The three members of Above & Beyond came together not as DJs, but as producers and songwriters and refer to themselves as “a band first and foremost.” The first two members of the group, Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki, met at the University of Westminster while studying electronic engineering. The pair discovered their shared interest in electronic music and began their label, Anjunabeats, in 2000 with the first single “Volume One” released shortly after. Final member Tony McGuinness joined the group in 2000 after he enlisted them to help complete a remix for his own label.
Since their formation, Above & Beyond has released an expansive and critically acclaimed discography and earned many accolades along the way. After remixing tracks from artists as diverse as Madonna, Britney Spears and Delerium, the trio released their first full-length album, “Tri-State,” in 2006, which was given a 5-star rating and described as “brilliant” by DJ Mag. The album’s single, “Air For Life,” was voted as “Best Underground Dance Track of the Year” and “Tune of the Year” by the Winter Music Conference (WMC). Their second full-length release, “Group Therapy,” was released in 2011 and quickly jumped to the top of the iTunes Dance chart.
The group is the only dance act to win BBC’s Essential Mix of the Year twice, first in 2004, prior to releasing any full-length albums, and again in 2011, following the release of “Group Therapy.” In 2009, Richard Branson invited Above & Beyond to DJ the launch of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert, marking the first and only recorded appearance of any electronic artist at the unveiling of a spacecraft. The group continues to remain extremely active, touring internationally and engaging thousands of fans via Twitter during their weekly trance radio show “Group Therapy” from London, UK.
About Māyā Day + Nightclub:
Māyā Day + Nightclub, named for the ancient deity that manifests and perpetuates illusion and dream, is the new standard for high-end entertainment in Scottsdale, Arizona and the Southwest. Developed by Triyar Entertainment, Māyā features a 9,700 square foot indoor bar and 17,600 square feet of outdoor pool and patio areas with a resort-style pool complete with day beds, lounges, private and VIP cabanas. The venue also serves an authentic Mexican cuisine including, signature tacos, ceviche and taco salad. Māyā Day + Nightclub boasts massive poolside LED video screens and features a floating stage in the center of the pool to host live music concerts and DJ performances.