With the talismanic DJ Ace Ventura heading to India on a three-city tour this weekend curated by ORB Bookings, we at the Front Row Ravers thought of sharing some interesting facts and stories behind the man, the myth Ace Ventura.
Ace Ventura is the trance project started by Yoni Oshrat back in 2006. He was born in a musical family with his father being a famous Israeli composer and songwriter (for instance behind the Eurovision song “Hallelujah”), and it was, therefore, no surprise that he went for a career in the sound business; at first in the TV and movie industry as a sound producer.
After discovering the booming trance scene in the beginning of the nineties, he started DJ’ing and teamed up with his friend DJ Goblin to form the psychedelic trance project Children Of The Doc, which later changed a name to PSYSEX. Together they released 3 critically-acclaimed full-length albums on HOMmega Productions, and played a big part in establishing Israel as one of the most important trance-countries on the globe.
Several years of intense touring, playing at some of the biggest parties and festivals worldwide, Yoni’s taste moved more and more towards the slower, groovier side of music, though, and from 2006, he took the decision to leave the Psysex project and from the two solo projects SCHATSI and ACE VENTURA. With Schatsi, he was quickly featured on labels like Headshot and Mylo’s Breastfed Recordings, and top DJ’s like John Digweed played some of his material on numerous occasions. More attention was put into the Ace Ventura project, though, and using a fusion of the hard, pumping dancefloor-oriented style from Psysex and the deeper, groovier influences of progressive trance, the Ace Ventura project became a big success, and in a matter of just a few releases, such as the now classic debut “Cardiac Arrest“, he was already considered among the top producers on the progressive trance scene.
After appearing on releases on labels like Flow, Echoes, Blue Tunes, Spintwist, HOMmega and Iboga Records, he finally released his debut solo album “Rebirth” in 2007, which was without a doubt one of the biggest releases of the year. It resulted in Ace Ventura winning the Psytrance category at the Beatport Music Awards in 2008. About one year later the album was followed by a remix album “Re:Boot“, which contained two CD’s with remixes by various progressive trance, house, electro house and techno artists. This release, together with the release of “The Spark“, the summer anthem remix of FREq’s “Short Life Again” as well as collaborations with various artists – also resulted in Ace Ventura winning the Psytrance category at the Beatport Music Awards in 2009, For the second year in a row. Recently releases such as ‘Inside us‘ (together with Timelock) and the Interactive noise remix for the classic tune ‘Presence‘ have reached the first place in the Beatport psytrance charts.
Ace Ventura has travelled all across the globe and played at the major festivals like Boom in Portugal, XXXPerience, Tribe and Universo Paralello in Brazil, Solstice in Japan, Glade in the UK , Ozora in Hungary to Indian Spirit, Tshitraka, Antaris and Full Moon in Germany.
Ace Ventura just released his third album Paradise Engineering last year which was a sellout and included stellar collaborations with Astrix, Juno Reactor and many others.
Make sure you join in the fun as the Owl stomps all night long at the Blue Frog with Ace Ventura and Sonic Species next Friday!
Until then, we leave you with this astonishing set from Ace Ventura at the DreamState Festival, 2015:
Ace Ventura India Tour 2016
19th Feb Blue FROG
20th Feb Delhi Club Nest
21st Feb Goa HillTop Goa
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