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Mavie Marcos. Andain - live @ Saint-Petersburg, Russia - 02.03.2013.jpg
Mavie Marcos, one of the two members of Andain
Background information
Origin San Francisco, CA
Genres Electronica
Years active 2001–2006, 2007–present
Labels Black Hole
Members Josh Gabriel, Mavie Marcos
Past members David Penner

Andain is a San Francisco-based electronic music duo. Their style incorporates a blend of acoustic elements and electronic sound design, integrating tender and dark with emotive lyrics. Band members initially included producer Josh Gabriel, singer and songwriter Mavie Marcos, and guitarist David Penner. Current members are Mavie and Josh.


2001–06: Initial works[edit]

Andain was founded during the spring of 2001, as Josh joined forces with Mavie and David.[1] The band made its first leap in 2002 with the song "Summer Calling", after receiving an interest from Tiësto and signing with Black Hole.[2] This eventually lead to the production of a remix by Josh Gabriel, which was then promoted on Tiësto's compilation album In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama, to later be released as a 12" single with the B-side "Gabriel & Dresden Remix".

The following year saw the release of Andain's second single, "Beautiful Things", which became a club hit and helped define the band's breakthrough. Being released and promoted as a remix by Gabriel & Dresden, the song made its first appearance on Tiësto's compilation album Nyana, eventually spawning a single. With enthusiastic reception from the dance music scene, it has since become the band's signature track, yielding beyond a dozen remixes from Black Hole over the years.

While the sound of Andain would appear to be promoted as club oriented, a batch of leaked demos, namely "Time", "Get Up", "Make Me", "Ave Maria", and "You Once Told Me" would reveal a more variegated style of electronica with acoustic elements.[3] And as the demos would denote, an album was planned and in the process of becoming,[2] initially scheduled for release in 2003.[4] Meanwhile, "Beautiful Things" earned a nomination for Best Progressive / Trance under the Winter Music Conference 2004, with also Andain being nominated for Best New Dance Group.[5] The year was also marked by a less prominent release from the band, with the track "Here is the House", a cover of Depeche Mode, presented on the compilation album Bloom by Gabriel & Dresden.[6]

With no further news on the status of the album, Andain was later announced to be working on new material.[7] However, due to high demands from other projects, the group was temporary suspended.[1][8]

2007–present: A new beginning[edit]

Andain would eventually reform in 2007 as Mavie and Josh, and the intent was set to create a new album.[1][9] Two years later, an interview with Josh by would reveal the word of their next single, "Promises" – although, no word of an estimated release date was mentioned at the time.[10] Nevertheless, the word of Andain began to stir into motion again, further supported by the leak of a new demo, "Turn Up the Sound".[11]

After four years in the making, Andain's new album was handed in to the label in early April, 2011.[12] Subsequently, with "Promises" getting closer to an official release, the single was given support by some of the most recognized DJs of the EDM scene, being promoted with remixes by the likes of Gabriel & Dresden and Mÿon & Shane 54. Eventually, the album version debuted with the official music video on June 1, 2011, while the single followed on June 6, 2011.[13]

As the second single from the upcoming album, "Much Too Much" was released on January 30, 2012, while the official music video followed on February 2, 2012.[14] The single was later succeeded by a three track remix EP on February 27, 2012,[15] and a standalone remix by Mike Shiver on April 23, 2012.[16]

A third single was released ahead of the album, "Turn Up the Sound" was selected to make an official release. The single made its debut as a three track remix EP on June 18, 2012,[17] while the album version followed two weeks later, on July 2, 2012, along with additional remixes.[18] Incidentally, the production of the song had been rewritten since its debut in 2009, with exception of the last part of the song, which preserved a revised section of the previous version.

