URB: You guys are about to play main stage at Beyond Wonderland. What can we expect to hear?
Paavo: Well, I think we’re in a really interesting phase right now. We’re working on a new album so we’ve got a bunch of unfinished tracks in the studio. And yet, at the same time, we’re right at the end of our festival season so we’ve been perfecting different edits and lots of new Anjunabeats tracks. This feels like the last of our big festival season this year so it’s like the most fine-tuned festival kind of set that we can give people. We’re not quite sure what to expect but we’re looking forward to it.
URB: Is it safe to assume that songs like “Sticky Fingers,” “Blue Sky Action,” “Hello,” are going to be involved in the album?
Tony: Yeah, they are. “Hello” will be a slightly different version from the one we’ve been playing in clubs. But “Blue Sky Action” is on there. “Sticky Fingers” is on there. Most of our newest tracks are unreleased and have never been played.
URB: You guys are able to really connect with the listeners, the fans on a much deeper and emotional level. Where does that inspiration come from?
Paavo: In the realm of DJ’s, we’re in a slightly different situation because we always send two out of three on tour. If we did 150 shows, each one of us does only 100. That difference means we actually get a chance to live a more normal life than most DJ’s do. Because most DJ’s who are doing as many gigs as us practically live on the road all the time. I feel like that gives us a chance to be more grounded and more on a similar level to a lot of the people that listen to our music. When we come to write music, we tend to write things that really moved us, excited us, and a lot of those things come on tour but also from normal, daily life. I think that’s one of the different things with Above & Beyond.
Tony: I remember once, years ago, when we had to come up with a second OceanLab single very quickly. We all decided that we were going to write a song about going to Ibiza, which is about the closest we’ve ever come to writing a song about clubbing. The actual experience of going out to a club is maybe 2 hours of your week. And if you go out once a month, it’s 2 hours of your month. So much of your life happens outside of that. So many interesting and exciting things happen to people outside of jumping up and down in a club, to club music. It seems really limiting to write just about partying. I think it’s easier in a way to deal with more real life issues and have a more emotional content just by setting it all away from the clubbing experiences and see what happens on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.