Style: Trance, Progressive
Famous Tracks: CG: Firewire, Exploration of Space, The Wave, Not Enough Time, Barra, The Drums, everything they make is effin hot. | Wippenberg: Chakalaka, Super8 & Tab – Needs to Feel (Wippenberg Remix), 100 w/ Nic Chagall and Rank 1.
Best Known For: Being more popular than Oktoberfest.
DJ Mag Rank: Cosmic Gate – 24
DC loves Cosmic Gate. The fact that they brought Wippenberg just makes it that much better! Every time they come to Glow, DC nightlife is out strong, and for good reason! Cosmic Gate pumps us up like no one else!
Introduction: Over 11 boundary-pushing years, Nic Chagall and Bossi have developed Cosmic Gate into one of the most creative and highly-sought-after electronic music acts on the planet. Revered uber-producers, their combined musical acumen has made them evergreen favourites of trance music’s highest echelon. Four hugely-received albums have transported tracks like ‘Not Enough Time’, ‘Body of Conflict’, ‘Analog Feel’, ‘F.A.V.’ and classics including ‘Exploration of Space’ and Fire Wire onto a now uncountable number of dancefloors. As DJs, the effortless cool of their kinetic, enthralling live sets are seen by hundreds of thousands of club and festival goers annually. It’s this perfect storm of production and spinning power that saw them become the highest-climbers in DJ Mag’s 2009 Top 100 chart and land at no. 24 in 2010.
The pair first collaborated in the studio after a chance meeting late in ’98 at a label office in Cologne. It’s a production partnership that has become one of the dance world’s most successful. In their homeland of Germany, they’ve maintained a consistent level of chart success, with no fewer than 7 Top 40 singles to their name and claimed a UK top 10 hit with ‘Fire Wire’. Drawing on a broad-range of their individual musical tastes and inspirations, they’ve continued to modify and enhance their sound…
Following up the long-players ‘Rythm & Drums’ and ‘No More Sleep’, in 2006 they released ‘Earth Mover’, which saw a shift towards edgier, more expansive electronic dance music. It gave rise to the club hits ‘Analog Feel’, ‘Should Have Known’ and ‘I Feel Wonderful’ and garnered an IDMA nomination for Best Album of 2007. Latterly this was viewed by the press as a new ‘Year-1’ for Cosmic Gate. Three years later Nic and Bossi released their much-anticipated followup. ‘Sign of the Times’ contained 11 new tracks including vocal anthems ‘Body of Conflict’ & ‘Not Enough Time’ (featuring Denise Rivera and Emma Hewitt respectively) and the singles ‘F.A.V.’, ‘Flatline’, ‘Under Your Spell’, ‘London Rain’ and title track ‘Sign Of The Times’. The response to the album was nothing short of meteoric. They received a Best Selling Trance Act nomination in the 2010 Beatport Awards; scored an IDMA nom for ‘Not Enough Time’ and were catapulted 43 places up DJ Mag’s 2009 chart. In light of its extraordinary level of success, in September 2010 a double-disc Deluxe Edition of the album was released which included all the singles remixes and exclusive, specially prepared revamps of other S.O.T.T. tracks.
As DJs Nic and Bossi continue to whip floors to frenzy-level in all four corners. Most recently they’ve rocked some of America’s most prominent events – Electric Zoo, The Electric Daisy Festival, Audiotistic and Perfecto Night in Las Vegas among them. They’ve brought mayhem to Ibiza’s 2010 season with hugely received performances at Armada at Amnesia and Judgement Sundays, played mammoth the Global Gathering festival in Russia and headlined Godskitchen’s tours in Australia and Mexico. They’ve appeared in DJ Magazine’s list of Top 100 spinners for 7 consecutive years now and are regular festival attraction, spinning at events like Trance Energy, Mysteryland and Dance Valley in Holland, Smirnoff Experience in India and on the horizon Future Music in Australia in 2011.
Back2Back, Cosmic Gate’s on-going compilation series was devised as an at-home audioexpo of the pair’s club-wowing sound. 2010 saw the release of the 4th volume (through Holland’s highly-respected Black Hole Recordings label). Bringing Bossi and Nic’s tight, tense, futureproofed trance/prog/electro hybrid to the forefront, it once again included many of their own track edits.
Over their production lifetime, the Cosmic Gate remix has become nearly as illustrious as their productions. Essentially a blow-by-blow of trance music’s A-list, Nic and Bossi have lent their studio know-how to productions from Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Paul van Dyk,
Above & Beyond’s OceanLab project, Deadmau5 & Rank 1. They rewired John O’Callaghan’s mega-seller ‘Find Yourself’ to devastating effect and produced remixes of veteran trance producer Vincent De Moor’s ‘Fly Away’ and ‘Carte Blanche’ (Veracocha). In early 2010 Atlantic Records US approached them to remix James Horner’s ‘I See You’ – the main theme from the film Avatar. This run culminated in them being nominated for Best Remixer at the 2010 IDMAs. Most recently they have completed remixes for Robbie Rivera and Markus Schulz.
