Jerzy Gronostalski, aka DJ TranceIsland, was born and raised in Southern Poland. Starting at thirteen years old, he DJ-ed school dances. At the time, he used a reel-to-reel tape recorders – if you can believe that. He grew up listening to Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Klaus Shulze.
At twenty-one he “found himself” living in California’s Bay Area and his career path took him in the direction of technology and computers. While there, he also performed as a mobile DJ for weddings and parties. At that time he mainly played Modern Rock and New Age; artists like Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order and many others influenced him.
His love of nineties music transformed into Electronic Dance Music by 1995 with artists like Paul Oakenfold, David Seamen, and others using Global Underground music label were his main influence. After taking a break, he return in 2002 performing for youth dances and playing some the top 40 mixed with House and Trance music. After a couple of years, however, the drive toward Trance music became too strong and Jerzy migrated to playing trance and progressive music exclusively. Artists like Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and Roger Shah influenced him.
Tasadi has been captivating audiences for over a decade with a variety of talents, demonstrating his unbelievable insight and skills as a producer, remixer, engineer, radio host, and even label manager.
Already duly noted by several of dance music’s elite, such as Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, and Paul Van Dyk, Tasadi takes his passion for heavily rhythmic and melodically intense music and molds it into his own unique-sounding electronic blend that pushes all boundaries.
He already holds an amazingly diverse discography of originals with accolades from some of the world’s biggest labels, as well as grand remixes for top EDM artists including Gareth Emery, Solarstone, and Tilt (Andy Moor).
He has also completed a debut album, The System, released under the legendary Lost Language imprint with a massive follow-up double CD compilation album, Lost Language Exhibition Century.
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Mass EffEct (Justin Raczak) ( New York )
Mass EffEct (Justin Raczak) is quickly gaining a reputation as a breathe of fresh air to the New York Electronic Music scene. Bringing unparalleled energy to the decks, Mass EffEct taps the power of psy and vocal trance, progressive and house music to feed a constant surge of enthusiasm to the masses. Giving the dancers on the floor a run for their money, he can often be found jumping up and down boundlessly behind the tables.
Infusing various genres of music within a single set, Mass EffEct has become popular for a constant barrage of shock and awe moments leaving listeners in a mind-blown state of disbelief with no other course of action but to dance. On top of playing from the most popular tracks around the world, Mass EffEct has also played several original tracks and remixes of his own leading to a full album release in the near future.
If the stunning and engaging sound wasn’t enough to get any music lover on their feet and into the show, Mass EffEct can often be found sporting his super-bright LED light gloves behind the decks offering a visual splendor to the sweet, sweet audible candy.
Mike “Puff” Pipitone
Mike “Puff” Pipitone, is a DJ and composer and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York where his love of music and all it has to offer isn’t just limited to his home borough, but rather the Big Apple as a whole. Michael is a self-taught DJ and electronic music producer. Michael was introduced to music at the tender age of 10 when he was introduced to both the piano and violin which helped give him a great appreciation and understanding of music and how to compose as well as just listen to different sounds they both created. He has been professionally working in music since the age of 15. Since Michael has been a part of the New York City club scene since he was 16, being in that environment really gave Michael an education in not only the music production aspect, but also the business end as well. As a producer, he learns how to mix his favorite styles of music with his own personal experiences to give his audience a great treat to the ears. Michael mainly incorporates the styles of trance and it’s variations in his music, he tries to have his listeners take the same musical journey as him when they listen. With such influences as DJ Tiesto, DJ Scot Project and Dumonde it is clear to hear where Michael goes creatively. In addition to his main love of trance, he also likes to dabble in all the sounds that rock, hip-hop and popular music have to offer. In 2007, Pipitone and musical partner and collaborator Lou Aiese formed Valor Recordings, which gives both men full creative control and the opportunity to play by their rules when it comes to the music and their creative minds. Valor Recordings is a definite force to be reckoned with in the electronica music genre. Michael’s greatest passion is nurturing and perfecting his talent as well as teaching and creating with future musical prospects. He is in the process of experimenting with other genres of music with hopes of creating a new genre set to his own standards within the music industry.
Reen (TJ Windsor) Annapolis, MD
Reen’s love for dance music started back in 1997 when he attended a rock concert in which The Prodigy headlined. After seeing them perform, it was then that his musical taste completely shifted to the dance music scene. It wasn’t until 2006, however, that the motivation for becoming a DJ finally took over. After attending his first Winter Music Conference event in Miami, FL, he decided it was now his time to become a DJ. He bought a pair of Pioneer CDJ’s and developed his skills early on by spinning electro, progressive & trance. After spending a few years DJing locally, his love for uplifting & progressive trance fully took over. Currently, he is developing his talents on the producing end of the spectrum while also hosting 2 radio shows which are broadcast worldwide.
