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7th installment in the Club Traxx – Progressive House series this time with original tracks and remixes by Matan Caspi, Gai Barone, Relaunch, Miika Kuisma, Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Anthony Yarranton, Marc Poppcke, Airwave, DJ Fire, Van Bellen, Jimmy Galle, Kay-D, Moshic, Sagittaire, Rezo, CJ Art, Rise And Fall, White Resonance, Kindred Spirits, Stan Kolev, Audio Noir, LoQuai, Midnight Star, Andre Bonsor and deepAlexander.
We caught up with Laurent Veronnez and Jurgen Leyers the one time duo of Fire & Ice and now on the verge of their new release as Airwave & DJ Fire with “Kabalash”. Two hard working guys with studio and gigging taking up their time but we get a chance to get them settled and ask a few questions about their schedules and lifestyles.
Hi guys thanks so much for taking the time to have a quick chat with us, how are you both?
L: Fine here thanks. I’m having a very hectic schedule nowadays. I have no single second to breathe.
J: Hi Brian, I’m fine thanks. Actually at this moment I’m not doing a lot of DJing or producing, since I’m getting a room in our house ready for our second boy which will be born in a couple of weeks!
Congratulations Jurgen and Mrs Fire!
Outside of music what are your interests, what do you like to do in your downtime?
L: Back in the old years I would have had a ton of hobbies and things outside music. Today I’d say I keep watching movies, I still play games a tiny bit (10 mins a week? LOL), and most of the time gets spent with the kids as they’re what matters most after all! Teaching my daughters a lot of things about life is the most enjoyable experience in life.
J: I’ve always been into movies, usually the new stuff but a nice classic from time to time is nice too. Besides that I love playing tennis and travelling to foreign countries.
You have both been connected with Bonzai for a long time now, what is it about Bonzai do you think has allowed that relationship to last so long?
L: We’ve been connected thanks to Bonzai because the people running the labels, the management, are themselves devoted to only one thing, Good Music, which results into a sense of self-commitment. Many people inside the Music industry think about two matters, themselves and money. While it’s very important not to forget yourself in life and while there’s no acceptable alternative to money for the outside world yet, self-commitment and passion bring people together. I think you’ve got your answer. This thin and fragile line, almost imperceptible in a world where you’re blinded by money and fame, makes a relationship last forever.
J: Indeed, I was a customer in the Bonzai recordstore since the end of ’92, when I started buying my first vinyls. I met up with Fly and all the other DJ’s-producers that were around at the time. That way I got my first contacts in the business and started working in the record store a few years later. Bonzai is really like a family, I think that’s why I’m still working with them as a DJ and a producer. They’re weren’t only my employer, but also personal friends (which they still are).
Let’s take a moment to talk about your most popular project together, Fire & Ice. How did you guys got together for F&I and how did the working set up go, were you both in studio together or was there some remote working?
L: Back in 96-97, NO Internet, NO Digital Audio, NO virtual effects and instruments. I was fortunate enough to have a computer with a soundcard that could import Samples into RAM. Each piece of hardware would cost you an arm, but that was amazing. I remember Jurgen and I sharing some mutual ideas about music at the 97 Love Parade in Berlin, and get in the studio in September of the same year. In 3 hours, Lost emotions was born. The die-hard fans know the rest of the story I guess.
J: Fire & Ice started up by accident. Me and Laurent both were on the Bonzai Truck at the 1997 Love Parade in Berlin. During the long journey on the bus from Antwerp to Berlin, we started talking about music. I already had a project called Energy Source and Laurent had started up several successful projects which I liked a lot. So one thing led to another and a few months later we were in his home studio producing “Lost Emotions”. Still one of our biggest tracks to date!
The latest single Airwave & DJ Fire – “Kabalash” (which is awesome by the way) will be out soon, how did you get working together on this particular track?
L: You know, everything has changed today, there’s much more importance brought to sound and tech stuff. As we had this very tribal idea working for both our styles, we had to put ideas together very quickly, which we did in April of last year. Then it took us weeks after that to figure out how to mix it down correctly until the very last details, but it paid off. By far one of my favourite tracks on Parallel Lines and currently getting a well deserved bunch of outstanding remixes now.
