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Origin:
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Decades:
2000-present

Above & Beyond are a British trance music group formed in 2000 and consists of the members Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. The trio are popular in the electronic dance music scene for their forward-thinking uplifting trance productions and collaborations with renowned vocalists. They have their own record label, Anjunabeats, which releases trance & progressive music, and they also host their own weekly radio show, Trance Around the World. The group's tracks are regularly played by DJs around the world, including Armin van Buuren, Gareth Emery, Ferry Corsten, ATB, and Kyau & Albert. On 28 October 2010 DJ Magazine announced the results of their annual Top 100 DJ Poll, with Above & Beyond placed at #5 in the world. Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki met at the University of Westminster where they were both studying a degree in commercial music. Having discovered a common mutual interest for electronic music, they decided to collaborate in writing music together, and not long later following Paavo's suggestion, they set up the Anjunabeats label in the summer of 1999 with the release of their first single 'Volume One' under the alias Anjunabeats. Initally, the Anjunabeats record label was founded as a medium to release their own music, however since the label acquired the same name as their production alias, they started to release music under different names, most notably as "Dirt Devils" and "Free State". The original mix of 'Volume One', packaged with their 'Tease Dub Mix', received immediate attention in various dance clubs, and quickly gained support from Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules and Paul van Dyk.

Following the success of 'Volume One' and a string of singles and remixes under their 'Free State' & 'Dirt Devils' alter egos, Marketing Director & Manager of the Warner Music Group Tony McGuinness, was alerted to the duo by his brother, Liam McGuinness. Having been commissioned to remix Chakra's "Home" track, Tony McGuinness recruited Jono & Paavo to help him complete the remix. When the group was searching for a name to use for their Chakra remix, the inspiration came from a web page belonging to an American motivational trainer coincidentally named Jono Grant. Jono had the poster stuck to his wall. The slogan used by the motivational trainer was "Above & Beyond", and they decided to use that as their name. Although the group was relatively unknown at the time, their remix of Chakra's Home was picked over remixes by Rob Searle and Tilt to be the A side mix, and after plays by Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1, it reached number one in the UK club charts.


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