Rank 1

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Rank 1
Also known as R.O.O.S., Pedro & Benno
Origin Netherlands
Genres Trance
Years active 1997–present
Website www.rank-1.com
Members Benno De Goeij
Piet Bervoets
Notable instruments
Macintosh G5 dual 2.5 GHz 1 Gb • Logic 7 • Native Instruments Reaktor • Spectrasonics Atmosphere • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX • Korg Legacy Collection • Jacobi 3 way monitors • Mackie Big Knob • M-Audio FW410 • Roland JP-8000Roland TR-909Roland TR-808Roland TR-606Roland TB-303Korg MS20 • Bass guitar • Electric guitar + Roland VG88 • Acoustic guitar • Rode NTK Condensor Microphone

Rank 1 is a Dutch trance group, formed in the Netherlands in 1997. Widely regarded as one of the originators of the Dutch trance sound, the group have produced a number of dancefloor hits since their conception. Although the two members of the group (Benno De Goeij and Piet Bervoets) had worked together before, Rank 1 (a name first used in 1999) was their first project with commercial success.

History[edit]

The first Rank 1 release was an EP containing "The Citrus Juicer" and "Black Snow".[1] Their biggest hit commercially was the 1999 track that followed up to that EP called "Airwave", which reached No. 10 in the UK Singles Chart[2] and No. 25 in the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. This was later re-released by Rank 1 remixed with added vocals as "Breathing (Airwave 2003)", and also provided the base for a mash up with Donna Williams, as "True Love Never Dies", which was later vocally re-recorded using Kelly Llorenna, by Flip and Fill. In 2011, Airwave was voted the number 7 Trance Classic of all time in the Trance Top 1000 poll.[3]

In September 2000, they performed the track "Many Miles Too Soon" live at Trance Energy[4] as a tribute to the late Miles Stutterheim, younger brother to Duncan Stutterheim, one of the founders of the Dutch event organiser ID&T.[5] A year later this track was released as "Such Is Life", with added vocals by Shanokee and chosen as the anthem of Sensation 2001, the first edition where visitors were asked to appear dressed in white.[6]

A year later they released "Awakening"[7] as the single preceding their debut album "Symsonic".[8] The album was released with a CD containing downtempo versions of Airwave and Such Is Life as well as a some brand new tracks including the title track, a short version of "The Citrus Juicer", "T.T.C.", "Passage To The Unknown", "Still In My Mind" and more. The album also included a DVD with a few videoclips of their singles up till then as well as their live performance at Trance Energy 2002.[9]

2003 saw the re-release of Airwave with vocals by Aino Laos which were written by Jan Löchel.[10] In a recorded interview,[11] Benno explained that Breathing was released to back up the album release in Germany. By the end of the year, Rank 1 finally released their single Symsonic under the new title "It's Up To You", with added vocals by Shanokee.[12] Unlike the classically inspired Album version, these mixes were produced in the more typical 4x4 driven uplifting Trance style, especially the "Instrumental Dub" and "Dub Vocal Mix".[13]

The next year saw the release of the Symsonic album sampler titled "Unreleased Tracks" which contained extended mixes of "Conspiracy", "Cosmomatic" and "Down From The Deep".[14] Shortly thereafter, Rank 1 radically changed their trademark euphoric sound[15] and released an EP containing "Beats At Rank-1 Dotcom",[16] a brand new Tech Trance record which ID&T would later pick up as the Trance Energy 2005 Theme.[17] The flipside contained "After Me", a breaks driven string-laced track.[18] The male vocals on this track were rumored to have been performed by Benno de Goeij himself.[15] This would be the start of Rank 1's radical sound shift every few years which would lead to some genre-blending releases.

