Remix of the year: Cold Blue for Joint Operation Centre feat. Kate Miles - Behind The Silence [Subculture]

When I first heard the original I fell in love with it and had it on repeat for days. Literally on repeat. There was no other track that could make me feel what this one made me feel: A deep good darkness. Buuuut, when I heard this remix there were some serious goosebumps involved. 

Cold Blue released this on August 24, with Subculture. You can grab your copy too, from here: subculture.choons.at/behindthesilence-coldblue 

If the original meant darkness to me, the remix is something else. As usual, Cold Blue managed to spin the track, the melody, the vibe of it into something le-gen-da-ry. Don't get me wrong. They both are legendary. And could easily be named some of the best tracks of this year. But Cold Blue made me love this even more. If that is possible. 

This music man's touch is out of this world. I know. I sound like a complete Cold Blue junkie again. But I can't handle it. I really like how he played with it and gave it a special light. The remix sounds a little bit more playful. A little bit dreamier. At least to me. At least to my soul. Just hit play and you' hear exactly what I mean. You'll see the dance party from my heart. The happiness, the joy, the eargasm this track gives. 

Enjoyed it on the dancefloor this year at Luminosity. I enjoy every second of it every time I hit the play button. It is one of my favorites for this year. Actually a lot of Subculture tracks are in my favorites this year. Really hope some are in your playlist too. They are doing great in the scene. They do this music justice. 

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First Artists Announced for ADE LIVE 2018

The electronic live music program during ADE will feature Róisín Murphy, Agar Agar, Red Axes (live) and Eefje de Visser, among others.

Following up on recent news about Intercell and the MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. premiere, we bring you a fresh breath of musical air with the first confirmed artists for ADE LIVE 2018.

For the past three years, live music has had an important position within the ADE festival program through ADE LIVE. Paradiso, Melkweg and Sugar Factory joined forces again this year during the two-day program, allowing visitors to discover the latest electronic live acts and honour established names.

Last year, renowned artists like Fatima Yamaha, Hercules & Love Affair and Marian Hill played next to (then) emerging acts such as Nambyar, Phlake and Témé Tan and showed that electronic live music deserves a prominent place within ADE’s offering.

This year’s program will leave an even bigger mark on our festival program, thanks to the queen of nu-disco: Róisín Murphy. Ever since her Moloko days, the Irish vocalist has been able to innovate and surprise us with her unusual pop music. Together with the synth-heavy electro music of Agar Agar, the punky techno of Red Axes [live] and the dreamscapes of Eefje de Visser, the third edition of ADE LIVE promises yet again to offer a wide range of musical talent.

ADE LIVE Day 1

ADE LIVE Paradiso
Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 7 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 1 AM
Venue: Paradiso
Line up: Ama Lou / Dâm-Funk [live] / LYZZA / Róisín Murphy

ADE LIVE Sugar Factory
Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 7 PM – Wednesday, October 17th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Sugar Factory
Line up: Diron Animal / The Mauskovic Dance Band / XOA [live]

ADE LIVE Day 2

ADE LIVE Melkweg
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 6:30 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Melkweg
Line up: Agar Agar / Amy Root / CIFIKA / Red Axes [live]

ADE LIVE Sugar Factory
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 6:30 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Sugar Factory
Line up: Eefje de Visser / Haiku Hands / WWWater

Tickets & more info

ADE LIVE is accessible for ADE Pass holders (limited capacity) and single ticket holders. The ADE Pass is available here, single tickets are available here.

The Amsterdam Dance Event takes place from the 17th to 21st of October, 2018.


Trance master Paul Van Dyk breaks news on Symbols - new album and launch show

UPDATE: Album's name has changed to Music Rescues Me. More details here. 

- ‘Symbols’ forthcoming October 2018.
- Pre-registration for 12/10/18 launch show at London’s The Printworks now open via paulvandyk.london

Hell yes! When Paul Van Dyk announces a new album and a new launch show, you know you have to grab your copy and be present! It's been a year since the last one, From Then On and each album gets better and better! I wouldn't expect anything else from the trance master of all times. In production under-the-radar for nine months, it is (according to the empirical source) “in the final stages of recording” and - signalling a newly won creative flow. 

