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We have had the 'Save Me' topline for over 2 years! Originally we thought it was too similar to Concrete Angel and would be compared, so we wrote something totally different with Dynamite. Then for this album I came back to Save Me, did a whole new production, and here we are! I always get an amazing feeling when I play this one live, it has that same energy and fan reaction that Concrete Angel did and I can't wait to watch it grow. Christina is an amazing artist and friend and I love working with her.
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We have had the 'Save Me' topline for over 2 years! Originally we thought it was too similar to Concrete Angel and would be compared, so we wrote something totally different with Dynamite. Then for this album I came back to Save Me, did a whole new production, and here we are! I always get an amazing feeling when I play this one live, it has that same energy and fan reaction that Concrete Angel did and I can't wait to watch it grow. Christina is an amazing artist and friend and I love working with her.

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#100ReasonsToLive #SaveMe

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What’s my definition of trance?
I could write forever on this, but safe to say it would be a very broad definition.
I first started listening to this beautiful style 18 years ago and it's changed so much since then, and I think the change is a positive thing, and part of the reason why the genre is still so big today.
This is a little at odds with the "138 or nothing" mentality which is quite prevalent at the moment, but let me give you a little history into my journey in this beautiful genre.
When I first started DJing in the late 90s, although I played ‘trance’ I was highly influenced by the new progressive movement which was big at the time, guys like Timo Maas, Corvin Dalek etc.
Then in 2001 I started enjoying influences from hard trance - Scot Project,old Cosmic Gate, and all those German guys were massive, and whilst that music has more in common with hard style today, you'd hear those tracks in most trance DJs sets.
In 2003, everything got very influenced by hard house, and I’d frequently finish off sets with Paul Janes / Hyperlogic, or BK tracks. This isn’t unique to me by the way - I recall Armin playing BK’s Revolution back then too. Er, what was next?
In 2005-6 it was all about tech trance, mainly due to Sander van Doorn and the music the Spinnin’ was releasing at the time. Every trance DJ was playing those early Sander van Doorn tracks which sounded nothing at all like the trance today, but they were fucking amazing.
In 2007-2008 it was kind of a new progressive moment again - Inkfish, David West and the rise of deadmau5 were interesting so my sound went a little more progressive again.
2010 was Northern Lights era when I got a lot more focussed on songs (before it was mainly instrumentals) so you had Sanctuary, and then a few years later Concrete Angel, and then in 2012, it was, as everyone knows, EDM.
That's just the tip of the iceberg.
On the most basic level, it's about feeling isn't it? If you feel it is trance, it probably is. The internet seems to spend a lot of time trying to agree on the definition of the genre,and I don't think we'll ever get there - so I just try and enjoy playing it, making it and occasionally (like now) talking about it.
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What’s my definition of trance? I could write forever on this, but safe to say it would be a very broad definition. I first started listening to this beautiful style 18 years ago and it's changed so much since then, and I think the change is a positive thing, and part of the reason why the genre is still so big today. This is a little at odds with the "138 or nothing" mentality which is quite prevalent at the moment, but let me give you a little history into my journey in this beautiful genre. When I first started DJing in the late 90s, although I played ‘trance’ I was highly influenced by the new progressive movement which was big at the time, guys like Timo Maas, Corvin Dalek etc. Then in 2001 I started enjoying influences from hard trance - Scot Project,old Cosmic Gate, and all those German guys were massive, and whilst that music has more in common with hard style today, you'd hear those tracks in most trance DJs sets. In 2003, everything got very influenced by hard house, and I’d frequently finish off sets with Paul Janes / Hyperlogic, or BK tracks. This isn’t unique to me by the way - I recall Armin playing BK’s Revolution back then too. Er, what was next? In 2005-6 it was all about tech trance, mainly due to Sander van Doorn and the music the Spinnin’ was releasing at the time. Every trance DJ was playing those early Sander van Doorn tracks which sounded nothing at all like the trance today, but they were fucking amazing. In 2007-2008 it was kind of a new progressive moment again - Inkfish, David West and the rise of deadmau5 were interesting so my sound went a little more progressive again. 2010 was Northern Lights era when I got a lot more focussed on songs (before it was mainly instrumentals) so you had Sanctuary, and then a few years later Concrete Angel, and then in 2012, it was, as everyone knows, EDM. That's just the tip of the iceberg. On the most basic level, it's about feeling isn't it? If you feel it is trance, it probably is. The internet seems to spend a lot of time trying to agree on the definition of the genre,and I don't think we'll ever get there - so I just try and enjoy playing it, making it and occasionally (like now) talking about it.