On August 10, 2012, the anticipated album was officially announced on Andain's Facebook page. Titled You Once Told Me, the record was released on September 24, 2012, and featured 11 tracks. Incidentally, the album also became the home for two new reworked versions of "Ave Maria" and "You Once Told Me", while the exclusive iTunes LP Deluxe Version of the album housed another 8 additional bonus tracks, including the original version of "Summer Calling", and "Beautiful Things" in its renowned Gabriel & Dresden interpretation.[19] In association with the release of the album, Andain will also be touring in 2013 as Mavie Marcos and instrumentalist Shreddward Braillif.[20]

Two further singles were released from the album "What's It's Like" in December 2012/January 2013 and "You Once Told Me" in December 2013.



Albums and Covers[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Following the success of their single "Beautiful Things", Andain earned a nomination for International Dance Music Awards in 2004, with the song being selected for the category Best Progressive / Trance. Simultaneously, the band itself was also nominated for Best New Dance Group. "Beautiful Things" would eventually also reward a trophy, as Andain was chosen to receive the Sunset Music Awards in 2010, during the Polish Sunrise Festival.[21]

With "Promises" creating a stir as the comeback song for Andain in 2011, the band received another nomination for the International Dance Music Awards 2012. The song received two nominations under the categories Best Trance Track and Best Chillout / Lounge Track. However, as a song in the downtempo genre, no specific remix had been reported for the first category.[22]

Andain also earned a nomination for the International Dance Music Awards 2013, this time with another entry in the category Best Chillout / Lounge Track, honoring Zetandel's remix of "Much Too Much", taken from the initial release of the 2012 single.[23]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 International Dance Music Awards Best Progressive / Trance "Beautiful Things" Nominated
Best New Dance Group Nominated
2010 Sunset Music Awards
2012 International Dance Music Awards Best Trance Track "Promises" Nominated
Best Chillout / Lounge Track "Promises" Nominated
2013 International Dance Music Awards Best Chillout / Lounge Track "Much Too Much - Zetandel Chill Remix" Nominated


  1. ^ a b c Dave Dresden (December 6, 2006). "starting work on a new album tomorrow". Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b TranceAddict (March 12, 2011). "Andain Info and Q&A - TranceAddict Forums". Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Andain Album - MPFS Discussions". June 25, 2003. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Josh Gabriel". December 7, 2002. Archived from the original on November 30, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Winter Music Conference 2004". March 2004. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gabriel & Dresden - Bloom (CD) at Discogs". 2005-11-15. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ornadel Management News 2005". July 2005. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ornadel Management News 2006". May 2006. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Dave Dresden (September 27, 2007). "checking in". Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Josh Gabriel Interview". August 27, 2009. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Andain are back!". Pure Bliss Vocals. September 8, 2009. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ Andain (April 4, 2011). "Well we...". Facebook. Retrieved November 30, 2011. "Well we successfully turned in the album to the label late last night." 
  13. ^ "Andain - Promises - YouTube". YouTube. June 1, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  14. ^ "Andain - Much Too Much (Official Music Video) - YouTube". YouTube. February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  15. ^ "Much Too Much [Black Hole Recordings] ::Beatport". Catalog# BH422-0. Beatport. February 27, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2012.
  16. ^ "Much Too Much [Black Hole Recordings] ::Beatport". Catalog# BH422-0. Beatport. April 23, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
  17. ^ "Turn Up the Sound [Black Hole Recordings] :: Beatport". Catalog# BH453-0. Beatport. June 18, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  18. ^ "Turn Up the Sound [Black Hole Recordings] :: Beatport". Catalog# BH454-0. Beatport. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  19. ^ Andain (August 10, 2012). "we've got some... | Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved August 11, 2012. "'You Once Told Me' will be available on September 24th."
  20. ^ "Andain's concert listing, Discover music, concerts, stats & pictures at". Retrieved February 10, 2013.
  21. ^ "Andain at Sunrise Festival 2010" (in Polish). March 5, 2010. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Black Hole Recordings at IDMA 2012". Black Hole Recordings. February 1, 2012. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  23. ^ Arny Bink (January 29, 2013). "28th Annual International Dance Music Awards...". Retrieved April 1, 2013.

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