The album will come under the title ‘Symbols’, with its concept originating from PvD’s interest in “historic mysteries, clandestine societies and their respective codes & cyphered meanings”. Hands up who saw this one coming!

In a move as welcome as it is unforeseen, Paul van Dyk surprise announced today news that a new album’s inbound. In production under-the-radar for nine months, it is (according to the empirical source) “in the final stages of recording” and - signalling a newly won creative flow - will release just a year after ‘From Then On’.  

The album will come under the title ‘Symbols’, with its concept originating from PvD’s interest in “historic mysteries, clandestine societies and their respective codes & cyphered meanings”.

The other major takeaway today (and giving audiences the clearest possible idea as to when ‘Symbols’ will materialise) is that pre-registration has unlocked for the album’s October launch show. It’s an extra special, first-of-its-kind deal too, with new London club landmark The Printworks housing the début performance. At once industrially atmospheric and ethereally gothic, PvD saw the former newspaper printing plant as the perfect backdrop to frame ‘Symbols’. Having already played host to some of the biggest names in electronic music, on October 12 van Dyk will become the first artist to send trance around its history-infused walls.

If you want to guarantee yourself one of the limited day-one places available to experience ‘Symbols’ music, now is the time to act. You can pre-register for tickets via paulvandyk.london here.

With the greater part of three months to go until release, further info on the album’s exact nature - collaborations most notably - remains scarce. As recently as his Tomorrowland set however, track Easter Eggs were rumoured to have appeared. With a trail leading through Mysteryland, Creamfields and his SHINE Ibiza sets, more - its hinted - will be there for the keener eyed & eared.

When commenting on the announcement, cryptically, PvD did let a few potential bigger-picture insights slip. Mentioning that the album’s concept would “place historic mysteries in a modern context”, he said ‘Symbols’ would be “a reflection of the more indistinct nature of today’s world. The ‘story behind the story’, the power behind the power, etc has always has always fascinated me - this album’s going to hold a mirror up to that”.

We’re guessing he doesn’t mean your average reflective kind. A puzzle wrapped in an encryption, sealed in a labyrinth, can only remain a puzzle wrapped in an encryption, sealed in a labyrinth for so long.
What (and who) lies behind ‘Symbols’, time alone will tell. But tell it will.

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New album: Hal Stucker - Electronic Excursions [Pure Trance]

In this day and age, for any come-lately producer looking to make their mark, a debut album must swiftly be realized. Hal Stucker however is not any producer and “day and age” – as you’ll see – plays zero part in ‘Electronic Excursions’ reckoning. Hal has no hidden agendas. He doesn’t desire an extra foot up the career ladder, more gigs, better billing or ‘to blow you away’ with his music’s dancefloor-filling capabilities.

No, both his and the ambitions of his ‘Electronic Excursions’ album decidedly lie in other areas.

In the pantheon of electronic artists’ LPs, there have been some sizeable pending times. Hal though might have out-pended the lot. Since his debut production (the Telica Records-released ‘The World Is Flat’) a not inconsiderable two decades have elapsed. Indeed for sixteen of those years, Hal was in full stasis, before Ruben de Ronde’s Statement! Recordings brought it off-ice with ‘Coral’ two years ago. Since, Hal’s productions have established a new DJ audience, engaging the musically enlightened likes of Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Rodg, Grum and others

If you don’t already know, you’ve probably guessed anyway - Hal is considerably better known under another name. The ‘who’ is largely immaterial here (and possibly even unhelpful), as this album is an exercise in artistic emancipation. An opportunity to vent stylistically, after many years inside an ever-tightening perception box, it’s electronic excursions in name and nature.

