Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Arti5an feat. Anki-Thank You (Vince Blakk Remix) [In Sessions Recordings]


Irish prodigy Danny Cullen has constantly been at the forefront of the dance music scene since his "Tucandeo" days. Gathering a loyal following and countless support from the who's who of the scene he continued on his own solo career a couple years later. The "Arti5an" alias was born and he launched his own label "In Sessions Recordings" as well. His first collaboration with singer/songwriter "Anki" was so well received that several more followed. "Thank You" was their second mind child which went on to being included on Danny's DJ mix compilation "Artisan presents: In Sessions Volume 1" as well. 

The time had certainly come for a fresh perspective on the vocal favorite and who better to contribute to the cause than label favorite "Vince Blakk". Vince delivers a totally unique approach blending beautiful harmonies contained within the original alongside buzzing basslines, a clever use of nature's soundscape and a grittier, proggy vibe implemented throughout the track alongside playful melody snippets and Anki's more than emotional vocal performance. 

Another sure hit for all three artists and a definite hole in one for Vince. This will certainly be making the rounds on the airwaves on a global scale. Utterly refreshing!

Released: 27/7/2020

Label: In Sessions Recordings 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Exclusive Interview with Danny Cullen!


It must be something in the water, as many talented folk have emerged from that emerald green isle of Ireland. One of those people is DJ/Producer “Danny Cullen“. A name synonymous with pure quality dance music infused with an emotional substance. Danny has been paving his own way to stardom from early on. He lit the way under his joint project “Tucandeo“, alongside fellow Irishman and friend “Kevin Murphy“. The sound they joyfully forged in the studio went on to influence numerous artists and music enthusiasts around the world, gaining them both a clear advantage, ushering them like a strong current to the forefront of the dance music scene. Their music was heavily supported by some of the industry’s high flyers including a personal interest by none other than “Markus Schulz” himself. In addition to all that, a lifelong dream was realized, the launch of “In Sessions“, a label focused on the search for the next best thing that embodies the sound they love. All good things must come to an end and so the power duo of artists parted ways. Danny continued on a solo career, donning a new name and releasing lots of new spellbinding material as “Artisan“. Many new and exciting adventures lie ahead for Danny and I am fortunate to present you with an exclusive interview I did with the man himself for!


Question 1:

Could you please share with us all the tale of how a young Irish guy became an active member of the dance music scene?

It was around the early 2000s when I first got involved in the music scene. I had a friend who worked in the music industry and I just said to him one day…how do you do that? Luckily for me, he was happy to show me the ropes! From this point I started to carve out my own pathway onto the dance floor.

Question 2:

Alongside Kevin Murphy as the legendary producer duo dubbed “Tucandeo” you introduced us to your own distinct and characteristic sound that was unlike no other, infusing the dance music community with said sound and gathering your own loyal followers as well as the full attention of well known and established artists. What would you consider as your big break and when did you realize this is what you most desired in life?

The "Tucandeo" days will always hold a special place in my heart…our first major support was from "Paul Van Dyk" for a remix competition in 2010. The Tucandeo sound was created and support followed from artists like "Tiesto", "Armin Van Buuren", "Paul Oakenfold" and, in particular, "Markus Schulz". What really made it for me was seeing how much of an impact our music had on people and seeing how happy it made them. That’s what it’s about. One really special moment for me was playing at "Luminosity Beach Festival" in 2011. Watching people’s reaction to the music was insane!

Question 3:

After years of vast success under the previously mentioned “Tucandeo” project the two of you went your separate ways and just when we were all wondering what will happen next out of nowhere “Artisan” was born. What was your inspiration behind this alias and what has it meant to you?

Artisan was created to share a more progressive big room sound, ideal for clubs. I’ve always loved emotional melodies especially soundtrack music. I wanted to experiment and combine this with a more progressive dance sound that would captivate an audience. 

Question 4:

There are rumors that you will be reviving your sound under your own name. Is this a fact and what inspired this change?

The rumors are true! I’m really excited to release under my own name this year. I’m going to combine all of the styles of my previous aliases to create a fresh, unique sound. It’ll be a massive year for music! 

Question 5:

What big plans are in store for next year and could you please share some information about that?

The year has already kicked off with a bang with the release of “Miri” under "Aly & Fila’s" "Future Sound of Egypt"! Expect more great tracks to be released under "Armada Music", "Universal" and others. I’m thrilled about upcoming collaborations with the likes of "Marlo", "Christina Novelli", "Hit The Bass" to name a few…

Question 6:

Which artists were your biggest inspiration when entering the scene years back and who are some of the artists that inspire you today?

I’ve always been a huge fan of music with touching melodies… I was inspired by artists like "ATB", "Moby", "Tiesto", "Ferry Corsten" and "Markus Schulz". These days I draw inspiration from so many sources, from everyday experiences to music produced from artists across all genres. "Hans Zimmer" would be high up on the list. His film scores are incredible!

Question 7:

You have been rather quiet on the music front as of late but rumor has it that lots of new music is ready to surface? Care to share some information regarding that?

Absolutely, I’ve been cooking up quite a storm in the studio. There will be lots going on in the forthcoming months. I have a collaboration with "Drew Ryn" and "Hit The Bass" out this month on "Armada" which Armin has already shown huge support for on his radio show. As for new releases… watch this space

Question 8:

Running your own label “In Sessions Recordings” is no small feat and you always seem to discover some really unique and creative artists out there. What is the process behind it all?

