Transcending yourself in to the flow of the music with Above&Beyond
There are a lot of ways to describe the feelings you get a music festivals in general. But the difference between those and the ones I want to describe to you are of far importance when describing electronic music. When you attend festivals such as E-Zoo, you come out a inspired. Not just because of the insanity you were able to let out when dancing your face off to fast beats. Not because you get to forget about the world for even just a moment. In my opinion the most important thing its all about is the valuable connections that are made between the artists and the fans. Im not just talking the friends we make at the festivals, all though that is a very important part. I am talking about the way that artists such as Above & Beyond, are able to connect themselves with the people. Im not just talking about the way a lot of performers safe a few words in between tracks. They do something much different then that, they relate to us in a way that is so tantalizing. They go out of their way to make us feel like we are all a family. In all of the music festivals I have attended, I have never seen an artist hav
e the power to COMPLETELY control the emotions of every single person in the room. One minute they will making you cry uncontrollably, making sure that they adjust the lights in the rooms so that you can see one another. Then the next minute they are mastering these sounds and rhythmic beats that are just loud and but still soft enough that it'll make you want to look around and hug everyone you come into contact with. After that, they'll begin speed it up a little bit, easing into faster beats while also darkening the lights in the crowd, you'll feel it coming, an excitement that somethings about to happen. Whats that excitement building actually mean.... you ask? Click play below... <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gT2oAJIHmLo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Haha now that've had a chance to see just some of the surprises this groups has up their sleeve. Lets take it back a little bit and let me tell you how I more formally discovered above and beyond. It was when my best friend Shelbi Grever took a very special interest in them. We begun meeting at shows all over the united states to see them perform. After that, people start getting excited about the groups live radio station called Group Therapy. . The back story on that is, On 2 November 2012, Above & Beyond announced that Trance Around The World Episode 450 would be the last in the series. Over the next few days, until the announcement, a countdown clock was present with a theme track on Above & Beyond's Radio link. On 5 November 2012, Above & Beyond announced the launch of Group Therapy Radio, named after their second studio album Group Therapy2 "Group Therapy captures the relationship between us, our music and you, our audience, and the magic that happens when those three things interact. It's something you've all taken into your hearts and it lies at the centre of everything that we do - the community, the connection, the interaction. Our radio show is our weekly Group Therapy with all of you." —Above & Beyond October 2013, Above & Beyond celebrated Episode 050 of Group Therapy Radio (their 500th radio show overall) at Alexandra Palace in London with a live 6 hour broadcast. On 18 October 2014, Above & Beyond celebrated Episode 100 of Group Therapy Radio at Madison Square Garden in New York City with a live broadcast. My best friend Shelbi, her boyfriend Chris & our friend Ian flew across the country to come see this show with us. A&B took the stage following and performed a 2 hour set. During the set they debuted new music from their up and coming album "We Are All We Need". The previous day, 17 October 2014, Above & Beyond had debuted the new video for the title track off of "We Are All We Need" in Time Square. The entire set was so incredible, they put thousands of names of all different A&B fans into the form of a palm which is now the groups album cover. So A&B evolved into a family, this family will do whatever it takes to meet wherever we have to go just in an efforts to have another captivating trance experience. I can honestly say that when our little family gets together for an A&B show, it's like were meeting an old dear friend. It's hard not to smile as their witty comments & kind gestures. They care about the people and not just that, they
ARE the people. I want to wrap up my story by telling you about something pretty powerful A&B did for someone that I am very close with, they did this without even knowing they were doing so. We have this friend, his name is Colby Pierce. He's a tall, charming, kind hearted young man. He did everything he was supposed to in an environment such as Salt Lake City, Utah. The place where there is a lot of pressure to follow the LDS religion. Colby graduated high school and did just as he was supposed to, he sealed his heart into the church. Refrained from sex, alcohol and any other what they called “temptations.” He went away to the country of Uruguay and served a two year mormon mission where he met my husband, Landon. They spent six weeks together as mission companions and held on to a friendship ever since. Colby came home from his mission, met a LDS girl and married her in the mormon temple. He was married for over 5 years when one day this woman decided that she had rushed into marriage way to young and that she wanted a divorce. She wanted to rebel, get some tattoos and see what is was like to sleep with other men. As much as I hated her for hurting him, you have to kind of understand how this could happen. We asked Colby to come to NJ/NY and work with Landon, try to get away for awhile and separate himself from that situation. Colby came out to live and begun working with our little solar group. He was pretty successful but he just couldn't shake this terrible aching he had in his heart. For months the group of boys began taking him out to parties, introducing him to girls, getting him on the tinder app, all of that stuff.
Nothing seemed to be working after almost 8 months of trying the boys begun to get really worried about him. He stopped answering peoples calls and basically just hid out in his room. One morning I received an email from the director of The Thank You festival in Maryland. She'd attached two press passes to the email and invited me to attend on the basis of writing about it. I saw the line-up included Above&Beyond and I knew I needed to go kidnap Colby. I showed up at his apartment, didn't give him any choice and drove him 3 hours down to the festival. When we got there you could sort of tell his spirits were being lifted, not completely, he had a sad discontent look on his face. But he was willing to try. We danced around to Tiesto & krewella while trading Kandii bracelets with other festival goers. It began to get dark, I could feel it coming, the warm sensation in my heart that was telling me an old friend was here to say hello. I grabbed Colby's hand and took him into the middle of the crowd where we could see everything perfectly. The beat began to rise, “Close your eyes, put your hands in the air & adjoin them with mine. Forget that everyone else is here except us. Where words fail, music really does speak. Now listen,” I said. We hear, “I'm sorry baby, you were the sun & moon to me. I'll never get over you, you'll never get over me.” Colby's eyes filled with tears and he hugged me & danced with a pure look of bliss on his face for the entire performance. I know you're probably thinking, okay he heard the track sun&moon and liked the words, cool? But that's not the point of me telling you this. What they did for Colby was so mush more profound then that. They got to his level and related to what he was feeling. That song reminds people that when all hope is lost, you're not alone. We've all been there before, and there is a light. That light is music, that light is friendship, that light is f a m I l y. To this day he still tells me that was one of the best days of his life. He thanks me for it all the time, but I don't deserve the thanks in this. It goes to A&B, for all they do and will continue to do for us through their gift of music.