J: Laurent contacted me since we hadn’t produced a track together in some time. He was working on his latest album and asked me if I was interested in doing a collab, since he wanted to do some collabs with different DJ’s-producers. Of course I immediately said yes, and because it wasn’t Fire & Ice he wanted to do something special, we ended up doing a tribalish track with some oriental influences. Wait till you hear the remixes, they’re amazing too!
Clearly you guys have a great understanding of each other’s style, what do you think the other guy does so well and why?
L: Jurgen in a good shape is like a train that never stops when DJing. That and his very good memory make it very easy to work with him into a studio environment. He has the “feel” that so many DJ’s lack today.
J: I think we’ve always tried to meet each other in the middle. Laurent is a bit more underground-prog-oriented than I am, so I think there’s a good mix between commercial-dancefloor music and high quality progressive. Since I used to play in clubs every week, I was able to communicate with Laurent what really worked on the dance floors. We blended ideas and came up with some good stuff that did well on the floors all over the world and was also on a lot of compilations and on track lists of the top jocks.
Given that you do work very well together can we expect to see some more projects from you both as a duo?
L: Of course! When Things Go Well (sigh!!), and get made out of passion, why question these facts?
J: Who knows? If we both find the time to do some work in the studio, I’m sure we’ll be back as a duo!
Laurent, rumour has it that you are revamping another of your past projects, can you tell us anything about that?
L: Oh yeah? Which one are you talking about? LOL. If I had to resurrect another side-project besides Planisphere and Velvet Girl, that’d be a big surprise in terms of sounds. For example, I think the Green Martian project would get the same 140 BPM beat, but going a lot more hypnotic. Oh, yeah, I am still open for collabs with past collaborators, but time will tell if they can happen or not!
Jurgen, you have many other guises you have worked under, do you have any plans for more studio work and do you think you will consider bringing back some of your past projects?
J: I’ve had some guises in the past, let’s think, Energy Source, Power Station, E.N.E.R.G.Y., Captain Kirk, Fire & Ice, Freebase, Intimo (with Mike-Push) and of course DJ Fire. I guess that’s it. Not nearly as many as Laurent! I’ve already started on some new studio projects, together with different producers. I think some completely different styles as well. I’ve already been in the studio with Manu Riga (big up and coming producer in the Bonzai Team) and DJ Bountyhunter. Normally these projects should see a release this year. I might consider doing a final but huge Fire & Ice with Laurent or a new Intimo with Mike. But that’s only possible if they’re up for it…
Recently gigging has been something you guys are doing more of, do you prefer DJing or producing?
L: I prefer simply making and performing music. The way I see things evolve is that DJing will remain a matter for Music Lovers and respect to that, while True creation will happen much more often on the fly. The Technology is here with us, only a question of months. The superstar DJ days are completely gone, although you still have a few exceptions, meanwhile EDM Musicians still make it on every level.
J: I do prefer producing lately since I’m getting more offers for classic retroparties, while I normally prefer playing new music. So I play on parties, but lately only play the classics… Producing is something I’ve started doing solo lately, so I might come up with some more stuff later on.
Last year you guys were the opener for Bonzai’s 20 Year party, how was that for you both?
L: Such a kick. That’s when playing all this music from 15 – 20 years ago that you realize how disposable and forgettable the mainstream music is today, just as it was back then, but now including the mainstream electronic stuff.
J: It was a cool experience, we already played together on some other festivals the past years. It always works out, although we didn’t really put together a track list.
Overall what do you guys have in the pipeline for the future, are there anymore gigs planned either as individuals or as a team?
L: I for sure have a few plans into my head, although Jurgen doesn’t know about them yet LOL. I’m now throwing parties in Belgium, starting from zero again, what a blessing and a relief it is! Jurgen doesn’t know but he’s part of those plans .
J: As a production team, there are no concrete plans just yet, I might make a new DJ Fire with Laurent if we can find the time to get into the studio. As a DJ-team I don’t think we’ve been booked this year, I have some gigs coming up in Belgium. In June there’s the Sunrise Festival and in September I’ve also got a booking for a new festival in Belgium. And in November there’s the big annual Bonzai anniversary!
