Interviewing Artists #10: Alessandra Roncone

Every interview is special for me. Every meeting with a trance artist is something I will never forget. And chatting with Alessandra Roncone 2 weekes ago, when we went for FSOE 450 in Manchester, UK was pretty great! She is a really nice person and I had a blast partying with her. Alsooooo, I am grateful she accepted my ”impromptu” invitation for this interview. One minute we were just enjoying a beer and a nice evening out with friends, and the next one I was asking her about the interview and we were planning the whole thing.

As you already know, I am asking every person I talk with for a top 10 trance tracks, a top 10 of their own. Aaaand even if it was difficutl to choose, Alessandra sent me her favorite tracks too. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Armin van Buuren Feat. Jan Vayne - Serenity 
  2. Reflekt feat Delline Bass - Need To Feel Loved (The Thrillseekers Remix)
  3. Tiesto - Elements of Life
  4. Basic Dawn - Pure Thrust (Nu NRG remix)
  5. Delerium - Silence ft. Sarah McLachlan (Tiesto Mix)
  6. Saltwater - The Legacy
  7. Vincent De Moor - Fly Away
  8. Robert Miles - Children
  9. Rank 1 - Airwave
  10. Cosmic Gate - Exploration of Space

Extra: Talla 2 XLC feat. Skysurfer - Terra Australis 

Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat. Sylvia Tosun - An Angel's Love (Vocal Mix)

Quite a top 10 to choose. Full of memories. Full of classics! What do you think about this top? Do you like it? What would you add to it?

I hope you guys enjoyed this interview as much as I did and don't forget to follow Alessandra on Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Beatport. She is quite active and sharing a lot of goodies.

Also, huge, but huge thanks go to Copthorne Manchester for allowing me to do the interview there and for helping me with everything I needed.

Thank you guys for watching it and don’t forget to follow on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram, because lots of awesome things are going to happen. Trance on!

Photo credits: Alan Donaldson

Interviewing artists #9: Manuel Le Saux (video)

This interview is a very special interview for me. Not only it is something a bit more different, but it is an interview with a very special person. This interview is that one, that is helping me to officially move the 'Interviewing Artists series' from to, because I think doing this here is more suitable for trancers and because I wanna write more about design stuff on

As I said, this interview, the no.9, is with a very special person. A trance producer I am listening for a couple of years now, a producer I really love and appreciate, a person. A trance person. A very nice one. I am super excited I got to meet him (for now just online), to chat with him and to actually work with him on a super trance label. As you already know, from the title, this person is the one and only Manuel Le Saux. A very very nice and simple italian guy, that gave me the opportunity to do even more for this beautiful music, beside listening on a daily basis and supporting my favorite artists: working on Extrema Global Music and working with another 2 special guys: Astuni and Nikolauss. If you don't know it by now, I am the one behind all the Social Media posts and all the graphics/ visuals/ artworks you see on Beatport, Facebook, Youtube, etc.

Usually I am writing here all the questions and answers, but for this Skype interview I don't need to. You just have to hit the play button and enjoy it as much as I did.

I am writing here though, Manuel's top 10 biggest trance tracks of all time. It is one of the most difficult questions to ask a trance listener to do, but I had to. And I really love this top 10, because some of my favorite trnce tracks are there as well.

  1. Rank 1 - Airwave (Original Mix)
  2. Mystic Force - Psychic Harmony
  3. BINARY FINARY - 1998 [Paul van Dyk Remix]
  4. John O'Callaghan & Bryan Kearney - Exactly (Original Mix)
  5. Sasha- Xpander [Original Mix]
  6. Chicane - Saltwater (Original Mix)
  7. Jens Lissat Project : Energy Flow
  8. OceanLab Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix)
  9. Underworld - Born Slippy
  10. Darren Porter - Spellbound (Original Mix)

I still have the thrills from when I did ths interview. I am a very emotional person and I was pretty nervous about it. But Manny, was so kind and helped me get through my emotions and everything went pretty smoothly.

I wanna thank him for accepting my invitation, thank you guys for watching it and don't forget to follow on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram, because lots of awesome things are going to happen. Also, we're trying to put together a very special contest for you, so stay close!

Keep supporting your favorite artists, keep listening to this awesome music and trance on!

On the road & Interviewing artists: Suncatcher (Luminosity 2016 special)

All those who know me, know that I am really excited about this weekend; really excited to finally attend Luminosity this year. I was telling you some of my excitement a couple of weeks ago, when I started the ”On the road” series, and I am repeating my self since then. Can't wait to land in Amsterdam, to finally meet in real life all the people I met online and enjoy 3 days of pure trance.

