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Dive into the thoughts and visions of a legend in the making, and a veteran of emotional Dance.

We’ve recently had the pleasure of speaking with Trance producer Robert Bickert, known in the industry as BiXX. A DJ, producer, mentor and entrepreneur from Alabama, he’s been making waves in the Dance world with a core Uplifting Trance sound. One which, mind you, has earned the attention, respect and signings from world-class labels such as Future Sound Of Egypt, Nocturnal Knights, and Naz Ritzan Music.

Off the heels of his latest release, ‘Alignment‘ with Northern Ireland’s finest talent Christopher Corrigan, and placing the finishing touches on his forthcoming debut album, we’ve gone all-in on BiXX’s artistry: his story with the genre, ways of production, ‘Alignment’ itself, and much, much more. So, if you’re looking to get an insight into one very heartwarming mind, you’ve found the perfect place. Sit back, and enjoy the ride.

The Interview

(Please note, the bolded text represents a question, while the paragraph(s) following it represent Robert’s answers.)

We’re aware that the Trance sound got to you quite a while ago, somewhat by surprise. Tell us about that very moment when it all clicked for you, when Trance captivated you.

The moment Trance clicked for me was when I heard ‘Shivers’ by Armin van Buuren and Susana. I loved the melody, the speed of the track, the unique lead sounds, and the balance of vocals to the music in the trance. Unlike Pop or Hip-Hop that is dominated by vocals. It was a perfect balance of sounds that created an emotional and uplifting effect in my body. As many Trance fans would, or should I say Trance addicts would agree, that Trance sound puts you in a state of trance, it’s like a drug. You want more.

You run a series every Monday on your socials, called Mentoring Monday. What motivates you to record and upload these videos, and who do you wish to help?

This is a great question. This will be a long answer because it is something I am very passionate about. When I sat down to figure out “how in the world do I build a DJ brand?“, I realized that I needed help. I contacted the local university’s Marketing Department and asked if they had an internship program. The answer was yes, so I sent them a job description for a college student, “How to Build a DJ Brand.” Two very sharp students showed up to my house, and we went through a Brand DNA process. A very detailed questionnaire to help me discover what I was passionate about and what gave me purpose. Proper branding for any company is often based on the core values of the founder. As a DJ, you are founding and creating your own brand. Throughout the process, I discovered my passion for coaching and helping people. As a former business owner, I developed a skill of how to bring out the best in people, at least those people who had a growth mindset and wanted to improve. Doing this gave me a lot of personal satisfaction and a sense of purpose.

Also, my music career is in the second half of my life, so I am quite a bit older than the average music artist. How do I turn this potential weakness into a strength? Why not do mentoring videos to pass on many of my learning and life experiences to others? It is a way to make my BiXX brand stand out and my way of helping others. Think of it as paying it forward. When you help others, you also help yourself. When you teach something, you actually learn it better and help yourself learn the lessons you preach. My mindset is all about continually learning, growing, and improving. So I hope to help those who want to be helped. I believe in helping people who help themselves. Other people who have a growth mindset that could benefit from a mentor or learning from other people’s mistakes and life experiences. If one person hears the message and it helps them, that makes me feel good.

When you’re in the studio, how does a song come about? How does the first idea of a song come to you?

I am sure if you ask 10 different creative artists, you get 10 different answers. Song titles just pop into my head throughout the day based on daily experiences. Usually something trivial that I can create a story around. Sometimes just a message. For example, I am big into having a can-do mindset. I don’t have a lot of patience for lazy excuse-makers. I love the quote from Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right”. From this quote, the words “Yes I Can” popped into my head. So how do I develop a track idea around “Yes I Can”? Come up with a melody that gets stuck in your head. Just like you want the “Yes I Can” Mindset to get stuck in your head. I have a track title list, which is now up to 75 track ideas. From here, I write a story for the track. How to musically create the story to convey the message in the title. I determine what kind of energy level and groove of the track. Bass line, kick, and mid-bass. Also, what is the unique idea of the track? Come up with a unique melody to help tell the story. For me, Trance is all about the melody. There needs to be some unique sounds to make the track stand out. I pick a reference track or two to help me further develop the track. And will this be vocal or instrumental? Once I get the plan in place, the production starts.

I have several new tracks coming out when my album is released that all started with everyday life experience ideas popping into my head. Such as ‘Appreciation’, ‘Sense of Urgency’, ‘Glass Ceiling’ (we create our own glass ceiling with self-doubt), ‘Beauty Within’ (because internal beauty never dies), ‘Your Day Will Come’, which is about never giving up and, back to ‘Sense of Urgency’, anything in life worth doing, it is necessary for you to have a sense of urgency. Either you have a sense of urgency today or a sense of regret tomorrow.

