Crystal Clouds returns with another great DJ joining the ranks in 2017.

Artisan

Artisan is currently one of the most productive and consistent producers in Northern Ireland. He began working under the alias in 2015 after deciding a move from previous project Tucandeo (one half of Tucandeo). Having already received support from major names like Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyk and Tiesto instant support was picked up almost immediately. This was most recognisable from trance maestro Markus Schulz who later signed “World’s Apart” to Ministry Of Sound’s Trance Nation compilation. Inspired by many different genres his sound can be described as melodic progressive trance with a twist of soundtrack elements. Great examples of these elements can be heard through tracks like “Ethos” and “Love Is Divine” which were played all over the world. More recently “Thank You” with Anki hailed support from names like Paul Oakenfold, Roger Shah, Markus Schulz, Judge Jules and many more. It was released under Artisan’s label In Sessions under the legendary Blackhole Recordings. Artisan relaunched his radio show “In Sessions”

With a promising collection of releases to come you can be sure the next few months will be eventful for Artisan.

Support list: Aly & Fila, Armin Van Buuren, Bobina, Cosmic Gate, Dennis Shepherd, DJ Feel, Ferry Corsten, John O’Callaghan, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, Jordan Suckley, Judge Jules, Markus Schulz, Menno De Jong, Roger Shah and many more.

Read more here: https://www.crystalclouds.com/djs/artisan

 

 

 

  


Long term Crystal Clouds resident DJ "Jerom" has made it through to the final stages of the TranceAddict.com Tomorrowland 2017 DJ Contest!

Jerom has always put his heart and soul into his productions and mixes, so for any fans out there - be sure to help your favourite DJ get into the booth for one of the world's most popular events.

DJ Contest

Tomorrowland is a massive music festival organized over 2 weekends this summer (July) in Boom, Belgium. Last year's event saw more than 180,000 people arriving from over 150 countries for this unique electronic music experience! Having now expanded to two weekends this year, and with over 200 artists confirmed to be performing this is one party to add to your bucket list!

TranceAddict is returning for our 8th year with a stacked lineup featuring the sounds of: Airscape - Airwave - Alex M.O.R.P.H. - Andy Moor - Gabriel & Dresden - Indecent Noise - Lange - Paul Oakenfold - Sean Tyas & Menno de Jong - Simon Patterson - Standerwick - Tenishia

In 2010, our first year having this contest, we discovered Apsara who rocked the crowd and now has gigs at nightclubs in Jakarta, Indonesia. Next up was Rory James who now often plays at New York electronic music mainstay, Output. In 2012, we were lucky enough to have George Rimore take a chance, taking a break from his studies and submitting a mix that made him the clear winner. For our last competition, Reliquary opened the stage and has since played clubs in Atlanta as well as other music festivals.

This year's finalists have been selected -- take a listen and let us know what you think!

How To Vote

Visit http://tranceaddict.com/djcontest/2017/finalists/Jerom/

Listen to the mix and be sure to leave a comment and your support for Jerom!

If you would like to listen to the other mixes or find out more information, please visit:

http://tranceaddict.com/djcontest/2017/finalists/index.php

  


Many of you may have noticed some minor changes around the Crystal Clouds website recently!

Some decisions have been made recently to stick to our core activities rather than getting dragged back by work that isn't necessarily a positive part of our wonderful trance project.

As the administrators of Crystal Clouds work on the site in their spare time, it is integral that we enjoy what we do in order to make the project a success!

Of course, our continued success relies on all of the very generous people out there who keep donating to keep the server and therefore the project alive. A big thank you from the admin team to all those who have helped CC reach what is nearly it's 14th birthday!

Please find below a brief list of committed and pending changes to the Crystal Clouds website.

  • "Buddypress" social plugin has been removed. This plugin uses a large amount of resources and is also behind all of the "Spam" users that have arrived on Crystal Clouds to do nothing other than cause us a headache.
  • Featured posts have been removed from the front page. We were not necessarily making full use of this functionality and it forced users to scroll unnecessarily.
  • Releases are no longer being posted. Crystal Clouds is desperate to help promote Trance & Progressive, but the release feed is too time consuming at present. That said - if anybody out there is interested in helping us with it... please contact us!
  • Featured Crystal Clouds MixCloud mixes have been added to the right hand side to help spread word of our social media channels
  • Database optimization is on going to reduce the size of the Crystal Clouds website. This should allow much faster website loading for all users.
  • New features including SoundCloud syndication and a brand new look for Crystal Clouds will arrive in the near future!
  


