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Galen Behr, also known as Passiva and Ava Mea, has clearly already earned his place in the trance scene. From the age of 10, Galen has been busy developing him talent in what he entitles, âEnergetic Light Musicâ. After playing the violin for roughly one year, he made contact with âtrance musicâ, and was instantly committed. Trance caught his attention from the first beat, and it hasn’t weakened a bit since.
Galen: âNot a single day went by without trance. Trance is a lifestyle. I breathe trance. Even when Iâm not feeling quite well, itâs the music which gets me back on track. It has a inevitable positive vibe with a large risk to addiction, in the positive sense of the word of course!â
This influence is clearly reflected when listening to his sets. They’re his journey in a universe of warm melodic sound, supported by a distinct beat. By creating an accessible journey through this âtrance universeâ, he tries to share his passion for the music with others.
In the summer of 2002 Galen began producing his own music. After his first remix of Ferry Corsten – Indigo, his adventure truly began. Not content to simply spin the records of others any more, Galen continued to work hard at producing his own music. By the end of 2004 he had already produced tracks which were being hammered by TiÃ«sto, Armin Van Buuren and Ferry Corsten, and had his first two singles both make appearances in the Dutch Dance Charts! (Passiva – Clouds Like Heaven and Passiva – Serenity)
2005 symbolizes a period of further development to Galen. After the completion of three successful collaborations, including the track âHaloâ, which he produced along side Thomas Bronzwaer (Arizona), Galen was convinced he needed a new challenge to work on. He began a new project, âAva Meaâ, which he has used to widen his style to a far more progressive form of trance, embracing a warmer and deeper sound. This move was greeted with much enthusiasm and hype from DJ’s and clubbers alike, suggesting we will only hear more from this alias.
His first progressive trance production became a success. âAva Mea – In The Endâ, and featured on compilation albums of Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz and Andrew Bennett. Instantly he received more and more requests for his remixing skills.
In the (near) future, Galen might surprise us more often. Heâs still developing his style, though keeping the unique spirit of trance in his mind and his work.
Galen explains: âIn my opinion there are already too many records being produced nowadays without a certain âsoulâ, and that doesnât do the trance scene any good. The feeling it all started with has been a lost.â
With his energetic style, Galen truly hopes to contribute his share to the soul of trance."
Could this be the start of a new musical revolution?