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#WeWereYoung #100ReasonsToLive

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#100ReasonsToLive

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Strange but true fact: about two years ago, I was fucking miserable.

I didn't have any reason to be. I was reasonably successful, in a job that I loved, was married to a beautiful wife, lived in an amazing house, had no recent major tragedy in my life, or any of the other things that make people unhappy, yet I was pretty much constantly annoyed.

Why? Because a festival I wanted to play wouldn’t book me. Because I wanted to stay in a suite, but the promoter would only book me a standard room. Because my brand-new Lamborghini was going to take nine months to be delivered from the factory, when I wanted it in six.

You probably hate me reading that. I don’t blame you. Reading this back, I hate me, too.

However, there is a depressing trend that I have noticed amongst famous + successful DJs: just how many of them are really fucking unhappy. They’re traveling the world, living a lifelong dream that took decades of work to accomplish, and yet they’re constantly pissed because they were given Moet instead of Cristal, or because one person on social media said their new record sucked. Boo fucking hoo. Bring out the violins.

Short story long, that was how 100 Reasons To Live got its name.

I saw myself turning into an archetypal miserable DJ and decided that was not the person I wanted to be.

I figured out that happiness and a love of life doesn’t come from career success or material wealth; in fact, some of the happiest people I knew were, on paper, some of the less successful.

Now, I’m not saying “don’t make money” or “don’t be successful”. I happen to be a fan of both. But I learned that those things alone don’t make me happy.

Why does make me happy? Many things. Sunshine. Walking outside. Beers at the pub with friends. Taking my daughter to music class. Lazy Sundays. Sunsets. Swimming.

Turning off my phone, logging out of emails, getting off the social media hamster wheel, and engaging the world around me - something which I’d totally lost the ability to do.

In short, I rediscovered what made me happy, or in other words, figured out my ‘Reasons To Live’, and then stuck '100' in the front for no other reason than it sounded better.

It’s out today, by the way
36 days ago

Strange but true fact: about two years ago, I was fucking miserable. I didn't have any reason to be. I was reasonably successful, in a job that I loved, was married to a beautiful wife, lived in an amazing house, had no recent major tragedy in my life, or any of the other things that make people unhappy, yet I was pretty much constantly annoyed. Why? Because a festival I wanted to play wouldn’t book me. Because I wanted to stay in a suite, but the promoter would only book me a standard room. Because my brand-new Lamborghini was going to take nine months to be delivered from the factory, when I wanted it in six. You probably hate me reading that. I don’t blame you. Reading this back, I hate me, too. However, there is a depressing trend that I have noticed amongst famous + successful DJs: just how many of them are really fucking unhappy. They’re traveling the world, living a lifelong dream that took decades of work to accomplish, and yet they’re constantly pissed because they were given Moet instead of Cristal, or because one person on social media said their new record sucked. Boo fucking hoo. Bring out the violins. Short story long, that was how 100 Reasons To Live got its name. I saw myself turning into an archetypal miserable DJ and decided that was not the person I wanted to be. I figured out that happiness and a love of life doesn’t come from career success or material wealth; in fact, some of the happiest people I knew were, on paper, some of the less successful. Now, I’m not saying “don’t make money” or “don’t be successful”. I happen to be a fan of both. But I learned that those things alone don’t make me happy. Why does make me happy? Many things. Sunshine. Walking outside. Beers at the pub with friends. Taking my daughter to music class. Lazy Sundays. Sunsets. Swimming. Turning off my phone, logging out of emails, getting off the social media hamster wheel, and engaging the world around me - something which I’d totally lost the ability to do. In short, I rediscovered what made me happy, or in other words, figured out my ‘Reasons To Live’, and then stuck '100' in the front for no other reason than it sounded better. It’s out today, by the way

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