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There are DJs who can rock a party, a club, a festival. And there are dance acts that can write songs that will bring out the goose bumps in you. But there’s only one band that can do both: Above & Beyond. This three-piece have remixed Madonna, won Essential Mix of the Year, and headlined in front of one million people in Rio de Janeiro.

Above & Beyond make music, pure and simple. That music happens to be electronic. And it connects. “We’re a group,” says Above & Beyond founder Tony McGuinness. “And what we’re trying to do is exactly do that, connect with people. When you see people singing along as passionately as they do, I guess you’re getting it right.”

This makes Above & Beyond unique, not just in trance, but in popular music as well. “We like to think of ourselves as songwriters first” says Paavo Siljamaki, who with Jono Grant makes up the trio. “The most challenging thing is to write a song that really touches the listener.”

Trance is too small a word for what they do. All three are experienced musicians who know their way around a studio without the need for engineers. Tony McGuinness was marketing director for Warner Brothers Records – but for years previously was the guitarist/songwriter of cult indie band Sad Lovers & Giants. Asked to organize a remix of Chakra’s ‘Home’ in 2000, he joined together with Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamaki - and Above & Beyond was born.

Pete Tong quickly latched on to their talents: that debut remix for Chakra quickly reached Number One on the club charts. It’s been a rollercoaster ride ever since.

In 2001, Above & Beyond remixed Madonna’s ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’ after Tony talked his way into her manager’s office – and into a remix. Tony’s charm paid off when Madonna used their mix for her controversial hot rod rampage video, directed by her husband Guy Ritchie. Other remixes have included Dido’s ‘Sand In My Shoes’ and Britney Spears’s ‘Everytime’.

Their first single proper, 2002’s ‘Far From In Love’ with Kate Cameron, quickly became a dance anthem. In 2006 Above & Beyond released their first artist album ‘Tri-State’, garnering much critical praise: DJ Magazine - “In a word – brilliant”, Notion Magazine - “Truly special”. Working with singer/songwriter Justine Suissa under their OceanLab alias they also produced the unforgettable ‘Satellite’. It has become a vocal trance classic and live favourite, while their more recent down-tempo OceanLab Album ‘Sirens of the Sea’ went top 10 in the US and UK iTunes charts and has been described as an “immaculate production” by IDJ Magazine.

Above & Beyond aren’t just consummate musicians and songwriters, they are also world class DJs. Their Trance Around The World radio show airs on over 100 FM, Internet and Satellite stations worldwide. The podcast of the show currently has 80,000 listeners, and has been in the top 20 of the iTunes music charts since its inception, peaking at number 3.

In 2004 they won Essential Mix of the Year, proving just how deftly they navigate the full spectrum of melodic dance music, with sets that cross genres with ease and that encompass the trancier side of house, progressive and techno. Their rankings in the DJ Magazine poll are testament to their skills - from 39, to 19, from six to their current placing at four.

The Above & Beyond world tour continues. “If you do something of good quality, people respond to that” says Jono. Which is why, even when they are half a world away, audiences always make Above & Beyond feel at home.


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