In honor of #TranceGiving, aka Dreamstate SoCal 2017, we want attendees to have the opportunity to get to know the talent who will be our “Trancegiving Tour Guides”.
Each week, we will feature bios of DJs who will take the stage at Dreamstate SoCal this year, as well as some beats to help familiarize you with their work. Next in our series is… Stoneface & Terminal!
Don’t forget to check out the other artist bios in our series to get familiar with the rest of the new artists on the lineup!
Stoneface & Terminal represent the standard that every artist, new or old, should look up to when making trance!
There’s no point in beating around the bush: Stoneface & Terminal are the best producers in trance over the past two years. End of the discussion. To many, however, their journey to success was painful and arduous.
It all began in in 2002, when Henry & Matthias, two friends from a small town in Germany, came together to make music. After a couple of years of ghost producing, which saw them constantly being ignored, they decided upon a different approach. The duo launched a label and started making music for themselves instead of others.
Even in the early days, their talent was unquestionable. Well produced, original, innovative tech-trance was their genre of choice.
Listen to Stoneface & Terminal – North Cape on YouTube:
Come 2005, they caught the eye of one of the biggest imprints in the scene, Germany-based Euphonic. For a decade, this was their home. All original music and artist albums were released on the label. They also collaborated on multiple occasions with fellow Germans and label honchos Kyau & Albert as well as good friend Ronski Speed. During this period they created their biggest hits. “Incognition”, “Soulseeker”, “Venus”, and “Super Nature” blew the roofs off of many clubs with their drive and energy.
As is the case with many artists, there comes a time when things don’t go your way. While certainly, the music was still of good quality, 2012 to 2015 passed by without people paying too much attention to the group. In their quest for soul-searching, the duo reflected on their past for inspiration. To celebrate their 10 years, the guys reworked a series of their greatest hits in a three-part EP series.
Listen to Stoneface & Terminal Live @ FSOE 500 Street Parade, Zurich on SoundCloud:
With old fans suddenly being interested in Stoneface & Terminal music again, the final piece of the puzzle soon took shape. By remixing “Yahel feat. Leya – Shadows”, the statement was made! Henry & Matthias were back to creating the music we all fell in love with in the first place: energetic, driving, melancholic trance.
Over the past two years, no other artist comes close to their achievements. It’s one thing to produce quality music. It’s another to produce original, versatile, fresh, innovative, music. And then, it’s a whole different ballgame to produce such music at the pace at which Stoneface & Terminal do it. Uplifting, tech-trance, vocal, progressive trance, and under their Gundamea guise, progressive house – no genre escapes them.
Their approach to creating music represents a model for all artists that wish to be taken seriously. For the first time in years, North America has the golden opportunity to listen to the duo perform their unrivaled productions. Come Dreamstate, it’s time to be Wide Awake and embrace the Lunacy of Stoneface & Terminal!