Richard Durand is an artist who’s established himself in the top tier of trance for over a decade now. Since first breaking into the scene with remixes for Tiësto and being tipped for the top by the man himself back in 2007, Richard has gone on to fulfil his potential.
In the decade and more that followed Richard Durand has hit the Top 100 of the DJ Magazine annual DJs poll on no less than five separate occasions, he’s released four critically acclaimed artist albums, mixed six editions of the legendary ‘In Search Of Sunrise’ series of compilations and performed on many of the world’s biggest stages including legendary brands such as A State Of Trance, Dreamstate, Trance Energy, Sensation, Sunburn, Mayday, Untold, Godskitchen, Luminosity, Avalon, Zouk and Ministry Of Sound.
At the back end of 2018 Richard raised the bar once again. The November release of his hotly anticipated fourth artist album ‘The Air We Breathe’ on Black Hole Recordings was greeted with overwhelming praise from fans and dance press alike and has spawned several hit singles to date including ‘Skies Above’, ‘Aida’ and ‘Vortex’ with Marco V.
However, the most notable single from the album and for Richard in 2018 was undoubtedly ‘The Air I Breathe’. Initially released as an instrumental and one of the biggest tracks of the summer festival season, hitting #1 in the Beatport chart, the track was then given a second lease of life at the end of 2018 with Christina Novelli brought on board to deliver vocals and elevating ‘The Air I Breathe’ from an underground anthem into a runaway mainstream success. The status of the track was confirmed and fixed in dance music history with the award of the prestigious ‘ASOT Tune Of The Year’ at the end of December following a worldwide poll from the millions of listeners on Armin van Buuren’s weekly radio show.
Richard maintained the momentum in 2019 with a remix for Armin van Buuren ‘Wild Wild Son’ awarded ‘ASOT Tune Of The Week’ at the start of the year and he continued to dominate playlists and charts with vocal hits ‘Kill The Fear’ feat. Mike Schmid and his remix of ‘These Hands I Hold’ by Greg Downey & Bo Bruce on Perfecto. The much anticipated follow-up single with Christina Novelli ‘Save You’ lived up to the hype by smashing charts and playlists globally and was voted #2 Tune Of The Year in the ASOT Tune Of The Year poll at the end of 2019.
2020 started in fine fashion too with a standout performance at the massive ASOT 950 indoor festival in the Netherlands and stellar releases including ‘The Open’, ‘Perseverance’ and remixes of ‘Never Going Down’ for Andrew Rayel & Roxanne Emery and ‘Fallen’ for Nicholas Gunn & Alina Renae. Richard pivoted from live shows into livestreams upon global COVID lockdowns, delivering standout content for the fans such as his production for Dreamstate and two solo livestreams which were supported by promoters and fan groups in all continents.
Richard has continued to pick-up on the best of the limited live opportunities available in 2021 due to the pandemic, with Luminosity At The Beach in the Netherlands and Untold Festival Romania amongst the summer highlights, with Dreamstate SoCal in the USA to follow in November. With global travel limited he’s invested extra time in the studio and has duly completed his fifth artist album which is due for release in Q4 2021, with the first singles already being teased out – ‘Tree Of Life’ hit #1 on Beatport and ‘My Guiding Light’ with Christina Novelli awarded ‘Future Favourite’ on ASOT Radio. Richard is firm in his belief that even through lockdowns and event restrictions the music revolution must continue!
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