Down through the electronic ages, across the grand span of progressive and trance imprints, a special level of reverence is reserved for the name Bonzai Records. Renowned as the label birthplace of many of the twinned genres’ track & producer greats, its delivered the celebrated, scene-seizing likes of ‘Universal Nation’, ‘The First Rebirth’, ‘Sunrise At Palamos’, ‘Silver Bath’ and dozens upon dozens of others. All but synonymous with artists like M.I.K.E./Push, Plastic Boy & Yves De Ruyter, Bonzai has also been the enduring home to the incomparable talent that is Laurent Christian Georges Véronnez… better yet known as Airwave.
This summer, Bonzai Progressive – now the label group’s foremost imprint – are proud to present the first in a major new mix-compilation series. Taking the controls for the ‘001’ of ‘In The Mix – Progressive Sessions’ is that man Laurent.
Drawing on a professional lifetime of enthralling clubbers and at-home music lovers, Airwave brings his unique sonic blend to its first release. In doing so, he unites 30 current & upfront tracks that reside in the ever-porous nexus of trance, techno, house and (naturally!) progressive.
Among them are productions & remixes from the greats – Solarstone, Sean Tyas, Art of Trance, Robert Nickson and others, as well as newer talents like Alex Di Stefano, Gai Barone, Rick Pier O Neil, Matt Holiday and many more besides.
Airwave is a producer whose music, over a near-20-year career, has had press, DJs and fans drawing on words like “pioneer”; adjectives like “hypnotizing” & “mesmerizing” and reaching for phrases like “ahead of his time”. He now brings all of those qualities together to deliver two extraordinary mixes, making up the release of the first of the ‘In The Mix – Progressive Sessions’ series.
The Sunrise mix of ‘Cerulean Sky’ by UK/USA duo We Are All Astronauts opens Mix1 up wide. W.A.A.A.’s radiant vocal loops & FX cede to progressive don Moshic’s ether-steeped ‘A Lie Has No Legs’, the beachfront atmospherica of ‘Bayside Drive’ by Altek and the description-says-it-all Deep And Dark version of Airwave’s just-released ‘A Touch Of Grace’. The shrouded tones of Napalm & D-Phrag’s ‘That Evil Twin’ and Audio Noir’s ‘Spaghetti Western’ meanwhile score the first mix’s midsection deep. The humid trance-tropics of Nico Parisi’s ‘Settimana’ signal a tempo gearshift, as the mix builds, culminating with Gai Barone reworking of Solarstone’s alchemic ‘Nothing But Chemistry Here’.
‘Progressive’ in name certainly, but in actuality ‘Sessions’ second mix expands the album’s style universe far further. With Part .1 travelling the netherworlds of dark-tech & deeper, more atmospheric house, the second extends further into deep & psy-ish trance. Following the cooler strains of opener ‘A Story Tale’ from D.P.Kash’, it shifts into recent comeback kid Robert Nickson’s ‘Stars’, the pumping ‘Dactylion’ from Matt Holliday and the subterranean frisson of Sean Tyas’ ‘9am’. Further in, Alex Di Stefano again demonstrates his techno inclinations on ‘Dark Purple’, before Laurent works in (the exclusively featured) Rick Pier O’Neil remix of Art Of Trance’s ‘Before The Storm’. Keeping the trance Fahrenheit every bit as high are Reaky’s ‘Never Say Never Again’ and the labyrinthine thunder of ‘You Were Always There’ by Chris Oblivion, which close out the album.
Music for those that are prepped to take that one step further down the wormhole, ‘In The Mix 001 – Progressive Sessions – Mixed By Airwave’ is out now.