And finally for now, you have both worked with some brilliant artists over the years, is there anyone you would really like to get studio time with (apart from each other of course)?
L: I have a ton of good names on a list, and you know what? Half of those already have confirmed they’re in! You see. My next few months will see me collaborate with great guys, Manu Riga to begin with, but also surprising collabs will see the light of day in the next few days already. Keep an eye on my blog-facebook and you’ll see!
J: I’d love to work with guys like Eric Prydz or EDX, I like their productions a lot. Also Jeremy Olander is on fire lately.
Well it’s been a real pleasure to talk with you guys, thanks again for sitting with us, take care.
J: Thanks for the interview!
Long time friends and studio partners Airwave & DJ Fire aka Laurent Veronnez and Jurgen Leyers have come together once again to bring us what can only be described as a “pure trance experience” with their new single “Kabalash”. The guys have a long standing history as collaborators and brought us many magical moments as Fire & Ice, here they bring the true force of trance back from the ashes which is sure to get the floors bouncing. “Kabalash” is taken from Airwave’s superb double album “Parallel Lines”.
The original mix lives up to our expectations when we hear this duo together. The intro is sublime as a reverbed kick drum fills the spectrum with a classy little bongo roll taking us up the levels. The track builds beautifully with quality melodic sequences coming together and subtle teasers of what’s to come. The break is something to behold as we are taken on an ethnic themed journey with some fantastic Eastern flavours, and the track thunders back to a solid trance groove in style that will have any floor pumping. Something very special here and a track that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.
Producer Van Bellen aka Yoogie takes us on a trip down prog memory lane with an eclectic take on the original. Cool, steady, solid rhythms are evident through a tight drum arrangement. The bassline gives off a retro vibe and brings back a time when trance was so powerful in its simplicity. Stunning melodies are built with sweeping pads and beautiful soundscapes that fit the sound so perfectly while the break brings out the main hook in all its glory. Hypnotic, euphoric deep progressive grooves that will force you to listen again and again!
Next up for remix duties is Kintar aka Jonatan Tesei. Kintar is synonymous with progressive house-trance and his own particular blend of ethically charged mystic vibes. He is a hugely acclaimed artist and DJ worldwide and he is in great demand for remixes and gigs alike. He founded the label Sudam and runs a monthly radioshow on Frisky called Sudam World. Here we see Kintar deliver his distinct sound on the remix with a deep progressive, hypnotic groove. Very subtle intro with a little percussion as the layers begin to take shape, an ethic flute brings the melody with tight kicks fading in and exploding into a full on prog fest with a stunning bassline. The arrangement spits out lots of quality percs and FX as the melody eases through, an acid type loop sits well on top of this track and on the break an understated build up has a huge effect as we kick back to the main track, superb stuff.
Fresh off the back of his last release on BP “Flying Fortress” LoQuai aka Konstantin Alt is on the remix next with his Tribal Shout Remix. Classic kick intro soon progresses into a full on tribal experience, stunning tabla and bongo combinations sit on a very effective deep bassline. The ethnic theme still runs here and the melodies are very much a huge part of this. Tension builds with huge risers taking us through to an awesome break and then right back to a tribal groove.
Popular Belgian producer and remixer Jimmy Galle is back with another of his fine creations. “Chocola” serves up a real progressive trance treat and comes backed up with three fantastic remixes.
The original mix fits the Green Martian sound so well, pumped up progressive house with a dash of euphoria. The track intros with a tight kick and percussion arrangement while a sweet melody builds up in the background, this is coupled with some beautiful vocal sequences. On the break melodies spring up with an ethereal pad and more of those sweet vocals, a subtle climax gets us back to the groove. Fresh and energetic vibes to get the floors moving.
Airwave steps up first on remix duties with his Hazelnut Remix and again he delivers pure quality. Solid kicks and distant melodies provide the intro and the track gains momentum in true Airwave style. A deep progressive vibe ensues with intensity being generated in the quality synth work, on the break we are treated to a sublime trance experience with big pads and expert melodies before getting back into a strong pumping groove. One to watch!
