Benno de Goeij (NL)
A two-man front line, DJ/producer Armin van Buuren and producer Benno de Goeij (Rank 1) have been recording and producing since the ‘90s, the time when Armin van Buuren produced his signature song ‘Communication’, and when Benno de Goeij created masterpieces such as ‘Airwave’ and ‘Such Is Life’ as one half of Rank 1.
Their collaboration stems from 2006 and after producing numerous successful albums and a variety of hit singles together, the duo created a new electronic act that captures the synthesis between the old and new. GAIA is an alter ego that gives both producers the freedom to explore other universes that they normally wouldn’t go to in other projects.
Armin: “Throughout the years, we created a variety of synths, beats and loops that were more underground and not always useable for my sound and genre. We always had so much fun exploring different genres and charting different loops and sounds that we felt it was time to combine this under the name GAIA.”
Known for creating dance music that transcends genres, GAIA don’t shy away from experimenting with sounds from the underground of dance. With exclusive live performances at Ultra Music Festival Miami (2014), Amsterdam Dance Event (2015) and on Amsterdam’s Paradiso grounds (2018), they showcased a unique blend of their greatest hits (e.g. ‘Tuvan’, ‘Crossfire’), unreleased tracks and impeccable visuals, mixed as striking and artfully as the music itself.
Benno: "We’ve really stepped out of our comfort zone, exploring both minimalistic as well as complex sounds, creating track arrangements live on stage rather than in the studio. We even created our own hardware, giving us all the freedom to take people on the journey to the Moons Of Jupiter."
With their first-ever album, ‘Moons Of Jupiter’ (released on 21st of June, 2019), GAIA shows that music doesn’t have any boundaries. It’s made for those who have learned to listen between the lines, which shines through in their unique live shows as they take listeners on a journey out of this world and into a new one. So go ahead and explore the universe that GAIA so thoughtfully created. Chances are you’ll find out that everything is connected beautifully one way or another.