Above & Beyond’s Jono Grant and Darren Tate unveil new project ‘JODA’


Jono Granta third of the iconic progressive trance trio Above and beyond announced a new musical project in tandem with longtime friend and musical collaborator Darren Tate. Entitled JODAthe joint effort focuses on the fundamental elements of dance music, with an emphasis on vintage synths and authentic progressive trance sounds.

The first single “We Found Ourselves” is available now via Anjunabeats and proves to be a refreshing dose of classic yet innovative sounds that set the stage for more music to come from the freshly minted project.

Jono Grant is a third of Above and beyond who, over a two-decade career, have established themselves as one of the biggest electronic groups in the world. Eight studio albums (including one as a vocal trance band OceanLab and two acoustic covers), 17 compilation albums, film music and nearly 100 singles testify to a production as varied as it is prodigious. their label Anjunabeats is home to a vibrant community of artists with over twenty years of catalog.

As a classically trained musician, songwriter, producer and hitmaker, Darren Tate is an OG Top of the Pops-botherer. In the early 2000s, early in his career, he appeared on the show three times, once with Angelic, his collaboration with Judge Jules and the latter’s wife, performing the classic trance banger It’s My Turn, then twice as Jurgen Vries.

The two musicians have a history that spans a two-decade musical relationship. In 2003, the duo managed to synchronize their schedules to work on a few tracks, “Let The Light Shine In” and “Nocturnal Creatures”, stumbling over organic chemistry. While the couple’s respective careers then took them around the world in opposite directions, reconnecting to work together posed an additional challenge.

Then, in 2019, Tate returned to his trance roots and signed with Anjunabeats for his T8D Project releases. Around the same time, Above & Beyond received an offer to score an environmental documentary, “The Last Glaciers.”

“I’m a musician, but I’ve never composed a score before, which would be quite an undertaking. And I knew that Darren had a tremendous amount of experience in this area, and I’ve always admired what he does in his film work. So my first thought was, why not do it with Darren? “, shares Jono.

Jono and Darren found themselves composing together again, resulting in a strong mutual affinity for new music, which resulted in the new JODA. Working out of Tate’s studio in the north London suburbs and A&B’s south London headquarters, the duo were in a creative bubble at the start of the pandemic, with their partnership proving fruitful.

Watch this space for more from JODA in Spring and Summer 2022. “We Find Ourselves” is available now on Anjunabeats.

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