The Thrillseekers

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The Thrillseekers
Birth name Steve Helstrip
Also known as En Motion, Insigma, Rapid Eye, Morpheus and Hydra
Born England
Genres Electronica
Trance
Occupations DJ, record producer
Instruments Synthesizer, drum machine
Years active 1998–present
Labels Adjusted Music, Neo, ATCR, Y2K, Vandit and Positiva
Website www.thethrillseekers.co.uk

The Thrillseekers (born Steve Helstrip)[1] is the name of an English trance DJ, record producer and remixer.[2] He has been at the forefront of the trance genre since the release in 1998 of his critically acclaimed track, "Synaesthesia (Fly Away)". He has also worked under the guises of En Motion, Insigma, Rapid Eye, and Hydra. He is also prominent for his work in remixing, having remixed work by Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Timo Maas, Sonique, Chicane, Blank & Jones, and Seb Fontaine. He owns his own record label, 'Adjusted Music'.

Career[edit]

Helstrip has worked with Trevor Horn, shared co-production credits with Chicane, and co-wrote on Ferry Corsten's Grammy Award nominated, Right of Way album. He has remixed Tiësto and Armin, and reworked Sonique's "It Feels So Good" into a worldwide #1 record.

Helstrip is also a DJ, who has performed at The Ministry, Gallery, PaSSion and Gatecrasher. Just twelve months after he first put needle to vinyl, he found himself invited to play at Paul van Dyk's birthday party.[citation needed] 2004 saw The Thrillseekers crack DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs chart for the first time. In 2006 and 2007, Thrillseekers landed at positions 45 and 52 respectively.

The Thrillseekers story started in 1999, where, with a relatively basic home recording studio, Helstrip constructed "Synaesthesia (Fly Away)". Signed and released by Neo Records in 1999, it peaked at #28 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Following the collapse of Neo Records in 2003, Helstrip took charge of his catalogue by launching his own label Adjusted Music. With demand for re-releases of "Synaesthesia (Fly Away" and "Affinity" (which originally came out under his Hydra moniker), both tracks were brought back out in 2004. As well as releasing his own records, Helstrip also sought out fresh talent for Adjusted. He signed the club hits "Safe to Dream" by the Russian act, Evolve, and "Alone Again" by the transatlantic duo Deep Voices. His remix of the former was followed by the "By Your Side" release. The track was championed by Paul van Dyk and Pete Tong.

Artist collaborations have played an important part in Helstrip's production career. Immediately following the success of "Synaesthesia", Helstrip went on to launch a new moniker for the Ministry of Sound subsidiary, Incentive. En-Motion was born with "Truth" in 2000, and "Getting Away with It" followed in 2002. In the adjoining years he also partnered collaborations with Andy 'Pulser' Perring as Insigma ("Insigma" / "Open Our Eyes" / "Avalon") and with Tim Stark under the name Rapid Eye ("Never Going Back" / "Circa-Forever"/ "Stealing Beauty" / "Santa Cruz" / "Absolut").

In late 2005, The Thrillseekers released the compilation album, Nightmusic Volume 1, and Volume 2 appeared in 2007. This led to a five month world tour of Thrillseekers.

A week before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Helstrip was on a week long tour in Japan. Shortly after the earthquake & tsunami, Helstrip produced a track called "Song for Sendai" released on 8 April 2011. The song was available exclusively through Beatport, and it was announced that all proceeds from the track would be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Within 3 days of its release, it became The Thrillseekers' #1 song on their Beatport page. The track also garnered a lot of attention by being played on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance, Above & Beyond's Trance Around the World, and many other trance radio shows.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

As The Thrillseekers:

  • 1999 "Synaesthesia (Fly Away)" [Neo] - UK #28
  • 1999 "Castaway" [Neo]
  • 1999 "36 Weeks" [Neo]
  • 2002 "Dreaming of You" [Ministry of Sound] - UK #48
  • 2002 "Escape" [Adjusted]
  • 2004 "NewLife" [Adjusted]
  • 2004 "Synaesthesia 2004" [Adjusted]
  • 2005 "By Your Side" [Adjusted]
  • 2005 "Sublime" [Tsunami] with Ferry Corsten
  • 2007 "Waiting Here For You" [Adjusted] featuring Aruna
  • 2008 "The Last Time" [Adjusted] featuring Fisher
  • 2008 "City of Angels" [Adjusted]
  • 2010 "Savanna" [Armada]
  • 2010 "Effectual" (The Thrillseekers vs. M.I.K.E.) [Armada]
  • 2011 "Song for Sendai" [Adjusted]
  • 2012 "Angel" [Adjusted]
  • 2013 "Anywhere With You" [Adjusted]

As Rapid Eye:

  • 1999 "Alderaan" [ATCR]
  • 1999 "H.E.I.G.H.T.S." [ATCR]
  • 2000 "Never Going Back" [ATCR]
  • 2002 "Circa Forever" [ATCR]
  • 2003 "Stealing Beauty" [ATCR]
  • 2004 "Santa Cruz" [ATCR]
  • 2004 "Absolut" [ATCR]
  • 2008 "Circa Forever - 2008 Remixes" [ATCR]

