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Posted On: 22 September 2009 04:29 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Above and Beyond set for techno music show

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Three piece DJ and production oufit, Above and Beyond, will perform on September 25 at the InterContinental Hotel beach. Their style is techno, progressive house music. Qatar Vision are organising the event. They also brought other acts to Qatar like Akon, Bryan Adams, Lionel Richie and Tiesto. Group founder, Tony McGuiness said: “What we’re trying to do is connect with people. You try and describe something in your own life, but in a way that will resonate with other people. When you see people singing along as passionately as they do, I guess you’re getting it right.” The trio is completed by Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamaki, who claimed: “We like to think of ourselves as songwriters first. That’s our approach to music. The most challenging thing is to write a song that really touches the listener.” In 2004 the group won Essential Mix of the Year, and in recent years they have risen from number 39 in the DJ Magazine poll, to their current position of four. “To be among such great DJs is a real honour,” said Siljamaki, adding “there are people above and below that I really, truly respect”. Speaking about their group’s dynamics, Siljamaki stated “Tony is the one who gives it all on stage. Tony is really the rock n’ roll star of the whole crew - he’s the guy with the most experience in life in many things, and he still manages to be the kid of the group”. McGuiness described his band members with equal enthusiasm: “Jono is ambivalent about the incredible talent he has. He has a lot of energy, he is fearless when he’s DJing and is always in a good mood.” “If Jono’s contribution is an effortless musicality, Paavo adds heart and soul. What he brings in a sense is how to bring out the emotion in a track,” he added.