We would like to send a massive congratulations to the Beats In School x Anjunabeats competition winner: Joel Freck!
Late last year, we entered in a competition sponsored by Beatport and Mixcloud for the chance to win a year long mentorship with the one and only Anjunabeats. To enter, we needed to produce a new mix and place a brand new original tune at it's centre. In November, we were left pretty over the moon to discover that our entry was one shortlisted along with just 1...9 other finalists worldwide.
For the final phase; we were asked to complete a video interview for the judges so that they could to get to know us a little better - and to no doubt make sure we knew our stuff! So, we dusted off our film and TV editing skills to produce the video below and sent it in to Anjuna HQ.
Although our entry hasn't resulted in the competition's 1st prize mentorship -- we realize the experience in assembling the mix, producing an original track and working alongside other friends and family to produce this video would have just made winning a cherry on top. We had an absolute blast along the way!
So, if you've ever wondered a bit about what makes us tick in or outside of the music world, maybe a bit about how we got started, or just what we're like around each other -- then you may just get something from this little slice of Illuminor life.
Once again, we'd like to wish all the very best to the other finalists and to Joel; well done mate - I'm sure you will put the mentorship to good use!
Thank you to everyone who came down to catch us with Paul Van Dyk and MaRLo last weekend. Things didn't quite go to plan with PvD finishing his set an hour early, and so we ended up playing an impromptu uplifting set with Matty S. With the room rebuilt and raring to go, MaRLo came out and hammered it all the way home to top off a pretty eventful evening in Perth. With a tonne of great moments, here are a few that made our night! M&J
2.5 years ago...
Round 2 is tonight! #paulvandyk
Imagine rubbing shoulders with a man who carved out the foundations of what you love in music today. Last night we were incredibly fortunate enough to do exactl...y that. Paul Van Dyk, you've set the standards that most artists can only dream of meeting... But after talking to you last night, it sounds like some of the best is yet to come. We can't wait to see what's next for you and the Vandit family!
There are few acts on planet Earth who can claim to have the clout that Paul Van Dyk does. Instrumental in SO many people's love for quality melodic dance music -- it was For An Angel that served as a true foundation to our own Trance & Progressive journey. We simply wouldn't be the same without it!
We hope you aren't all partied ...out from the festive season; because this is going to be a big one.
Come and get 2018 started the right way with us tomorrow night...!
Caught out for something to do on NYE and are a sucker for melody like we are?
Chicane AKA Nicholas Bracegirdle is a living legend of the Trance fraternity, responsible for tracks like Don't Give Up, Offshore and of course; Saltwater. He's also a major inspiration behind why we are here producing the kind of music that we do.
He's touching down in Perth this New Years and thanks to Scion Night Club - we have 25 free tickets to give away for those first in and best dressed....
If that sounds like you -- jump on it now via the link below and secure yours before they dry up!
It has been one hell of a year.
It honestly blows us away to see the reach of our music sometimes and we couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to keep doing what we are truly passionate about.
Thankyou to everyone who has been a part of our journey so far. Whether you have streamed our tunes, been to one of our shows, flicked us a message or just hung out with us and talked shop - we you!!...
Bring on 2018 with you legends.
#TBT to the 2013 Perth Dance Music Awards! 🔈
After being handed the award for the #1 Perth Trance DJ - we were asked to play a short (and sweet) 45 minute set - bringing to a close the last ever PDMA event.
We um'd and ah'd for about 5 minutes in consideration of what the right thing to play might be, but the answer was obvious; balls to the wall classic Trance!...
With a room full of seasoned Perth dance music veterans, we rammed home things like Adagio For Strings, Clear Blue Water and Dark Side Of The Moon to name a few.
A very proud day for us and in our humble opinions, a perfect way to send off a wonderful Perth institution. We also danced like giddy school girls, as evidenced in this photo 😝🤣
What a day
We've just spent the last couple of days filming and editing the final component of the Anjunabeats x Beats In School competition -- which is a video interview / short documentary covering a bit about us and our mindset... Finally we can say that all of the homework has been done and we are officially finished!
It has been a crazy couple of months, but to come this far in the process, we've felt pretty blessed. We'd like to wish all of the other finalists the best of luck and... given the quality of finalists - we have no doubt a worthy winner will be crowned!
Here is one of many short outtakes that didn't quite make the cut - any long term fan of Anjunabeats is probably going to have something to say here...😂
Over to you, judges...
Extra, extra, read all about it!!
2017 has been a crazy ride so far - and funnily enough - it feels like we're only just getting started....
In this feature you can find out a bit about what makes us tick and what's just around the next corner.
Thank you Miguel and the whole team for putting in such an effort to help get behind us! You are the true legends!
So in a very exciting twist of events; it appears that we have made it as a finalist in the Anjunabeats Beats In School competition!!!
We submitted a mix and a brand new original track just a couple of weeks ago, and this morning we've noticed our name among just 19 others within the shortlist!
The competition offers the chance to win a whole host of goodies for the studio, but the grand prize is truly priceless: a mentorship from Anjunabeats themselves....
Those who have tracked us on our journey so far will know what that would mean to us; as a bit of a spiritual home - it's a place we've always come back to where integrity, soul, melody and of course emotion are at the very core.
It's no easy feat to steal an ear from Anjuna HQ - so we count ourselves pretty lucky already!
If you haven't heard our submission yet, you can over at Mixcloud along with all of the other worthy finalists!
Thankyou for your continued support.
As always, M&J
Production is now completely mobile!
Thanks to Metabox for hooking me up with an absolute MONSTER of a laptop that is faster than my desktop in every single way.
I picked up an RME Babyface Pro yesterday to round out the package -- which means that today it's off to wherever the inspiration strikes!...
Hope your Monday is as fun and musical as mine!