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Tony McGuinness, Jono Grant & Paavo Siljamäki a UK Trance group. Above & Beyond came together in 2000 originally to complete a remix of Chakra's club classic "Home" for WEA.


UK Trance group. Above & Beyond came together in 2000 originally to complete a remix of Chakra - Home for WEA.

Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki had met at Westminster University and kicked off the Anjunabeats label in summer 1999 with "Volume One ", a track which gained support from Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold and Paul van Dyk.

Alerted to the pair by his brother Liam, producer Tony McGuinness called in Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki to help him complete the Chakra remix while he was still working at Warners. They plucked the name Above & Beyond from a web page belonging to an American motivational trainer called Jono Grant which was stuck on the wall of the studio. Although they were unknown at the time, the Above & Beyond remix of Chakra "Home" was picked over remixes by Rob Searle and Tilt to be the A side mix, and after plays on Pete Tong reached number one in the UK club charts.

In 2002 the boys began their DJ career in earnest, making their debut in Japan in front of 8,000 Tokyo clubbers, on a bill featuring Ferry Corsten and tiesto. Pretty soon Above & Beyond were DJ'ing all over the globe, with residency at UK club Passion, dates for Gatecrasher in the UK and abroad, appearances at Godskitchen and tours of Canada, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Russia and the USA.

2004 was something of a breakthrough year for Above & Beyond. As DJ's they regularly played at Godskitchen, Gatecrasher and Cream, as well as internationally. The boys also performed a critically-acclaimed 2 hour Essential Mix on Radio 1, leading Radio 1 resident Pete Tong to describe them as "the UK's new trance superstars'.

New Years Eve 2008/2009 saw Above & Beyond perform infront of 1 million fans on a packed Barra Beach, Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil, as well as a summer tour of the West Coast of the USA.

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