“Over the last 12 months, says Hal, I’ve embarked on a little musical outing to try and create a body of work with depth & emotion that you could listen to anywhere. I know that could be a cliché, but it’s the truth. It’s been an absolute joy working on the album - my first body of work in 25 years of being in the music industry. It’s different, but I sincerely hope you all enjoy the album as much as I did writing it”.

Across 14 tracks, ‘Electronic Excursions’ is a refreshing master-class in not giving a flying one about the dancefloor. That’s not to say you wouldn’t dance to it. Only that it’s not its primary spur. The same goes for other conventions. Track runtimes regularly enjoy the luxury of 8, 9 10 or in the case of ‘Chaos Bowl’ 11+ minutes to play out their ideas, angles and sequences. Genre classifications are likewise largely redundant. Adjectives like ‘atmosphere’, ‘ether’, ‘mood’ and ‘journey’ play a far greater part in defining compositions like ‘Rubix’, Monlith’, ‘Conjour’ and ‘Chimes’. Tempos too enjoy greater-than-average bandwidth and while instrumentals are its norm, vocal interludes also exist (most notably on ‘Walking Over Fire’ sung by Emma Gillespie and Eilidh Hadden’s ‘Retrace’.

Funny How Things Stick: Mr. Stucker enlightens us to the evolution of his unusual artist name.

Many people are unaware that Hal Stucker is an alias conjured up back in 1998. The name actually came from reading an article written by the real Hal Stucker and after a few releases under this alias I got an email from the man himself. He was and still is based in Boston, has written articles for the likes of the New York Times, WIRED and other major publications in the US.

He asked me (and I quote) “did you just come up with the name or have you read one of my humble scribblings on your travels? I have been using your music as a talking point at my dinner parties over the years, it would be great to know”. I replied that I had read one of his humble scribblings’ and he was delighted!

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So now you know the ins-and-outs, you’re prepped for ‘Electronic Excursions’ arrival, in all its unshackled glory. That happens today and you can order Hal Stucker’s exceptional album here https://pure.choons.at/electronicx, as well as checking the album’s trailer video below:

‘Electronic Excursions’ by Hal Stucker tracktlist:

01. Celeste
02. Chaos Bowl
03. Fairlights
04. Monlith
05. Conjour
06. Rubix
07. Chimes
08. Retrace
09. 123
10. Walking Over Fire
11. Colloseum
12. Disillusioned
13. Stars Bonus
14. Retrace (Sunrise Edit)

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Deep darkness: Joint Operations Centre released Behind the Silence with Kate Miles [Subculture]

This is something sooooo dark, but soooo damn good! Joint Operations Centre comes back with a bang! His new track with Kate Miles, Behind the Silence just got released with Subculture on August 3rd and it is definitely something to have in your playlist. 

Any day, Joint Operations Centre released something new, it is a good day. It does not happens that often, so we these kind of news makes me happy. Love John O'Callaghan's alias and work, so I can never keep quiet about it. It's been quite a while since he last released "Pathological effect".

It is the first time the darker Joint Ops sound has quartered a vocal, and a pretty darn special one it is too. Kate Miles is the girl on point. Together, she and John have conspired something hypnotic and alchemic for ‘Silence’.

Track sounds perfect. It has that darkness that captures your soul, but it doesn't make it a prisoner. It sets it free. Free to a world of deep sounds. Free to a clearer mind. Free to a goosebumpy state of mind. 

Production-wise, John warps up a storm, echoing ‘Behind’s vocal refrains, whilst catalysing its perc loops. Underlain by the finest resounds of doomy bass, he draws its darker parts into the FX banks, from which they emerge frayed, distorted, but charged.

While her sweetly sung tones initially veil the track’s darker heart, Kate’s song quickly stirs the waters deeper still. With John’s violin and pianoforte poignancies underpinning it, come the chorus, the Norwegian singer swings the emotional wrecking ball for a final time, laying its truth bare.

