For those that don’t know, could you just explain a bit about the concept behind Materia?
Well it’s pretty easy; we had too much damn music ready to release it for the deadline. It was called Materia, we could not keep the deadline with the amount of music we had, everything these days is going so quick you know. So the last album start to feel, it held 17 tracks and we remember a tweet 3 or 4 weeks before release saying ‘This is my favourite album you guys did and my favourite trance album in the last 5 years but when do we hear new music?’ And we felt paralysed at that moment, like we’ve been working a year for 17 new tracks, writing them from scratch. And we were like Jesus Christ asking for new music after 3 weeks and when we ran into that dilemma, not holding the deadline we decided to split up the music and release it in two big EPs and after the second EP which is chapter 2, set for September, we’re only going to release the physical CD. We can stretch that whole release for a longer time period, we give people more time to listen to each individual track cause if you have 17 brand new tracks you might over skip music that you actually like just because there is so many tracks on an album right? So in the end of seeing a negative, we turned it around and was like hey we’re stretching out our releases for a longer time period and that why we work with chap 1 and chap 2 and chapter 2 music wise, I’m sure that question is going to come, it’s basically walking in the footsteps of chapter 1. Of Course it’s one album and it’s got like the similar kinds of sounds, so I think with chapter 2, if you like the chapter 1 you’re going to be more than happy with it. Sound wise it’s pretty similar of course all is produced within one year so it’s not going to change that much. We have some nice collaborations on it with Marcus Schulz, Jazz is on it, Alister produced another deep progressive track with us for it so yeah we’re super happy with the albums, with how chapter 1 worked. We’re hoping chapter 2 finds the same amount of fan love.
How well do you think the tracks on the new album relate to the festival environment and what can we expect from your set at SW4 this year? Is it going to incorporate a lot of tracks from the new album?
Oh absolutely because there is a new collaboration with Arcade and Treb on it, there is a new one with Erik Lunyer on it and a track with Markus Schulz on it. The average concept of these tracks is straight in the face, club music. Every single one of the tracks is working on the dance floor but one down tempo track with Jazz, all the other 8 are dance floor material. We actually hate to have 1-hour sets because we have too much music from our classics and chapter 1 and now with chapter 2, it’s pretty hard for us to decide what to play. When we play a longer set in the gallery, we play tracks from Eric Prydz and Hot Since 82. We play Jason Roth, above and beyond, our stuff, deeper stuff like cold harbour style. We have a wide range of styles especially for longer sets, it’s important play a little bit in waves a little bit up and down cause if you play in the red all the time then the third track won’t work anymore as good but if you go a bit down then it will kick in way better again which for us is the art of djing which is unfortunately getting lost a little bit but we still play to build a good vibe. If you build a good vibe you don’t just have to play your hits and hits and hits.