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The story behind “The Thrillseekeers – Synaesthesia”



Check out this great VLog by Muzikxpress with Steve Helstrip.

In this week’s vlog you’ll see the interview I did with Steve Helstrip. Steve is responsible for “The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia”, one of the most well known trance tracks ever made. Next year it is exactly 20 years ago that this classic came out. And… next year Steve is gonna release an album under his “Hydra” alias. So, some good reasons to catch up with Steve and ask him more about “Synaesthesia” and the upcoming “Hydra” album…

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Interview: Cherry Moon Trax | Tomorrowland Belgium 2018




Cherry Moon Trax is the hit formation of the legendary Belgian club called Cherry Moon. Over the years, the group had some mayor club classics like: The House Of House, Let there be house, Needle Destruction, The Club the People The music, Acid Dream and many many more…


Hello Cherry Moon Trax!, with whom do I have the pleasure of chatting with? DJ Ghost or Yves Deruyter? Perhaps both of you are sitting down together as we speak 😊.

Its just me, Dj Ghost (Bjorn Wendelen), since Cherry Moon Trax is a collective of multiple artists (producers from varius Cherry moon Trax’s…) I will take the lead.
Since there are different recordings with different producers for the project Cherry moon trax, The house of house was with Yves Deruyter, Needle Destruction was with Dj Ghost. The club the people the music was with Dj Ghost, Gatecrasher was with Dj Ghost, Acid dream was with Youri Parker.. It is possible you see us perform in different formats.. But we will always bring the true Cherry moon sound and spirit

Just this past week you dominated Tomorrowland and the world with one of the most amazing dj sets the dance music scene has seen in a long time. The old-school veterans cant stop talking about it and I’m sure the new crowd cant either. Tell me everything about what you guys discussed prior leading up Tomorrowland. What did you guys want to showcase.

We talked about our set on the MainStage prior to the event, but we did not prepare anything. We both had one mission: to enjoy ourselves and the old school crowd. Little did we know that it would become so huge. We wanted to stay loyal to the old school and beat mix a lot. We are old school dj’s in a new school format :-). We let the music speak, we wanted to tell a story like we did when we were resident dj’s in a club, where we played from 10PM till 8AM.. but we only had 60 minutes, F+CK.

Nothing but smiles, dancing, and rarely any cell phones were seen in the air. That’s the way it should be!

You know, it was all pure and honest, no bullshit, no fake, just real emotion.

What’s next in the pipeline for Cherry Moon Trax? USA gig in the works? 😊 New York Please!!

Haha, that would be great, I hope someone from The States will contact us to play in NY again.. I remember I played there 20 years ago, at Webster Hall, it was legendary!

You guys have been all over the world. Where is your favorite place to play and why?

Sorry to disappoint, but really, there is no such thing as a best crowd for us. We try to create a exclusive vibe, every time we mix and perform. I only see happy faces, so for us all crowds over the world are the best. When you least expect it, the nights are mostly the best…

Besides doing some events here and there. What do you guys do on a day to day basis?

We are all 100% in music. Producing and creating new stuff (with an old school twist). At the moment we are in the studio creating a new Cherry Moon Trax, but also solo projects ano 2019..

What is the current state of dance music lacking or missing in your eyes?


Any last words for the readers and dance music scene?

We just want to thank all of you for your support and nice comments. Life is what you make of it.

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Interview: Monoverse Talks 2018 | FSOE Parallels | FSOE550




Santos Torres, better known as Monoverse, has been one of the most impressive breakthrough talents in the world of trance and progressive. Consistently releasing powerful productions with record labels such as Future Sound Of Egypt, Armada Music, Coldharbour Recordings and other imprints, Monoverse has caught and maintained the attention of the industry’s biggest names. His music is regularly found in the playlists of internationally renowned artists such as Armin van Buuren, Aly & Fila, Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate and many more.

