DRIFTMOON - REMEMBER THE NIGHT [RECORDED LIVE AT EPIC]

Yep, there’s always gotta be something unique in there!” chuckles Juraj Klička. Generally speaking Driftmoon’s passing comment on his approach to albums. More specifically though it’s about ‘Remember The Night’ - his just-announced third collection. “It’s a crowded field, he says of the format, so to me, they have to have something that will set them apart.” Bringing USPs to his longplayers is something the Prague native’s developed a track record for. With its hybrid orchestration, his first (‘R(E)volution’) connected the worlds of electronic and classical music. Last summer’s ‘Invitcus’ meanwhile upped the ‘original’ ante further, with its half music/half audiobook concept lingering long in the memory.

Now - in full album stride, Juraj is at it again. ‘Remember The Night’, which arrives this March, approaches from another remarkably different angle. “If they happen at all, he says, live album performances tend to be the ‘what comes after’. The one that follows the classic studio album release. Here though I wanted the live experience to be people’s first connection with it. It’s called ‘club music’ after all, so let’s introduce it that way!”

No coincidence admittedly, but Juraj was well positioned to make that happen. Evermore over the last ten years, the Czech capital’s Epic club has become a bucket-list essential for music lovers from Europe and far, far beyond. As Epic DJ resident, the club provided the optimum platform for Juraj to mount a live rendition of the album. 

Further, its occasion allowed Driftmoon to bring in another aspect that’s long held his interest. “I’m as fascinated as the next person by the link between memories and music - possibly even more soEven before I was a DJ or producer I was aware that every remarkable moment in my life – happy or otherwise – somehow had a piece of music ‘attached’ to it. I guess one of every musician’s wishes is to be behind a track that leaves that type of impact. So between writing this album and its first performance, it became something of a mission to try and hit thatHow it works out, well only time will tell!

Of the performance itself though, Juraj admits to having some pre-show butterflies. “When you’re doing a DJ set, you work on the premise that a percentage of the crowd will be familiar with a percentage of the tracks. Here, I was working on the absolute knowledge that none of the audience would know any of the tracks! I think when we’re feeling emotional extremes, our receptors are that much more open. Memories consequently become even more intense. I think the audience at Epic really tapped into that and – as you can hear on the album - got swept up in the night!” 

Alongside ‘Remember The Night’s solo moments, Driftmoon did call on some particular close chums and musical confidants to collaborate on its creation. Subsequently it came to include music made with Robert Nickson (under the duo’s Astrosphere moniker), Ferry Tayle and Ahmed Romel. Further, its also became a platform for a long overdue studio return for Paul ‘Re:Locate’ Moelands, as well as a pairing with much-revered studio savant, Geert Huinink. 

Recorded live at Epic, ‘Remember The Night’ is released March 1. It’s available to stream/purchase here: https://blackhole.choons.at/remember 

Driftmoon - Remember The Night [Recorded Live at Epic]

01. Driftmoon & Geert Huinink - The Creation (Intro Mix) [Live]
02. Astrosphere - Zephyr [Live]
03. Astrosphere & Re:Locate - Crown Royal [Live]
04. Driftmoon - Odyssey (Epic Mix) [Live]
05. Driftmoon - Renaissance [Live]
06. Ahmed Romel & Driftmoon - Ars Vitae (Driftmoon Refresh) [Live]
07. Astrosphere - Outflow [Live]
08. Driftmoon with Ferry Tayle - Unforgettable (Driftmoon Mix) [Live]
09. Astrosphere - What Lies Between The Stars [Live]
10. Driftmoon - Arctic Chills [Live]
11. Astrosphere - Origins [Live]
12. John O’Callaghan featuring Audrey Gallagher - Big Sky (Driftmoon Remix) [Live]
13. Driftmoon - Please Don’t Go (Suncatcher Remix) [Live]
14. Driftmoon - Two Sunsets Under A Maple Tree (Outro Mix) [Live]

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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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