‘Behind The Silence’ dropped on August 3rd. Stream/download here: https://subculture.choons.at/behindthesilence


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Mixed and matched trance magic: Menno de Jong pres. In Trance We Trust 022

As venerable an institution as exists in trance, ITWT unleash the latest edition in their mix collection series this July. Having assumed its reins back in 2014, chairman Menno de Jong has A&R’d the label into a new era and – through its annual ADE showcase – brought it a live aspect. Alongside Sneijder and Mike Saint Jules, the Dutchman mixed a disc of its commemorative 20th anniversary triple CD, but given his longstanding ITWT relationship, surprisingly hasn’t previously gone solo on his own edition. That’s rectified this month, as he takes the mix helm to put his vision for the label into the sharpest possible focus.

Across its sixteen tracks (ten of which feature exclusively), Menno balances productions by scene greats (Oakenfold, John O’Callaghan among them) with those making waves more recent in nature. To that end Alex Di Stefano, Ciaran McAuley, Amir Hussain, Casey Rasch and Leroy Moreno are just some of those who’s latest studio wares have found their way into #22’s system. You’ll also find music from classic trance operators like Misja Helsloot, Andain and Talla 2XLC, whilst Menno himself contributes two tracks to 2018’s order.

Mixed to the exacting standards De Jong fans have come to know, expect and love, ITWT22 weighs anchor in a Psy-ish state of mind. Liquid Soul & Zyce’s splice of Oakenfold’s ‘Full Moon Party’, Metronome’s take on GMO’s ‘Forty-Two’ and Tyas’ take on Menno’s own ‘Ananda’ all pile on the frontend pressure. Exclusively, ‘Victra’ from Skylex comes hot on the heels of the US producer’s 2018 treatment of Andain’s ‘Beautiful Things. ‘My Shadow’ by Alex Di Stefano, ‘If I Survive’ from Robbie Van Doe, ‘Mana’ courtesy of Amir Hussain and Ciaran McAuley’s ‘The Titanic’ supply a shifting, compelling blend of harmonic vibes, mixed with tougher edged sounds.

As the mix moves into its second phase, ‘uplifting’ becomes its prime directive. In title and tone, ‘Flying High’ from Casey Rasch, Misja Helsloot’s ‘See The Sun Again’ and Talla 2XLC ‘Uprising’ each elevate its trajectory by degrees. With the pH-pow of John O’Callaghan’s acidic ‘Next Stop Muddy Waters’ still ringing in the ears, Menno drops his 2018 Outro Edit of ‘Set To Sail’, giving ITWT22 a fittingly anthemic conclusion

A summer essential for ITWT collect-avists and newcomers alike, you can grab the album here https://itwt.choons.at/itwt022cd

In Trance We Trust 022 - Mixed By Menno de Jong Tracklist

  1. GMO - Forty-Two (Metronome Remix)
  2. Paul Oakenfold - Full Moon Party (Liquid Soul & Zyce Remix)
  3. Menno de Jong - Ananda
  4. Andain - Beautiful Things (Skylex Rework)
  5. Skylex - Victra
  6. Alex Di Stefano - My Shadow
  7. Ciaran McAuley - The Titanic
  8. Robbie Van Doe - If I Survive
  9. Amir Hussain - Mana
  10. Leroy Moreno - Ultraviolet
  11. Misja Helsloot with Cari - See The Sun Again (XiJaro & Pitch Remix)
  12. Casey Rasch - Flying High
  13. John O’Callaghan - Next Stop Muddy Waters
  14. Sector7 - Paradox
  15. Talla 2XLC – Uprising
  16. Menno de Jong, Adam Ellis and Kate Louise Smith - Set To Sail (2018 Outro Edit)

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GO again to heaven and back with Giuseppe Ottaviani and his 'remixed' Alma album [Black Hole]

What this man does to trance music, it pure magic! Giuseppe Ottaviani is the man to follow when we are talking about everything trance. He is a master man and he really knows everything about how to amaze the simple listener every day! Got the chance to interview him a while back and those 30 minutes are something I will always cherish for the rest of my life. When he first release Alma [ the album], I went to heaven and back while listening to it. When he announced Alma [remix], I pretty much did the same thing.

