Jul 31, 2012
Myon & Shane 54

Mashup kings Myon & Shane 54 have been touring a lot in the US, bringing their uplifting sound to throngs of adoring fans. We caught up with Myon right after their recent Awakening LA set, where he told us about his favorite MS54 mashups & his secret pre-flight ritual.

Andrew Bayer feat Molly Bancroft - Keep Your Secrets (Myon & Shane 54 Summer Of Love Mix) [Anjunabeats]
LessThan3: You finished your set tonight with a Nirvana bootleg. Are you guys fans of them?
Myon: Yes, we are huge fans. Smells Like Teen Spirit is one of our favorite songs.
LessThan3: Both of you produced solo work before joining together. What made you realize your music would be so compatible?
Myon: It just happened! Hungary, the country that we are from, is a really small place. I basically stole Shane about five years ago, “we make the same music; let’s make something together.” Shane agreed, and the rest is history.
LessThan3: You guys have created some of the best mashups in trance. Which would you consider your top three?
Myon: This Is Silence always works very well. The most successful mashup was our Oceanlab and Gareth Emery On A Metropolis Day rework. The third one would have to be the Black Army mashup of Shana Can’t Sleep.
LessThan3: In 2010 you released a song with Aruna under the name Velvetine. Do you guys plan to resurrect that project and release any new music in the future?
Myon: Yes! We actually have a new Velvetine track coming out on Anjunabeats September 3rd called The Great Divide that we’re very excited about (preview here). These collaborations are always a slow process, though. We would love to make songs every month and release them right away, but after the first single it took almost two years to finish the second one.
LessThan3: How would you personally define progressive trance?
Myon: The word progressive means “always changing.” That applies to trance; trance music is always changing. One has to point out the next thing to really impact the sound properly.
LessThan3: Recently, Porter Robinson predicted that trance would have a big comeback in the United States. Do you think this is true?
Myon: I didn’t hear about that, but I would love to see it happen. In the last couple of years, trance hasn’t been quite as big in America as other dance music genres. When the word “trance” was mentioned in the past, it always had this negative connotation of “cheesy music.” Now trance has evolved to the point where it is slowly losing that stigma.
LessThan3: We’ve seen a lot of combination of sounds between trance and house in recent years.
Myon: The crazy thing is nowadays you hear tracks with so many different elements–trance, electro, dubstep, anything. That never happened before. People like David Guetta broke the boundaries by making house music and dance music in general so popular in the US. There are no longer any restrictions or boundaries; it’s all for the taking.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Myon: Oh man, that’s hard! I’m going to tell you something really personal. I’m not afraid of flying, but every time I take off I put my iPod on and say to myself, “What would I want to listen to if this plane were about to crash?” I always end up playing Kiss From A Rose by Seal. It’s an amazing song!