In February 2005, Rank 1 performed live at Trance Energy for the third time. During this live show they performed a track which was only made for the event. However, the crowd's reaction to it was so immense that Piet and Benno decided to release it as an official track called "Top Gear". This would happen over the summer with another two-track EP:[19] "Opus 17" was present at the flipside and was a moody Trance track unlike its unique heavy Techno-Techtrance influenced B-side.[20]

In February 2006, Piet was interviewed for a WiLDCHiLD event.[17] In this interview he stated that their second album was in progress and that they had made quite some diverse tunes for it, including a breaks track with the potential title "2 Drunk 2 Funk". As of 2012, this track has not been revealed yet. Piet also clarified about the mysterious unreleased and untitled "Rank 1 vs. Marco V" collaboration track that was also mentioned in the FAQ section of their old website.[17][21]

There were no official single releases during 2006 but in 2007 both "This World Is Watching Me" (with Armin van Buuren and Kush[22]) and "Life Less Ordinary" (with Alex M.O.R.P.H.[23]) were released. Both tracks mixed Electro-driven beats with Trancey strings and saw yet another sound shift from Rank 1. Life Less Ordinary also received an experimental Rank 1 interpretation in the guise of "A Less Ordinary Rank 1 Remix".[23]

Early 2008 saw them release another Electro-style collaboration, this time it was a collaboration with Jochen Miller, titled "And Then...".[24] Rank 1 made an own version of the track which they titled "Rank 1's Minimal Progressive Techno Electro Trance Mix". It was darker and heavier than the original and had a more Techno-driven twist.

The duos' track: "L.E.D There Be Light", was chosen as the Trance Energy 2009 Anthem, as well as the background track to the 2009 Electric Daisy Carnival commercial. This track combined the soft-loud synth dynamic from And Then with sweeping strings and more Trancey elements. It leaked out in late 2008, which led to the early release of the "Special Download Mix".[25] The track was officially released in February 2009, with remixes by Wippenberg, Marcel Woods as well as an alternative "Laserlight Rework" by Rank 1 themselves.[26] In 2010, the song was formally remixed by Cold Blank. It is the most successful remix to date, reaching No. 10 on Beatport's Top 100 Electro House Chart. It also landed a release on Ministry Of Sound's Trance Nation 2010 compilation. Their next track, "Symfo," was the self-titled Sunrise Festival Theme 2009[27] and was released only five months after L.E.D. There Be Light. This track received remixes by Marcus Schossow and The Prime Sins, as well as a more House-driven "Rank 1's That Side Mix".[28]

In 2010, Rank 1 and Miller released another collaboration which was chosen as the theme to the Polish Entrance 2010 event called "The Great Escape".[29] Armin van Buuren even played it during his short satellite-connection gig during Trance Energy 2010.[30] On February 11, Benno tweeted there would be an alternative non-Trance Rank 1 Remix of The Great Escape but as of 2012, this version has not been revealed yet.[31] Whether it has been cancelled or not remains unclear. Two weeks later, Benno tweeted that they would start their own radioshow.[32] Indeed, April 6 saw the start of their monthly one-hour radioshow "Rank 1's Radio Rush" on Afterhours FM, which is aired every first Tuesday of the month between 20:00 - 21:00 CET.[33] A forum on the Rank 1 Hyve contains an updated tracklist of all the episodes, as well as a list of the (old) Rank 1 Classics played so far.[34] As the summer approached, another collaboration saw the light of day, this time Rank 1 teamed up with Nic Chagall and Wippenberg to release "100",[35] the self-explanatory track to celebrate High Contrast Recordings reaching the 100th milestone release. The vinyl release of the track was a limited edition pressed on gold.[36]

Similar to 2006, 2011 saw no official single releases.

The two singles to follow this "radio silence" were released in February and March respectively, with the Trouse driven "Wild And Perfect Day" providing their third collaboration with Jochen Miller (with vocal support by Sarah Bettens)[37] whilst "Witness" was their vocal Trance collaboration in tandem with Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren.[38] On April 23 the guys announced they had almost finished a brand new track, so far without vocals.[39] After various cryptic Facebook and Twitter updates alike,[40][41] on the 15th of October they finally revealed that their third 2012 release would be a Rank 1 solo track called "7 Instead Of 8".[42] The single's title refers to its 7/8 time signature.

