-up, ‘Repeat After Me’ is set to unite dance music fans from all over the world.

Listen to the track here.

Easily one of the most epic collaborations of the year even though 2019 has only just begun, ‘Repeat After Me’ is an all-out mainstage anthem sure to cause some serious damage at the world’s biggest festivals, clubs and venues. Armed with the energetic signature sounds of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren and W&W, this high-impact live set highlight has set its sights on only one thing: dominating the global dance floor for decades to come.

 

While this is the first three-way team-up of the staple artists ever, there have been a number of two-side collaborations between them that generated a huge amount of momentum. While Armin van Buuren and W&W only just collaborated on the iconic ‘Ready To Rave’ (after previously making waves with ‘If It Ain’t Dutch’ and ‘#D Fat’), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and W&W teamed up on mainstage bangers such as ‘Crowd Control’, ‘Arcade’ and Tomorrowland anthem ‘Waves’.

 

The release of ‘Repeat After Me’ is tied to the launch of a brand-new video. All in all, the blistering record and equally impressive music video make clear in no uncertain terms what you get when the #2, #4 and #14 DJs in the world decide to team up: a record so impactful you’ve got no choice but to hit repeat.

SHINOVI – Muriqui

Shinovi is coming out with his new single ‘Muriqui’! The track had already been played by Armin on the ‘A State Of Trance’ show so it definitely deserved a single release.

Listen to the track here.

Known for shattering expectations with a mere flick of the wrist, Shinovi once again raises the bar in terms of intensity. Exceedingly powerful and tempestuous, his brand-new release on Who’s Afraid Of 138?!, ‘Muriqui’, will have you pumping your fist and stomping your foot on the dance floor like a rampaging gorilla for the full duration of the madness.

ALEXANDER POPOV & ARSTON feat. VEGAS – In My Arms

It’s one of the highlights from his intention album and overall stunning track. Together with Belarusian producer Arston and singer-songwriter Vegas, Alexander Popov created a track you don’t want to miss!

Listen to the track here.

The eruptive vocals, embracing chords and Progressive House-flavored lead synths say it all. ‘In My Arms’ is one of the absolute highlights from Alexander Popov’s ‘Intention’ album. A collaboration with Belarusian producer Arston and singer-songwriter Vegas, this song is the reason you’ll be spending a lot of time on cloud nine.

 

GARETH EMERY & EMMA HEWITT – Take Everything (STANDERWICK Remix)

The ‘Take Everything’ STANDERWICK Remix was personally requested by Gareth Emery after the massive success of STANDERWICK’s Remix of ‘Reckless’. The rock influenced remix with its angelic leads and Emma Hewitt’s stunning vocals truly is a masterpiece.

Snarling electric guitars and cavernous live drums signal the arrival of Standerwick’s searing, rock-influenced remix of ‘Take  Everything’. Seamlessly fusing his trademark edge and energy with angelic leads, this 136bpm beast prowls the depths with thunderous intent before a cathartic  melodic counterpoint ascends; delivering Emma Hewitt’s vocals to the heavens.

 

 

MAOR LEVI – Celestial

Maor Levi filled 2018 with smashing releases on Armada, Armind & collabs with Ilan Bluestone. Now he is back with his new track ‘Celestial’ and it sure won’t let you down!

Listen to the track here.

Built around a shimmering breakdown with dreamy background vocals and heavenly chord progressions, ‘Celestial’ sees Israeli mastermind Maor Levi deliver an absolute stunner of a record. From the big bassline to the serene melody and back, this song is like a higher power watching over us all from above.

BREAKFAST WITH ELLER: NEW MUSIC, NEW PROJECTS

Enjoying a sunny morning in Amsterdam, strolling by its charming streets and stopping by to take some pics along its breathtaking canals it’s something magical… but when Eller decides to join us for breakfast, oh well, that’s definitely something extra!

Wondering what this amazing artist is up to right now?

So, Eller just moved to a new house, built a new studio, still teaching guitar to his beloved students and…take a look to our chat to know everything about our funny breakfast with a very special guest 😉

 

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!!

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE: 2018 RECAP BY THE ONE AND ONLY RAM! …AND A GLANCE AT THE FUTURE (NEW SHOWS, NEW ALBUM AND MORE)

All good things must come to an end…so we decided to close 2018 with a bang!

Music wise it’s been an amazing year, we attended many spectacular events and had the chance to interview a lot of artists;

As last interview of 2018, we wanna drag you down the rabbit hole, let’s follow us to one of the most iconic parties of the year, Grotesque 350, hosted by the dutch mastermind, RAM, who’s been so nice to sit down with us for a great chat!

TBA: Hi RAM, thanks again for supporting The Backstage Access, first of all, how was your 2018?

