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SHEX Interviews: Cosmic Gate



Sonia Su and Joe O'Neill

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As you may have heard, the Electric Circus festival has been postponed to May 24th. Cosmic Gate would have been the headline act, but will now be playing at a pre-party at Mook on May 17th. We talked to the German trance duo ahead of their show, to find our more about what motivates them and what they’re expecting from Shanghai.

SHEX: What’s the inspiration behind your name, Cosmic Gate?

Cosmic Gate: When we started back in 1998, we both were running and producing several projects, and honestly just needed a name for this new project. There is no special meaning or inspiration behind Cosmic Gate. It just fitted the feel of our track “The Drums” back then, and so we went for it, sure having no clue that 16 years later we still and even more would be known under this name...

SHEX: How would you compare yourselves to other current trance DJs?

Cosmic Gate: We do not really like to compare us to what other DJs do, neither in the trance, nor in the EDM scene in general, music is a very personal thing … We are simply just us, do what we think is right, produce and play music we think is good, and hope that people follow our music and DJ sets.

SHEX: How do your prepare before playing a show?

Cosmic Gate: Of course every week we search for new good released tracks, songs that fit our style and could be a good addition to our set. [It’s most important to us] to be in the venue on time, to feel the vibe, listen what the DJ before is playing, and see how the crowd reacts to certain things, simply also to get into the mood for our show. It is not perfect in our eyes to enter a club or festival and need to start a set right away, we want to feel what goes on first, and then make the right decisions [on] how to run our set.

SHEX: How would you describe the dynamic between the two of you?

Cosmic Gate: After so many years of working and touring together, we are something like a old married couple somehow… we know the other one very well, support [each other] in our strengths and weaknesses, exactly what a partnership is meant to [be].

SHEX: The single Fire Wire helped propel you to fame back in 2001. Did becoming well-known have any impact on your music?

Cosmic Gate: Actually it did not impact our music or style. We always produce music first for the club, never for any charts, and so it was with the follow ups of Fire Wire too. [Our music needs] to work on dance floors always first, never aiming for radio or charts, if it happens, cool, if not, fine with us too…

SHEX: How do you stay motivated and energized doing so many shows around the world?

Cosmic Gate: Music and DJing was our hobby, and we are still after all these years more than happy that our hobby is our profession now…we do not have to be sitting in an office every day, and instead travel the world and share our passion for music, even if our schedule most of the time is beyond exhausting, but we simply love what we do, and take our energy out of it.

SHEX: What should we expect to see from you within the next year or so?

Cosmic Gate: You will see and hear a lot from us! We have just finished the production of our [soon] to be released new album, have been cooperating with people like Emma Hewitt or Jonathan Mendelson… we are very excited for the [album’s] release and the coming album world tour.

Furthermore we have started our weekly radio show Wake Your Mind. It’s broadcasted every week on several online stations but also on FM, and of course you can listen to it on our sound cloud and download it as podcast.

As we said, there is a lot going on in the next year...

SHEX: If your return flight got cancelled and you found yourselves staying in China, what would you do? 

Cosmic Gate: We would ask for the best local restaurant around and seize the day till next departure, while eating traditional good Chinese food. We are both lovers of Asian food for sure and would just enjoy it. 

For more info on Cosmic Gate's show at Mook on Saturday click here.

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