On December 21, they revealed a 30 second snippet of their collaboration 'Elements Of Nature' with Belgium Trance artist M.I.K.E..[43] This collaboration was initiated by a Twitter user under the name 'Ramballo'.[44][45] This single was released by the end of January 2013 and received much positive feedback for its Classic Trance vibe and was even rated an 8.5/10 by the DJ Mag.[46] On March 13, Conjure One revealed that a Rank 1 Remix for his new single "Under The Gun" would debut during Rank 1's set at ASOT #600 in Mumbai.[47] Just one day later, Rank 1 themselves announced a brand new single 'Floorlifter' to debut on the very same event.[48] A month later the Rank 1 Remix for Italian Trance artist Giuseppe Ottaviani's single 'Love Will Bring It All Around' was released.[49] Over the course of the summer, Rank 1 announced to be working on a third single.[50] As October passed by, they revealed their new single titled '13.11.11' which combined the track's duration with its release date and tempo.[51]

Their first 2014 single was released on March 17, a collaboration with the German producer Dennis Sheperd titled 'Freudenrausch'.[52]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Rank 1
  • 1999 "Black Snow / The Citrus Juicer"
  • 1999 "Airwave" (Innercity Theme 1999)
  • 2000 "Untitled" (with Marco V) (Unreleased)
  • 2001 "Such Is Life" (with Shanokee) (Sensation Anthem 2001)
  • 2002 "Awakening" (with Olga Zegers)
  • 2003 "Breathing (Airwave 2003)" (with Aino Laos)
  • 2003 "It's Up To You (Symsonic)" (with Shanokee)
  • 2004 "Beats At Rank-1 Dotcom (Trance Energy Anthem 2005) / After Me"
  • 2004 "Unreleased Tracks From The Album Symsonic"
  • 2005 "Opus 17 / Top Gear"
  • 2007 "This World Is Watching Me" (with Armin van Buuren and Kush)
  • 2007 "Life Less Ordinary" (with Alex M.O.R.P.H. and Fragma)
  • 2008 "And Then..."(with Jochen Miller)
  • 2009 "L.E.D There Be Light" (Trance Energy Anthem 2009)
  • 2009 "Symfo" (Sunrise Festival Theme 2009)
  • 2010 "The Great Escape" (with Jochen Miller) (Entrance Theme 2010)
  • 2010 "100" (with Nic Chagall and Wippenberg)
  • 2012 "Wild And Perfect Day" (with Jochen Miller and Sarah Bettens)
  • 2012 "Witness" (with Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren)
  • 2012 "7 Instead Of 8"
  • 2013 "Elements Of Nature" (with M.I.K.E.)
  • 2013 "Floorlifter"
  • 2013 "13.11.11"
  • 2014 "Freudenrausch" (with Dennis Sheperd)
R.O.O.S.
  • 1997 "Instant Moments (Skyline Mix)"
  • 1997 "Instant Moments (Waiting For)" (with Evelyne Derks)
  • 1998 "Living in a Dream"
  • 1999 "Body, Mind & Spirit"
  • 2002 "Instant Moments 2002"
Pedro & Benno
  • 1997 "Scream For Love"
  • 1998 "Talkin' To You"
  • 1999 "Speechless"
A.I.D.A.
  • 1999 "Far And Away"
  • 1999 "Far And Away/Merit"
  • 1999 "Remember Me/Corvana"
Other aliases
  • 1997 "Human Beast", as Simplistic Mind
  • 1997 "Baby Freak", as Precious People
  • 1997 "Reflections of Love", as Precious People
  • 1998 "To the Church", as Two Disciples
  • 1998 "I Know You're There", as Tritone (with DJ Misjah)
  • 1998 "Ssst... (Listen)", as Jonah (with DJ Misjah)
  • 1998 "Subspace Interference", as Control Freaks (with DJ Tiesto)
  • 1998 "Play it Rough", as System Eight (with Michel Keyser)
  • 1999 "Human Planetarium", as Gualagara
  • 2000 "Yeah... Right", as Jonah (with DJ Misjah)
  • 2000 "Straight to the Point", as SPX (with DJ Misjah)
  • 2003 "The Anthem 2003", as Sensation
  • 2003 "Perfect Blend / Deep Ranger", as Mac J
  • 2004 "Womanizer / Nightware", as Mac J
  • 2005 "Dreamchild / Flash", as Johan Gielen

Remixes[edit]

Albums[edit]

