When it comes to the trance and progressive world in 2020, there’s not many people that have seen the meteoric rise than the UK producer/DJ Farius. The release of his debut album "From The Start" has received huge support across the board from tastemakers giants such as Armin Van Buuren and Above & Beyond and major support across both Apple Music and Spotify playlisting. Farius is also set to be a guest on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy mix series, as well as Armin Van Buuren’s A State of Trance later this summer.
In celebration of this year's pride month, the London based DJ has partnered up with Apple Music to deliver an exclusive guest mix, taking you through a musical journey of colors, coming out, and love which are resemblant in each hand-picked track.
To open up the guest mix, Farius pays tribute to the late Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the US and a huge pioneer in the growth of the LGBT community we see today.
When describing the tribute, Farius said: "In the year that Harvey Milk would have turned 90, I wanted to pay tribute to him by writing an opening track around one of his famous speeches he made in 1978, three weeks before his assassination.”
Farius further opens up about the significance of his mix: "I think it’s fantastic that Apple Music are supporting and shining a spotlight on LBGT+ artists again this year. I recently read a Billboard article which discussed the fact that EDM is a by-product of the music created by gay black men in Chicago in the early 80s, but is today dominated by straight, white men and I couldn’t agree more.
Labels like Enhanced and Anjunabeats are making waves with their open support for LGBT+ artists. Notably after the 2016 Orlando shooting in LGBT+ nightclub Pulse, trance trio Above & Beyond were the only act at EDC to show support for the community just a few weeks later by changing their stage visuals to a huge rainbow. Anjunabeats, their label, has Pride merchandise with the Anjuna logo on a rainbow flag - and Enhanced have recently followed suit in an act of solidarity by changing their logo to a rainbow logo across all their social media platforms, as well as looking at merchandise too. But reading down the hateful comments on a fresh, bright rainbow logo profile picture on their Facebook and you’ll see just how far the EDM world still has to go.
As an LGBT+ artist in the straight, white, male world of EDM, it’s a fantastic feeling to be a part of a label that publicly shows support for diversity and the community you’re a part of."
- Farius - ID (Harvey)
- Dezza - Close Your Eyes [Colorize]
- PRAANA - Iridescence [Colorize]
- Farius - Free Now [Enhanced Progressive]
- Tritonal ft. Rosie Darling - Never Be The Same (Alpha 9 Mix) [Enhanced]
- Alex Klingle - Colors Back (Paul Arcane Mix) [Enhanced Progressive]
- Axis - Elation [Enhanced Progressive]
- Johan Vilborg ft. Chris James - Focus (Farius Remix) [Enhanced Progressive]
- Tritonal with Brooke Williams - Someone To Love You [Enhanced]
- Farius ft. London Thor - Stars [Enhanced Progressive]
- Farius - Miami Love [Enhanced Progressive]
- Farius - Weak Heart [Enhanced Progressive]
- Alex Klingle - Epilogue [Enhanced Progressive]