Above & Beyond transforming into live act?

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This year already dance fans have seen a host of big name dance artists indulge their arena-fantasies and turn their ‘club show’ into a live outing with some being more successful than others – 2manydjs over summer and The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 for instance. Now it would appear as though another illustrious dance act is getting in on the action, with trance legends Above & Beyond confirming their interest in going live.

The news comes from UK site Data Transmission which scored an interview with A&B figurehead Tony McGuiness recently and when prodded about a recent live outing for the group in Beirut, McGuiness explained that a live transformation is indeed on the cards following the warm reaction to their first attempt.

“I felt that we gave a good account for ourselves but probably it’s a thing you need to do for about a year every couple weeks or every week or twice a week before you get really good at it and attempt to say that you’re doing that well,” McGuiness said of Above & Beyond’s live chops. “It’s a whole other game, and that’s what we learned – but it was fantastic. And to do it in Beirut in front of 7000 very welcoming people was fantastic.”

Of course, to successfully transfer the A&B DJ show into a live experience would be no easy feat, something which the, uh, band(?!) are well aware of and currently trying to work around.

“We need to make a smaller, more simplified version [of the show] – but our aim was to try and reproduce the records live, ‘cos that’s kind of what you do if you’re in a band…which I think is next to impossible to do because of that issue! You know, imagine it’s a gig and between each song there’s 64 people running off and another 64 people coming on, and no soundcheck, off you go. That’s really effectively what you do, especially with the detail that we did it. We had everything separate and we were all playing different parts and getting it all to gel together was the thing that was a lot harder to do. We didn’t really spend that much time thinking about that to be honest – it was sort of “oh no it’ll be fine”, but actually that’s what you’re doing.”

What do you think about an Above & Beyond live show? Would it stack up to their epic DJ sets as seen at this year’s Future Music Festival? ITMers had their own strong opinions about some of dance music’s best live acts last week and we wonder where Above & Beyond might sit in that list…

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campbellt

campbellt said on the 30th Jun, 2010

"Transform into live act" - How generic.

theHordern

theHordern said on the 30th Jun, 2010

nup fuck it, if its not broken dont fix it.....

elryo

elryo said on the 30th Jun, 2010

groove armada did this when they toured with BDO earlier this year. Thats what ruined their set for me :/

StiC MaN

StiC MaN said on the 30th Jun, 2010

i look forward to this unlike the rest of the negative nancies on ITM. give me LIVE>>>DJ anyday. would love to hear their tracks played live.

bussyboy

bussyboy said on the 30th Jun, 2010

With DJ'ing becomming so mainstream, it's only a matter of time before live is the new underground. Done well, it could be awesome - but not everyone is Daft Punk

kboss

kboss said on the 30th Jun, 2010

groove amarda live was fucking awsome. i ended up leaving just becasue i was fucked from the long day. but any earlier and it would have been the best set ive ever seen

khaiyin

khaiyin said on the 30th Jun, 2010

live performances are always welcome. makes each set unique from any other played at another show. plus, they may need all 3 of them next time they tour oz :)