After last year’s massive OPEN UP 200 event with John Askew & Simon Patterson, they wanted to come back this year with a very special guest, one of the pioneering psytrance artists of the millennium, ASTRIX! This takes place on Saturday, September 2 at Soundbar in Chicago. For those who are true trance fans, this is a special treat to enjoy this year’s Labor Day Weekend. Tickets can be purchased, HERE.
Astrix has been one of the leading trance producers and DJs in the world for more than a decade, carrying his musical message of psychedelic emotional uplifting trance to every corner of the world, to the biggest urban clubs and far away beaches, huge festivals and underground events. Devoted to his art and a true perfectionist, Astrix is known for his massive hypnotic explosive sets on the dancefloor and for his precise detailed production in the studio. Both always laced with tons of feel and musicality. His music has been topping the charts and his albums are considered milestones.
John Askew is, without doubt, one of the hottest tech/trance producer/DJs in the UK, if not the world, right now. After the huge success of his debut single “Vellum” in 2001, he has delivered release after release of consistently high quality club music – either through his own Discover label or via one of his many remixes for high profile labels such as Duty Free, Ministry of Sound, Euphonic and Paul Van Dyk’s legendary Vandit.
From guest appearances on BBC Radio One, to hosting his own show on London’s prestigious Kiss 100, from exclusive residencies at 3 of the World’s most influential clubs (The Gallery, Cream and Ministry of Sound) to an ever increasing diary of guest slots around the world, John Askew is now enjoying the rewards of over a decade of consistently hard work.
After spending most of his teens playing guitar in a variety of local rock bands, John’s musical alliance was suddenly disrupted when he attended a rave in Cornwall in 1993. He immediately ditched both his band and his beloved Les Paul in exchange for a pair of decks.
Today, John has taken a step back from the running of Discover in order to concentrate on his new project – Kompressed Recordings. With Discover often being credited in the press as a trend setting label that separates itself from the ‘run of the mill’ commercial pop-trance that has flooded the UK market in the last 5 years, there are now a huge number of industry people and Discover fans keen to hear what the opening releases of Kompressed will deliver.
With 21-consecutive Beatport number ones with massive singles such as ‘Dissolve’, ‘Now I Can Breathe Again’, ‘Apex’, ‘The One’, ‘Shadows’ (with Astrix), ‘Brush Strokes’, ‘Northern Lights’, ‘Here and Now’, ‘Latika’, ‘Thump’, ‘Smack’, ‘F-16’, ‘Bulldozer’, ‘Mood Swing’ – Simon Patterson’s production back catalogue is an astonishing list of hit after hit record. All records that retain absolute credibility in both the underground as well as the overground.
Simon Patterson is the master craftsman of melancholic melody and the premier purveyor of razor sharp beats.
Simon’s Open Up brand is firmly established as the market leader for high-quality underground trance, tech, and PSY. His weekly OU radio show is the hottest showcase of music from the tech and PSY scene as well as being the first place to hear the fresh sounds emerging from Simon’s studio.
His sell out OU live shows continue to bring a unique and futuristic visual/audio experience to the hottest dance floors worldwide and he recently completed two residency runs on BBC Radio 1 confirming Simon’s popularity and position in the UK as being as prominent as it is worldwide.
Simon Patterson headlines the coolest festivals and clubs the world over. His tour schedule is relentless. He is a key player at all major Insomniac events including Dreamstate, EDC, Beyond Wonderland and regularly appears at ASOT, Creamfields, Tomorrowland, BAT, Evolution, Mayday, Luminosity and countless other leading electronic events.
Simon Patterson is pioneering a new sound and clubbing experience that fuses cutting edge audio with an insane custom visual experience (developed by genius visual producers Rebel Overlay).
Touring extensively in the US Simon now resides in Miami in order to meet the demand for his sound in the states. The EDM bubble has burst and the armies of kids who grew up on bland and monotony are now craving something with more depth and soul.
Along with Astrix, John Askew, Freedom Fighters, Sean Tyas, Will Atkinson and Blazer – Simon is one of the VII elite, a new record label and brand pushing the boundaries of cutting edge tech and PSY.
Simon Patterson is also now signed to Insomniac Recordings / Interscope in the US. Watch this space for the biggest hits of his career to date.
With each new dawn, new sounds, new ideas, and new visions are born. And today Simon Patterson spearheads a new wave of sounds taking futuristic electronic stimulation to a new level as he fuses an innovative blend of music, technology, and visual art.
Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with John Askew.