ASOT 863 XXL – Monoverse Guestmix

what an amazing experience it was to join Aly & Fila and Paul Thomas on today's A State Of Trance ASOT 863 XXL, the FSOE Recordings takeover! a sincere thank you to the FSOE team, Ruben De Ronde, Armin van Buuren and Armada Music for the incredible opportunity

Posted by Monoverse on Thursday, May 10, 2018

It’s been around two years since we last chatted! Lots of good things have happened with your music career. Spill it all out for us and your thoughts.

It has been a minute for sure, and a lot has definitely transpired since. I’ve had the opportunity to debut in so many new places, meet incredible people, share some of what I think is my best music to date, and I’m just very grateful for each and every single thing this journey has provided for me.

You linked up with Future Sound of Egypt in late 2017 to launch sub label FSOE Parallels. Tell me more about it!

When FSOE was looking to launch the new progressive trance imprint, I took the chance in pitching Aly & Fila my ideas for the brand and the direction I wanted to take it in. We were very much on the same page since the beginning, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it has been developing.

With that said, I think we’re only beginning to hit our stride as more producers are finding out what the label is about. I’ve tried not to impose on the artists creativity, allowing them to head in the direction they want and leaving it rather open-ended stylistically within reason. As we say at FSOE, good music is good music.

You will be playing over-seas soon for the FSOE 550 celebrations in the U.K. And Egypt! Excited much?

You have no idea. Since I started following the trance scene, the U.K. has been on my list of destinations to visit as both an artist and avid music lover. To make my debut there along side a legendary lineup for the Manchester event is amazing, and I cannot wait.

Then, continuing the journey with the FSOE family onward to Egypt soon after is actually surreal to me. To be a part of the first edition of the new Heracleion is an honor, and I’m just super thankful for these opportunities. I’ll make sure to bring my A-game for these upcoming dates!

What are you currently working on? Tell me something I am the first to know

This year has been about releasing quality over quantity for me, and I’ve honestly sat on a lot of the music I’ve made recently as I’d rather ensure it’s truly perfected to the best of my abilities.

With that in mind, I’m working on a longer form release at this point, beyond maybe one or two single releases for the rest of this year. Whether or not that turns into a full album or an extensive EP depends on how far the vision takes me, so there you have a little spoiler!

You’re  a master of the progressive side of trance, could we possible see you take a stab at some other styles in the near future?

I sincerely appreciate the kind words, and oddly enough, I’ve released a couple deeper tunes under an alias a while back (the artist alias is actually an anagram of Monoverse).  The deep progressive house style would fit under FSOE’s UV imprint now, and while Paul Thomas doesn’t know it yet, I’m actually working on a couple projects to pitch him for the label in the future. Of course, the long form release I alluded to earlier will definitely feature more experimental music from me, so you’ll just have to keep your ears open whenever all of this comes to fruition!

Any last words for my readers and the Monoverse Gang.

Thank so much you for the feature, and for keeping up with what I’m up to! I can’t tell you all just how much I appreciate it, as it keeps me motivated to keep going. Hope to see you all somewhere in the world soon.

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Interview With Vangar – Specializing In Hard-Hitting 140BPM Trance!




Vangar is among the fastest rising young talents in the trance scene today. Specializing in hard-hitting 140 trance, this Los Angeles native is a skillful crowd-mover most known for her relentless bass lines. Her most ardent fans may know her as Vanessa Garcia, but most will know her for her Sensory Sessions podcast. She is usually soft-spoken and forever five-feet tall, but despite her small package, her sound is sized for the massives. She likes to tell the story of that audience member who approached her after a show one night, only to realize that, “Oh, wow, you’re a girl!” – which goes to show how hard she can bring it, harder than most of the boys.

Vangar @ Exchange LA | June 19, 2015

This is a short clip montage of my recent set at the Exchange. Apologies for the dark video but I'm hoping the music speaks for itself!

Posted by Vangar on Monday, June 29, 2015

Give me the run down on how you got into electronic dance music / trance music and becoming a DJ/Producer.