It’s been great to have the opportunity to promote some really talented, upcoming producers. We have a great team for scouting these artists and helping them develop their sound. I think it’s really important to give honest, positive feedback to an artist. This allows them to find their own sound and add at the richness of the scene. 

Question 9:

A while back you released a mix compilation entitled “Artisan presents In Sessions Volume 1”. A fantastic two disc journey, packed with some exclusive music by yourself and some of the label’s finest. Any plans for a second installment and if so when can we expect it? 

It took quite some time to piece together a two disc package to create "In Sessions Volume 1". Luckily, we had many talented artists who wanted to contribute. With regards to another installment, it’s definitely a possibility further down the line…

Question 10:

Which artists would you like to collaborate with if you had the chance and who were some of your favorites you worked with in the past?

It’s funny that you’re asking me this question now! I’m currently working with one of my favorite singers in the scene, "Christina Novelli". The collaboration also includes another artist who is massive in the scene but I can’t share the info yet! I’m also working on some exciting music with my buddy Dimitris, better known as "Hit The Bass". I really enjoy working with others artists as I feel it’s more than just business. I’ve been lucky to make many friends along the way, artists like "Anki", "Dennis Sheperd" and "Nifra" to name a few and hopefully many more to come

Question 11:

Many know you from your releases on “Markus Schulz’s” “Coldharbour Recordings”. Any plans for a return to the harbour or even participating in one of their themed “Coldharbour Nights”?

I’ve always worked closely with "Coldharbour Recordings" under various aliases. "Markus Schulz" has always been very supportive to me. I would certainly like to work more with the label down the line and would even be happy to get involved in the nights.

Question 12:

What inspires you to begin your creative process when working on music and is your music ever based on your own personal experiences?

Inspiration can flow from absolutely anywhere or anything! I’m always aware throughout the day… simple things like a walk in nature, a film, a chat with a loved one, travelling, playing in front of a crowd of fans can really boost my will to create music. Everything I’ve created to date relates to my personal experiences, good and bad. Emotions always come out in my music no matter what they are.

Question 13:

When not busy in the studio creating ecstatic beats what else do you enjoy doing to pass the time? Are you one who enjoys traveling or do you have any other hobbies?

I like to spend a lot of time keeping healthy and fit at the gym, escaping the city with walks and socializing with friends. I also find time to get lost in a good book or relax to a nice movie.

Question 14:

Some artists choose a place to unwind from the craziness and fast pace of the scene to relax and regenerate themselves. Do you practice this as well and what is your safe haven so to speak?

I often find myself out in nature when I need to take time away from the studio. I really find it peaceful and it often puts me into a meditative state.

Question 15:

What are your five all time favorite tracks from the dance music scene and which out of your own creations holds a special meaning to you?

Here are five of my favorites "Motorcycle - As The Rush Comes", "Rank 1 – Airwave", "Robert Miles – Children", "Reflekt - Need To Feel Loved" and "ATB – Ecstasy".

It’s amazing how a track can transport you back in time… My collaboration, ‘Awake’ with "Molly Bancroft" under "Tucandeo" is certainly a timeless track for me that holds a special place in my heart. I’ve taken it to many shows and it always receives a great response. It brings back so many great memories for me, in particular from playing at events like "Luminosity Beach" and "Trance Nation".

A massive thank you for your time and amazing interview Danny! 

(This interview was conducted and written for in March 2019)

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Airwalk Indoor Trance Event 2019!


For most people the passing of a season bringing the end of those glorious, carefree summer days, cease of sun drenched adventures and late night clubbing on exotic locations by the sea may bring a frown upon their faces. Nevertheless every season has its beauty and exceptional moments keep on coming in full. Fall is swiftly approaching and with it a great assortment of dance music festivals in all corners of the world. One of the very first to appear on your calendars is the mighty “Airwalk Indoor Trance Event“. Situated in “Venlo, The Netherlands” it is easily one of the most hyped about events of the Fall. It may be only an infant, counting only one year since its inception but it is quickly becoming a dance music fan’s experience goal. “Airwalk Events” was created by Isaac Vissers, the man known under his artist name “Fisherman” more than a decade ago. Having successfully organized and curated an incredible amount of events over the years his goal was to bring the experience he has gained and fabricate something truly unique and majestic, a dance music festival unlike no other. Last year the first installment of the “Airwalk Indoor Trance Event” became a reality. It featured a huge lineup of some of the scene’s cutting edge artists such as “Markus Schulz“, “Orjan Nilsen“, “Ferry Corsten“, even a back to back performance by the festival’s very own “FishermanVs.Nifra“. Including a crystal sound system, an incredible light and visuals show and of course the festival’s very own anthem “The Jaguar” courtesy of “Fisherman” himself which went hand in hand with the concept and feel of the event.

What can one expect to witness this year? “Airwalk Indoor Trance Event” boasts a lineup of some of the most exceptional, talked about and straight forward artists in the scene such as “KhoMha“, “Simon Patterson“, “Johan Gielen” , “Giuseppe Ottaviani” and “Ilan Bluestone” plus an exciting new story that draws serious attention to this year’s theme and totally intrigues the public’s interest, “The New Breed” is an event not to be missed. Two stages will be included again this year, the “Main Stage” and the “Uplifting Stage” catering to every dance music fan’s needs and tastes. The venue? South Holland’s finest space, the “Theater De Maaspoort“. Have a look at the full lineup included in the article as well as extra details and this year’s story of the event “The New Breed” on the main site provided here. October can’t come soon enough!

This year’s full lineup and official flyer:

Written for (August 2019)