You have a new release out, ‘Alignment’ with Christopher Corrigan. We’d love to know what’s the inspiration behind it, what it means for you.

In the Trance music scene, producers are constantly asking each other if they want to do a collaboration. Imagine if you were asked to go out on a date by someone. You would not just say yes without trying to figure out what you have in common. Is there enough alignment to take it a little further? I have said yes to a couple of producers with whom I worked because of their name or because it would help my brand, but we did not have much in common, so the end result was just OK. The track — ‘Alignment’ — serves as a message that to make something truly great, you must first have alignment. Alignment of work processes, alignment of standards, alignment of values, alignment of communication, alignment of musical styles whether they be similar or complementary. So the track is just a reminder about the importance of alignment. You would be surprised about how many people get into situations and even relationships where there is very little alignment and they wonder why it was not successful. Great things happen when there is proper alignment.

How do you see yourself in a few years’ time? What do you wish will be your legacy as BiXX?

The first question is actually a difficult one for me. Unlike a young DJ/Producer just getting started, I am not on the 10 or 20-year plan. As an older artist, I am on the 1-year-at-a-time give-it-everything-I-have plan. I am on the “Am I enjoying this work and the experiences of being in the music industry?” plan. So each year, I review what I have done and what I want to do next year. I think one year at a time. When I allow myself to follow the traditional path that I see the more successful DJs following, I feel like I am compromising my authenticity and what I am passionate about. Like a journey into shark-infested waters. I keep coming back to the thought that I am in this industry to build great relationships with great people. Half the fun and half the battle is figuring out who are the great people. It is just life. The fun of networking and the human connection is what I enjoy. And I get to do it all over the world.

Currently, I am focusing on finishing my album. I technically had it finished, but after some very good feedback, I decided to add a couple more vocal tracks with big-name vocalists. I have never released an album before, so I have no idea what this will do for potential new opportunities. Also, I have so many new track ideas that turning them into musical tracks is very enjoyable. Then it becomes balancing travel time with studio time at home.

The BiXX Legacy. What do I want to leave behind? I would like people to remember me as a coach, a mentor, and a creative artist who delivered his inspirational messages through music. And my mostly uplifting style helped the listener get in touch with their emotions to get through the daily battles of life. Remember that I had an uncompromising passion to stay true to my principles. So I want the remembrance of the BiXX brand to be, “BiXX was a guy that gave us uplifting and inspirational music to help us get through tough times in life and gave us helpful ideas on how to live our best life“.

“I would like people to remember me as a coach, a mentor, and a creative artist who delivered his inspirational messages through music. And my mostly uplifting style helped the listener get in touch with their emotions to get through the daily battles of life. “

-BiXX.

Finally, what’s the most valuable piece of advice you have for the readers of this interview and would want to share?

I could answer this question in 3 parts. First, find your passion. This takes some hard work. Self-reflection is difficult, but it is the most important work of our life. Life is short so if you are not living your life in line with your passions, you are not living your best life. Second, it is never too late to reinvent yourself. Just because you have been doing something for 5 years, 10 years, 20 years or longer, it is never too late to start a new career or a new passion. Just get started. Your passion will drive you to keep learning. The law of 10,000 hours states it takes 10,000 hours of doing something to be world-class. You don’t have to be world-class, but you can do something new that gives you more fulfillment and happiness. If I can do this in the latter half of my career, you can follow your passion and make changes in your life. And the third thing is never stop growing. Always be curious. Be addicted to growth and learning. We should never stop learning. Rather than judge, be curious and ask lots of questions. This constant quest for learning and being curious will propel you to greater heights.

(End of the interview)

Final Words

It’s such a nice instance to get to talk to someone in the industry who is willing to touch on such profound topics as BiXX here just did. We’re delighted to have had him under this lens, one that doesn’t analyse the product but rather the producer. I believe you can take a thing or two from this interview and apply it to your daily life. I know I’ll do! Thank you sincerely for your time and the calibre of your answers.

We’ll be eagerly awaiting the arrival of the album, but in the meantime, you can check out BiXX’s latest single ‘Alignment’ right here. Be sure to follow him on his socials, and stay tuned to our page for the latest news and views of our beloved industry.

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.

Hardwell

My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.

Kasablanca

These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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