Activa: Trancefix Interview
[Jul 26th, 2021]
Our latest interview with UK producer Activa, hope you enjoy guys!
How has 2021 been for you so far, not just musically but on a personal level too?
2021 so far, has been ok, although it’s flown by a bit (as has the last 18 months). It’s been an 18 months of ups and downs with seeing different challenges to many that have only recently started to let up, brought on my the COVID pandemic
I had my daughter join a couple of weeks before the...
Enlusion: Trancefix Interview
Hey guys, here's our first Interview for 2021; Forescape Digital Label boss and producer Enlusion aka Kirill Smirnov. Hope you enjoy it!
Hey Kirill, thanks for taking the time to chat. 2020 was a very busy year for you, how do you reflect back on this year, as both a musician and as a label owner, and how has 2021 begun for you so far?
2020 was a year of changes for me. After receiving a few harsh comments from certain underground trance...
Susana is a Dutch singer, songwriter and performer, who’s a well known name in the trance scene for more than 15 years. She’s did already work together with people such as Ernesto vs Bastian, Aly & Fila, RAM, Lange, Driftmoon, Bart Claessen and of course Armin van Buuren. In the year 2005 Susana did sing the vocals on Armin’s track “Shivers”, which became a big succes in the clubs and on festivals, but also on radio. And even after all those years, “Shivers” is still a crowd favorite.
Coredata: Trancefix Interview
Here's our latest interview with underground Trance/Psy producer, Coredata. He was our winner for 'Best Album' (Wander) and 'Best Artist' for 2020 so we were very happy when he agreed to take some time with us and speak on a personal level about himself, his music and the scene. Enjoy!
It seemed like 2020 was very big year for you musically. How do you reflect back on this year and what are some of your plans for 2021?
Yes, 2020 was a great...
Signum is a project from Dutch DJ and producer Ron Hagen. In the first 10 years of Signum, Ron worked together with Pascal Minnaard on all productions and remixes, but since 2007 Ron is the main man behind Signum.
In my previous interview with Ron, we already discussed the Signum classic “What Ya Got 4 Me”, but of course I was also curious about the story behind the track “Coming On Strong”. Which was a track from Signum, together with Scott Mac. So in this week’s vlog you will hear the...
Ralphie B is an alias of Dutch DJ and producer Ralph Barendse. He was born on April 6, 1977 in Zwijndrecht, a town based near the city of Rotterdam. In the year 1999 Ralph released his first record on Dutch label Deal Records. During the years Ralph released tracks under project names such as "Alpha Breed", "Midway", "First State" and of course “Ralphie B”. Under that name he made a track called “Massive”, which became a big trance classic.
For Muzikxpress interview number 100, I got to sit...
Thomas Bronzwaer is a Dutch DJ and producer who’s active in the scene since 2003. He’s known for trance releases under project names such as Arizona, Lost World, Avalon and of course under his own name Thomas Bronzwaer.
I recently sat down with Thomas in his studio to ask him about “Close Horizon”, which was the very first track he did under his own name, back in the year 2005. But of course I did ask him as well about his project Oaken Moths, his future plans and more!
Enjoy and thanks...
During the years Ferry Corsten did releases under names such as System F, Gouryella, Veracocha, Moonman, Pulp Victim, EON, Starparty, Vimana, New World Punx, Sons Of Aliens, Embrace and many, many others. The very first time he released a track under his own name Ferry Corsten, was in the year 2002. I’m talking about the track “Punk”, which Ferry produced back in 2001 already. And since that’s exactly 20 years ago, I thought it would be a good reason to catch up with Ferry to ask him about...
Here's the official Best of 2020 Awards from Trancefix, where we look back and decalre the best tracks, labels, albums and compilations
from 2020 across the Trance, Progressive and general hypnotic dance music scene. Thanks to the great community who helped us
formulate this, with all your sharing, thoughts and discussion throughout the year in the forum.
Runner up: Gardenstate
Congrats to Coredata, what a great year for this underground Trance...
