I did not expect a release like this from Enhanced Recordings, but I’m glad they put this thing together. With Bryan Kearney and John 00 Fleming at the helm, we are treated to two pretty different perspectives on the way trance music should be heard. J00F’s disc is nice and dark as he mixes great productions by Moshic, Subtara, db, and a few of his own tunes. DuoTekk and Cosmithex are producers I am new to, but their new tracks are impressive as well. As expected, Disc 1 offers a wide selection of psytrance songs, and there’s no one better than J00F to mix them all together. Bryan’s mix tells a different story as he plays mostly faster tech-trance. He quickly mixes 23 songs into his CD, and they are all bumpin, high-energy tracks. If you like your trance at 140bpm, you will definitely enjoy Bryan’s work here. Towards the end of his mix there are several very good uplifting tracks, so make sure you check those out too. Underneath the music you will find an interview with Bryan, where he discusses his recent work and favorite artists.
CD1 – mixed by John 00 Fleming
01 Moshic – Peace Can Be Maintain (Original Mix)
02 Relaunch – Eternal Light (Original Mix)
03 Domased Electronica feat. Venes – Dark & Light (Original mix)
04 John ’00’ Fleming featuring Sascha Cooper – Fight The Darkness (Subtara Progressive Remix)
05 Airwave – Hello World (Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic Remix)
06 Ivan Nikusev – Aurora (Airwave Breaks Remix)
07 Spektre – Harpoon (Alex Di Stefano remix)
08 DuoTekk – Zlow (Original Mix)
09 Cosmithex – Alchemy (Original Mix)
10 The Digital Blonde – Rain Song (Original Mix)
11 John ’00’ Fleming – Finding Ganesha (Original Mix)
12 E-Clip – Existence (Original Mix)
13 Burn In Noise – Vuuv Festival Celebration (Original Mix)
CD2 – mixed by Bryan Kearney
01 Bryan Kearney – Our Deepest Fear (Intro)
02 Pe & Ban – Remake Yourself (Original Mix)
03 Lee Haslam – Crash, Bang, Wallop (Reaky Remix)
04 Gary Maguire – Puns (Original Mix)
05 David Moleon – Monotension (Original Mix)
06 David Moleon – Ovalo (Original Mix)
07 David Moleon – Tinitu (Original Mix)
08 Mark Leanings – Dropshot (Bryan Kearney Remix / JOC Playma Edit)
09 Andrew Candid & John Dopping – Savannah (Indecent Noise Remix)
10 Peter Plaznik – The Werewolf (Original Mix)
11 Jamie Walker – Mind Games (Original Mix)
12 Bryan Kearney presents KARNEY – Ridiculous (Mark Young & Damo Kay Remix)
13 John O’Callaghan – Raw Deal (Original Mix)
14 John Dopping – Cognition (Bryan Kearney’s Heads Down Remix)
15 Man With No Name – Teleport (Nick Sentience Remix)
16 Bryan Kearney & Jamie Walker – We’ll Never Die (Original Mix)
17 Mark Leanings – Guiding Light (Original Mix)
18 Daniel Kandi pres. 147 – Insert Generic Title (Original Mix)
19 John O’Callaghan – Psychic Sensor (Original Mix)
20 Ronny K – Unstoppable (5YAMC Anthem)
21 TrancEye – Uriel (Original Mix)
22 Defcon Audio feat. Julie Harrington – Lost In You (Jamie Walker Remix)
23 Monada – Sunny Day (Original Mix)
With the release of Passion – The Album, Vol 2 mixed by John 00 Fleming and Bryan Kearney this week, we sat down with the Irishman to catch up on recent happenings and his mix!
1. Where does Enhanced Music find you at this moment in time?
I am currently just home after a recent tour of India where I had an absolutely fantastic experience. I was also at the Republic Of Ireland game last night and we qualified for the European Championships for the first time since 1988, the whole country is absolutely buzzing so it’s safe to say I’m in quite a good place right now.
2. Having just played the closing set in the sold out main room of Passion last Saturday, what did you make of the night? Did you enjoy your set?
I thought it was absolutely amazing and it honestly felt like the old days of clubbing. I was absolutely delighted to be a part of the night and I was even happier to see the event go so well for Genix and Jimmy as they are both top lads who do a great job at Passion. Passion is a club that I hold close to my heart as it’s the first ever club that I played in the UK and it’s one of my favourite places to play aswell. I always have an absolutely amazing time there. It was amazing to see people queuing outside the club from about 9 P.M as that’s not something that we really see much of in the economic times that we are experiencing at the moment. The atmosphere was incredible, the club looked unbelievable and from what I could see everybody had the time of their lives. I really did enjoy my set, I played a mixture of old and new tracks and it was brilliant to see so many people stay in the club right till the end. It was a top night.
3. You have been on tip of everyone’s tongue in recent times as one of the hottest DJ’s to watch and have become a valuable addition to most trance events, particularly in the UK. Can you describe what that’s like and tell us your secret?
I’m don’t think there’s any real secret to my success really, I just have a lot of passion for what I do and I work extremely hard. I play a highly energetic diverse sound so I think that appeals to a lot of different people. I’m extremely happy that I’ve become quite a regular fixture at the big nights in the UK, particularly closing their events. My type of music really does work well at that time of the night/morning so maybe that’s one of the reasons. I also record a lot of my sets as a way of seeing how well I performed on the night. This means that I can continuously analyze my performances, what worked well, how certain tracks worked together and indeed how I can improve in the future. I am always refining my sound, adding new sounds or tracks and also removing stuff that doesn’t seem to work on the dance floor. To be honest I am really on the energetic trance buzz at the moment and I can see myself really bringing more and more of this to my sets.
