'10 Years Of Anjunabeats': Behind The Music with Breakfast, Sunny Lax and Bart Claessen




Above & Beyond’s ‘10 Years of Anjunabeats’ celebrates not just a decade of the label’s existence but a decade of defining Anjunabeats moments. Giving you a deeper insight into this journey, our ‘Behind The Music’ series presents week-by-week interviews with the artists that make up the album – talking through the inspirations and effort that poured into their tracks and remixes. In our final edition, Breakfast runs us through his remix of ‘Northern Lights’ by Smith & Pledger , Sunny Lax reveals the story behind his classic ‘P.U.M.A.’ and Bart Claessen talks about taking on Super8 & Tab’s ‘Helsinki Scorchin’.



Smith & Pledger – Northern Lights (Breakfast remix)
“For this remix I really wanted to capture a cold atmosphere, while still keeping these warm sounds in there. This remix has a lot of different elements that are chilly and reminded me of those cold Nordic winters, but still keeping an inner warmth to the overall feel.
“At first I had a lot of different options to work with after laying a few tracks down, but ultimately I wanted to keep the new “Breakfast” sound in there so I went back and took some of the elements from ‘Every Night’. The original ‘Northern Lights’ was in B Minor, but I thought it sounded a lot better a whole step down - everything in my mix was tuned to A. This also allowed me to use the Prophet 5, which unfortunately is a very unstable machine, but the second oscillator seems to work a lot better in A minor.”
“The best part of Northern Lights is the slightly detuned sine-bell sound at the break - extremely euphoric leading up to the climax. I really love that sound, probably my favorite from any of the Smith & Pledger productions. The rolling bassline was also a big factor. This being a classic and all… I had to keep that in there.
“With the “Breakfast” elements combined with the original’s smooth chords the finished product turned out to be a really beautiful remix that compliments the original in a sort of gentle “hats off” gesture.”
-Breakfast


Sunny Lax - P.U.M.A
“I usually don’t show my tracks to anyone before they are finished, but I remember I got a telephone call from one of my friends when I just finished recording of main melody and played it to him down the phone – he said it was incredible so I knew I was on to something.
“After that I sent it to Anjunabeats, and the Above & Beyond guys were very keen about the track so they played it four times in a row in TATW! I always like to write tracks that will make people say ‘wow, that’s amazing’ even if they are listening 5 or even 10 years later. Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you don’t, but it is always the audience who decides what will be a classic.”
-Sunny Lax



Super8 & Tab – Helsinki Scorchin (Bart Claessen Remix)
“I have always liked the original, especially the way it works so well while it contains just a few sounds. Sometimes, definitely in this case, simple but good equals strong. That said, this makes it harder to remix. Especially when one of the main hooks of the track is not a big lead or something, but a nicely cut up vocal that floats instead of punches.
“I thought that a track like this needed a darker remix for an interesting contrast. I used that vocal and a slightly altered version of the original melody. And I blew up a small sample from the original track to arena proportions, which has maybe become the main hook of the remix. I’m very pleased with the results myself. I’ve played it live and the crowd response tells me this is one of those tracks that I’ll be playing for a long time to come!”
-Bart Claessen

Featuring tracks and remixes from Above & Beyond, Andy Moor, Super8 & Tab, Bart Claessen, Nitrous Oxide, Maor Levi and more, Above & Beyond’s ‘10 Years Of Anjunabeats’ is out now. Buy from iTunes here, order your double disc CD here or click here for full buy links.

'10 Years Of Anjunabeats': Behind The Music with Andy Moor, Daniel Kandi and Sunny Lax



Above & Beyond’s ‘10 Years of Anjunabeats’ celebrates not just a decade of the label’s existence but a decade of defining Anjunabeats moments. Giving you a deeper insight into this journey, our ‘Behind The Music’ series presents week-by-week interviews with the artists that make up the album – talking through the inspirations and effort that poured into their tracks and remixes. This week Andy Moor talks to us about the production intricacies behind his ‘These Shoulders’ remix, Daniel Kandi reveals the inspirations behind the classic ‘Breathe’ and Sunny Lax discusses his remix of Nitrous Oxide’s ‘North Pole’.