An attempt at something different from Crystal Clouds this week - some free track downloads!

This month we concentrate on the goodies available from new resident DJ "Magdelayna".

His tracks and remixes have been signed to all sorts of labels and he has been a long term member of Crystal Clouds - so many people should already be familiar with him.

For those who haven't.... Magdelayna produces tracks that vary from chilled/ambient to uplifting and progressive trance.

He quite regularly releases remixes and reworks of popular and classic trance releases, with his very own twist!

Here are a selection of such tracks, with my particular favourite being the uplifting track "Solar Nebular"

Chilled

Rank 1 - Airwave (Magdelayna's Resurrection Mix)

Hans Zimmer - Time (Magdelayna Remake)[Free Track]

Progressive

Brian Eno vs. John Creamer & Stephane K - I Wish You Were An Ending Ascent (Magdelayna Mashup)

Uplifting

Magdelayna - Solar Nebular (Original Mix)

Magdelayna - Starlight Theory (Original Mix)

The Gift - The Seventh Day (Magdelayna Remake)

  


Admittedly it has been a while since we updated the news feed at Crystal Clouds, but here we are with some excellent news!

From 2017 Crystal Clouds has several new DJs joining the roster.

Keep reading to find out more!

Mohamed Ragab

Egyptian born and raised Mohamed Ragab has been making quite a name for himself the past few years. Having been active in the Trance scene both as DJ and producer for almost a decade, releasing his tracks on renowned labels like Future Sound of Egypt/Armada and Ultra Music, and having received multiple support on Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance radioshow as well as Aly & Fila’s FSOE.

As long term fans of Aly & Fila - Crystal Clouds is very excited to bring a fellow Egyptian on board and Mohamed certainly provides the same level of high quality trance as his fellow countrymen.

Read more here: https://www.crystalclouds.com/djs/mohamed-ragab/

Elitist

Many long term members of Crystal Clouds will already be familiar with Elitist - particularly those who were fans of Somatic Sense and the wonderful track "Zonderland" that Elitist produced with Acues.

In 2017 Elitist returns to the team at Crystal Clouds with his unique take on trance in the form of his monthly show "Incoming Signal".

Read more here: https://www.crystalclouds.com/djs/elitist/

 

Magdelayna

Adam Rodziewicz AKA Magdelayna is another name that many long term members of Crystal Clouds will be familiar with.

Active on the "Crystal Clouds V3" forums promoting some massive remixes and reworks of his favourite trance releases and coming up with some ingenious tribute mixes, Magdelayna is certainly a name you will be seeing more and more around the scene!

Read more here: https://www.crystalclouds.com/djs/magdelayna/

 

Psyrotica

Psyrotica brings Psy Trance to Crystal Clouds for the very first time in 2017!

There is no particular reason why Crystal Clouds hasn't looked into Psy Trance before now, but we simply couldn't ignore the great mixes that Tara was sharing with us.

We look forward to a great partnership working with Tara in the future, as she pushes the boundaries of these unknown sounds (to us at least!)

 

Read more here: https://www.crystalclouds.com/djs/psyrotica/

  


Crystal Clouds would like to take a minute to call on the power of it's supporters this month to plead for donations to keep this project alive.

Over the course of 2015 we received substantial support from a variety of members, but the monthly expense of approximately $140 can quickly drain any funds that we have amassed in a year if donations fall short.

We would like to take this opportunity to firstly praise and thank those members for wonderful support throughout 2015 as per every year before that - but plead with others to consider donating to keep our project alive.

We would love to continue Crystal Clouds and keep work on the redevelopment going, but the finances will eventually become a show stopper, as we cannot keep it going alone.

As it stands we have reserve funds available to keep us going over the course of April and May, but should donations not be raised in time, cancellation would have to be applied a month in advance.

Please consider support Crystal Clouds today!

Note - if anybody has any suggestions as to helping the Crystal Clouds project which don't involve financial support, please feel free to private message @evm or email us at support@crystalclouds.com