DJ compilations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rank 1 - Black Snow / The Citrus Juicer (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2004-03-01. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 450. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Trance Top 1000". Trance Top 1000. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Rank 1 - Many Miles, Too Soon (Live @ Trance Energy 2000)". YouTube. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  5. ^ "rank 1- ,many miles too soon - Tranceaddict Forums - Music Discussion". Tranceaddict.com. 2000-09-30. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  6. ^ "Rank 1 Featuring Shanokee - Such Is Life (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Rank 1 - Awakening at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Rank1* - Symsonic at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2002-02-16. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  9. ^ "Rank1 - Live At Trance Energy 2002". YouTube. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  10. ^ "Rank 1 - Breathing (Airwave) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2003-04-24. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  11. ^ http://www.djrammy.com/interview.mp3
  12. ^ "Rank 1 - It's Up To You (Symsonic) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2003-12-04. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  13. ^ "[i:Vibes] Rank 1 - Its Up To You (Symsonic) [ID&T]". Ivibes.nu. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  14. ^ "Rank 1 - Unreleased Tracks From The Album Symsonic (File, MP3) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  15. ^ a b "[i:Vibes] Rank 1 - Beats At Rank-1 Dotcom / After Me [ID&T]". Ivibes.nu. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  16. ^ "Rank 1 - Beat At Rank-1 Dotcom (Trance Energy theme 2005)". YouTube. 2008-09-03. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  17. ^ a b c "Rank 1 INTERVIEW // Bring On The London Sound Clash!!". DontStayIn. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  18. ^ "Rank 1 - Beats At Rank-1 Dotcom / After Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  19. ^ "Rank1* - Opus 17 / Top Gear (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2005-08-29. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  20. ^ "[i:Vibes] Rank 1 - Opus 17 / TopGear [High Contrast]". Ivibes.nu. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  21. ^ "Rank 1". Rank 1. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  22. ^ "Armin van Buuren vs Rank1* Feat. Kush (5) - This World Is Watching Me (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2007-01-22. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  23. ^ a b "Alex M.O.R.P.H. & Rank1* - Life Less Ordinary (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  24. ^ "Rank 1 vs Jochen Miller - And Then... at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  25. ^ "[i:Vibes] Rank1 Delivers Theme Song for Trance Energy 2009!". Ivibes.nu. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  26. ^ "Rank 1 - L.E.D. There Be Light (Trance Energy Anthem 2009) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  27. ^ "Piet Bervoets en Benno de Goeij Profiel - hyves.nl". Rank-1.hyves.nl. 2009-06-16. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  28. ^ "Rank1* - Symfo (Official Sunrise Festival 2009 Theme) (The Remixes) (File, MP3) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2009-07-21. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  29. ^ "Piet Bervoets en Benno de Goeij Profiel - hyves.nl". Rank-1.hyves.nl. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  30. ^ "Trance Energy 2010: Armin van Buuren (1/2) Live from New York (Faithless - Not Going Home (AvB)". YouTube. 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  31. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/BennoDeGoeij/status/8957522614
  32. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/BennoDeGoeij/status/11027585529
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  34. ^ "Rank 1 Hyve - hyves.nl". Rank1official.hyves.nl. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  35. ^ "Nic Chagall, Wippenberg, Rank 1 - 100 (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  36. ^ "Nic Chagall". Nicchagall.de. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  37. ^ "Rank 1 & Jochen Miller Featuring Sarah Bettens - Wild And Perfect Day (File, MP3) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  38. ^ "Cerf, Mitiska and Jaren* With Rank 1 - Witness (File, MP3) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  39. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/rank1official/status/194506653834543105
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  41. ^ "Timeline Photos". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  42. ^ [1][dead link]
  43. ^ "Rank 1 vs M.I.K.E. - Elements Of Nature (snippet) by Be Yourself Music on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds". Soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  44. ^ "Alexander Ramballi (@ramballo) op Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  45. ^ "Twitter / rank1official: Likewise! Done in only in". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  46. ^ http://www.djmag.com/content/elements-nature
  47. ^ https://twitter.com/conjure_one/status/310139950026854401
  48. ^ https://twitter.com/rank1official/status/312193622105784322
  49. ^ https://twitter.com/rank1official/status/331463395809300482
  50. ^ https://twitter.com/rank1official/status/366888141342248960
  51. ^ https://twitter.com/rank1official/status/399858163618684928/photo/1
  52. ^ https://twitter.com/rank1official/status/445598091627220992

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