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When I hear the words “group therapy”, my mind immediately links to the English trance group, Above & Beyond. For over a decade, Johno Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamaki have worked together bringing us trance music that has depth and emotion. Their uplifting electronic dance music has once again landed them a spot in the Top 100 DJs list. They placed #5 in the world so you know they’re good!
Their latest album, Group Therapy, features collaborations with Zoe Johnston and Richard Bedford. The song “Sun and Moon” has become the hit song that everyone at a show sings along, too. It is simply captivating and will leave you with goosebumps.
They are currently on their Group Therapy tour and I would say I’m more than lucky to have had my own dose of therapy four times (Obsessed much?). Out of all the shows and festivals I’ve ever been to, I can honestly say the connection they have with their fans is like no other. I have never felt such energy and love between the artist and fans. Especially now with their Group Therapy tour, they encourage love and support from one another. They emphasis how crucial it is for us to appreciate those around us.
I cannot talk about Above & Beyond without mentioning their amazing lightshows. I cannot even put into words for you how absolutely mesmerizing their whole event production are. They’re famous for their direct crowd interaction via live video messaging on the drop screen projector. Their interaction with the crowd on top of the lightshows enhances the experience of euphoria during a show.
A couple months ago, Above & Beyond introduced to us their video to “Small moments like these”. The music video is made up of clips from their shows over the past year. A four-minute video that expresses little moments they’ve all had including clips sent in from fans.
Beautifully chilling moments are captured in this video whether it’s from them traveling or a fans moment of pure bliss during a show. The video ends with the message from the trio stating, “Life is made of small moments like these.”
I guess what I’m trying to say is Above & Beyond have given me exactly what they strive for – group therapy. They are the few artists that you can genuinely say produce great music and are great people too. You can listen to their weekly podcast “Trance Around the World” here.
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