4. CD 2 of Passion The Album Vol 2, mixed by yourself, includes a massive 23 tracks! Can you explain the technical skills that have gone into this mix?
The mix itself took me about three days to complete. I made the actual mix itself in Ableton and performed the mastering process using Cubase and Soundforge. I spent a lot of time making sure the levels were spot on. Most of the tracks selected are edited down by myself and the vast majority of the mix is mixed harmonically. I requested about fifty tracks in total but some labels weren’t exactly forthcoming with making their tracks available which is something I can completely understand but it can also limit what you can choose as there are certain restrictions in place. I think I made three drafts of the mix before I decided I was happy with the final result.
5. Can you take us through you’re mix and track selection. Any particular tracks that you can’t stop playing, and which of these rock the dance floors?
The mix starts off with some tracks from Pe & Ban, Reaky’s Remix of Lee Haslam and Gary Maguire. Nothing too intense but retaining a nice amount of energy. The mix then takes a step up with three tracks in a row from one of my favourite artists David Moleon. Definitely not for the faint hearted. I then begin to take the mix on a more tech trance route with tracks from myself, Mark Leanings, Peter Plaznik and Jamie Walker. I also made a special edit of my own track Ridiculous and John O’Callaghan’s Raw Deal especially for the CD, this track has being huge in my sets. After this the mix descends into out and out proper trance, uplifting with bags of energy. There is a brand new track from myself and Jamie Walker, Mark Leanings, Daniel Kandi, John O’Callaghan, Ronny K, TrancEye, Defcon Audio and I finish up with a track from Monada that is sure to put a smile on your face entitled Sunny Day. A nice way to finish up the CD.
6. Which DJ’s and producers are you currently backing and why?
Sebastian Brandt, Jamie Walker, John O’Callaghan, TrancEye, Will Atkinson, James Dymond, David Moleon, Indecent Noise, Tom Colontonio, and Arctic Moon.
To be honest I am really on a trance buzz at the moment and I can almost feel myself taking a step back from the techy stuff to focus on some brand new material that will be based on the trance of older days.
7. As well as performing solo, you are also half the duo Indecent Kearnage, can you tell us more and how you would describe your sound?
The Indecent KEARNAGE sound is all about the amalgamation of a huge amount of sounds and the combination of trance and techno. There are a lot of mash-up’s, SMASH-UP’s, edits, reworks and remixes. It’s music for the dancefloor with minimal breaks.
8. From within the studio, what can we expect in the near future from Bryan Kearney? Any forthcoming remixes or collaborations we should watch out for?
I have recently just purchased a brand new studio PC that I have yet to get up and running so you can expect a significant increase in the amount of tracks from myself and indeed a huge improvement in terms of overall sound. I have being extremely limited with my production PC until now as it is six years old and struggles to cope with my demands but I’ve always been able to get the most out of it. I am going to focus on more brand new trance originals, proper high energy trance. I have started a number of new projects that will be unleashed when I get my new PC. I will be working on a remix of Centurion for John O’Callaghan, a new track with Jamie Walker is in the works and I will also be working on the follow up to Ong Namo. To be honest I don’t think I’ve made anything near what I’m capable of producing yet so it’s an exciting and challenging time for myself. I think I can step things up a level or two.
9. So you’re just back from India, how was it?
It was an incredible experience for myself. I was treated so well by the guys from TFI and they were unbelievably hospitable to me and made me feel right at home. I was also impressed by how passionate they were about music, they were really clued up and knew their stuff. They run events purely out of passion for music so I really love playing for promoters like that, it makes it extra special. I played in two cities, Mumbai on the Friday night and then in Hyderabad on the Saturday night. Both gigs were fantastic and it was great for me to play an extended set. I played in total for almost five hours over the course of the two nights and I recorded both sets. You can download them via my Facebook artist page. I’d also like to apologize for vomiting all over the VIP room in Hyderabad as I had far too much spicy food and far too much beer and whiskey so apologies to the cleaners for that one.
10. Your DJ diary & schedule has blossomed in recent years, looking back what would you say has been your favourite performance and going forward what are you excited for?
I don’t think I could pick a particular event as there have been so many amazing nights in recent times. I suppose the most important one so far was my performance at Sunrise Festival in Poland in 2008. I was playing alongside the likes of Armin, Tiesto and so many other huge names. I was completely unknown over there at that time and I ended up winning Best Set at the entire festival. This achievement was made all the better because it was voted for by the attendees of the event. The live recording of the event began to spread on the internet and to be honest I still consider it to be one of my best performances. Other notable events include Eurofest 2010, playing all the major nights in the UK and playing the final set ever at Inside Out. I’ve been extremely lucky to play at so many nights and I’m looking forward to expanding and progressing in the future.
11. Finally, can you tell us where we can go to tune in, and catch more Bryan Kearney?
You can catch me every single month on Afterhours.FM with my KEARNAGE show. The show takes place at 17.00 GMT on the 4th Saturday of each month. The show is also available as a monthly Podcast on iTunes. My LIVE sets are always available via my Facebook artist page – HERE and you can keep up to date with where I am playing by keeping an eye on my website – HERE “