‘Harbor Sessions’ airs every Wednesday on www.hard.ssradiouk.com
(Broadcast from the UK) 6pm EST | 11pm UK | 12am CET
‘Tri City Trance’ airs every 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month on www.trance.fm
(Broadcast from Holland) 5am EST | 10am UK | 11am CET
http://hard.ssradiouk.com/category/shows/harbor-sessions/ (Harbor Sessions Homepage & Podcast)
http://reenmusic.podomatic.com (Tri City Trance Podcast)
SIM7 (Wetumpka, AL)
Recognized for his unique and distinctive sound, SIM7 has already made an impressive mark in the trance scene by being featured at such massive events as “enTrance” and “A State Of Trance.” That comes as no surprise, considering that the raw and edgy sound of SIM7, described by many as a combination of lush leads with driving and progressive basslines, makes for a one-of-a-kind musical identity that cuts through the clutter and delivers an unrivaled aural experience.
Partly a perfectionist, partly an impulse-driven artist, SIM7 always lets his personality shine through music. His mix sets and productions are known for creating a harmonic journey and placing the audience in the moment, exciting their senses and triggering their emotions. And it is the combination of these unique qualities that helped SIM7 secure a steadily growing audience of fans and supporters all over the world. In fact, SIM7‘s signature United In Trance™ show continues to receive massive worldwide support with over 1,500 monthly downloads in over 50 countries. Furthermore, the show steadily remains in the “Top 10” along with such talents as Ernesto vs Bastian, Adrian Ivan, Sophie Sugar, Talla 2XLC, and Simon Patterson.
United In Trance™ is a globally recognized trademark show produced and hosted by SIM7. The monthly show showcases the full spectrum of the best trance music, featuring some of the hottest and euphoric trance tunes from the well known to the yet undiscovered talents of the worldwide trance scene. In fact, the show’s success has already been marked by receiving over 30 “Mover & Shaker” ranking awards.
United In Trance™ show, however, is only one of many SIM7’s projects. In his constantly evolving studio, SIM7 continues collaborating with top international DJs and producers on various musical projects, as well as working on production of his own tracks, re-edits, remixes, and mashups which are already getting massive support from such top talents as Rank 1, HeatBeat, and Andy Moor.
In his sets, SIM7 does not restrict himself to a narrow sub-genre of music, but takes risks with unfamiliar and unique tunes. He may easily play a Progressive House, Epic/Melodic, Vocal/Uplifting, or a Tech Trance record, which played at the right time, sets off the energy built up by the audience into frenzy, and that is one of the things that make his sets memorable.
Regardless of whether he is DJing or producing, however, SIM7 always creates great lasting memories that leave the audience with their hands up in the air! And that is exactly what he does best!
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DJ Neil Zaken (New York City)
Neil Zaken a.k.a. DJ Zaken is a 23-year-old New York native. During his last year of studies at the University at Buffalo, Neil bought DJ equipment and began compiling mixes. His admiration for trance music sparked his interest in DJing. At first, he began using virtual DJ on his laptop and he eventually purchased a Hercules RMX midi mixer. Eventually his passion for DJ-ing became more intensified and his mixes began gaining more attention. This led to his most recent purchase, Pioneer CDJ’s and a Pioneer DJM mixer. Although he has only been mixing for a little over a year, DJ Zaken recently had the opportunity to DJ at Pacha NYC, and his goal is to become more proficient so that his mixes will eventually capture the hearts of more people.
Neil would love to take over the trance music scene in New York City. Being influenced by artists such as Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and Markus Schulz, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Max Graham, Paul Van Syk, Sean Tyas, Guiseppe Ottaviani, and Simon Patterson, has led him to idolize these artists. His dream is to one day be able to mix in front of large crowds such as the crowds his idols get to mix in front of, and he hopes that 2011 will be a big stepping stone towards that goal. He enjoys seeing the expressions people have on their faces when dancing to the music he is mixing his favorite trance and progressive tracks.
It is clear that DJ Zaken’s short run is only the beginning of what is sure to be a long journey. His next interest is to begin producing in order to gain more knowledge of the music, and eventually create beats that will be pumping in clubs for years to come.
DJ Zaken’s mixes can be found on his Facebook and SoundCloud accounts below.
Enjoy the music and thanks for your feedback!
DJ Spector ( Los Angeles )
DJ Spector started listening to Electronic Dance Music in 1999 when he moved to New York City. Early influences were Alice DJ, ATB, and especially Paul Oakenfold on the Radio 1 Essential Mix World Tour. He fell in love with House music during his brief stay in Florence, and got his first set of turntables in 2002, mixing the likes of Mark Farina, Danny Taneglia, and Roger Sanchez.
In early 2004, DJ Spector got back in touch with his true musical love: Trance. He has since been tearing it up with uplifting, progressive, bassline driven trance. Influences are Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, Myon & Shane 54, and way too many others to name.
DJ Spector believes, trance speaks to the heart and connects you to the spirit of the universe. There is no feeling in the world like when you favorite track is about to peak, bassline ready to drop, and the club is waiting in anticipation..