In the latest episode of Above & Beyond TV, a fan said that attending an Above & Beyond peformance is a religious experience, and as cliche as that sounds, it’s the best way to describe the magic that spreads at these Group Therapy shows. Watching how the fans in L.A had the same reaction as the fans in Beirut, Miami and the rest of the world, shows that no matter what continent Above & Beyond are playing on, they cast the same spell on everyone.
In a recent interview with Mixmag, Jono discussed “the playlist”, a list of hits that are continuously regurgitated in most DJ sets you’ll hear around the States today. The playlist is a result of the commercialization of EDM in America, and a cheap way for DJs to garner hype without taking any risks and really connecting on a deeper level with the people who pay to see them. Jono was quoted as saying, “In the process they lose all their identity. As an artist, you hope that people come to see you for your art, not just to hear the Top 10. A club could hire almost anyone to do that job”. This is what sets Above & Beyond apart from the rest of the producers and groups currently out there. They’ve been around for over a decade and no matter how big they keep getting, their goal today is still the same as it was twelve years ago, and that’s to make art.
Check out the latest episode of Above & Beyond TV, a fan made video created by some of the 15,000 people who attended Group Therapy L.A back in May. If you’ve ever been to an Above & Beyond show, you’ll find yourself agreeing with all of the sentiments expressed in episode 27.
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