Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond is a British dance music trio that has been shaping the face of trance music since 2000. The act consists of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. Above & Beyond is known not only for their successful original tracks and remixes, but also for their record labels Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep. Currently, the group is hosting a weekly podcast, Group Therapy Radio, or ABGT, titled after their most recent album, Group Therapy released in 2011. Group Therapy boasts several tracks, such as Sun & Moon, that are now regarded as trance music anthems.
In 1999, Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki formed the label Anjunabeats after meeting at the University of Westminster, where they realized that they had a common interest in producing electronic music. After the success of their first single, “Volume One” Tony McGuinness joined Jono and Paavo to create a remix of Chakra’s “Home” and the trio was formed. The vision behind their name came from an American motivational speaker, also named Jono Grant, who used the slogan “Above and Beyond.”
Throughout the 2000’s various singles were released by Above & Beyond, along with single from the side production project OceanLab, which was formed in 2001. Finally in 2006, their debut album Tri-State was released, and was a massive success. In 2008, a full-length OceanLab album was also released which featured vocalist Justine Suissa. Their most recent album is Group Therapy, features singers Robert Bedford and Zoe Johnston. The group’s newest conquest has been releasing an acoustic album. In 2014, they released Acoustic, which was one of the first of its kind in the EDM and especially trance music industry. This album features acoustic versions of some of the group’s most popular hits from both of their previous albums, as well as OceanLab.
Above & Beyond is consistently rated in the top DJ’s in the world by DJ Mag and many of their tracks have been nominated for awards within the dance community. Their shows are very unique and well known throughout the EDM community for the group’s use of portraying inspirational messages to the crowd through the screen. Though Above & Beyond’s sound is geared more towards trance lovers, anyone can go to their show and expect to have a great time dancing and singing along with the entire crowd.
Written By: Allie Regan
Label: Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep
Upcoming Tour: http://www.aboveandbeyond.nu/tour-dates
Upcoming Festivals, Counterpoint, Lollapalooza, Ultra, Tomorrowland
Music Releases: http://www.aboveandbeyond.nu/music