Shane 54 Celebrates Landmark Week

Dec 04, 2017
Shane 54 Celebrates Landmark Week
 
Last week Shane 54 enjoyed what was arguably his biggest week of the year! On Tuesday he celebrated the milestone 400th episode of his radio show, International Departures, with a fantastic four hour special. On Friday, he dropped his third solo release, an outstanding collaboration with Jonathan Mendelsohn titled “Return To Love.” In a week deserving of more attention, we were excited to get Shane’s insights on the landmark happenings.
 
Jonathan Mendelsohn is no stranger to the trance scene, and we’re honestly surprised you guys hadn’t worked together before! Do you remember the first time you heard Jon’s vocal in a track and what stood out to you?
Jonathan has one of those iconic voices that sounds unlike anyone else. I've always been a fan. Honestly, I have no idea how we never crossed paths, but when we did, we didn't waste too much time. He was sincerely one of my dream vocalists to work with.
 

What was the initial inspiration and sketch like for “Return To Love” and what made you feel like Jonathan was the right one for the track?
When we met, we had a long chat about music, and our tastes are pretty similar. I sent him a demo and of course he nailed it straight away.

Can you talk us through the production once Jon was on board?
We were able to work out the final arrangement pretty quickly once the vocals were complete. For the final touches, I have a couple of guys that I work with closely who I trust immensely for their engineering and mixing skills: Miklos Malek and Rafael Frost. I’m so happy to have this awesome team that understands my vision and can bring these songs across the finish line.

Have you had a chance to play the track live yet? If so, what was the reception like?
I played it at Avalon in Los Angeles as an ID and the crowd reaction was amazing! I have a NYE show coming up and can’t wait to play it again now that fans know what to listen for.

What does it mean to you to have your first solo release on Armind?
It is definitely a big stamp of approval. Over the past year, with so much change in my personal and professional life, I went through an immense amount of soul searching and reflection. I feel like I’ve found my voice again and “Return to Love” is a reflection of that. To have Armin hand-pick this for release on the Armind label means a lot to me.

Last week you also hit an incredible milestone with the 400th episode of International Departures – congrats! One hallmark of the show are the incredible mashups you construct, so can you talk to us about putting those together each week? Are there any favorite mashups you’ve included in the milestone episode?
To commemorate getting a radio show to its 400th episode, which doesn't happen every day, I made an epic four hour mix. Of course some of my favorite mashups made a comeback, and I threw in quite a few new ones as well. Mashing up tracks is easy for me and most of it comes together on the fly. I like to keep the listener off guard. Drops get replaced, breakdowns are made longer (or shorter) and everything supports the flow of the mix.
 

Can you tell us a little bit about your approach putting together a mix of that size?
After knowing what I want from the mix, the most important element is then the opening track. From there it’s like building anything else, laying down individual parts to complete the whole. With this mix, I wanted to cover a lot of ground – from deep dark depths to mad trance drops, and cool it down with an hour of spacey, atmospheric moods.

What has you excited for 2018 and what are two goals you hope to accomplish next year?
I have another single lined up for release on Zero Three in early 2018, and I already have the follow up to “Return To Love” in the bag. I've made so much music in the past few months, that all I have to do just pick the right ones for release. I can't wait.
 
You can buy or stream Shane 54 & Jonathan Mendelsohn - Return To Love on your platform of choice today!
 
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 #Artist - Title (Remix)
Full tracklist info available at Shane 54 - International Departures 400 (Extended ID Special) 2017-11-27
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ID - Tomato ID
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Fon.Leman - Things [INTRICATE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Moon Boots - First Landing [ANJUNADEEP]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Lane 8 - March Of The Forest Cat [THIS NEVER HAPPENED]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Madloch - Fiction (Martin Roth Remix) [SOUND AVENUE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Sudhaus - Abstraction [YOMO]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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André Sobota - Membrane [COLORIZE (ENHANCED)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Jeremy Olander - Billinghurst [VIVRANT]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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ID - Pancake ID
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Paul Thomas & Jerome Isma-Ae - Tomorrow (Paul Thomas & White-Akre Remix) [ULTRAVIOLET]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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MoodFreak - Baumschulenweg (Solid Stone Remix) [YOMO]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Li-Polymer - Mellifluous (Tatsama Remix) [JUICEBOX]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Oxia - Domino (Frankey & Sandrino Remix) [SAPIENS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Nihil Young & DaMarii Saunderson - Invisible Aliens [TOOLROOM]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Moonwalk - Labyrinth [STIL VOR TALENT]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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ID - Bacon ID
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Yotto - Wilderness Girl [ANJUNADEEP]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Hexlogic - Night Call [SILK MUSIC]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Morttagua - Tormenta [DEAR DEER]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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SOHN - Lights (SQL Bootleg) [4AD]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Jerome Isma-Ae & Alastor - Wilde [JEE (ARMADA)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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ARTBAT - Tabu [FRYHIDE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Reddfield - All I Really Need (Pianopella) [POSITRONIC]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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H.O.S.H. & Karmon - Awakening Of The Birds [FRYHIDE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Dezza - Escapist [ZEROTHREE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Gai Barone - Aware Of Me [AFTERGLOW]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Stoneface & Terminal pres. Gundamea - The Moment Before [ARMADA ELECTRONIC ELEMENTS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Willy Commy - Exoplanet [INTRICATE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Kidnap Kid - Where The Sea Swings In Like An Iron Gate [ANJUNADEEP]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Beth Lydi - Rush (Khainz Remix) [VOLTAGE MUSIQUE]
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Jerome Isma-Ae & Tone Depth - Arise [JEE (ARMADA)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Paul Thomas & White-Akre - Dark Heart [ARMADA ELECTRONIC ELEMENTS]
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Jaytech & Judah - Boss Fight [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Dirty South ft. ANIMA! - I Swear (Dirty South Remix) [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
 