I use to listen to dance music as a kid but got heavily into it right out of high school. A friend of mine invited me to an event in 2006 and after attending so many after that, I learned so much about the culture I was hooked. I started wanting to dig deep into the music. I started searching more about the artist and different genres. I discovered trance from local heroes like DJ Thee-O, Kristina Sky, Rj Van Xetten also known as X-Phactor and DJ Anthrea to name a few. From there I formed friendships with most local artists to get some background in the music culture and how I could get the knowledge to becoming a DJ/Producer. I even promoted for events to support to the scene. In the meantime, I practiced djing and built my music collection over the years which help be find my sound.

You have a few productions already! Who are some of your influences?

Starting out the dj/producers that got me hooked into trance were Ferry Corsten, Sean Tyas, John O’Callagan, Bryan Kearney, Simon Patterson, Roger Shah, Thomas Bronzwaer to name a few. Other artists that continue to influence me today are Triceradrops, Maria Healy, Orla Feeney, Kristina Sky, Shugz, Allan Morrow, Liam Wilson, David Rust and the list goes on so many to name.
Tell me about the remix competition you entered for Sean Tyas’s Track “Matter of Time”.

As you know Sean Tyas is one of my biggest influences so getting a chance to remixing one his track is a huge deal to me. When I saw the announcement I immediately jump to it. I saw the post a bit late so I only had about 4 days to really work on it. I downloaded the stems and went straight to work on it. The excitement of working on that remix gave me all the energy I needed to get it done in time. With very little sleep I cranked it out in those 4 days. Even though I didn’t win the competition, it was the best experience. I got to see myself pull through a crazy deadline and actually produce a full track in that time. I loved every moment of it. It’s my best work to date. So my pretty proud of the outcome.

Where can we see you play next?

My next gig is actually a big one for me, a milestone in fact. I’ll be making my debut on the mainstage of Avalon in Hollywood on Aug. 4th opening up for Damaged Night with Jordan Suckley and Sam Jones.

Finally we are starting to see more females getting noticed & booked at events. I always supported and tried to push event planners to give them a chance. Honestly, some of them who I know throw down better sets then the top names in the scene :). What are three things that could help the scene move forward in this direction?

Yes, it’s very exciting to always see females, any chance I get I support as well. It’s one of the reasons why I started hosting events. Instead of asking promoter to book, I started booking myself.

1. Invite the idea! The most important thing we need to do is to push and inspire other women to believe that there is a chance to be in the industry. I know the interest is out there. We need to set the motion to invite the idea to get women to follow in their dreams too.

2. Support, support, and support! If you see a female artist out there doing great things then support them as much as you can. Sadly we need that extra push!

3. End the stigma! Give women a chance, we need to learn from the techno scene haha. So many great women in techno. We can have that in Trance too 🙂

If you had the opportunity to play at your favorite events, what would those be?

Favorite trance events at the moment are Luminosity and Dreamstate, it would be huge to land that opportunity.

Top 5 tracks of all time?

Picking a top 5 is extremely hard, too many good track over the years. But let’s just say this is my top 5 tracks that influenced my love for Trance.

3. Sunlounger – White Sand (Dj Shah’s Original Mix)
8. Solar Stone – Seven Cities
13. Ferry Corsten – Beautiful
18. Sean Tyas – Lift
23. Chakra – Love Shines Through (Space Brothers Mix)

If you had 24 hours to live? What would you do?

If I had 24 hours to live, I’m a family person so I would spend it with my family. I love to travel so I would probably travel to a place I never been with them.

What are some of your short term and long-term goals?

Short-term goals: Some short-term goals I have in mind are to jump start my podcast again. It’s been probably about 6 months or so since the last episode. I definitely miss releasing monthly mixes. I also have some tracks in progress right now, so I hoping I can officially get something signed this year or the beginning of next year for sure.
Long-term goals: Some long-term goals I have in the works is the 5th Annual Sensory Sessions live event for next year. I have some production plans that I can’t wait for everyone see and experience it. Another long-term goal is to be able to get to a point where I can make music full time in my career.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I think I’ll see myself expanding my Sensory Sessions brand globally with either a label or hosting event nights. I want to see myself traveling and touring outside the US that’s for sure.

