Neptune Project, a duo from Swindon, UK, burst onto the electronic scene when their second single, Aztec, was announced on BBC Radio 1 as ‘tune of the summer,’ by world number one DJ, Armin Van Buuren in July 2009. For six months previous, it had been played in every set in Armin’s busy tour schedule, received ‘tune of the week’ in his worldwide popular radio show and was included in his successful ‘A State of Trance’ yearly CD compilation.
If the support during the summer wasn’t enough, Aztec was then later announced by AVB as his ‘tune of the year,’ live on BBC Radio 1 and on his page as world number one DJ, in the pivotal November DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ’s issue.
Signed to the record label of top 25 DJ duo, Aly and Fila, now under the ownership of AVB’s ‘Armada,’ Neptune Project are consistently releasing productions which gain the support of some of the top DJs in the trance scene and have appeared on CD compilations such as the popular Ministry of Sound series including the No 1 selling ‘Dave Pearce Trance Anthems’ in the UK, Dream Dance in Germany and have been featured on the official ‘Street Parade’ compilation in Switzerland.
Neptune Project was formed in 2007 after best friends, Dan and Jules had spent several years enjoying the club scene of the UK, regularly visiting renowned clubs such as ‘The Gallery’ at Turnmills, ‘Godskitchen,’ Birmingham and ‘Gatecrasher’ in Sheffield. The feeling of hearing their favourite tracks inspired them to begin producing themselves. After investing in studio equipment and receiving frequent guidance and encouragement from friends Aly and Fila and Jono Grant (Above and Beyond), Neptune Project’s first single was a collaboration with fellow Swindon producer Greg Spencer under his ‘Triple Seven’ alias. The track was called ‘Arctic Moment,’ signed to ‘Breeze Recordings’ in Germany and featured a remix from ‘Activa,’ the track found the playlist of Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and was shortlisted for Paul Van Dyk’s ‘Cream Ibiza’ compilation as well as receiving heavy support from Van Dyk himself and many other DJs during the summer of 2008.
After the success of Arctic Moment, Neptune Project teamed with Triple Seven under the one name of Neptune Project & were given the opportunity to remix a massive club hit from 1999, Mike Koglin’s ‘The Silence,’ which was originally a cover of Depeche Mode’s ‘Enjoy the Silence.’ Koglin was so impressed with the remix, that he signed it to his label ‘Noys’ and re-released it. The track appeared on the Ministry of Sound ‘Cream Ibiza Anthems’ alongside many classics that the duo had been listening to for many years before.
The success of the remix allowed the duo to again remix for Koglin, this time on his collaboration with Above and Beyond’s Paavo, on their track, ‘Autumn,’ which was released on ‘Anjunabeats’ in winter 2009. Shortly after this remix, due to personal commitments Greg Spencer left the project & the project continued with Dan & Jules producing.
With remix work also completed for ‘Monster Tunes’ and ‘Armada,’ Neptune Project began focusing on original material and in January 2010, they collaborated with another local producer, Luke Bond, on their third single, ‘Atlantis,’ featuring vocals from school friend, Polly Strange, who featured on Aztec. The track was signed to ‘Future Sound of Egypt Recordings’ and has been tipped as one of the tunes of the summer by label owners, Aly and Fila.
Due to the success of their modern take of ‘The Silence,’ the duo took it upon themselves to remix a few of their favourite classics with emphasis on tracks that have not already been remixed to death. After receiving permission from ‘Goldenscan’ to officially remix their classic ‘Sunrise,’ Neptune Project worked hard in the studio for many hours and upon delivery of the final mix, they received the word ‘bomb’ as a reply from ‘Goldenscan’ and Aly and Fila, who signed the track and is due for re-release later this year on ‘Future Sound of Egypt.’
With these growing accomplishments, Neptune Project has had recent interest in collaborations with proven artists such as John O’Callaghan, Simon Patterson and close friends, Aly and Fila. They have had no shortage of remix requests and two new productions are close to completion, with a special remix of the amazing ‘Accadia’’Blind visions’ also forthcoming. The duo have already begun their DJ career with gigs in Germany and the UK and look set to continue with more bookings lined up.