Giuseppe’s M.O. for the project was simple: take every track in ‘ALMA’s system and send it in a new direction. This he ensured through creative, hand-curated remixer picks that, alongside the aforementioned artists, came to include the likes of Omnia, Tenishia, M.I.K.E. Push and Robert Nickson, and latterly operators like Sean Tyas, Henrik Zuberstein and Monoverse.

Naturally Giuseppe also rolled up sleeves to give some of the album’s cooler and lower tempo tracks, the OnAir treatment. No less than five of ‘ALMA’ trove received clubbier upticks and conversely the Italian’s applied a rarer ChillAir mix to the Eric Lumiere-sung ‘Burn Bright’.

The album’s second coming arrived July 13. All things ‘ALMA’ will never be quite the same again!

So, exactly who’s remapped what?! Well, under his Henrik Zuberstein cloak, John O’Callaghan’s reimagined ‘Primavera’ as a coolly progressive number, complete with a drop that’ll put sundown shivers down your spine. Maintaining the prog theme, Monoverse runs a temperately bubbling acid line right through his refit of ‘Slow Emotion’. The Kyler England sung ‘Firefly’ meanwhile has been given a mainline redux by Omnia, whilst Tenishia supplies extra boom to the bass and emotive edge to Tricia McTeague’s song on ‘Loneliest Night’. Both Ruben de Ronde and Giuseppe have re-sketched ‘On The Way You Go’. Ruben deepens its soundwave, dramatically drawing out the break, while ‘On The Way’s harmonies are allowed to soar higher and curve further through G.O.’s OnAir mix.

Title track honours go to M.I.K.E. Push, with the man bringing added floor bite to its production, and giving the track the most epic of post-break paydays. ‘Ozone’ is another ‘ALMA’ alumni that’s been served two ways. Markus Schulz carves out a rhythmically hypnotic groove for his mix, before hitting release on its gliding, aerodynamic melody. Craig Connelly meanwhile puts his own spin on Giuseppe’s harmony, pressing the advantage by gating up the big synths and catalyses them through snare drum roll.

Given a number of remix options for the album, Robert Nickson went straight for ‘Brightheart’. Christian Burns’ chorus assumes an even more anthemic profile, when set against the Dutchman’s pads & synths. Sean Tyas refits ‘Slow Emotion 2’ with a boisterous and typically euphoric overcoat, which augers Giuseppe’s unveiling of the third ‘Slow Emotion’. A tougher excursion in the series, its tempo shifting dynamic is every bit as effective, surfing an uplifting break through to its tech-attacking conclusion. For ‘ALMA Remixed’ Giuseppe then serves a five-strong volley of his own OnAir elevations. In turn, ‘Wait Till You Miss Me’, ‘Miracle’, ‘Home’, ‘Countdown’ and ‘Aurora’ each take to the skies. For its concluding swansong, Giuseppe drops the house lights and cools the heels of ‘Burn Bright’, adding pathos, stirring splendour and denouement atmosphere to the album.

You can pre-order/stream Giuseppe Ottaviani – ALMA [Remixed] here today: https://blackhole.choons.at/alma-remixed

Giuseppe Ottaviani – ALMA [Remixed]

01. Primavera (Henrik Zuberstein Remix)
02. Slow Emotion (Monoverse Remix)
03. Firefly (with Kyler England) (Omnia Remix)
04. On The Way You Go (featuring Thea Riley) (Ruben de Ronde Remix)
05. Loneliest Night (featuring Tricia McTeague) (Tenishia Remix)
06. Ozone (Markus Schulz Remix)
07. Alma (M.I.K.E. Push Remix)
08. On The Way You Go (featuring Thea Riley) (OnAir Mix)
09. Brightheart (with Christian Burns) (Robert Nickson Remix)
10. Ozone (Craig Connelly Remix)
11. Slow Emotion 2 (Sean Tyas Remix)
12. Slow Emotion 3
13. Wait Till You Miss Me (featuring Sue McLaren) (OnAir Mix)
14. Miracle (with Paul van Dyk featuring Sue McLaren) (OnAir Mix)
15. Home (with Jennifer Rene) (OnAir Mix)
16. Countdown (OnAir Mix)
17. Aurora (On Air Mix)
18. Burn Bright (with Eric Lumiere) (ChillAir Mix)