RAM: It’s been an amazing year, my best year so far, so I can’t complain, had load of music released, tunes and cds,  got a lot of sold out shows worldwide, been touring non stop, so it’s been just fantastic 

TBA: Speaking of 2018 what has been your track of the year?

RAM: Northern Star from me and Susana, you know, I make music that I love and unfortunately tune like that are emotional trance that are not so hot anymore, so you don’t get to listen to it so often, I missed that very much as to me this was the essence of trance; another tune I love is from my friend Richard Durand ‘The Air I Breath‘, I think it’s an amazing track.

TBA: Speaking about Northern Star, can you tell us the story behind it?

RAM: Well it’s basically my third collaboration with Susana, we started with RAMelia and then we made ‘Someone Like You’ and after two tracks like that and fans keep asking for a new collaboration we really wanted to do something special again…but you know, it’s difficult to overcome what we did or at least to do something at the same level so it took a lot of work and it was a very hard process but now we made it and we are both very happy with the result, it’s nice to see we get so much love and support for it.

TBA: What’s up next?

RAM: Well basically after this, (Grotesque350) we gonna take this show worldwide, we are off to Asia, Australia, U.S.A and South America, we gonna do shows over there and in Europe as well of course, our label is doing amazing too and we will release a new compilation, and we are also about to start Grotesque D, with more progressive house!

About my personal projects I’d say I like to think out of the box so I am working on  a new project to show a darker and harder side of me, I came form the hard trance so, basically I wanna make a fusion of different style reworking all hard trance classics, something different form what I normally do.

TBA: I’ve seen something coming up like a show at Paradiso, right?

RAM: Yes basically I wanna do a show for the essence of trance which basically means for me the essential trance records of the last 15/20 years but like the emotional beautiful trance, the kind of pure trance which is unfortunately not played anymore, emotional melodic trance for true trance lovers so it’s gonna be a 5 hours show of what I call angelic emotional trance, not for people that like fashion trance.

TBA: So we are at Grotesque 350 and the anthem is ‘Youniverse’ your collaboration with Alex M.O.R.P.H. how did it come?

RAM: I’ve known Alex for such a long time and we did already a previous collab, and I thought it was the right choice to work with him on the anthem of the event as he is playing here too and on the cd as well… it was for me a logic choice to ask him for it.

TBA: Any other collabs coming up in 2019?

RAM: Yes a lot!! I think the first one is with Heatbeats, one with Natalie Gioia and Darren Porter… then one with Arctic Moon and Denise Riviera,… Julie Thompson, Christina Novelli…. loads are coming cause I am also working on a new album so I think in the album there will be about six or seven collaborations but i cannot spill the bean now otherwise there is no surprise anymore haha!

TBA : Last but not least, as a guy from Amsterdam, why did you choose to set Grotesque in Rotterdam? 

RAM: Ah, because there is no Maassilo in Amsterdam haha , but seriously, basically for me this is the best location in Holland I love it here, I think it’s beautiful and even if we love Amsterdam we don’t have a location that fits good as this one. 

Special thanks to Ross for doing this interview 🙂

BINARY FINARY CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY TRANCE CLASSIC WITH FULL RELEASE PACKAGE: ‘1998’ (20TH ANNIVERSARY REMIXES)

Let us take you back to ‘1998’. Trance was booming like never before, and a few lads from the U.K. got together, wrote a breathtakingly beautiful piece on nothing more than a Yamaha W7 workstation and saw it become a seminal record that would change the lives of countless dance music fans forever. Today, that masterpiece, ‘1998’, celebrates its 20th anniversary and it does so in style with a brand-new 2018 version from Binary Finary themselves and remixes from Trance hero Marc Sixma and Italian Big Room/House/Techno maestro Dosem.

 

Listen to Binary Finary – 1998 (20th Anniversary Remixes)

A true hit both on and off the dance floor with commendable chart positions in the U.K. (#24 for ‘1998’ and #11 for successor ‘1999’), ‘1998’ is revamped after two decades of dance floor domination. An evergreen classic no Trance fan has ever been able to get enough of – nor ever will, this masterstroke creation from Binary Finary is about to add another twenty years to its successful reign.

 

Binary Finary“We are just really humbled that the little project we started all those years ago on a Yamaha workstation is still gaining attention and music plays all these years on. We are excited to hear the new remixes being played out at events across the globe. Really exciting and truly fitting for a 20th birthday party.”

ALEX KUNNARI feat. MIKE SCHMID – This Fire

‘This Fire’ is an inspiring trance track with vocals from star vocalist Mike Schmid. It’s the perfect track to fire up your party!

Listen to the track here.

Making his mark on the A State Of Trance imprint, Alex Kunnari teamed up with star vocalist Mike Schmid for an inspiring Vocal Trance gem. From the sizzling melody to the warm vocals and back, ‘This Fire’ is a song that will keep burning within Trance fans for a long time.