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Ferry Corsten - Trust [FLASHOVER]
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Orkidea - Nana (Jerome Isma-Ae Remix) [BLACK HOLE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Shane 54 - First Time (Acappella) [NETTRAX (NETTWERK)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Oliver Smith - Gemini [ANJUNABEATS]
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Fatum - Pharaoh [ANJUNABEATS]
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EDX ft. Tom Gregory - We Can't Give Up (ID Remix) [SPINNIN' DEEP]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
 
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Above & Beyond ft. Richard Bedford - Northern Soul [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Tim Mason - Twelve Beats [DOORN (SPINNIN')]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
 
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BT - LSTM [ARMIND (ARMADA)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Mrmilkcarton - RIP [ADRENALIN ROOM]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Marc Weinstein - Legacy (Shane 54 16:9 Acappella) [AMOEBA]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Point Blank aka Secret Cinema - Meng's Theme (Christian Smith & Wehbba Remix) [GEM]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Age Of Love - The Age Of Love (Solomun Renaissance Remix) [RENAISSANCE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Genix - Maheno [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Tinlicker - Shadowing [ZEROTHREE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Andrew Bayer & Ilan Bluestone - Destiny [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
 
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Jackie Moreno - The Only Way (Shane 54 16:9 Acappella)
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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tyDi with Christopher Tin ft. Dia Frampton - Closing In (Shane 54 Remix) [GLOBAL SOUNDSYSTEM]
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Estiva - Barba [STATEMENT! (ARMADA)]
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Sunny Lax - Greensight [ANJUNABEATS]
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Ruben de Ronde X Rodg - Alone [STATEMENT! (ARMADA)]
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Secret Cinema & Egbert - Maximaal [GEM]
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Kanu - Runner [SOSUMI (FREE)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
 
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Matt Fax - Synopia [COLORIZE (ENHANCED)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Lange pres. Firewall - The Great Silence [CREATE MUSIC (BLACK HOLE)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Oliver Smith - On The Moon [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Spencer Brown - Embarcadero (Genix Remix) [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Andrew Bayer ft. Alison May - Signs Of The Fall [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
 
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Sodality vs. Seawayz & Sollito - Quattro [EXCELSIOR (FSOE)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Lipless ft. Gabrielle Current - Sticks & Stones [THRIVE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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I Am Sam - Stars (Marcus Santoro Remix) [CENTRAL STATION]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Cosmic Gate & Eric Lumiere - Bigger Than We Are [WAKE YOUR MIND (BLACK HOLE)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Store N Forward - Rise (Jon Bourne Remix) [ALTER EGO]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Oliver Smith - Triangles [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Spencer Brown ft. Rachel K. Collier - Always Do You (Oliver Smith Remix) [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Shane 54 & Jonathan Mendelsohn - Return To Love [ARMIND (ARMADA)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Cosmic Gate & Markus Schulz - AR [WAKE YOUR MIND (BLACK HOLE)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Cosmic Gate & Ferry Corsten - Dynamic [WAKE YOUR MIND (BLACK HOLE)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Estiva - Raket [STATEMENT! (ARMADA)]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Orphyd - Human Empire [FREEGRANT]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Purple Haze - Historia [DOORN (SPINNIN')]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Dehasse - Freedom Of Society [XTRAVAGANZA]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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TV Noise - The Hold [DOORN (SPINNIN')]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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i_o - ID
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Andski - Go Drunk You're Home (Maglev Remix) [ENTRANCING]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Genix & Sunny Lax - Arrival [ANJUNABEATS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
 
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Rick Sanchez - I'm A Pickle (Shane 54 16:9 Acappella)
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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Third Party & Pete K & Cory Lasser - Like This [RELEASE]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
 
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Tonerush - Magma (Jeremy Rowlett Tectonic Remix) [ADDICTIVE SOUNDS]
Pjanoo (303.5k)
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