Well, I am writing on 2 blogs, and sometimes it is a bit difficult to separate them, since trance is one of those things that defines me the most. A couple of months ago I started a Interviewing artists series on and I am really happy I got the chance to talk with artists like Anske, Simon O Shine, Emanuele CongedduBiotones, Sundancer, Snatt & Vix.  Since then, I always tried to come with something new and even thought some interviews are on hold, I always tried to support the Romanian Trance Family first. There is no need to say, we have some really awesome trance producers and I will try to tell you all about them in the next episodes.

For today, I am combining ”On the Road” with ”Interviewing artists” and doing something really special for me, for the artist, for the Romanian Trance Family. Since this year at Luminosity we'll have again a Romanian artist in the line-up, this post comes naturally: Interview with the one and only Suncatcher, Romanian uplifting trance producer; amazing artist and nice man. I am hyped he accepted to do this interview and took the time to answer to all of my questions. Just hit the play button, listen to one of his latest tracks and enjoy the interview!

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Hi Bogdan! How are you? Where are you reading this interview? 

Hi there. Fine, home for now. Just sitting in front of the computer. I had to go to the office today, but I decided to work from home. I am still a bit nostalgic, after the Coldplay concert I attended on Wednesday in London.

Nice! Let's start with the beginning: Who is Suncatcher and when the idea of producing music first occur? 

Suncathcer is Bogdan Cupcea from a small town (Targu Lapus) in Romania. Everything began with a very good friend, who introduced me to the secrets of music producing. At the beginning I tried eJay, then FL Studio (back then known as Fruity Loops). I fell in love instantly with the program. The name SUNCATCHER is inspired by an old photo: a fisherman throwing a fish nest towards the sun. The title was Sun Catcher. Everything I did was to delete that blank space and unite the words (it was a time when uniting words was kinda cool). 

What are you doing beside music? How is your day by day life? 

I am full time developer. Beside that, I like very much astronomy ( I have my own telescope), photography (even though I am still an amateur) and lately just going out, enjoying summer. 

Why trance? Why did you chose this music genre? 

I inherited the love for electronic music from my brother, whom I am very close to. What drove me to uplifting trance was the fact that you can  literally put your heart into this music. It's all that matters: the music. the goosebumps. I found it extraordinary how nothing and no one else matters while listening to a track; how I disconnect myself from the world. Sadly, these days, there is a particular  focus on how aggressive a track sounds, on how powerful the drop is. But these are the days we live in... 

What should be your biggest musical accomplishment when you look back in the past till now?

The fact that I was invited to play at Luminosity Beach Festival. It is amazing to see thousands of people that dance and sing along your tracks. Other important accomplishments would be my collaboration with Ferry Tale (one of my favorite artists) and the remix I did for Tiesto with Paul Miller. Also, there is no need to mention all the times Armin played my tracks in his radio show, or the fact that he ended his set at ASOT500 Buenos Aires with my remix for Agulo feat. David Berkeley - Fire sign

Which single track that you’ve produced has had the greatest impact on your career?

It is hard to choose. There are a couple that won Tune of The Week or Future Favorite in ASOT, or Webvote winner in TATW. I think these wins helped me the most. Another very important win was the fact that Above & Beyond played my track Epic, 3 times in a row at TATW. I will forever be grateful for that. 

How do you find inspiration for your tracks?

Honestly, I have no specific sources. Ideas just pop out in my head, or sometimes I just open FL Studio to see what I can do. Sometimes I develop the idea into a track, sometimes I don't. 

I was pretty excited to see you in the lineup for Luminosity this year. How much can you tell us about how it all happen'?

It is very simple actually. I played at Luminosity 3 years ago. Kept in touch with Bo, one of the Luminosity masterminds. This year he proposed to come back and I instantly accepted. 

How is it for you, to open the best trance festival ever? 

We'll see. Last time I wasn't opening it, but I think it will be epic. I know the expectations and I hope to meet  them all. 

What should we expect from you set? 

Opening the festival, opening the day I will start with a bit of progressive trance, but quickly going in full Suncatcher style. Goosebumps, tears, all inclusive ;)) . I will also play some of my newest tracks, un-released yet. So, it will be everything it has to be.

Your favorite trance subgenre is...

Uplifting, of course. But lately I started to like a lot progressive too; the Anjuna one.

Why uplifting?