One of Kai Tracid’s biggest anthems is for sure his track “Trance & Acid”. For this interview I spoke to Kai about this massive classic, you will hear more about the story behind the track, the production process, why he said "no" to Moby, some very personal details about the "Trance & Acid" album and more!
Enjoy and thanks for watching!
Something I've been working on for a little while this year and I can finally make it public.
My main aim is to allow the artists I signed to have a little more exposure and hear their thoughts and feelings about the music industry (Progressive, mostly) by keeping all conversations very light and (hopefully!) enjoyable.
We'll have from time to time also some special guests but I would love to focus mostly on the artists I will sign.
Below you will find the link to the first 2 interviews...
Ron Hagen is a DJ and producer from Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. He is mostly known for the project Signum for which he worked together with Pascal Minnaard until the year 2007. Since that year Ron is the main man behind Signum.
Signum has been a familiar name in the trance scene since the late 90s. They had a lot of succes with tracks such as “Solar Level”, “First Strike”, “Second Wave”, “Push Through”, “The Timelord” and of course “What Ya Got 4 Me” and “Coming On Strong”.
"Storm" was a project from German based duo Jam El Mar and Mark Spoon a.k.a. Jam & Spoon. Storm’s debut track was called “Storm” as well. It came out back in 1998 and the track became a big success in the clubs. And ... it even made it into the UK charts, which was not very common for an instrumental dance track around that time!
For this week’s vlog I sat down with Rolf Ellmer a.k.a. Jam El Mar to ask him about the story behind “Storm” and more.
Enjoy and thanks for watching!
Perry O’Neil is an alias of Dutch DJ and producer Perry van de Vrede. In the year 2004 he released a lot of tracks under this name on the legendary progressive house and trance label "Electronic Elements". During the years Perry made tracks such as “Cold Fusion”, “Kubik”, “Myst”, “Switched” and of course “Wave Force”. And that’s the one we’re gonna talk about in this week’s vlog. You will hear how the name "Perry O'Neil" was born, more about the collab he did with M.I.K.E. (which never got...
Slam Duck: TranceFix interview
Trance is currently, thankfully, seeing some fresh faces pop up and make a mark on the scene. And for the past few years, we’ve been keeping an eye on one such face. His name is Alexander Smirnov, but you may know him from his alias Slam Duck. While not really a newcomer, he has been gaining in popularity in the past few years, and earlier this year, he has released an album on Pure Trance - his first under the Slam Duck alias - called Different Together...
Cygnus X was a project from German producer and composer Matthias Hoffmann. Cygnus X was mostly known for tracks such as “Superstring”, “Positron”, “Turn Around”, “Kinderlied” and of course “The Orange Theme”. That one came out back in November 1994 via Eye Q Records. The track is based on a classical piece of music by Henry Purcell called "March" from "Music For The Funeral Of Queen Mary" (From 1695).
For this week’s vlog I spoke to Matthias Hoffmann in his studio, to ask him about the...
Airwave - Trilogique (Remastered + Re-Invented)
The legendary album from 2006 has been released (06.11.2020) on physical format once again, sporting new mastering and a fourth disc,
with 11 all new interpretations, created by Laurent Véronnez himself. This is a limited edition release, so act fast, if you're interested!
This was an album I long wanted to add to my collection, but the physical copies were long not sold anymore.
As you could imagine, I was very glad when Airwave had...
Somewhere in the abyss of Shenzhen, China there lies an artist names Vill4in ( 暗号零, 암호, Ghoul, C1PH3R, H a z e) that produces music such as electronic, ambient, cyberpunk, and vaporwave.
He has made many popular albums in the community such as Mother-暗号零, VOID-004 – 암호 , and my personal favorite Internet Explorer – h a z e. You can read my review of the album here...
In the year 2001 Kai Tracid's track “Life Is Too Short" came out, which is based on a piece of music from Klaus Doldinger called “Flug Auf Dem Glücksdrachen”; A track which was used in the movie “Die Unendliche Geschichte", which is internationally better known as “The Neverending Story”.
