In September, iconic English digital music trio Above & Beyond celebrated the 300th session of their radio present, "Group Therapy" (aka "ABGT"), with a larger-than-life reside efficiency in Hong Kong.
Group members Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki sat down with Billboard Radio China backstage throughout the occasion to speak about how they obtained this far with "Group Therapy" and the tales behind the scenes.
"Group Therapy" is a two-hour weekly radio combine the place Above & Beyond showcases their favourite trance and progressive tracks, with featured visitor DJs additionally invited alongside. Siljamäki reveals that every of them take turns to host the present in London, whereas the opposite two are acting on the highway.
"Although generally we do the radio present on the highway, from resort rooms, and listeners would hear the dangerous acoustics once we are recording that," Siljamäki mentioned, laughing.
After each 50 episodes of "Group Therapy," the group hosts a "birthday present" in a unique metropolis each time. When requested why they determined to rejoice it in Hong Kong this 12 months, McGuinness shared, "We first got here right here in 2004, the nation was very completely different, the scene was very completely different. It's now rising very, in a short time, and we actually needed to return right here and do one in all these huge birthday reveals as quickly as we might."
"ABGT300" in Hong Kong's mesmerizing set was accompanied by gorgeous visuals, whereas Chinese neon indicators and lanterns hung above the gang.
Watch the complete set of "ABGT300" right here:
McGuinness shared the story of how the three began working collectively: While he was engaged on the remix of Chakra's "Home," having heard Grant and Siljamäki's work, he thought to himself, "If I'm going to do that, I need to do it with them."
They ended up becoming a member of efforts, which resulted within the remix charting No. 1 within the U.Okay. and kickstarted their profession as a bunch. One of key components that made Above & Beyond profitable early on was their craft in sound engineering. When Madonna heard their remix of "What It Feels Like For A Girl," McGuinness remembers she mentioned, "You will need to have a incredible studio; this sounds unbelievable!"
However, the lads admit the remix was really executed in a pupil flat "on an outdated PC that was not highly effective sufficient to truly bounce the entire combine." "We'd should do it in two halves and glue it collectively afterwards, on an outdated Mackie desk with simply the gear that we had," McGuinness mentioned.
Over the years, their instinctive tackle digital music has constructed a robust and rising fan base. "Emotive digital dance music" is how Grant described their musical fashion: "It's type of trance bass, so that permits us to place numerous music into it. Rather than it simply being drums or about simply the dance flooring, there are songs in there as effectively. So I believe it offers a bit extra for folks to hook up with long-term."
Above & Beyond is at present touring in Europe and will probably be performing within the U.S. on the finish of December. Listen to the complete interview on Billboard Radio China.