Signalrunners & Julie Thompson – These Shoulders (Andy Moor Remix)
“The main idea for this remix was to make it for the dancefloor, but also for the listener who has $1 headphones in their earholes – it’s hard to combine the two sometimes. There was a temptation to make it fast, driving and ‘typical’ but I thought that it deserved a little more subtlety in its delivery.
“The mix came together easily at first, and before I knew it I had too many parts and elements (as is lately becoming all too frequent) which soon meant I had to choose a direction. This was the hardest part. I had a really techie groovy version with no key changes and lots of production elements which would work great on the dancefloor but would equally alienate a lot of people, so I decided to halt that route and start on another.
“I also had a really messed up version where I spent days extending each of the vowels of the vocal to make it sound very fake and electronic and processed. I personally loved this, but then I thought “did I really need to do that when the vocal is so great on its own” so I scrapped that too. “Eventually I settled on the original vocal with subtle but suitable processing, a simple chopped vocal theme that accented the rhythm of the bass, a new chord sequence for the verse and a very layered string/pad section that complements the original chords and piano.
“As for the bassline, I’m really into rolling basslines at the moment but the original already had this kind of bass so I needed something new. I asked myself how I could create a bassline that would work in the chord changing areas and not get drowned out and lose its complexity. This is always the difficulty in creating a bassline that has an unorthodox rhythm and has melodic content - it has to work with every other sound otherwise it just sounds messy. Every other element has to be built around the bassline.
“In terms of structure - after the breakdown there was no question that there was an obligation to the original’s melody, so that had to be in there. The only question was should I copy off the original’s more minimal “kick in” or should I try a full on “kick in”. The more minimal idea did work very well but, as it’s a remix, I opted for an all singing all dancing ‘kick back in’ keeping the original’s structure before the vocal chorus arrives again.”
-Andy Moor



Daniel Kandi – Breathe
“This was inspired after a night out with some Danish celebs. I came back to the studio and made a version when I was not in the most sober state. Then the morning after I feared the worst, but it sounded good! So I continued sober, and after few A&R talks with Jono, as well as some inspiration from the loss of a good friend, ‘Breathe’ was the result.
“With the sound of the track, I went for clear cut classic Anjunastyle, with a simple and yet beautiful chord progression. Most importantly I just hoped they would like it. Thankfully, the response was good. Forums were talking about who I was and where I was from etc… It was kinda fun to observe from the outside. I let the listeners decide if it’s a classic or not, but I do agree that that the melody instantly had a great feeling over it.
-Daniel Kandi



Nitrous Oxide - North Pole (Sunny Lax Remix)
“Remixing a ‘timeless classic’ is easy and difficult at the same time. In one sense, it’s easier remixing a track when you love the style of the original; this can be really inspiring. However, it is difficult, because it is always on your mind that you want to create something as good and likeable as the original.
“With ‘North Pole’ – which was always my personal favourite track of mine from Nitrous Oxide – I wanted to combine the uplifting feel of the old times in today’s modern sound.
"The sound of the main leads and the simple but fabulous chord progression is what I really love in the original mix, so I tried to keep them. Instead of the big uplifting groove, I worked on something snappy but chunky. Although the remix is slower than the original, it is felt less, because there is a lot of swing on the rhythm. I hope you like it!”
-Sunny Lax

Featuring tracks and remixes from Above & Beyond, Andy Moor, Super8 & Tab, Bart Claessen, Nitrous Oxide, Maor Levi and more, Above & Beyond’s ‘10 Years Of Anjunabeats’ is out now. Buy from iTunes here, order your double disc CD here or click here for full buy links.

'10 Years Of Anjunabeats': Behind The Music with Maor Levi, 7 Skies and Signalrunners




Above & Beyond’s ‘10 Years of Anjunabeats’ celebrates not just a decade of the label’s existence but also a decade of defining Anjunabeats moments, turning points, stories and passionately produced music. Giving you a deeper insight into this journey, our ‘Behind The Music’ series will be presenting week-by-week interviews with the artists that make up the album. This week we speak to Maor Levi, Signalrunners and 7 Skies.


Maor Levi – Reflect
“This track came together in a pretty random way. I just got back home after three hard weeks in the army and all I wanted to do was music. I was so tired and frustrated but I had a feeling something will come out of this specific weekend when I was at home…and it did. ‘Reflect’ was ready in three days and I was happy enough to take it on my mp3 back to my base and analyse the track on different headphones; I couldn’t wait to get back home and finish it off!
“Musically I was going for something new on the edge of progressive trance with a bit of house influences in there too. Most importantly I wanted something people will ‘WOW’ about when they hear it.
“It got a great response within Anjuna HQ, but I had no clue it would do so well until I saw it had been hitting compilations and had been chosen to be featured on Tiesto’s ‘In Search of Sunrise 6’ which was amazing for me as a person who used to grow up on the ISOS series since the age of 12. Being a part of it was a feeling I can’t explain.”
-Maor Levi