One of the biggest rising stars in the Electronic Dance Music scene, and creator of the club
hits “Chakalaka” and “Pong”!
Genre-warping electronic music adventurer Wippenberg (a.k.a. Olaf Dieckmann) has been supplying the world’s dancefloors with audio titans for close to 15 years. Most recently renowned for his neoclassical- anthems „Chakalaka“ and „Pong“, later receiving IDMA 2010 nomination as Best Progressive House Track alsongside David Guetta and Deadmau5. Wippenberg’s music hazes the
multiple boundaries of house, electro, trance and techno. This unique composite electronic blend
is now spun by the widest imaginable cross-section of DJs. He’s championed as much by Eric
Prydz, Angelo, Ingrosso & Axwell (also known as the Swedish House Mafia), as he is by Tiësto,
Armin Van Buuren and David Guetta. This casts Wippenberg as one of, if not, the most diverse
DJ/producer in today’s EDM universe.
In 2004 Wippenberg released the two ‘Elemental EPs’, which included the tracks ‘Fire’, ‘Water’,
‘Earth’ and ‘Air’. They drew strong support from the highest echelons of the DJ hierarchy and
pushed the Wippenberg name firmly into the headlines. The EPs release prompted close associates Cosmic Gate to collaborate with Wippenberg on their ‘Earth Mover’ album with the track ‘Guess Who’. Around the same time he completed work on his next single ‘Promised Land’, and with it came a new label relationship with Dutch heavyweight independent High Contrast Records. The track (which featured the vocals of Tiff Lacey and was remixed by Nic Chagall) beat the drum hard for what was to prove his renaissance record.
In 2008 ‘Chakalaka’ (partnered by the B-side ‘Drumster’) exploded into the clubbing consciousness, thanks in no small part to major 3 monthlong floor and radio hammering from Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren. As was always Wippenberg’s desire the tracks started to chip away at the stylistic borders of dance and came to enjoy heavy deck support from Sebastian Ingrosso, Eric Prydz, Eric Morillo and Dirty South, amongst a multitude of others. The track maintained a grip on the No.1 chart position on Beatport for an incredible 12 weeks. Late that year and branching further out still, Wippenberg launched a new nom-de-plume Sphaera. The tracks ‘Front & ‘Back’ were released on
Black Hole Records to, once again, broad DJ acclaim.
Famously, Wippenberg carved his name deep into the heart of the mid-90s dancefloor with his very
first track – the unforgettable, speaker-assaulting ‘Neurodancer’. Released on Hyper Hype, it
became an import smash and was picked up by Hooj Choons off-shoot Prolekult. To this day
‘Neurodancer’ rests as one of the hardest-to-find and most in-demand pieces of dance vinyl in the
world – regularly changing hands for many times its original price.
No Wippenberg biography would be complete without mention of Wippenberg’s remix and spinning work. Behind the decks his characteristic musical taste, which can be categorised into one certain genre, as he loves the freedom to mix different stlyes, has started to generate huge demand.
Meanwhile he is touring all around the world from Germany to Russia, from Australia to Brazil, even
the people of India or Qatar fell in love with the Wippenberg sound. It has seen him blaze a trail at
Europe’s leading festival events like Trance Energy, Mayday or Mysteryland and rock at Armin Van
Buuren’s ASOT400, as well as dozens of other, clubs, festivals and tent-poles events.
At the remix end of the mixing desk, Wippenberg has refashioned countless tracks of A-List
production outfits, like Sebastian Ingrosso’s MGMT ‘Kids’ sampling classic-tune „Kidsos“ and
Rank 1’s Trance Energy 2009 anthem ‘L.E.D. There Be Light’. But he also refined releases from
Tiësto, Tocadisco, Above & Beyond, Paul Van Dyk, Cosmic Gate, Gabriel & Dresden, and
Super8 & Tab. Most recently he remixed danish high-flyer Aura Dione’s new single „Song For
Sophie“ and gave her pop-ballade a classy progressive house outfit.
For his new single he teamed up with nobody else than Nic Chagall and Rank 1. Together they
created the track „100“ (which is also the 100th release of the label High Contrast). It has the typical
Rank 1 anthem signature, Nic Chagall’s progressive trance feeling and Wippenberg’s progressive
beats. Out on 14th June 2010, this is going to bet he next ueber-track from Wippenberg! Watch out!
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