Back in the spring/summer of 2013, Above and Beyond recorded an acoustic studio album featuring a 24-piece live orchestra. The album features some of their most memorable productions to date: “Thing Called Love”, “Sun & Moon” and “Love Is Not Enough”, to name a few.
A & B’s Tony McGuinness had this to say when speaking of the journey to completion:
“The acoustic project is a reconnection with the musicians that we were before we met. The songs have been on an interesting journey to get here because we tend to write in a fairly acoustic way anyway. We don’t just stick a bit of vocal over a dance track – that’s not how we work. We try to start with a song and it’s usually only later down the line that we take certain elements from that song and progress them into a more dance-floor friendly version“.
For all you musical theory nay-sayers out there, let this be a lesson. Classical training and song-writing go a long way in electronic music, and your musicianship cannot fully evolve until you allow yourself to understand the historical development of the world’s greatest remedy.
Here’s proof that “EDM” acts as just another useless acronym in the vast frontier that is music production.
Buy the album on iTunes: bit.ly/ABAcoustic-iTunes
Buy the Special Edition Book: bit.ly/ABAcoustic-DVD