Because of my dreamy personality. I think this is the best genre to express exactly what I feel. 

Hardest question of all: What are your current top ten biggest trance tracks of all times?

You're killin' me. I'll tell you ten tracks, but there is no particular order. A top 10 is not enough to tell them all, but I'll try.

  1. Sunny Lax – Blue Bird 
  2. Cold Blue & Del Mar – 11 Days (Sebastian Brandt Remix) 
  3. Sebastian Brandt – Mana 
  4. Above & Beyond – Good For Me (Club Mix) 
  5. BT feat. Jes – Every Other Way (Armin van Buuren Remix) 
  6. Armin van Buuren ft. Susana  – Shivers 
  7. Super8 & Tab – Suru 
  8. Paul van Dyk – Nothing But You (Super8 & Tab Remix) 
  9. Daniel Kandi & Neumann  – Lovin' Feeling 
  10. Luke Warner & Mat Lock - Deep Psychosis (Daniel Kandi's Cure Mix)  

With which artist, would you like to swap the places for one day if you could?

Chris Martin, from Coldplay. Of course, having his singing talent will help too. ;)) I just went to a Coldplay concert the other days, on Wembely and it was amazing. I am curious to find out how they feel when a whole stadium is singing your songs.

What do you think about the trance community?

Here, in Romania we are fewer trancers than in other countries, but I find the ”Trance family” term to perfectly describe the community. Even though it may sound cheesy sometimes. Everywhere I played, I met amazing people with whom I could talk for hours and never get bored.

What upcoming talents do you know, appreciate and support? 

I have a coworker with whom I started to work on some tracks. Be sure, you'll hear more about him soon. ;)

We're reaching the end of this interview; do you have a message to our readers? 

I am not good with this. Just: TRANCE ON! 

PS. Everyone’s got a hidden talent. What’s yours?

Annoying people. Some may say this is a flaw, but I am kinda proud of this. Haha :)  

Thank you, Bogdan for accepting the interview. Can't wait to see you in a couple of days! 

I hope you guys, enjoyed this interview and see you at Luminosity! Suncacther will open the day, the festival - Friday at 12:00. And, if you wanna meet, just look for the small brunette with the Romanian Flag and a / Trancers gonna trance  T shirt , say hi and give her a hug. I always said Trance is connecting awesome people and I am sure my trance family will become even bigger after Lumi. I will try to write every week till the event and daily from there. Also, the plan is to show you the full experience with videos and photos , so follow me on Trance on and see you there!

Also, don't forget to follow Suncatcher on social media: Facebook, Soundcloud, Twitter.

[RO] Interviu cu Snatt & Vix - un duo in triplu rol pe scena trance din Romania.

[RO] În sfârșit dăm drumul interviurilor pe! Și cu cine să începem, dacă nu cu Snatt & Vix, pionii principali ai comunității trance din România; acest duo minunat, in triplu rol pe scena trance din Romania (ascultători, DJ + producători, promoteri+ organizatori) ce au grijă să nu uităm de ce iubim muzica asta și adună comunitatea de câte ori au ocazia, prin evenimentele ce le organizează. Noi încă avem amintirile proaspete de la toate cele la care am participat și suntem siguri că nu suntem singuri. Băieții nu mai au nevoie de nici o introducere spunem noi. Experiența și evoluția lor vorbește de la sine. Totuși, dacă printr-o eroare aveți nevoie de un bio, aruncați un click aici. Dacă nu, savurați interviul până la ultimul cuvințel!

Q: Cine sunt Snatt and Vix? De când ați început să nu mai fiți doar simpli ascultători de muzică trance?  

A: Sunt Dragoș și Bogdan, cei mai înverșunați susținători ai stilului trance și progressive în România :)) Nu am încetat să fim simpli ascultători; asta e și ideea de bază în tot ceea ce facem. Practic suntem unii dintre puținii norocoși care au pășit și în fața publicului ( ca DJ ), din care la urma urmei facem și noi parte. 

Q: Ce înseamnă muzica trance pentru voi?  

A: Cum spuneam mai sus, suntem norocoși că putem să exprimăm ceea ce simțim, în lucruri concrete cum ar fi evenimentele TrancENDancE; ele reprezintă "arma", vârful de lance creat cu și pentru comunitatea de trance și progressive din România. E foarte clar că publicul are un mare aport la evoluția noastră ca brand de evenimente, și cu siguranta și ca artiști! Practic trance-ul a devenit de foarte mult timp o parte consistentă a vieții noastre și ne bucurăm că e așa :D 

Q: Care este cel mai mare gig de până acum? Care considerați că e cea mai mare realizare a voastră, din punct de vedere muzical? 

