The art of the DJ is not always about that big main room, peak time, hands in the air experience. One of the most difficult things to master, for any artist, is also the essential craft of warming up the dance floor.
Being able to take a crowd at their very beginning and draw them into the music, step by step, bit by bit increasing the pace and the tempo, the beats and the melody until you have them in the palm of your hand and are unready to unleash the mother of all sets, is something that takes time, practice and an inbuilt ability to read the party. Something that Canadian legend Max Graham has in abundance.
Renowned around the world as a master of both warm-up and main set, Max’s beautifully tempered mixing has an initial delicacy and finesse that builds through into a mind-blowing big time dance floor explosion, giving you exactly what you want from the music before leaving you on a hypnotically euphoric conclusion. Here on the first in his Cycles series, he perfectly demonstrates this concept, giving you the ultimate Max Graham experience across two stunning CDs.
“The first part of the album is more of an opening set,” Max explains, “where the beats pick up in energy but don’t give it all away right away. I love to tease, to make people beg for that peak time energy. Then when they get it, it’s that much more satisfying and rewarding. Give it up too soon and you lull them into complacency. If you wait for the right time to really take off everyone leaves a lot happier.
“CD2 is that peak time vibe that leads into the melodic and emotional cool down that I try to always include in a 2, 3 or 6 hour set. That moment when you’re exhausted from
the dance floor session and it becomes more of a “listen” than a “high energy jump around the room” vibe, but still has that “is he really doing this right now?” sound – just when you think it’s ending and it picks back up for the last few tracks.
“I really hope this CD conveys that experience, it’s how I pictured it when making it, it’s how I picture it every time I step up to the decks. I truly love my job and I hope it shows…
CYCLES MIXED BY MAX GRAHAM 2XCDs a collection of high energy progressive trance beats including tracks by Roland Klinkenberg, Marcus Schossow, Dubfunk, EDX, Oliver Molden & Patric La Funk, Analog People In A Digital World, Cressida, Ketho Feat. Michael Calderone, Tim Le El & Wollion, Soliquid, Mat Zo, Simon Shaker Vs Groove Garcia and Max Grahams massive new singles ‘I Know When Your Gone' Feat Jessica Jacobs and ‘Frozen’
Out 1st September 2008 on CD or MP3
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