Daniel Kandi – Breathe (7 Skies Remix)
“I wanted to produce something along the line of ‘Sushi’ with a very aggressive bass and catchy build-up that drops into the dreamy atmosphere of the original ‘Breathe’ mix. I have to admit this remix has been a tough one, it usually is when you are remixing a classic. You always have to be careful keeping what made the track so special in the past but at the same time you have to deliver something which is up-to-date, as well as something that sounds like your style.
“Anyway, the remix came together pretty quickly especially the build-up and the bassline sequence, the piano almost came by its own as I had those notes in my head since day one. The melody was initially different and simpler but turned out to be too laid down for the whole groove, so the obvious choice was to use the original one just a bit “swinged” to make it more bouncy.”
- 7 Skies


Signalrunners & Julie Thompson – These Shoulders
“I was in an Ear Training class at Berklee, and we were learning how to solfege in modal keys. That day we were focusing on the Phrygian mode, which inspired me to run home and write the main progression for the verses, and then later the chorus. Alan and I dreamt of having Julie Thompson do the vocals on the track, as the backing was practically written for her. After having the first 5 minutes of the backing produced, we contacted her, and to our surprise, she agreed! She wrote a beautiful song for it and absolutely nailed the vocal performance. The track really came together after she sent us back the vocal. It only took a couple of weeks to wrap the track, and the rest was history.” - Andrew Bayer
“We wanted to do something fresh and different, and also wanted to borrow from other genres, not just ‘trance’. The arrangement of the original mix was a little different than the standard vocal trance tune. For one, it starts in D phrygian and ends in G minor, which is pretty unique for a trance record. The original mix also has a few different sections and bridges, which help give it a more traditional song writing structure.
“The response was huge at the time. It was one of those tracks that you either loved or hated. It was without a doubt our most popular single. We had no idea it would be regarded as a classic, but if it is, that’s great and we’re honoured!”
- Andrew Bayer & Alan Nimmo (Signalrunners)

Featuring tracks and remixes from Above & Beyond, Andy Moor, Super8 & Tab, Bart Claessen, Nitrous Oxide, Maor Levi and more, Above & Beyond’s ‘10 Years Of Anjunabeats’ is out now. Buy from iTunes here, order your double disc CD here or click here for full buy links.

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"The blueprint of how a trance label should be" - Mixmag

There was no masterplan when Above & Beyond set up their Anjunabeats label back in 2000 - just a dedication to quality and forward-thinking dance music.

Now counting over 200 single releases, an award-winning compilation series and with deeper sub-label Anjunadeep in tow, Anjunabeats is renowned as a taste-making torchbearer for quality uplifting dance music - a global label family responsible for nurturing talents like Super8 & Tab, Nitrous Oxide and Mat Zo to both critical acclaim and club supremacy.


For their 10-year anniversary release, Above & Beyond look back over the Anjunabeats legacy by mixing 10 timeless tracks that remind us just how ahead of the game the label has been - including Above & Beyond’s own classic ‘Can’t Sleep’, Bart Claessen & Dave Schiemann’s ‘Madness’(I Prefer This Mix), Signalrunners ‘These Shoulders’, Daniel Kandi’s ‘Breathe’ and Smith & Pledger’s ‘Northern Lights’.

Of course, Anjunabeats is a label driven by forward motion and it is for that reason that Above & Beyond present a second of disc updated and reinterpreted versions of those 10 classic tracks, with highlights including a melodic house-influenced remix of Mat Zo’s ‘Synapse Dynamics’ by Russian trance prodigy Arty, a dark, throbbing tech transformation of Super8 & Tab’s brooding but euphoric ‘Helsinki Scorchin’ by Bart Claessen, and Super8 & Tab’s respectful, futuristic version of Above & Beyond’s ‘Can’t Sleep’. 



Tracklist:

CD 01 Originals

1. Mat Zo - Synapse Dynamics
2. Signalrunners & Julie Thompson - These Shoulders
3. Maor Levi - Reflect
4. Above & Beyond - Can’t Sleep
5. Super8 & Tab - Helsinki Scorchin’
6. Bart Claessen & Dave Schiemann - Madness (I Prefer This Mix)
7. Daniel Kandi - Breathe
8. Nitrous Oxide - North Pole
9. Sunny Lax - P.U.M.A.
10. Smith & Pledger - Northern Lights