01 We Are All Astronauts – Cerulean Sky (Sunrise Mix)
02 Rise and Fall – Immersion
03 Moshic – A Lie Has No Legs
04 Altek – Bayside Drive
05 No One & Elliott Duquai – Maschine (Original Mix)
06 Airwave – A Touch Of Grace (Deep And Dark Mix)
07 Phi Phi & Roddy Reynaert – Atlan
08 Ewan Rill – Hunters (Original Mix)
09 Phi-Phi – Alone – Original Mix
10 Napalm & D-Phrag – That Evil Twin
11 Audio Noir – Spaghetti Western
12 Dark Soul Project & Mathov – The Dark Side & The Light (Dark Soul Project In Love Remix)
13 Nico Parisi – Settimana
14 Blufeld – A World Less Ordinary (Original Mix)
15 Solarstone – Nothing But Chemistry Here (Gai Barone Remix)
01 D.P.Kash – A Story Tale – Original Mix
02 Chris Sheridan – Nuances – Original Mix
03 Alex Vidal – Distant Lights
04 Robert Nickson pres. RNX – Stars (Original_Mix)
05 Matt Holliday – Dactylion (Part 2)
06 Kissoff – Twinkle (Ewan Rill Remix)
07 Sean Tyas – 9am
08 Robert Vadney – Sodomy
09 Alex Di Stefano – Dark Purple (Original Mix)
10 Art Of Trance – Before The Storm – Rick Pier O Neil Remix
11 Facade – Dystopia (Original Mix)
12 Reaky – Never Say Never Again (Original Mix)
13 Synergia Corpo feat. Noxdream Voice – Jupiter (Audio Teq & Dan K Remix)
14 Chris Oblivion – You Were Always There (Original Mix)
15 Satinka – The Way of the Ancients
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[title]More About Airwave[/title]
Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave aka many many other guises was born in Brussels in 1977, he is a naturally gifted artist and this manifested in him at the age of just 7. Influenced by the 80′s and 90′s sounds and by greats such as Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Oliver Lieb and BT, he honed his skills in music knowledge and technology. Laurent would then see demos picked up by the infamous Bonzai imprint in 1996 and the stunning Airwave – “I want To Believe” was released. In 1998 this was picked up by many top DJ’s including Sasha and Oakenfold and later on by an up and coming DJ, Tiesto. Airwave’s sound was and still is prominent in the UK and Dutch trance scene and this has helped a host of today’s top DJ’s be where they are now. His infectious music spread further in 1999 to Germany, Italy and the world and now Airwave is a very popular name on the EDM scene with a huge, loyal fan-base.
Versatility and great skill in the studio led to many collaborations including with his friend Jurgen Leyers forming together Fire & Ice and E.N.E.R.G.Y., with Georges Petkidis on some Planisphere tracks and with Marnik Braeckevelt as Antidote. The list continues with many other greats including Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E., Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Tale, Marcus Schulz and John 00 Fleming, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Breaking boundaries and turning his hand to many genres of music Laurent has as many as 500+ productions and remixes under his belt. Laurent then started to develop his DJing and live performances and has played in some big venues, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others back in the day.
In 2000 he embarked on a new wave of performance with gigs all over the world in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, with totally improvised keyboards while DJing and the Triloset was born and continues to this day. Fast approaching 20 years in the business, Laurent can never be pigeon-holed to one genre as his impressive list of albums will attest. His first album “Believe” in 2002 performed very well and this was to do well again in the 2004 album “I Want To Believe”. “Trilogique” soon followed and it is now that Laurent’s passion starts to come through in a big way. Released first in 2006 this album contains three parts, bringing the audience three different tastes of electronic music into one single package, “Trilogique” would go on to be a huge success reaffirming Laurent’s position in EDM. Many more albums followed and each have made their mark on the world.
Time saw him finally running Banshee Worx with his long time partners and friends Marnik and Fly, and also expanding his knowledge of acoustics in order to develop his career as a producer and as a sound designer among others. Laurent runs a monthly radio show called Progrez where he showcases a wide range of music, this is followed religiously by his army of fans the world over. Music that is full of emotion, special and unique with expressed feelings, many have claimed it has changed their lives for the better. When there are discussions on greats of EDM the name Airwave-Laurent always crops up.
He has a deep respect among his peers for his beliefs on the industry and he speaks honestly about how he feels and where he sees his musical vision take him. One of the most gifted artists of our time and with a passion still very strong we are sure to see a lot more from this man. Laurent’s works under many of his guises can be found at all good download stores and a comprehensive list of his various aliases can be found at Bonzai Music artist pages or Discogs.