Posted by Rene Escobar
Part of my new job here at bpm:tv consists of interviewing the biggest names in the EDM world. When I’m not doing that, I have to attend local shows and blog about my experience.
I hate my job.
The subject of my first post? Arguably the biggest name in EDM ever to come out of Germany. By themselves they are Claus Toerhoven (a.k.a. Nic Chagall) and Stefan Bossems (a.k.a. DJ Bossi). Combine their individual talents, and you have the face-melting, groove-blasting trance duo known to the world as COSMIC GATE.
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from them live. Don’t get me wrong: I love Cosmic Gate. But as a house and progressive die-hard, I wasn’t sure if a trance show would get my inner house animal onto the dance floor. I’m talking body contortions, joint dislocations, babies flying everywhere — that’s just how hard I rage when that beat slaps me in the face.
19 seconds into their set I realized I had absolutely nothing to worry about.
I was raging harder than ever. It was only a matter of time before I found myself on top of the speakers, being “that” guy. You know: the guy who doesn’t give a shred of a … care who’s watching him.
All joking aside, Cosmic Gate was a unique experience. I’ve never seen anyone live who can get me raging like a rabid animal for 37 seconds, then have me singing along like a 12-year-old girl for the next minute and a half.
That’s what I love about Cosmic Gate: their notion of balance. A perfect example is their hit “Be Your Sound” featuring Emma Hewitt — a personal favourite of mine. If you love to throw your hands in the air, this is the song for you. And if you love vocal trance, this is the song for you. It truly is a win-win situation.
I’m so thankful I was able to witness Cosmic Gate light up Toronto. “For the last 20 years,” they said, “EDM has been the centre of our daily lives. It’s nearly as natural to have EDM music around us as it is to eat and breathe!” Wise words — and I think my visit to The Guvernment brought me a step closer to sharing their musical philosophy.
So what’s the duo up to right now? They’re capping off the year by continuing their North American tour. And all I want to know is when they’ll be back.
Anyway, enough fanboying: Here’s a YouTube of Cosmic Gate dropping “Be Your Sound” in Toronto. You can tell I’m right beside the speakers, SO BE CONSERVATIVE IN YOUR VOLUME CONTROL. (And yes, I’m afraid that’s me you hear singing along. Sorry, Emma.)
Be sure to follow me on twitter @RosasBoy. In the meantime, stay beautiful!