CD 02 Remixes

1. Maor Levi - Reflect (Jerome Isma-Ae & Daniel Portman Remix)
2. Signalrunners & Julie Thompson - These Shoulders (Andy Moor Remix)
3. Mat Zo - Synapse Dynamics (Arty Remix)
4. Super8 & Tab - Helsinki Scorchin’ (Bart Claessen Remix)
5. Sunny Lax - P.U.M.A. (Mat Zo Remix)
6. Nitrous Oxide - North Pole (Sunny Lax Remix)
7. Above & Beyond - Can’t Sleep (Super8 & Tab Remix)
8. Daniel Kandi - Breathe (7 Skies Remix)
9. Bart Claessen & Dave Schiemann - Madness (Nitrous Oxide Remix)
10. Smith & Pledger - Northern Lights (Breakfast Remix)

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"The blueprint of how a trance label should be" - Mixmag

There was no masterplan when Above & Beyond set up their Anjunabeats label back in 2000 - just a dedication to quality and forward-thinking dance music.

Now counting over 200 single releases, an award-winning compilation series and with deeper sub-label Anjunadeep in tow, Anjunabeats is renowned as a taste-making torchbearer for quality uplifting dance music - a global label family responsible for nurturing talents like Super8 & Tab, Nitrous Oxide and Mat Zo to both critical acclaim and club supremacy.


For their 10-year anniversary release, Above & Beyond look back over the Anjunabeats legacy by mixing 10 timeless tracks that remind us just how ahead of the game the label has been. As well as Above & Beyond’s own classic ‘Can’t Sleep’, tracks like Bart Claessen & Dave Schiemann’s ‘Madness’(I Prefer This Mix), Signalrunners ‘These Shoulders’, Daniel Kandi’s ‘Breathe’ and Smith & Pledger’s ‘Northern Lights’ still sound as visceral, energising and uplifting as they did the first time round.

Of course, Anjunabeats is a label driven by forward motion and it is for that reason that Above & Beyond present a second of disc updated and reinterpreted versions of those 10 classic tracks, with highlights including a melodic house-influenced remix of Mat Zo’s ‘Synapse Dynamics’ by Russian trance prodigy Arty, a dark, throbbing tech transformation of Super8 & Tab’s brooding but euphoric ‘Helsinki Scorchin’ by Bart Claessen, and Super8 & Tab’s respectful, futuristic version of Above & Beyond’s ‘Can’t Sleep’. 



Tracklist:

CD 01 Originals

1. Mat Zo - Synapse Dynamics
2. Signalrunners & Julie Thompson - These Shoulders
3. Maor Levi - Reflect
4. Above & Beyond - Can’t Sleep
5. Super8 & Tab - Helsinki Scorchin’
6. Bart Claessen & Dave Schiemann - Madness (I Prefer This Mix)
7. Daniel Kandi - Breathe
8. Nitrous Oxide - North Pole
9. Sunny Lax - P.U.M.A.
10. Smith & Pledger - Northern Lights

CD 02 Remixes

1. Maor Levi - Reflect (Jerome Isma-Ae & Daniel Portman Remix)
2. Signalrunners & Julie Thompson - These Shoulders (Andy Moor Remix)
3. Mat Zo - Synapse Dynamics (Arty Remix)
4. Super8 & Tab - Helsinki Scorchin’ (Bart Claessen Remix)
5. Sunny Lax - P.U.M.A. (Mat Zo Remix)
6. Nitrous Oxide - North Pole (Sunny Lax Remix)
7. Above & Beyond - Can’t Sleep (Super8 & Tab Remix)
8. Daniel Kandi - Breathe (7 Skies Remix)
9. Bart Claessen & Dave Schiemann - Madness (Nitrous Oxide Remix)
10. Smith & Pledger - Northern Lights (Breakfast Remix)


We will be revealing 2 new remixes from the album every week up until release so stay tuned to the album flashplayer to be the first to hear the album.

Release date - 17th January

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10 Years of Anjunabeats - Mat Zo Interview



TONIGHT Anjunabeats will be celebrating a decade of ground-breaking releases with a ‘10 Years Of Anjunabeats’ Xmas party at The Gallery @ Ministry Of Sound in London - uniting some of the best talent from both Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep. A limited supply of £10 discount tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/Anjuna10Years. Below is an exclusive interview with Mat Zo to catch up before the event tonight:


How did you relationship with Anjunabeats first develop? What was your first contact with the label?

They first asked me to remix for them back in 2007. Afterwards they asked me to send them my originals, so I did. They’ve been my main label ever since.


What has been your favourite Anjunabeats release of all time? (and why?)

It would be hard to choose one because every release is so different, but my favourites over the years have been ‘Bart Claessen - Elf’, ‘Super 8 & Tab - Delusion’ and ‘Maor Levi - Shapes’ to name a few.