A: Avem multe multe gig-uri care ne-au rămas în cap și cu sigurantă nu am vrea să uităm vreunul  într-o enumerare, dar putem să spunem atât: am ajuns să trăim și ce nu am visat vreodată, atât ca TrancENDancE, cât și ca Snatt & Vix. Cu siguranță cea mai mare realizare a noastră este și va fi albumul pe care tocmai l-am terminat și suntem foarte încrezători în el. Va ridica multe sprâncene, dar va rupe și multi teniși, deci Trance ON!

Q: Ce sau cine vă influențează munca cel mai mult? 

A: Ca un reper pentru noi, melodic-ul este foarte important și încercăm să trecem prin toate genurile și subgenurile de trance. Dar ne place să scoatem și ”ochelarii de cal” și să abordăm stiluri  și idei noi, care poate nu ne caracterizează, dar al căror produs finit trebuie să fie excepțional! Întotdeauna vom fi influențați de muzica bună, de producții impecabile, care nu țin neapărat de gen ci mai mult de ceea ce exprimă fiecare piesă în parte. 

Q: Cum e să fiți promoterii de bază ai acestui gen de muzică în România? 

A: Păi răspunsul e foarte simplu și probabil deductibil. E foarte simplu, pentru că fiind foarte puțini, ai șanse mai mari de succes DAR în același timp e extraordinar de greu pentru că : trebuie să ții "steagu' sus" no matter what, și pentru că trebuie să educi un public foarte pretențios și dificil (aici nu ne referim la tranceri ). Dar a nu se întelege că ne plângem, dimpotrivă! E o provocare! Trance ON! :D 

Q: Cum vi se pare comunitatea trancerilor români?  

A: Unită, comunicativă, foarte foarte primitoare, pasională, foarte atentă la detalii și într-o  creștere continuă. 

Q: Aveți deja o istorie de evenimente organizate în spate. Care este sentimentul pe care îl aveți după fiecare și ce vă determină să continuați? 

A: Întotdeauna sentimentul de după e: ”Abia aștept următorul event” :)). În timpul eventului, când locația e plină, atunci simțim munca noastră răsplatită cu adevarat. Acesta e motorul acțiunilor noastre, iar determinarea este de fapt dată de sentimentul pe care îl avem când vedem familia trance din România, strânsă la un loc și pusă pe dans. E aceeași determinare pe care o are orice trancer înfocat, doar că noi suntem norocosi că am ajuns să putem și arăta ce gândim.

Q: Știm că vă pregătiți de lansarea unui nou album. Ce ne puteți spune despre el? Când va fi gata? Fanii abia așteaptă să ”pună mâinile” pe material.  Phantasy - nu e îndeajuns pentru răbdarea lor. 

A: Albumul este gata. Putem spune multe despre el, dar deocamdată, nu o s-o facem. Putem spune că lucrăm cam de 6-7 luni la el, că avem feat-uringuri de care suntem mândri și collab-uri de excepție. ”Phantasy” si ”Coming Home” sunt doar aroma unui conținut trance pur și progressive melodic. Urmează să anunțăm detalii în curând. Fiți siguri că suntem mai nerăbdători decât voi, să îl auziți! 

Q: Anul 2015 este unul destul de ocupat pentru voi. Markus și Photograher în februarie, RAM în martie, David Gravell, Darude și expeditia la Chișinău în mai. Ce planuri ”malefice” mai aveți? Ce surprize ne mai pregătiți?  

A: Suprizele vor rămâne surprize. Lucrăm la mai multe evenimente. Voi țineți degetele încrucișate și sustineți mișcarea. Noi promitem să facem restul! 

Q: Sunteți foarte activi și în Social Media, mereu alături de fani. Cum e să vă ocupați de toate? Sau aveți vreun ”minion” care vă ajută? 

A: Doar noi, Snatt & Vix, ne ocupăm de partea de socializare. Nu avem PR sau Management. Încercăm să fim cât mai activi în funcție de timpul liber de care dispunem, sau uneori în paralel cu activitățile noastre de zi cu zi datorita aplicatilor care exista pe telefon practic și ne ajută să avem acces și să fim conectați 24 ore din 24, 7 zile din 7. 

Q: Un mesaj pentru comunitate? Pentru trancerii de pretutindeni? 

A: Give trance a chance and let's TrancENDancE ;) 

Credit photo: Clau diu

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