The very busy Manu Riga is up next with his Vanilla remix. Adriaan is currently finishing off his artist album with many collaborations included, he has a fast growing back catalogue of quality tunes to date with much more to come. The track begins with a cool steady rhythm, chunky kicks and crisp hats are backed up with a throbbing bass while the melody builds up nicely. The break delivers excellent pads and that brilliant vocal sample, a strong progressive track that would be a great addition on any set.
Beglian DJ and producer Andy Verschaeren aka Max Cue gives us his Strawberry remix. Andy has been obsessed with music since he was 12 and began producing at 16 using Fruity Loops and later Ableton. His tracks have been released on labels like USA Import, Progrezo and more, his tracks have also been supported by DJ’s such as Laurent Garnier and Paul Oakenfold. This remix intros with a superb kick and percussion, the bassline powers the track from below with a chunky deep vibe. The now familiar melody adds a cool contrast and the vocal works very well in this setting, as the track builds the melody becomes much more intense and you will find yourself locked in to this groove, top stuff!
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Ninth installment in the Pure Chillz series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John ’00’ Fleming, R1, Alexander Dancaless, Tatiana Maltseva, Narel, Moshic, Suburban Dreams, Miika Kuisma, CJ Art, Alexey Light, Parafernalia, Thorin, Michele Cecchi, Fushe, Blufeld, Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic, Davide Leonardo, Twins In Mind, DreamMan, Dj Noor, Stefan Addo, Andino, Incolumis, Vechigen and LaboRoss.
The boomerang effect! See Airwave hit once, then BOOM he strikes back unexpectedly.
Remember when Airwave was about the perfect blend of progressive house and trance without a single trace of fluffy elements? Yes, THAT period. Escape From Nowhere, Alone in The Dark, Innerspace… Laurent made those tracks that combine his newer sounds with those banging elements from the past and… We can guarantee you a major reaction on “The Wrath Of Tambora”. No less than that. A major release again, and a true turning point in the man’s career, only a few months after his major album “Parallel Lines”.
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Ibiza 2013 comes with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, John 00 Fleming, Andre Bonsor, 06R, Davide Catania, Citizen 42, Philthy Chit, Blufeld, Kevin Vega, Chantola, LoQuai, Manu Riga, Frangellico, Shimmer, Dyron, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov, Jakhira, Luckoni, Diego Alvez, Paduraru, Oushanmete, Pierre Zamyatin, Mylan, Scrub, Barbara Wahnon, Piek, Efron, Hector Couto, Ed Lee, Charles Ramirez, Dimitry Liss, Project KF, Rick Wade, Wonji, Fauvrelle, Rogerio Martins, Crocy, Pozitive, Joal, Tribal Warriors, Tofke, Ugur Yurt, Fabian Jakopetz, Dub Way, Ritch Mollen, Chanelle Pearl, Ecco, Yogimeister, Onofrio Conte, Oz Romita, W&DY, Victor Vera and Ozan Kanik.
Melbourne based Narel aka Nick Simmons marks his debut on LCD with a stunning slice of trance goodness with “The Machines Were Dreaming” and backed up with a remix from the master himself, Airwave. Nick is a veteran on the EDM scene with releases on some classic labels and remixing for top artists over many years and with projects like this we are sure to see a lot more in the future.
The original mix gets things started with a nice thumpy bass over some beautiful sweeping pads and melodic synth. A steady solid groove builds with a bit more punch on the kicks and a strong deep bass giving lots of depth. On the main break a whole world of melodies explodes with some jaw dropping synth work, this gives an uplifting feel and will have any floor moving, this is something special!
On remix duties is none other than Airwave, quite simply, a legend. Here he applies his skills in style as he always does. Nice and smooth intro on the pads and then straight into a full on kick that builds to a superb grooving bassline. Expertly crafted percussions give off a flowing rhythm with strings adding layers and then on to a stunning break where we see melodies applied brilliantly in a huge cinematic setting. Once again Laurent shows us his true scope in creating a full on trance experience.
