"Time for some Group Therapy" – Above & Beyond
Even by their sky-high standards ABOVE & BEYOND are currently flying, well, above and beyond. If one word sums up the phenomenon of Above & Beyond then that is surely it. Whether it's the thousands of A&B fans singing their lyrics back at them at gigs from Beirut to Brixton, or the millions that tune in for their weekly Group Therapy radio show, connection – real human connection - is at the heart of all things that define Above & Beyond.
Above & Beyond is Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and PaavoSiljamaki and their story is one of constant movement. From their early days as hotly tipped producers to their current global standing, Jono, Tony and Paavo have remained as down-to-earth and determined as ever – always focused on the next goal. Over their 13-year history, this dedication has continually paid off. A band first and foremost, Above& Beyond are songwriters as much as they are DJs and their second album "Group Therapy" has taken their sound to new heights.Since the release of Group Therapy, the intense atmosphere at Above &Beyond's increasingly ambitious live performances has redrawn the parameters of the DJ set. While so many superstar DJs place themselves at the centre of the show, Above &Beyond's focus is always on getting closer to their crowd and making them part of the action.
Whether that is by bringing fans up on stage to press the play button on their CDJs or communicating with the fans via their visual screens, the effect is to make everyone in the room feel like they are part of an experience that is at once epic, immersive and interactive.Like just about everything they turn their attentions to, it is a labour of love as well as a collaboration of the trio's energies. De La Soul weren't wrong. Three really is the magic number: and in Above &Beyond's case the magic is spreading faster than ever before.
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