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Behind the Beat | Learn about Lael Bellotti's Electro-Trance

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Casie Millhouse

INSOMNIFIED MUSIC GRABS MOMENTUM WITH ITS LATEST REVELATIONINSOMNIFIED, the label headed by MAGNETIE and distributed through BLACK HOLE RECORDINGS has had a surge of success the last few months. The label received several raving reviews by DJ Mag among other high profile buzz. Always surprising with quality releases, Insomnified is proud to present its newest release. Rising producers Lael Bellotti and Joshua Harnois team up with talented trance producer Alex Larichev to bring you the newest in eletro-trance. With its hard hitting bassline and catchy melody that will be sure to get stuck in your head, Revelation will get you moving. The three producers behind 'Revelation' show a track record to be reckoned with. Russian producer Alex Larichev's music was supported in DJ sets and radio-shows by the top dons in the game, including Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Tiesto, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, W&W, Arty, Bobina, DJ Feel, Tritonal, Paul Oakenfold and many more. Living in Washington, DC, Lael & Harnois represent the next generation of trance music and are the definition of energy. Combining musical depth with uplifting vibes, their productions and DJ sets tastefully contrast aggression with beauty. Only The Beat has the exclusive interview with Lael to talk about the collaboration with the release and share's the craziest thing a fan has done to see him perform. Read the interview below . OTB: Screw this whole, "how long have you been a DJ" question. Let's get down to the real talk, how long have you been getting paid from your DJing/Producing? Lael: How long I've been getting paid for DJing? That goes way back, but it's not always about the money. That’s secondary to me. I’m not saying that a nice check is better that none at all but getting paid depends on much for than just an hourly fee. It depends on the venue, event, if it's opening for a big artist or just playing for friends at a college house party, either way I make sure my crowd has a blast and the reaction from the crowd to me is better than charging an hourly fee.  OTB: What was that crap job you had when you decided to take on this musical direction? Lael: That crap job was actually a mechanical engineer for the Army, lol. I graduated from VMI in 2005 with a degree in mechanical engineering, but after a few years I met my best friend, Dave Lael-BellottiCortex, and he taught me how to produce. I love producing and Djing and have been going hard at it ever since. OTB: Prior to DJing, what kind of shiz were you into? Does it reflect in your music? Lael: Prior to Djing and Producing I never really had a solid direction. I was an engineer but I knew that I wasn't passionate about it and it wasn't what I really wanted to do until I learned how to produce. But what I was always into was music. In high school I was really into heavy metal. Then oddly enough from there I really got into trance back 1999 and it reflects a lot of my style even today. I love melodies and harmonies from the trance side, but I also love aggressive in your face music from the metal side. It all blends together for me with the electro style trance that I make. OTBWhat do you feel has been a major passage from one stage to another in your career? Lael: I would have to say getting a house, building my own studio and getting serious about making music. Once I started putting the proper resources toward making music, it really took off. OTBLet's talk about your work with Alex Larichev. Can you tell us some of the origins, how did it come about? Lael: Revelation was actually a melody that popped in my head last year and then I made the track with my co-producer Josh Harnois. The collaboration with Alex came about actually from the label owner of Insomnified. She originally asked alex to do a remix and he said that he really liked it and would prefer if he could add his own flare to the original. She we got into contact, I sent him the stems and with a little back and forth, we came up with the final version. OTBDuring a live DJ set, what atmosphere do you seek out to give your crowd? Lael: During a live DJ set I give out one single atmosphere, Energy. DJing is one of my favorite things in the world to do and when I get up in front of people I bounce around like crazy. By the end of my sets I'm usually sweating. OTBWhat is the craziest thing a fan has done for you? Lael: The craziest things a fan has done for me is almost knocking people down to see my set. At a rave a year ago a friend of mine was up in front of the DJ booth and this guy slams into her and almost knocks her over with excitement. He looked at her and said I'm sorry I just love Lael! lol OTBWhat is the craziest thing you've ever done for a fan? Lael: I haven't done anything too crazy yet besides jumping around like a madman when I DJ. I always just focus on giving my fans a good show and being energetic and fun.

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