Above and Beyond is a three-man electronic and trance music group founded in the year 2000, and based in London, United Kingdom. The group is rated one of the most successful progressive trance groups in the world. They have made it to DJ Magazine’s list of Top 100 DJs since 2004. So far, the British music band has four studio albums to their credit including Tri-State (2006), Group Therapy (2011), We Are All We Need (2015), Common Ground (2018). Their fame has grown above and beyond and they seem to only be getting better. Get to know them some more with these 5 key facts.
1. Who Are The Above and Beyond Crew!
Above and Beyond is made up of Jono Grant, Paavo Siljamäki and Tony McGuinness.
Jonathan “Jono” Grant is a 39-year-old English Disc Jockey and record producer and the youngest of the trio. Some of his individual productions include Let The Light Shine and Nocturnal Creatures.
Paavo Olavi Siljamäki is a 42-year-old English DJ, music producer and Finnish dance musician who has been active in the music profession since 1990. He goes by other names as a solo artist including POS, Silky-Mac, Cybersonic, and Pump2Funk. Apart from Above and Beyond, he also belongs to the Fatum electronic music group.
Anthony Patrick James McGuinness, known professionally as Tony McGuinness is a 50-year-old British Trance DJ and producer. He is the oldest of the Above and Beyond trio and has been active in the music scene since 1988. McGuiness is also a guitarist and songwriter with cult indie band Sad Lovers & Giants.
2. This Is How They Started
For the above and Beyond trio, it was a very interesting beginning. First, it happened that Jono Grant met Paavo Siljamaki at the Westminster University in 1999 while they were both students there. This was also where the two discovered that they both have interest in electronic music, so they agreed to assist each other in writing songs.
In pursuit of this decision, Grant and Siljamaki created Anjunabeats, a label they would use in publishing their songs; they also adopted the moniker as their professional name. The duo soon produced a single together titled “Volume One” which they released under the Anjunabeats label. But considering the fact that they were using the same thing as their record label and professional name, they started releasing songs using other names such as Dirt Devils, Free State, and so on.
Grant and Siljamak’s music started moving towards a breakthrough after they submitted a CD copy of “Volume One” to DJ Paul Oakenfold. With the influence of DJ Oakenfold, the song immediately became popular in dance clubs and nightclubs and among other popular DJs. The success of “Volume One” as well as some other songs and remixes by Grant and Siljamak soon got the attention of Tony McGuiness, Managing Director of Warner Music Group. McGuiness then summoned the duo to help him remix a song by Chakra titled ‘Home’ and that was how McGuiness entered the picture.
After producing the remix, they titled it “Above and Beyond”, a slogan gotten by Grant from the poster of an American motivational trainer whose name is coincidentally, Jono Grant. Chackra’s “Home” remix sold very well and was preferred and rated above remixes by already popular producers such as Rob Searle, Tilt, etc. It went on to hit first place on the UK club charts after it was played on BBC Radio 1.
The Above and Beyond trio continued to thrive, producing highly rated remixes of songs by singers such as Aurora’s “Ordinary World”, Fragma’s “Everytime You Need Me”, Perpetuous Dreamer’s “The Sound of Goodbye”, Adamski’s “In the City”, and Madonna’s “What It Feels Like for a Girl”, among others. All these helped to create a solid platform for the group as well as pushing them to the limelight in the electronic music arena.
In 2002, Above and Beyond made their first professional DJ appearance in Tokyo together with DJs Ferry Corsten and Tiësto. This debut outing which was witnessed live by 8,000 clubbers, became the trio’s breakthrough. Their fan base gradually increased and they started making appearances at major world music concerts and festivals.
3. What You Don’t Know About Anjunabeats
Anjunabeats is a form of electronic, trance and progressive house music. The record label was formed by producers Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki of Above & Beyond in 2000.
The name, Anjunabeats was taken from Anjuna, the name of a beach in Goa, on India’s western coast. The Anjuna beach used to be a popular hippie destination in the 1960s and ’70s. It is, however, still popular with backpackers and other tourists.
4. Above and Beyond Radio Shows
Above and Beyond music group started producing radio shows since 2004. Some of their radio shows include Anjunabeats worldwide, Trance Around The World (2004-2012) and Group Therapy radio (2012-present).
The ongoing 450-episode Group Therapy Radio is a two-hour weekly radio show which holds on Fridays at 7 pm UTC +1. The three members of the group host the program in turns with the last half an hour of each show dedicated to a guest mix by a guest DJ.
Apart from their own radio programs, the group has made appearances on other radio shows, including BBC Radio 1’s “Essential Mix”. They have also won Essential Mix of the Year Award twice – a feat that has never been achieved by any other artist.
5. The Group’s Other Names
Above and Beyond also goes by other brand names including the following:
- OceanLab – a vocal trance group they formed with Justine Suissa
- Rollerball –
- Tongue Of God –
- Tranquility Base –