Describe the last 12 months in 10 words…

Climbing higher without oxygen tanks breathing drinking and eating music to live



Which track has stayed in your DJ sets the longest this year?

Bart Claessen - Elf


What is your best memory of playing The Gallery?

The first time I played in the main room I opened it with Mark from Union DJs, before anyone had heard of me. No one was there yet but it was my first experience of ministry’s booth so I was super excited. Every time I’ve played after that I’ve had a big drinks rider, so I cant really remember them.


Finally, where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Hopefully still making music and DJing, and hopefully improving.


Kyau & Albert
Mat Zo
Bart Claessen
Oliver Smith
Nitrous Oxide

103: Anjunadeep
16 Bit Lolitas
Jody Wisternoff
James Grant
Rascal Van Russ


Join the event on:

Ministry of Sound,
103 Gaunt St
London, SE1 6DP
10pm till late
For more information: www.thegallery-club.co.uk/

10 Years of Anjunabeats Event - Anjunabeats Xmas Raffle!



The FIRST 300 people through the door at our 10 Years of Anjunabeats event at Ministry of Sound this Friday, will receive a special raffle ticket. Up for grabs, some unique Anjunabeats Christmas hampers. A perfect collectors item - and also source of mince pies, if you get peckish from all the dancing.

The winning ticket will be announced on the night. The first 50 through the door on the night will also get a free signed copy of Above & Beyond and Gareth Emery presents OceanLab “On A Good Day (Metropolis)”.

Good luck!



Kyau & Albert
Mat Zo
Bart Claessen
Oliver Smith
Nitrous Oxide

103: Anjunadeep
16 Bit Lolitas
Jody Wisternoff
James Grant
Rascal Van Russ


Join the event on:

Ministry of Sound,
103 Gaunt St
London, SE1 6DP
10pm till late
For more information: www.thegallery-club.co.uk/

Brand new Above & Beyond and Anjunabeats Merchandise available



We have three brand new T-shirt designs available on the Anjunastore. You can now purchase “I Heart Above & Beyond" T-Shirts, Girls "Above & Beyond" T-Shirts and a LIMITED EDITION “10 Years Of Anjunabeats” T-Shirt all priced at £18.99. All our T-shirts are printed on high quality 100% cotton American Apparel shirts. Click on the images below to purchase yours from anjunastore.com.






10 Years of Anjunabeats - Kyau & Albert Interview



On Friday 3rd December, Anjunabeats will be celebrating a decade of ground-breaking releases with a ‘10 Years Of Anjunabeats’ Xmas party at The Gallery @ Ministry Of Sound in London - uniting some of the best talent from both Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep. A limited supply of £10 discount tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/Anjuna10Years. Below is an exclusive interview with Kyau & Albert to catch up before the event:


Hello guys, have you had a nice day?

Yes, spent most of the time in the studio…


First up it’s Anjunabeats 10th birthday. What do you think their recipe for success has been?

Constantly high class releases of forward thinking trance, combined with great label management. Also it was a visionary idea of setting up the Anjunadeep sub-label, which rounded off the Anjunabeats brand.


Favourite track on the label in this time?

Alt +F4 - Alt +F4.


What have you been up to musically since we last saw you in September?

Just finished a remix for Armin van Buuren and now working on the next Kyau & Albert single, which we plan to release ASAP.

Latest single ‘Painkillers’ is a slight deviation from your normal euphoric offerings. What was the inspiration behind this track – and which software was used for production?

We had this demo laying around and everybody loved the vocal hook. With the production, we wanted to try something different with the guitars and so on. In the end it took a while to produce. We have used Cubase since 1993. No joke!


Why is The Gallery perfect for celebrating this special anniversary occasion?

The Gallery is legendary. Anjunabeats too!


Best ever moment at an Anjuna gig?

Opening for Above & Beyond at ‘Euphonic meets Anjunbeats’ in Berlin this year.


What did you do on your 10th birthday?

Too long a time ago! So honestly have no real memory. I think with family and school friends, eating cakes.


Early plans for 2011?

DJing of course and working on new material, which might surprise some!


Finally, an Anjuna track name that best describes your forthcoming set?

Great question by the way! We will go with ‘Made Of Sun.’


Kyau & Albert
Mat Zo
Bart Claessen
Oliver Smith
Nitrous Oxide

103: Anjunadeep
16 Bit Lolitas
Jody Wisternoff
James Grant
Rascal Van Russ


Join the event on:

Ministry of Sound,
103 Gaunt St
London, SE1 6DP
10pm till late
For more information: www.thegallery-club.co.uk/