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Piet Bervoets and Benno de Goeij meet each other at a party back in 1997. They spend the rest of the night discussing music and discover a mutual passion for electronic music. Two years and many releases later, they close a new record deal in 1999 and commence a new project. Thus “Rank 1” is born. Their second release “Airwave” firmly puts them on the Trance map and is chosen to define Innercity in 1999 whilst “Superstring (Rank 1 Remix)”, “Such Is Life” and “The Anthem 2003” (A Trancified cover of Mozart’s Requiem Lacrimosa) represent the Sensation (white) Editions of 2000, 2001 and 2003 respectively. In 2002 they release their first and thus far only studio album: “Symsonic” balances driving club tracks with soothing harmonious chill-out and melodic music for those that prefer their Trance fix at home. In 2004 they radically change their sound: “Beats At Rank-1 Dotcom / After Me” and “Opus 17 / Top Gear” are released in 2004 and 2005 and offer Industrial Techy dancefloor destroyers backed by more melodic Rank 1 goodness on the flipsides. Throughout 2007-2008 they move the BPM down a few notches to bring wellreceived Electro collaborations with “This World Is Watching Me” (vs. Armin van Buuren feat. Kush), “Life Less Ordinary” (vs. Alex M.O.R.P.H.) and “And Then…” (vs. Jochen Miller). 2009-2010 can be considered their Trance Renaissance through modern Bigroom sounds: furthermore, “L.E.D. There Be Light”, “Symfo”, “The Great Escape” (vs. Jochen Miller) are chosen as the anthems for Trance Energy 2009 , Sunrise Festival 2009 and Entrance 2010 respectively whilst “100” (with Nic Chagall & Wippenberg) is created to celebrate High Contrast Recordings reaching its 100th milestone release. Their releases of the past year and a half “7 Instead Of 8”, “Elements Of Nature” (vs. M.I.K.E.) and “13.11.11” can be considered their second Trance Renaissance, with a wink to their old melodies and arrangements, be it in a modern coat. “Floorlifter” is the oddball here though it honors its title perfectly through its typical Techy Rank 1 sounds in a modern Bigroom way. But you know? Piet & Benno still got the moves!

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