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1998 is Another Trance Classic Revived by Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten

The New World Punx is the name of the super duo of Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten, two veterans of trance music and two producers that understand the important of moving forward but also remembering the past.  When they made their A State of Trance debut at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night they revived another trance classic, this time a track that is entering it’s 15th year in existence, Binary Finary’s legendary ‘1998.’

Binary Finary is from Australia and rose to fame when they released ‘1998’ and it became the first trance track to enter the UK Top 30.  This will be the second time that Ferry Corsten has remixed this track, the first time was in 1999 when he was partnered with Tiesto under the name Gouryella.

The first track that the duo revived was ‘Loops & Tings’ that was one of the biggest tunes of the summer of 2012 and continues to make dance floors explode every time that it is played.  The driving bassline as the track builds is instantly recognizable.  ‘Loops & Tings’ was originally released by Jens in 1993 at a time when dance music was exploding throughout Europe in the early part of that decade.  It was later remixed in 2003 by Marco V as ‘Loops & Tings Relooped.’

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Another track that Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten revived is ‘Stella,’ the original version of this classic track was released 20 years ago by the German duo Jam & Spoon.  I could try and describe the track but it’s best to just listen to the melody in the middle that eventually leads to that signature bassline.

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It has been over 20 years since these tracks were originally produced and what’s old is new again in a way that isn’t living in the past but more about remembering the past and putting a modern touch on them.  After you’ve listened to the current versions above make sure to check out these originals and remixes, you’ll understand how they’ve polished these off for the modern day.

The originals:

The original Binary Finary 1998:

Here’s the Gouryella remix titled 1999:

Jens Loops & Tings Original

Marco V Loops & Tings Relooped

Jam & Spoon Stella Original

Review of Invite Only Event with Markus Schulz at Ruby Skye

Private party featuring Markus Schulz?  You better believe a member of the Schulz Army was in attendance!  The event was the Wargaming GDC 2013 party celebrating their 15th anniversary, more info about them here http://www.wargaming.net/

The crowd inside of Ruby Skye was pretty big by the time I got in around 10:30 but by 1 am only the hard core fans had not been slayed. As Markus’ set started many people in the crowd didn’t seem to know who he was,  it appeared to be their first introduction to his style of  progressive trance.  There was one guy who had travelled from Miami and missed him at Ultra and Mansion and was extremely happy to see him since he is such a huge fan!

Markus Schulz Ruby Skye 1

Markus played a two hour set with a lot of peak hour tunes and others that he usually plays at festivals.  Staples like Apache, Nothing Without Me and Loops & Tings.  Instead of going down the rabbit hole a rabbit appeared for a brief moment with an appearance of the song The Man with the Red Face.  Excellent saxophone in that classic track.

Markus got on the microphone at the end of his set and closed the night with, “Thank you guys for coming out. An amazing party tonight. You guys were really really great. Thank you guys so much. Thank you for having me and I can’t wait to see you somewhere out there.”

I got to speak to him for a moment (security was aggressive to get people to leave the club so he only got in a few pictures). I told him my tour de Markus had kicked off and he said, “Don’t get bored.”  Getting bored seeing Markus Schulz five times within 10 days is not possible.  I’ll also be at A State of Trance 600 New York, the Pacha after party, Bal en Blanc in Montreal and POP 2013 in Oakland.  If you’ll be at any of those events as well look for the Schulz Army flag at each location and say hi!

Some of you may be asking, how did I get into the event?  Showed up and got lucky enough just asking.