RB Weekend Preview: W&W + Cosmic Gate, Kill_Frenzy, and J. Phlip
June 5, 2018
June 5, 2018
Quote of Armin van Buuren early 2010:“W&W are truly the rising stars of trance. If I have to put my money on somebody, I put it on W&W.”
What started as a chance meeting at the 2007 Trance Energy has, in just under 4 years, solidified into one of the freshest, most exciting electronic dance acts on the scene. With it has come a new multifarious trance sound that, globally, has begun to shatter underground clubs, arenas and festivals. Banding together under the name W&W has seen the collective careers of Ward van der Harst & Willem van Hanegem go into overdrive… As spinners they’ve delivered due damage to club nights and festivals and in both 2010 and 2011, their A-list-hammered track portfolio saw them conclusively tip the ‘next big thing’ scales. Now, in the new decade, W&W are ready to rule.
2011 sees the guys embark upon a new adventure. In September, the debut album of W&W will be released on Armada Music. ‘Impact’ has all the essential W&W sounds to blow you away and take you in at the same time. Including some very exciting collabs, but never losing the essential W&W strength, ‘Impact’ is set to rule speakers and headphones alike.
The serendipitous Trance Energy meet quickly bore their debut W&W production, which came in the form of the mighty ‘Mustang’. ‘Arena’ followed up its freshman success and fast found the CDJs of luminaries like Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Sander Van Doorn & Judge Jules. Tipped by Armin van Buuren as “the best up-and-coming production duo out there”, W&W have continued to rock federation trance to its core with ‘Mainstage’, the Sean Tyas-remixed ‘D.N.A’ each bringing floors to critical mass. Followed by singles ‘Manhattan’, ‘Impact’, ‘AK-47’ and the very first vocal anthem ‘Three O’Clock’ featuring Ana Criado, W&W is in excellent shape for debut album ‘Impact’. Remix-side, their voracious rewires have proved equally as popular – most notably on Armin’s ‘Rain’ and those of, Aly & Fila, Allure, Marcel Woods & others.
Almost a year to the day since Willem & Ward first shook hands they quickly took up the spinning mantle. That route has taken them to some of the most respected nights out there. Ones that have come to include Poland’s Sunrise Festival & Entrance, Trance Energy, Tomorrowland, the A State Of Trance 450 and 500 gigs, Several Global Gatherings, Nature One and clubs like Ministry Of Sound London, The Guvernment Toronto & Amnesia Ibiza to name a few.
Now a regular standing fixture in the trance enthusiasts listening schedule, W&W’s Mainstage radio show exports their diverse sound around the world every week. Mainstage is all about showcasing the freshest music and exposing new talent to the world. Broadcasting weekly on Sirius XM, Kiss FM (Ukraine), Dance Paradise Radio (Brazil) and bi-weekly on the renowned Afterhours FM. In and amongst the intriguing Mainstage ID feature, where every week they’ll be playing a track so hot-damn fresh-off-the-desk, it can’t even be named, you’ll also now be able to vote in… Most Wanted! Through the fan forum you’ll be able to pick you favorite track of the fortnight and vote on it. The winner will be duly crowned ‘Most Wanted’ on the following show. Mainstage is also available as a podcast on iTunes and can be heard over here: http://podcast.wandwmusic.nl/