Above & Beyond Talk New Album in Billboard Dance Interview
“Life is made of small moments like these,” proclaims the 2013 Above & Beyond “Anjunabeats Vol. 10” staple, “Small Moments.” The lyric is a quintessential piece to the English trance trio’s production, typed live on screen as the group simultaneously DJs in what is a marvel of multitasking. Hands thrust into the air, some of which clutch cell phones in their palms, audience members snap pictures of the inspirational messages broadcasted to the crowd.
Lately, Above & Beyond has enjoyed several larger career moments; the “Sun & Moon” producers recently appeared at Wynwood’s RC Cola Plant for a joint performance with Eric Prydz, later taking Ultra Music Festival’s Main Stage at 8:50 PM on Saturday, March 25th. With Miami Music Week bookings now concluded, the group sets its sights on George, Washington, where Saturday, September 16th will invite the celebration of 250 episodes of A&B’s wildly popular radio show, “Group Therapy.” Localized at the Gorge Amphitheater, the event is appropriately titled “Above & Beyond @ ABGT250.”
The September affair is reason enough for A&B fans to be excited, yet here’s another: the London based group is poised to release a new album in the coming months, as revealed in a recent interview with Billboard Dance’s Matt Medved. The interview canvasses the group’s involvement with Prydz—the members of A&B are self proclaimed “fan boys” of the “Opus” producer’s music—the current production stage at which the group’s next record rests— “we’re at the production stage where we’ve done most of the writing, and it’s now about deciding the aesthetic sound of the album”—and Above & Beyond’s preference for combining different working methods in the production of their unmistakable sound. While that last part is assumedly not news to anyone acquainted with a single A&B branded track, it is interesting to hear two of the three part alias discuss their use of a grand piano and an analog synth from the 70s in the same sentence.
The group currently resides at “a moment where you start to get worried that you may mess them [the new productions] up.” Their forthcoming album 3/4ths of the way complete, Above & Beyond confesses that they are deciding the “aesthetic sound of the album,” signifying that attendees at the ABGT250 event might just hear some brand new A&B.
Keep your ears in tune, and we’ll keep our eyes pealed for exclusive announcements regarding the latest A&B offering. For now, check out the Billboard Dance interview with Above & Beyond for a closer look at the group’s creative process of production.