Posts tagged ‘Above & Beyond’
So, I guess the time has already passed that Above & Beyond has established themselves as progressive house djs and now their trance career is 6 feet under, yet I still feel the need to bitch about the fact that I HATE the new direction they have taken their careers in. I tuned into ABGT #1, the set from Bangalore, and I think my reaction was a mixture of confusion and slight anger. They sounded like Deadmau5 circa 2008 except even more boring. They are amazing djs and I’m kind of confused about what the actual fuck I just listened to. Besides for the fact that their set lacked in vocal tracks, I felt like every song they played was merely “transition music” and it was definitely one of the most bland sets I have had the “privilege” to listen to. I didn’t hear many tracks that I would classify as trance, and considering I have dance moves better than Michael Jackson, I was surprised that nothing they played even gave me the slight urge to dance. I get that they have renounced trance, seeing as they have changed the name of their podcast to “Group Therapy”. But…… what the fuck group are they attempting to give therapy to?
The past couple years that I have been attending events where Above & Beyond has been present, I have noticed a major change in the crowd they attract. Even going through all my tumblr rave blogs, I notice that Above & Beyond is hot and they are drawing as much attention as major house acts. From my experience, trance stages are usually the least crowded at music festivals when you put them against stages that contain electro, dubstep, moombahton, or basically anything that you would hear in a nightclub. With Above & Beyond getting bigger and bigger, I noticed that they have been booked for more night club appearances. If you didn’t know this before, you do now: music dynamic in nightclubs is WAY different than it would be at a festival or rave. The club promoters specify what music they want the crowd to hear and the djs have to comply. Progressive house mixed with bouts of trance is what moronic drunks typically like to grind to when hitting up their local douchebag gathering spot (nightclub). Above & Beyond has transformed into merely club djs and I feel like they have neglected their roots in order to move forward with their careers. I know they will get bigger and bigger and stray further away from the trio of djs I first started listening to when I was 16. Sometimes people just bite the bullet to move onto bigger fame, more money, and better career. I wish the best to Above & Beyond and the new direction they are taking their followers, but I find it very devastating that they have ended their trance legacy and have probably gained a whole new following of music novices.
As horrible as I feel saying this, I was hoping TATW would end before I began completely resenting Above & Beyond for their new mainstream sounds that they have been playing to their newer mainstream audience. I have followed Above & Beyond for the past 6 years and can honestly say they are amongst my favorite trance producers. Their original productions have brought up emotions and feelings in me that are unexplainable and have impacted my life more than I can really fathom. Their music touches the most inner depths of my soul and I can’t say that about anything else I have ever experienced. On an average day, I probably spend around 2-3 hours listening to trance. To some people this is a lot, to some people this is barely any, but I know good trance when I hear it. The past few months, I can’t identify an exact date, I have felt let down and dissatisfied with what has become of TATW. I hear progressive and I hear house. What happened to true trance? What has happened to the electronic music scene that has made all these trance djs switch their beautiful sets into progressive and electro combos? After taking a journey back to my roots and listening to the album “Tristate” on repeat, I questioned what had made Above & Beyond change their style of music. During their sets they only play their club mixes and seem to be catering to a new audience that doesn’t understand the roots of trance. I’ve been disappointed with their podcasts and even a bit heartbroken. The last time I listened to TATW, they played 3 different Deadmau5 tracks on their show, and thats when I realized they were no longer the trance djs I had once listened to. As sad as I am that TATW will longer fill my ears during the week, I’m even more sad that they have abandoned the sounds that first captured my heart. What is happening with all the trance in the world?