Rank 1 with DJ Eco | Saturday July 10 at Fur

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Friday, May 28, 2010, 4:27pm. (Updated: 10/24/13 at 10:14pm) Add comments

GLOW Washington DC presents:

Rank 1
www.rank-1.com myspace.com/rank01

Armada | NYC

Saturday, July 10 2010 at Fur Nightclub
33 Patterson St NE Washington DC
Doors Open at 10pm, Ages 18+

Purchase your tickets here!

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When Piet Bervoets DJs he’s known as Rank 1. But when it comes to live performances and studio production, Rank 1 is not complete without engineer Benno De Goeji. The two have been working together for 10 years. Benno, you may or may not know, is also Armin van Buuren’s engineer. Rank 1 are responsible for the trance classic ‘Airwave’ and Trance Energy 2009 theme ‘L.E.D. There be Light,’ among numerous others. They have come to symbolize truly epic trance.


DJ Eco is NYC’s fastest rising star in electronic dance music. Just 23 years old, Eco has already signed multiple tracks to labels such as Doorn Records, Armada Music and Flashover Recordings. In other words, SvD, Armin and Ferry love him. He’s had tunes of the week on A State of Trance, recently spun at ASOT 450 in NYC and has a track featured on Armin van Buuren’s A State of Trance 2010. This architect by day, DJ by night, and producer by subway is a must see for fans of high quality dance music. {tab=Bio}

Introduction: They’re one of Europe’s most established, respected dance acts, having been catapulted to stardom by their debut release ‘Airwave’. In the 9 years that have followed they’ve continued to pack out the CD wallets of world’s A-list spinners with speaker-spankers that have included ‘Such is Life’, ‘Symfo’ and ‘Life Less Ordinary’… In 2009 they unleashed ‘L.E.D. There Be Light’ – a track that was quickly snapped up by ID&T as the anthem for that year’s Trance Energy event. Their Live and DJ sets induce floor-quakes before thousands of fans at clubs, arenas and festivals every single weekend. They are Piet Bervoets & Benno de Goeij… and they’re Rank 1.

Rank 1’s Year One – ‘Airwave’: After a chance introduction at a party in the spring of 1997, Benno & Piet recognised much common musical ground and decided to work together. As the Dutch trance dawn rose up over Europe, the pair found themselves faultlessly positioned at its epicentre to reign. Championed by fellow fast-risers Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and Ferry Corsten, in 1999 the stadium-sized sound of ‘Airwave’ sent out an audio shockwave across the continent. It proved to be such a hit that just 12 months later ‘Airwave’ had been released, incredibly, in over 40 countries – jumping into the Top 10 in the UK and becoming the first Dutch track to top the European Dance Chart.

The Rank 1 Singles: Working at the pace of roughly one floor-carnivore a year, Rank 1 followed-up with ‘Such is Life’ (2001), ‘Awakening’ (taken from their debut album ‘Symsonic’ – both 2002), ‘It’s up To You’ (2003), ‘Beats @ Rank-1 Dotcom’ (2004) and ‘Opus’/’Top Gear’ (2005). After a year’s production break they returned to the fray in 07 with two monster collaborations: ‘Life Less Ordinary’ (in tandem with Alex M.O.R.P.H.) and the ‘This World is Watching Me’, co-produced with Armin. In 2009 Rank 1 became the ‘go-to’ men for event anthems, remarkably producing them for not one, but two world-class festivals. In February ‘L.E.D. There Be Light’ became the wildly-popular, Beatport-smash anthem for Trance Energy, while ‘Symfo’ was selected to define Poland’s colossal Sunrise festival. Their latest track The Great Escape (a collaboration with Jochen Miller) has been choosen as theme track for the Polish event ‘enTrance’ to be held in 2010.

The Rank 1 Remixes: Rank 1 also has an estimable remix-o-graphy to their name. Freddie Mercury, Ferry Corsten, Push, Cygnus X, Delirium, Marcel Woods, Mr Sam, Ronald van Gelderen, Angelic and Ayumi Hamasaki have all been given Rank 1’s studio re-touch.

Piet the DJ, Benno the Producer: Rank 1 now has two distinct branches to its operation. Benno is in charge of all the Rank 1’s production elements. He co-produced many of the tracks on Armin van Buuren’s 2008 long-player ‘Imagine’ and has already commenced work on the next one. Piet meanwhile takes the role of the globetrotting DJ, spinning at tent-pole events like Dance Valley in his native Holland and numerous international tours (including the US and Australasia) for the likes of Gatecrasher & Godskitchen. In 2009 Rank 1 found themselves re-entering the DJ Magazine Top 100 at No.77.

Rank 1 LIVE: Over recent years, Rank 1 has increasingly come together on stage for their Live performances. They became the first live act to perform at Sensation and famously forced the closure of doors of Trance Energy’s main arena (when25,000 clubbers packed it out to hear them play). Their kinship with the biggest event in trance music is widely-known and they are the only live act to have rocked Trance Energy 3 times! Outside of that Rank 1 has continued to thrill crowds live at some Europe’s best-known festivals including Mystery Land, Sunrise & Nature One.

Rank 1 – The Mindset: When it comes to interviews, Benno & Piet are, in essence the ‘Daft Punk’ or trance! Now famously reclusive, they don’t like the term ‘success’ as it implies they have already arrived. Instead, on the few occasions they do speak, they prefer to speak in terms of ‘progression’ & ‘perfection’. Ultimately though they are far happier to let their music do all the talking.


Hailed by Martin Roth several years ago as “New York’s uncut diamond” and a new addition to “the elite league of the upcoming young rebelling producers,” the young 23 year-old producer, Eco, is no stranger to the electronic dance music scene. With his hit tracks “Light At The End”, “Tonight Is Forever”, “Borealis”, “And We Flew Away” and “Lost Angeles” all being named Tunes Of The Week on Armin Van Buuren’s A State Of Trance radio show, his name has slowly but surely been making waves all over the electronic music globe. He receives consistent support by names like Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, and more. His signature sound has spread widely all over the trance scene and he has releases on some of the biggest labels in the business, such as Flashover, Armada, Tone Diary (Spinnin’), and Lunatique, to name a few. Coming off the success of the recent releases “People” and “Love”, Eco has begun work on his debut artist album, which is due on Armada Music in 2011. {tab=Video}



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