 

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Amsterdam Dance Event announces first confirmed artists

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s largest festival and business conference for electronic music, today announced the first selection of artists for 2018. Among them are Bonobo, Charlotte de Witte, Colin Benders, GAIA, Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Orbital, Peggy Gou and Richie Hawtin. The organisers expect to welcome a record breaking 400,000 visitors for the 23rd edition.

The five day and night gathering runs from October 17th-21st, 2018 and is the world’s leading festival and conference program, offering an extensive art, film, photography program, alongside music and the latest trends in technology and social good.

We’re almost at the point of reaching the magical 400,000 visitors mark, and we still see lots of opportunities to grow. ADE aims to be a world stage for musical talent and the music industry. With visitors from more than 100 countries now you can confidently claim that Amsterdam is truly the beating heart of the worldwide music industry during ADE, while being at the same time a breading ground for cultural and technological innovation for five days and nights.
ADE-director Richard Zijlma

In addition to the growth of the extensive night program, there is also rapid growth of the ADE Beats program, with the audience for hiphop, bass and beats growing year on year. ADE 2017 featured more than 2,500 artists and 550 speakers in a record breaking 160 locations. In previous communications, ADE’s organisers announced that the opening concert with the Metropole Orchestra, the free city festival ADE Hangover and the ADE Hackathon will return to this year’s program.

Among the first selection of artists are:


3 new names. 3 very special B2Bs. 30 acts. The Untold line up for the Trance scene is final now and good to go!

Well, this is it. We finally have the final line up for the Trance Scene at Untold. They announced 3 more names in the past weeks and they couldn't choose better names. I was telling you in an older article why I want to see each name on the line up, I completed the list now.

  1. Andy Moor
  2. Atma Live
  3. Latam

Andy Moor is such a legend in the trance scene. He did a lot of good for it and still going on. I recently saw him again at an event, where he had 2 sets: one vinyl and one producer set and it was like watching magic. He chose each track so well, build up the energy and made us relieve the love for trance music over and over again.

Atma Live and Latam. I have to admit, I first heard of them this year, after Afterhills. They both played at the Essence stage and from what I heard they did an amazing job. Stalked them a little on social media and I really liked what I saw and heard.

  1. Airwave b2b John 00 Fleming
  2. Omnia b2b Ben Gold
  3. Mark Sherry b2b Richard Durand

3 stunning b2b acts. All 6 are amazing artists and we are really lucky to get to see these special b2b acts on the same stage.

Full line up look something like this:

  1. AIRWAVE B2B JOHN 00 FLEMING
  2. ANDY MOOR
  3. ASTRAL PROJECTION 
  4. ATB
  5. ATMA
  6. BOGDAN VIX
  7. BRYAN KEARNEY 
  8. CHICANE
  9. FERRY CORSTEN
  10. GABRIEL & DRESDEN
  11. GARETH EMERY 
  12. KYAU & ALBERT
  13. LATAM
  14. MARCO V
  15. MARK SHERRY B2B RICHARD DURAND 
  16. MARKUS SCHULZ
  17. MARLO
  18. MENNO DE JONG
  19. OMNIA B2B BEN GOLD
  20. ORJAN NILSEN 
  21. RUBEN DE RONDE 
  22. SIMON PATTERSON 
  23. SOLARSTONE 
  24. STANDERWICK (LIVE) 
  25. SUPER8 & TAB 
  26. THE THRILLSEEKERS 
  27. WILL ATKINSON 

If this is not enough for you to grab your ticket now and get ready for Untold, then I do not know what else is. If you already have one, then see you there! If not, then grab one  and (again) see you there!

