Above & Beyond: 1999 – Present

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Above & Beyond is an English trance/vocal trance music group consisting of members Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki. Formed in London, England, in 2000.

They are the owners of London-based electronic dance music labels Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, and also host a weekly radio show titled Group Therapy Radio.

The group has a total of four members, vocalist Justine Suissa, Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness.

1999 (Formation)

Grant and Siljamäki met at the University of Westminster.

Having discovered a common mutual interest for electronic music, they decided to collaborate in writing music together.

Following Siljamäki’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. 

The original mix of “Volume One,” packaged with their “Tease Dub Mix,” received immediate attention in various dance clubs and quickly gained support from DJs such as Pete TongPaul OakenfoldJudge Jules, and Paul van Dyk.

Following the success of “Volume One” and a string of singles and remixe 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. Grant 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.

Early Productions & DJ Career (2001-2005)

Interest in Above & Beyond soon emerged from established trance labels and new remixes were requested: the trio remixed Aurora’s “Ordinary World,” Fragma’s “Everytime You Need Me,” Perpetuous Dreamer’s “The Sound of Goodbye,” and Adamski’s “In the City.”

These tracks served as the foundation for Above & Beyond’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading vocal trance remixers.

In 2001, Above & Beyond produced a club mix for the Madonna single “What It Feels Like for a Girl”, and also remixed select tracks by Delerium, Three Drives, and J-pop artist Ayumi Hamasaki.

The first single to be released in 2001 was the song “Clear Blue Water” which was remixed by several artists, but the most successful remix was done by Ferry Corsten. The track peaked at #48 in the UK Singles Chart in April 2002.

In 2002, Above & Beyond made their DJ debut in Tokyo performing for 8,000 clubbers alongside Ferry Corsten and Tiësto.

As their fan base increased, the trio began to make regular appearances at some of the world’s largest music festivals and clubs, including Rockness, Glastonbury and Creamfields in the UK and Amnesia in Ibiza, Spain.

In 2003, Above & Beyond remixed Tomcraft’s “Loneliness,” Motorcycle’s “As the Rush Comes,” as well as being asked back by Madonna to remix “Nobody Knows Me.”

Other remixes included Britney Spears’ single “Everytime,” Dido’s “Sand In My Shoes,” and Delerium’s “Silence.”

Tri-State Era (2006–2008)

In 2006 Above & Beyond started their 1st album Tri State.

A great song from Tri-State is ‘World on Fire”


And our favorite from Tri State is, “Hope”

2008 Above & Beyond – Sirens of the Sea (Ocean Lab)

In 2008 Above & beyond started their 2nd album, Siren of the Sea.

In addition to Above & Beyond’s production work, the trio also established the vocal trance group called OceanLab with Justine Suissa

The group’s initial success was aided in part by popular trance musicians remixing their original work.

The second single “Sky Falls Down” was released in 2002 and remixed by Armin van Buuren.


OceanLab – On a Good Day

Justine Suissa has also collaborated with several popular producers and DJs, including Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz and Robbie Rivera.

She first came to the attention of the trance scene when her vocals were featured on the Chicane track Autumn Tactics in 2000, on the album Behind The Sun. The version above is the Thrillseekers club remix.

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(Above & Beyond)

On January 30th 2014, McGuinness and Siljamäki confirmed via Reddit that the artist name OceanLab would no longer be used on future productions, and that Justine Suissa now be identified as a part of Above & Beyond

 

Group Therapy Era (2011–2013)

In 2010 Above & Beyond started their 3rd album.

2014 Above & Beyond

In 2014 Above & Beyond started their 4th album, an acoustic album. Taking a while new approach to music, which we find.. very.. unique and refreshing.

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Above and Beyond (Ocean Lab)

 

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