As Insigma:

  • 2000 "Insigma/Evolution" [ATCR]
  • 2000 "Open our Eyes" [ATCR]
  • 2003 "Avalon" [ATCR]

As En-Motion:

  • 2000 "Truth" [IDJ]
  • 2002 "Getting Away With It" [Incentive]
  • 2002 "Getting Away With It (Don't Be Afraid)" [Incentive]

As Hydra:

  • 2003 "Affinity" (featuring Tiff Lacey) [Discover]

As Morpheus:

  • 2003 'Signs/Magnetica' [Captivating Sounds]

Remixes[edit]

As The Thrillseekers:

  • 1999 Free Radical - "Unity Theme" [ATCR]
  • 1999 Force Majeure - "Redemption" [Additive Three]
  • 1999 Rapid Eye - "Alderaan" (as Thrillseekers v. Rapid Eye) [ATCR]
  • 1999 Alice Deejay - "Back In My Life" [Positiva]
  • 1999 Silhouette - "Cant Wait To Find Love" [Neo]
  • 1999 Cequenza - "Cequenza" (as Rapid Eye v. Thrillseekers) [Spot On]
  • 1999 Compulsive - "Movin'" [Amato International]
  • 1999 Digitale - "New York Doll" [Y2K]
  • 1999 Chicane - "Saltwater (Ambient Mix)" [Xtravaganza]
  • 1999 Taskforce - "Touch Me" [Y2K]
  • 2000 Blank & Jones - "Beyond Time" [Gang Go]
  • 2000 Rhythm of Life - "You Put Me In Heaven With Your Touch" [Xtravaganza]
  • 2000 Ascension - "Someone" [Code Blue]
  • 2000 Chicane - "Autumn Tactics" [Xtravaganza]
  • 2000 Tiesto & Armin van Buuren pres. Alibi - "Eternity" [Vandit/Armind]
  • 2001 Vincent de Moor - "Fly Away" [Virgin]
  • 2001 Orinoko - "Island" [Positiva]
  • 2002 En Motion - "Getting Away With It (Instrumental Mix)" [Incentive]
  • 2002 Chicane - "Saltwater 2002 (House Mix)" [Xtravaganza]
  • 2002 Matt Schwartz pres. Sholan - "Can You Feel (What I'm Going Thru)" [Ministry of Sound]
  • 2003 Jan Johnston - "Calling Your Name" [Platipus]
  • 2003 Alizée - "A Countre Courant" [Universal]
  • 2003 Alizée - "J'en Ai Marre" (as Soft Skin) [Universal]
  • 2003 Hydra - "Affinity" [Discover]
  • 2004 Usual Aspect - "Mr Blue" [Motion Recordings]
  • 2004 Ferry Corsten - "Sweet Sorrow" [Tsunami]
  • 2004 Rapid Eye - "Circa Forever" (Ambient Mix) [ATCR]
  • 2004 8 Wonders - "The Morning After" [Somatic Sense]
  • 2004 Witness of Wonder - "Emotions in Motion" [ATCR]
  • 2004 Evolve - "Safe To Dream" [Adjusted]
  • 2004 Reflekt feat Delline Bass - "Need To Feel Loved" [Positiva]
  • 2005 Pulser - "Square One" [ATCR]
  • 2005 Lange ft. Kirsty Hawkshaw - "Sincere for You" (re-released 2008) [Adjusted]
  • 2005 Ferry Corsten vs. The Thrillseekers - "Sublime" [Tsunami]
  • 2009 Solarstone ft. Elizabeth Fields - "Part of Me" [Solaris]
  • 2009 Chicane - "Poppiholla" [Armada]
  • 2010 Arcane Science - "Still Feel (You Here)" [Adjusted]
  • 2011 John O'Callaghan ft. Audrey Gallagher - "Bring Back The Sun" [Subculture]
  • 2011 Armin van Buuren - "I Don't Own You" [Armada]

As En-Motion:

  • 1998 York - "Farewell To The Moon" [Positiva]
  • 1998 Aurora - "Hear You Calling" [Additive]
  • 1999 The Thrillseekers - "Synaesthesia" [Neo]
  • 1999 Starparty "I'm In Love" [Incentive]
  • 2000 Sonique - "It Feels So Good" [Serious]
  • 2000 Free Radical - "Surreal" [ATCR]
  • 2004 The Thrillseekers - "Synaesthesia 2004" (Re-edit) [Adjusted]

As Rapid Eye:

  • 1999 Cequenza - "Cequenza" [Spot On]
  • 1999 Compulsive - "Movin" [Spot On]
  • 2000 Timo Maas - "Der Sheiber" [Perfecto]
  • 2000 Blank & Jones - "The Nightfly" [Gang Go]
  • 2000 Gee Motion - "Blue Angel" [Perfecto]
  • 2002 Rapid Eye - "Circa Forever" [ATCR]
  • 2004 Rapid Eye - "Absolut" [ATCR]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 559. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Thrillseekers, The". 

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