When: 2-5 august, 2018
Where: Cluj, Romania
How: Tickets and be found on the website www.untold.com.

If you didn’t find accommodation yet, there a lot of tips on their website. Just check them out.

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Driftmoon pres. Invictus. The invincible trance album of the month

2 years ago, Driftmoon released his first artist album: (R)Evolution. And it was le-gen-da-ry. It sounded magically and it was very well received by the other DJs, the fans and the press. This year, he decided to amaze us with a new one: Invictus. And no. It is not a follow up of the first one. It is more than that. Juraj has raised aim, game and ultimately the Driftmoon name with this one.

‘Invictus’ started life not as sounds, but as words and pictures, in graphic novel form. With a mediation-on-loss its central theme, (per Juraj himself) it deals with “a story told from the perspective of a father who is recording his memoirs, before going to the funeral of his two children who’ve died far away, and in circumstances unknown”. An extraordinary subject to author on, as Juraj is not yet a father himself.

I am a firm believer that strong and emotional life experiences can change a human being in their entirety. I wrote the story to try and gain an understanding of how a parent must feel when they lose something they’ve given life to. There’s a lot of my own experiences bedded into the story but he clarifies they are figurative in its overall scheme”.

To make this experience complete, Juraj worked alongside a lot of great names from the trance scene: legends like Giuseppe Ottaviani, Eco, The Thrillseekers, amazing music men like Robert Nickson, Ferry Tayle and Exis, but also perfect voices like Julie Thompson, Merethe Solvedt and many more.

Playing a key role in the album’s extraordinary make-up are its spoken interludes, which relate the story of ‘Invictus’. Driftmoon became reacquainted with voiceover artist Robert Polo (with who he’d previously worked and who plays the central part of the father). Polo, in turn, connected him with an American couple living in Prague (Shakespearian actors Guy Roberts & Jessica Boone) who voiced the story’s siblings.

Commencing in the summer of 2017, storyboarding and writing the screenplay for ‘Invictus’ took 6 months. The germ of every new track produced for album took seed through an idea on that started life on Juraj’s storyboard. The music mirrors the arc and mood of the tale. From the melancholic & lamenting to the hopeful & uplifting, it ebbs and flows, engaging the listener with the plot in a multidimensional manner.

Apart from the very ending I wrote the whole storyline myself, says Driftmoon. As I do not have kids yet, Robert told me he would write the final monologue, where the father is recording the very last message, talking about his children. “It was, he says, one of the most emotional moments in my life when he, a professional recording artist, broke down during the recording session, imagining himself in the same shoes as his character”.

A project epic in scope and boundless in imagination, one ripe with ambition and ‘nothing’s impossible’ attitude, ‘Inviticus’ is a “production” in the truest senses of the words. A release unlike any other from electronic music’s quarter, you can advance order Driftmoon’s extraordinary ‘Invictus’ here: https://driftmoon.choons.at/invictus

Driftmoon – Invictus tracklist

Disc 1.

  1. The Message [Prologue]
  2. Homines Novi Classis
  3. They’ll Never Find Us (with Eco)
  4. What Remains Hidden (with The Thrillseekers)
  5. The One (with John Grand & By An Ion)
  6. Fire Which Burns Us All (with Robert Nickson as Astrosphere)
  7. Revelations [Vihaan’s Theme]
  8. Calling Of The Void (with Merethe Soltvedt)
  9. Invictus [Isha’s Theme]

Disc 2.

  1. When Heroes Fall (with Eller)
  2. Beautiful Life (with Julie Thompson)
  3. Avalon [Hybrid Suite]
  4. FVTVR3 (with Enzo)
  5. Chasing The Dawn (with Giuseppe Ottaviani)
  6. Unforgettable (with Ferry Tayle)
  7. Lost Language (with Exis)
  8. Only You (with Julie Thompson)
  9. Please Don’t Go [Epilogue]

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