Seen as the natural successor to Ti+½sto's King of Trance crown, producer, remixer, and DJ Richard Durand is one of the most well-respected artists to emerge from the prolific burgeoning Dutch dance music scene. Born in Amsterdam in 1975, he started playing the piano at a young age but after becoming immersed in the club scene of his hometown, he decided to pursue a career as a DJ, blending trance, techno, and electro in a series of increasingly popular sets that attracted the attention of Ti+½sto, who not only invited him to remix his tracks "Lethal Industry," "Flight 643," and "Break My Fall," but also championed him as his Tip to the Top in influential publication MixMag. Following a series of singles released under various guises including Cliffhanger, Cube Human, and G-Spott, he released his debut album, Always the Sun, under his real name in 2008. After reworking tracks by Armin van Buuren and Fragma, he headlined the Godskitchen Global Gathering, Trance Energy, and Planet Love festivals and toured with Cosmic Gate in the States. In 2010, he was asked by his label, Black Hole Recordings, to take over the fronting of successful dance compilation In Search of Sunrise, and following his first South Africa-themed compilation, he worked with the likes of BBMak's Christian Burns and South London folk-pop singer Ellie Lawson on his 2011 sophomore outing, Wide Awake. ~ Jon O'BrienPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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