Interview: Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant on ‘We Are All We Need’ and EDM’s Ongoing Evolution
Above & Beyond are already having a banner year, with the celebrated release of their third studio album, We Are All We Need, reaching #5 on the iTunes Top Albums chart and setting the stage for a massive follow-up tour.
After selling out the legendary Madison Square Garden to celebrate one hundred episodes of their Group Therapy radio show on SiriusXM, the trance trio are hitting their stride in 2015 with the We Are All We Need North American tour in support of their new album. With a sold-out tour opener at L.A.’s iconic Forum receiving wildly enthusiastic reviews, the trio of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljmaki have the stage set for an unprecedented run of success this year.
Crave met up with Jono in an L.A. hotel earlier this week to discuss the new album & tour, and explore what qualifies as success in an age of file-sharing and streaming. We also discuss the ongoing transformation of dance music in terms of cultural relevance, and the importance of creating a compassionate connection between artist and fans.