If you could collaborate with a one of your favorite producers who would it be and why?

Sean Tyas, his productions are quality. A chance in the studio with him would be a dream!

Any last words for myself and the fans?

I really want to thank you for taking the time to interview me. I appreciate your interest in getting to know me and my music. As for the fans, I want to thank them for their continued support. Without the support over the years I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. I’m very grateful!

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Interview: Manuel Le Saux Talks 2018




The Church of Trance - JAPAN

Manuel Le Saux’s career started at the end of nineties, at just 14 years old and the resident DJ in one the biggest club in Rome – a residency that lasted almost 10 years. In 2000 he started traveling all around Europe with his hi-octane and energetic trance sounds.

In 2013, he launched his own label called Extrema Global Music, which became one of the best trance labels in the scene today, further solidifying Manuel’s place forever in the history books.
His uplifting sounds has been appreciated on the floors at some of the World’s best-known electronic music festivals;- Tomorrowland, Dreamstate, A State Of Trance, Luminosity, ADE playing in every corner of the globe.

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Posted by Manuel Le Saux on Friday, June 29, 2018

Hi Manny, How’s everything? Has it really been 4 years since we saw each other?

Manuel Le Saux: Hi buddy, all is amazing here! Thanks for asking. It’s been a really long time since we’ve seen each-other, but i keep following you and your great work for the trance music scene.

Thanks for the kind words Manuel. You always been very supportive!

You just got back from a mini USA Tour. Tell me all about it!

Manuel Le Saux: It was really great! Had the chance to meetup with my amazing friends on the West Coast. I had two gigs in Los Angeles, one in Phoenix, and one in Kansas City. It was the Extrema Maxima Tour for my new compilation cd.


You had the opportunity to attend E3 Gaming Convention. We all know you’re a big gamer. What was it like?

Manuel Le Saux: Absolutely amazing! for a big gamer like myself, I felt right at home. So many gamers all together testing out new games of the future.

What is next for Manuel Le Saux? Tell me something myself and the fans are first to know!

Manuel Le Saux: Producing more trance music for you all, my long-running radio-show and managing the label. Soon I will be starting a new project under a new alias with a different kind of music.

Very interesting!

You have a new artist album in the works right? How’s that coming along? And will we see a different side of you?

Manuel Le Saux: At the moment its on standby, but almost finished. I’m working on some different styles of dance music to add to the album.

How’s Lola?

Manuel Le Saux: She’s doing great! But not a fan of the hot weather here in Italy.

What are some of your favorite tracks of 2018? And what upcoming producers do you recommend me to check out?

Manuel Le Saux: Really love Unbeat. Definitely keep an eye on this producer. Craig Connelly feat Roxanne Emery – This Life is one of my fav track this year.

Any last words for the fans?

Manuel Le Saux: Thank you Douglas and everyone’s continued support. Keep trance alive!! always!!

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DJ/Producer “Asteroid” Has Gone Full Supernova on The Trance Scene




Even though a late bloomer in the realms of trance music, Matt is certainly no stranger to the golden years of 2000’s hard trance with over 6 years experience producing in this genre. In 2016, he set his sights on the uplifting and tech trance world with the intention of creating hi-energy, melodic, uplifting and tech trance. After 2 years of experimentation, hard work and dedication, Matt’s work has been featured on labels such as Rielism, Black Hole Recordings, Monster Tunes, Extrema & Alter Ego Records and has also featured on the Top 10 selling compilation album – ‘Riel Trance’ by Rielism/Black Hole Recordings. A highly impressive list of signings for just 2 short years in trance music.  Check out Asteroid on the following pages: Facebook | Beatport | Soundcloud | Twitter | Youtube | Instagram

Hi Matt, Thanks for taking some time out for a little one on one!

Hey Douglas, no worries at all, thanks for having me.

