Above & Beyond
One of the most successful trance acts of the 2000s, Above & Beyond are a British trio known for their production and remix work, as well as their DJ performances and record label. Founded in 2000 in London, England, the trio is comprised of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. Prior to founding Above & Beyond, Grant and Siljamäki met at the University of Westminster and founded the Anjunabeats label. Shortly afterward, they met McGuinness, teamed up as Above & Beyond, and did a remix for Chakra’s “Home.”
One remix led to another, culminating in 2001 with an attention-getting remix of Madonna’s “What It Feels Like for a Girl.” Other early Above & Beyond remixes of note include Aurora’s “Ordinary World,” Fragma’s “Everytime You Need Me,” and Perpetuous Dreamer’s “The Sound of Goodbye.” As a DJ act, Above & Beyond made their debut in 2002 and steadily worked their way up into the Top Ten of the much-touted DJ Mag Top 100 poll.
From a production standpoint, Above & Beyond made their debut in 2002 with the single “Far from in Love,” a vocal trance anthem featuring Kate Cameron. Around this same time, Grant, McGuinness, and Siljamäki formed the group OceanLab with vocalist Justine Suissa. They made their production debut as OceanLab in 2001 with “Clear Blue Water” and continued releasing new material as such throughout the decade, most notably the smash hit “Satellite” in 2004 and the full-length album debut Sirens of the Sea in 2008.
Other alternate monikers employed by Above & Beyond over the years include Anjunabeats, Tranquility Base, Dirt Devils, Free State, Rollerball, Tongue of God, and Zed-X. As Above & Beyond, they made their full-length album debut with Tri-State in 2006 and released a steady stream of singles on the Anjunabeats label. Like all the big dogs nowadays, Above & Beyond started a residency in Las Vegas in 2013. On top of that they held down their regular gig at Cream Ibiza, toured Australia and even started their own acoustic series of events.
“We’re all musicians and the desire to play your songs live is always there in the back of your mind,” the band explain. “Until now we’ve only done it sporadically, in hotel lobbies, at after parties and, once, in a hot air balloon for an audience of eight, including Pete Tong. His on the spot review gave us the encouragement to try it properly.”
As well as that the electronic group also programmed the eclectic line-up of Group Therapy 50 at Alexandra Palace in London, and continued to unpredictably A&R their Anjunabeats/Anjunadeep labels into new territory with the likes of garage/house dudes Dusky. But that’s not all…
“We’re just finishing the building of our new London music studios and have close to 20 songs that need producing and mixing for the new album, so we can’t wait to get in there!