Above & Beyond Fly to New York
In November 2014, Above and Beyond became the very first British DJs to headline a gig at Madison Square Garden. They were there to entertain 17000 fans and celebrate their 100th Group Therapy podcast.
For anyone who spends their weekends at London’s Ministry of Sound or listens to Trance and Progressive music, Above and Beyond are a household name. Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki, set up their own record label 15 years ago as an outlet for their mutual interest in electronic music and have since become one of the biggest UK musical exports.
Originally, Jono and Paavo put out singles and remixes under a number of aliases on their Anjunabeats label before becoming Above & Beyond with the arrival of Tony, a music marketing executive. Their DJ sets, favouring the anthemic “trance” genre, became renowned, entrancing an audience of 8,000 at their first full show in Beirut. One million fans attended a New Year’s rave in Rio de Janeiro in 2007. Their profile exploded in the US, which has fallen under the spell of Electronic Dance Music, after they began webcasting a weekly club mix radio show, called Group Therapy.
Working from their Bermondsey studio complex, the group produce their own material with their third album “We Are All We Need” released in January 2015. But instead of targeting chart success with star collaborators like Rihanna, a path pioneered by Calvin Harris, the world’s top-earning DJ, they chose trusted vocalists, like Richard Bedford, a singer-songwriter from Halifax.
This week, Above and Beyond have released the single, “Fly to New York”, the 6th track to have come from the album. The music video pays homage to the classic romantic comedy, “Sleepless In Seattle” which was shot partly at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
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