A little extra from Narel with an Ambient mix, all the melodies from the original given to us for total relaxation purposes and what a great job it does, wonderful!
Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens impresses yet again with another fine cut on our main label. “The Darkness Within” comes with two high quality remixes for your pleasure.
The original mix kicks off with a dark edged vibe and builds with some quality arrangements, a haunting female vocal adds intensity while the bass teases. A solid groove ensues and tight patterns keep the flow. Awesome sounds on the break come together and the strings used round up a true progressive monster, top stuff!
Airwave has been his usual busy self with a stunning take on the original track, the intensity of this track is manifested with a crop of quality progressive sounds. Beautiful melodic sequences take the edge off the darker side and you find yourself lost in this sublime world, the vocal comes through brilliantly on the break with a build up to euphoric heights, once again the master delivers a strong favourite for the masses.
Frangellico aka Julian Farina Balbi hails from Argentina and is a main feature with the progressive label Sudam, he is also attached to many of the label nights hosted across South America. An impressive resume follows him with many releases since 2005. Here we see his debut remix on Bonzai with a deep dark progressive groove, strong and solid sounds with an ethnic vocal and dark melodies are a testament to the influences in his work. This will be on a lot of playlists all over.
The next remix comes from Italian duo Andrea Del Grosso and Antonio Castaldi aka AquAdro. The guys first got together in 2007 and formed their dark progressive house project and have since released top quality production on many labels, this remix marks their debut appearance with Bonzai and they have certainly delivered the goods in style. The track kicks off with a wonderful ethnic styled vocal that sits perfectly over the deep dark groove made up of a superb bassline and tight drum patterns. A real progressive vibe ensues constantly building the layers up to the break where that vocal takes centre stage with some sinister pads in the background, a truly well rounded track that will be a main feature in many sets.
Henrik is back on top form again with another fine slab of progressive goodness for our pleasure with “Another Day At The Dream Factory”, and comes with some superb remixes from some superb artists.
The original mix serves up a well constructed quality prog house vibe. From the off the kicks add a solid base with the sharp hats following a stunning deep bassline. Melodies build layer upon layer with an underlying house groove evident throughout while on the break cool plucky strings provide the main focus, top stuff.
First up on remix duties is a man who needs no introduction, a true genius in our generation, Airwave. This remix opens with an awesome intro that lays the foundation for a super journey into progressive trance. Laurent’s unique almost cinematic style captivates the mind right away with subtle strings and then kicking right into the groove with a solid kick and an amazing bassline. Beautifully crafted melodies swamp on the break with an intense build up kicking us back in. The original vibe is well represented with that added layer of epicness from the master!
LoQuai steps up next with a brilliant remix, solid energy driven vibe with a deep bass and synth combi adding the fuel. Tight arrangement on the drums and percs leading up to a cool break with a thrashing of melodies following suit, big sound that will get the floors shaking!
Johnny S returns for remix duties and delivers a prog house masterclass. Pumping vibe from the start with a great combination of the kicks, percs and snares giving a real party feel. A super bassline gives that house groove with some cool FX working their way through. On the break a sweet array of melodies takes the track to a new level before getting back to the club groove.
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2013 edition of our WMC Miami series, this year including original tracks and remixes by John 00 Fleming, Velvet Girl, Nancy Burrello, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor,Van Bellen, Rishi K., Natalia Data, Ed Lee, Manu Riga, Solar Fields, Blufeld, 06R, Airwave, Nico Parisi, Moshic, Arthur, Manos, LoQuai, Shimmer, Digital Angel, Matteo Monero, Thomas Genchev, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov , Chantola, Matan Caspi, Crocy, George V, The Revolving Junkie, Mylan, Dee Brown, Diego Alvez, Ecco, Chanelle Pearl, Andree Wischnewski, Eric Kanzler, Mr. Dello, Sa.Du, Oliver Moldan, Oliver Moldan, Oz Romita, Billy Mason, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Daniele Kama, Piek, Wonji, Gabriel Feitor, Tiago Ribeiro, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Nasrawi, Project KF, RV, Jimmy Galle, Ittai Barkai, I3000, and Prompter.