Super8 & Tab Biography:
Hailing from Finland, Miika Elloranta and Janne Mansnerus teamed up in 2005 to create the trance duo Super8 & Tab. The two have been an unstopable force in the dance music community ever since they both individually joined Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats record label prior to their formation. Equally talented as both DJ’s and producers, Super8 & Tab rock shows, festivals and clubs all over the world on a regular basis. Despite their hectic touring schedule, the duo remains aware of the importance of studio time as they have pumped out some massive tunes this past year including their collaboration with Tritonal, “ARC”, and their remix of Armin van Buuren’s “I’ll Listen”. We recently were lucky enough to catch up with the sensational duo, so continue on to see what they had to say!
Super8 & Tab and Tritonal – ARC (Original Mix) | Beatport
How are you guys doing today? Staying warm in Helsinki after that huge snow storm?
Yeah we are like penguins so you bring on the snow storms and freeze over the “HellSinki” and we are still just fine. We’re used to the freezing winters and the summers where the sun doesn’t set.
What brought you to the wonderful world of music and how did you start?
We have always been drawn to DJing and making our own music. Tab has played the guitar since he was kid and Miika got his first synth legendary Juno106 when he was 15. We both started DJing at an early age too, when we were 14 or 15 years old.
You guys truly are masters of vocal trance, which is seen in your remix of Paul van Dyk’s “Nothing But You” and is one of our favorite tracks. What draws you to this type of trance music and what does it mean to you?
Good vocals always brings extra dimensions to music. The human voice is the most difficult instrument, but it is also the most versatile which makes it so interesting. Even if it’s not a vocal track, we like to use some vocal chops to give it a human feeling.
You guys have been working with Above & Beyond and Anjunabeats since your debut single of “First Aid” back in 2005. How has it been working with these guys and being part of such a prestigious label?
We both actually started to work with Anjunabeats before we merged our careers together. Miika’s first release on Anjunabeats was in 2001, so we have been there from almost from the beginning of the label. It’s always an honour to work with such talented and kind people, so we are really happy there.
We saw you put down an amazing set at Beta Nightclub in Denver alongside Tritonal last month. And let’s not forget your amazing collaboration on the recent “Arc”. How has it been working with these two, both in the studio and on tour?
The Tritonal guys are so much fun but are very professional and we share a lot of the same way of thinking. So everything has worked really well and the tour has been phenomenal. I think during this tour we became good friends too.
Now that the ARC Tour has concluded, what is next for you guys?
We are already working on new dates in the US and we are touring Australia and New Zealand in March. We’re also playing at ASOT600 in Kuala Lumpur. Release-wise, there’s 2-3 new tracks coming out in the beginning of the year so lot’s of things are happening.
It seems to be popular for trance music these days to be more progressive and influenced by house music. Has this been enjoyable for you guys when it comes to producing?
We have always wanted to experiment with our sound. Take “Helsinki Scorchin’” for example, we made it 2005 and it was released 2006. It was quite a different track from the majority of trance tracks at the time and it uses quite housey drums. Experimenting with styles keeps things interesting and it’s more fun to challenge yourself in the studio not doing things the same way over and over again.
Although trance music is a massive genre worldwide, it seems as though it hasn’t quite blown up yet in the United States. How have you seen it progress here, and what direction do you see it being taken?
Maybe trance hasn’t got that pop status which big room house does, but the scene has definitely blown up from where it was in the early 2000′s. The American audience is really passionate and they know their music. At the moment, it seems it’s impossible to have bad gig in the US! The whole scene is just really good right now.
If you could work with one vocalist on a track, who would it be?
This is the question which is hard to answer because there are so many good vocalists out there, but we’d have to say Björk. She’s so unique.
Which artists and tracks have you guys been keeping an eye on lately that seem to be under the radar?
Mikkas has been doing quite nice stuff lately. I don’t know if he’s under the radar, but he’s still up and coming. His remix of Emma Hewitt’s track is badass.
Besides being in the studio back home in Helsinki, what is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Just hanging around with friends and family really. It is easy to to take them for granted, but when you travel as much as we do, you really start to realise that friends and family is everything. All the DJ stuff is just a big bonus.
What is the craziest experience you’ve had in your life?
It could be EDC Las Vegas performing for 40,000 people while the sun started to rise behind the mountains. The view from the stage was unreal. Or it could be this party in Argentina at Mar Del Plata where the crowd went crazy because we weren’t allowed to play any longer. We needed 6 security guys to take us out in one piece!
Interview by: Peter Jaffray
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