Tony McGuinness (English musician)

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Tony McGuinness
Background information
Birth nameAnthony Patrick James McGuinness
Also known asTony McGuinness, T. McGuinness
Born (1969-04-23) 23 April 1969 (age 50)
GenresTrance, post-punk
Occupation(s)Trance DJ, Trance producer
Years active1988–present

Anthony Patrick James "Tony" McGuinness,[1] (born 23 April 1969) is a British musician and one-third of the UK trance group Above & Beyond. He is also a guitarist/songwriter with cult indie band Sad Lovers & Giants.


Tony McGuinness plays guitar with English indie band Sad Lovers & Giants, with whom he released three albums, between 1988 and 2002 and is still an active member having toured US and Europe regularly with them since 2009.

McGuinness was also a highly successful marketing director for Warner Music Group, winning awards for his campaigns for Madonna, Seal, Simply Red and Mike Oldfield. While working at Warners, McGuinness shifted away from alternative rock towards electronic dance music. He worked as A&R for a number of dance artists, including William Orbit and Hysteric Ego.

Tony McGuinness and his brother Liam teamed up to create electronic dance music under the alias Nitromethane since the early 2000s. While still working at Warner, Tony was asked to remix Chakra's "Home" by an A&R colleague.

Tony approached Anjunabeats (Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamäki) to work on the remix together. The result, their remix of "Home", was an instant hit, topping the dance charts for many weeks. The collaboration led to the creation of Above & Beyond, consisting of McGuinness, Grant, and Siljamäki.

The inspiration for the name Above & Beyond came from a web page belonging to an American motivational trainer coincidentally named Jono Grant. Jono had the poster stuck to his wall. The slogan used by the motivational trainer was "Above & Beyond," and when the group was searching for a name to use for their Chakra remix, the slogan stuck out from the poster, giving a name to the new group.

Teaming up and working as Above & Beyond, their next most significant output was a remix of Madonna's "What It Feels Like for a Girl" during the year 2000. This track was approved by Madonna and released on Warner Records.

Since then, Above & Beyond have gone on to become one of the most successful UK production and DJ groups in the world, with a number of high-profile remixes for Dido, Delerium, Ferry Corsten, and others, productions under their own name (their debut artist album, Tri-State was called "Brilliant" by DJ Magazine and earned 5 stars) and as OceanLab. As DJs they currently[when?] rank Number 27 in the official DJ Mag Top 100.

Above & Beyond's second studio album, Group Therapy, features Tony's first ever vocal single with Richard Bedford on the track "Black Room Boy". Their third album is titled "We Are All We Need".

Their fourth studio album "Common Ground" was released on 26 January 2018.



  • 2002 Time to Die (as Nitromethane)

Productions as a part of Above & Beyond:

  • 2002 Far from in Love
  • 2004 No One on Earth
  • 2005 Air for Life
  • 2006 Alone Tonight
  • 2006 Can't Sleep
  • 2007 Good for Me
  • 2007 Home
  • 2009 Anjunabeach
  • 2010 Anphonic
  • 2011 Sun & Moon
  • 2011 Thing Called Love
  • 2011 You Got To Go
  • 2011 Formula Rossa
  • 2011 Every Little Beat
  • 2012 Love Is Not Enough
  • 2012 On My Way To Heaven
  • 2012 Alchemy
  • 2013 Walter White
  • 2014 Sticky Fingers
  • 2014 You Got to Believe
  • 2014 Blue Sky Action
  • 2014 We're All We Need
  • 2015 All Over the World
  • 2015 Peace of Mind
  • 2015 Counting Down the Days
  • 2015 Fly to New York

Productions as a part of Tranquility Base:

  • 2001 Razorfish
  • 2004 Surrender
  • 2005 Getting Away
  • 2007 Oceanic
  • 2007 Buzz

Productions as a part of OceanLab:

  • 2001 Clear Blue Water
  • 2002 Sky Falls Down
  • 2003 Beautiful Together
  • 2004 Satellite
  • 2004 Sky Falls Down

Productions as a part of Rollerball:

  • 2003 Albinoni
  • 2004 Albinoni (Remix)

Albums with Above & Beyond:

  • 2006 Tri-State
  • 2008 Sirens of the Sea (as Above & Beyond presents OceanLab)
  • 2011 Group Therapy
  • 2015 We Are All We Need
  • 2018 Common Ground


  • 2000 What It Feels Like for a Girl (as Above & Beyond)
  • 2002 M (as Above & Beyond)
  • 2004 Sand in My Shoes / Don't Leave Home (as Above & Beyond)
  • 2006 Black Is the Colour (as Above & Beyond)
  • 2007 Home (as Tony)


  • 2003 Anjunabeats Volume One
  • 2004 Anjunabeats Volume Two
  • 2005 Anjunabeats Volume Three
  • 2006 Anjunabeats Volume Four
  • 2007 Anjunabeats Volume Five
  • 2008 Anjunabeats100 + From Goa to Rio
  • 2008 Anjunabeats Volume Six
  • 2009 Anjunadeep:01
  • 2009 Anjunabeats Volume 7
  • 2010 Anjunabeats Volume 8
  • 2011 10 Years of Anjunabeats

Other productions[edit]

Upon becoming a member of the band Sad Lovers & Giants in 1986, Tony McGuinness had a successful career in the music industry. Their discography includes the following albums:

  • 1988 Epic Garden Music
  • 1988 Feeding the Flame
  • 1988 Les Années Vertes
  • 1988 Sleep / A Reflected Dream
  • 1988 The Mirror Test
  • 1990 Headland
  • 1991 Les Années Vertes
  • 1991 Treehouse Poetry
  • 1996 The Best of E-Mail from Eternity
  • 1999 La Dolce Vita (Live in Lausanne)
  • 2000 Headland & Treehouse Poetry
  • 2002 Melting in the Fullness of Time
  • 2018 Mission Creep

As a part of Oceanlab, Above & Beyond, Anjunabeats, Rollerball and Tranquility Base, Tony McGuinness produced numerous tracks as a team under the label Anjunabeats.


  1. ^ "Tony McGuinness Discogs Profile". Discogs. Retrieved 29 August 2009.

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