You’re no stranger to the scene! You have been Producing/DJ quality productions and events for a number of years. For my readers who may not know your backstory can you give them a quick backstory?

Sure! Ok so between the years of 2008 and 2012 I was one half of a hard trance duo (Shock:Force) and we were extremely fortunate to play all over the world at pretty much all the biggest hard trance clubs and festivals including the infamous Q-Dance Defqon.1 in Australia. Fast forward to 2016 and I made the move to trance music, playing under a new solo project entitled ‘Asteroid’.

Over the past two years, you have quickly established a new name in the scene under “Asteroid”. Gaining the likes of some top names in such a short time, how was it transitioning from the harder sounds of dance music to the progressive/melodic/uplifting side of trance music?

It has been an incredibly tough transition actually. For the first year my music was too hard for trance labels to pick up, too dated in sound choice and also my production ability just wasn’t quite there. Fortunately, I’ve been able to work closely with some good friends in the likes of Thomas Crossley (Renegade System) and Darren Porter, both of which have helped me a lot, to get my productions to where they need to be.

A little bird told me you just got recently signed to a management/booking agency. Tell me about it!

That’s right. I’ve just been picked up by, To The Point Management, one of the most well connected agencies here in The Netherlands. They are responsible for amazing artists over the years including some scene legends like RAM and Richard Durand and still play host to a plethora of amazing artists, including Thomas Datt, Harmonic Rush, Alessandra Roncone, 2ND Phase and more. I’m really excited to see what happens for the rest of 2018.

What are some of your short term and long-term goals with your new alias!

Both my short term and long term goals are the same, keep my head down, work hard in and out of the studio and just do my absolute best to deliver music that trance fans will be able to connect to.

What is next for Asteroid? Tell me something exclusive!

I have some incredible remix and release opportunities lined up for the rest of the year but unfortunately, I’m not allowed to disclose more info on those projects at the moment.

You have a gig coming up in Vietnam. What are you expecting looking forward to most?

Ah, man!! I’m so excited for my debut in Vietnam and Asia in fact. I’ve always wanted to play there. I’m looking forward to trying traditional Vietnamese food and immersing myself in Asian culture. I will also be meeting a good friend of 9 years there that I haven’t seen for a long time. It’s going to be an amazing tour!

In three words, describe your sound.

Energetic, uplifting and aggressive.

If you could collaborate with a one of your favorite producers who would it be and why?

I would choose between two producers. Darren Porter, my long term mentor and now, friend. For me personally, nobody in the uplifting side of trance music gets anywhere near him for the kind of emotion and energy he provides in his music. The other dude is Vlind from Mexico, I’ve just recently done a collaboration with him and my good friend Gary Leroy. Vlind is here in Holland until the end of June and I just had to work with him. Nobody in the world sounds like this guy does, I love his music and to see him work and pick his brains a bit has been an amazing experience for me! More info on that collaboration soon!

Tell me about your studio setup.

I have a very modest setup compared to a lot of other producers actually. I run an i7 Macbook Pro, Focusrite interfaces and HEDD Type 05 monitors. I also use Beyerdynamics DT990’s for referencing too.

What are five cities you would love to play in?

Oh wow, I’m not sure. I’ve been lucky enough to play a lot of the places I’ve wanted to. Off the top of my head I think it would be awesome to play these cities.

  1. Buenos Aires

  2. Los Angeles

  3. New York

  4. Tokyo

  5. Jakarta

If you had 24 hours to live, what would you do?

I would want to spend it with all my favourite people. It wouldn’t have to cost a lot of money even, just to hang out with everyone I have a connection with. My loved ones and my best friends, that would be more than enough for me.

Any last words for the fans?

I don’t really like the term fans, so if I even have any, please don’t be a fan, be a friend. Come say hello if you see me, get involved in my posts on social media and let’s share the love for music together. Without you guys, I would just be some guy sitting in my studio making some noises. You are all awesome, thank you for every bit of support you show my music.

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