“Life Is Too Short” contains vocals by singer / songwriter Vernon. The track became a big succes and it was Kai’s very first Top 10 hit in his home country Germany. It is also one of his most well known...
Allende: Trancefix Interview
We're pleased to have talented Finnish producer Allende aka Anssi Hohti for our first official Trancefix interview on the new platform. Hope you enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed asking the questions.
Hi Anssi! So despite everything that 2020 is throwing at us, how has your year been so far? Are you in a good place creatively?
Yeah all things considered it's been a pretty good year for me. I just became a father few months ago, so in that...
Dance 2 Trance was a project from Rolf Ellmer a.k.a. Jam El Mar, together with Dag Lerner a.k.a. DJ Dag. In the year 1990 the very first ever Dance 2 Trance record got released; a 2 track vinyl with the song “Dance 2 Trance” on side A and “We Came In Peace” on side B.
The big commercial break-through for Dance 2 Trance came 2 years later, with their track “Power Of American Natives” for which they worked together with singer Linda Rocco. It became a Top 10 hit in countries such as Germany...
I've always been a big fan of "Amphetamine" by Drax; a project from German DJ / producer Thomas P. Heckmann. Last month I sat down with Thomas in Mainz, to ask him about the story behind this massive classic!
It was not easy to find him and he hardly does interviews; Matthias Hoffmann a.k.a. Cygnus X. So I’m super happy he said “yes” when I did ask him to share the story behind the classic “Superstring”. Oh and in case you didn’t know, Matthias is also one of the founders of the legendary Eye Q Records!
Here’s the complete interview I did with him, enjoy!
Earlier this month I made a visit to the beautiful studio of Kai Tracid. I spoke with him about the story behind his classic “Your Own Reality”, I did ask about his break from the music scene, why he came back, his recent collabs, his future plans and more!
Enjoy and thanks for watching!
BTW, this is the first of 3 interviews I did with Kai, so.... more to come!
I recently sat down with Rolf Ellmer a.ka. Jam El Mar in his beautiful studio. For this week’s vlog I did an in-depth interview with him, about the story behind “Stella”, a legendary classic which he did together with the late Mark Spoon as Jam & Spoon.
Enjoy and thanks for watching!
Last week I sat down with Perry O'Neil for 2 interviews for my YouTube channel. In the first interview we spoke about Perry's very first ever release; "Mind Circles", a beautiful trance track which came came out in 2003 under the project name "St. John vs Locust".
Part 2 will be online soon, in which we discuss "Wave Force".
DJ Orkidea - Pure Progressive Vol. 1
Two disc combination of new artist album and DJ mix compilation.
Four years in the making, Orkidea's new record has been released on Friday (17.07.2020).
Lucky to have gotten my copy ahead of the official release, I present you the theme of my memorable evening 🎶
It started off with an ambient cinematic intro, hypnotizing spoken vocal, soon transitioned to electrifying melodies and grooves of sleek design.
I caught my body deciding to move my feet in...
In 1993 Jones & Stephenson released “The First Rebirth” via Bonzai Records. It became a massive success in the rave scene back then. And even now, 27 years after the original release, the track is still as popular as ever. During the years “The First Rebirth” got several re-releases with remixes from people such as Red Jerry, John 00 Fleming, Airwave, Danjo & Styles, Charlotte de Witte and a brand new remix from techno producer Reinier Zonneveld came out in June 2020.
I recently spoke to...
I’ve grown a bit weary of listening to ASOT live since episode 85X or so. Because of that, I only check the tracklist on Spotify after the episode airs, searching for tunes that look interesting. I’ve been doing it for the past 2 years, ASOT 970 was no exception to this. I looked at the tracklist, and there I saw it. A new Tempo Giusto.
Tuomas Lähteenoja is a bit of an on-off artist to me. Most of his tracks aren’t that special in my opinion, but there are some that really stand out like...