Key Information: Two brothers driven by one united sound vision, such is the
origin of Russia’s illustrious Moonbeam. Powered by their industrious production
ethic, Pavel & Vitaly Khvaleev’s unique diversion of trance has found them swiftly
in favour with EDM’s DJ glitterati. Underlining their inimitable spin on the sound,
their studio ware is as regularly supported by the likes of van Buuren, van Dyk,
Schulz and Corsten, as it is Axwell, Tiësto and Digweed. Having created floor uproar
through 100s of DJ sets and live Moonbeam shows, they’ve soundtracked hundreds
of thousands of EDM nights for clubbers around the world. In 2009, through a
combined force of productions & performances, they entered DJ Magazine’s annual
list of the world’s best DJs. There they have remained for the last four years, most
recently re-entering the Top 100 in 2012. With 3 official full-length artist albums
already marking waypoints in their career, early 2013 will herald their fourth long-
player – the widely anticipated OST ‘The Random’.
Moonbeam The DJs: Emanating from the major east Russian metropolis of Nizhny
Novgorod, as both DJs and a live act, Pavel and Vitaly have built up a formidable
reputation. Their entrancing stage performances have resulted in a committed
bedrock fanbase in their home country. To date they have smashed many a mainline
event, tent-pole festival and iconic club. In 2010 they supported Tiësto on his tour
of the Ukraine and last year rocked the goliath Kazantip festival. As their music’s
begun to proliferate worldwide, demand to see the brothers themselves perform
abroad intensified. They’ve subsequently played countries as contrasting as China
and France, Japan, the Czech Republic and South Korea.
The Music: much has been made of Moonbeam’s singular take on dance music. At
once harmonic and heartfelt, it is also effecting, consciously filmic and emotively
poignant. A direct by-product of their shared musical influences (Röyksopp,
Radiohead, Massive Attack and Björk are among regularly cited Moonbeam stimuli),
it notably stands apart from the rest of post-millennial trance.
“Music that has no limits, no borders. This inspires us to make experiments with
our own music”, says Pavel. Tracks like ‘See The Difference Inside’, ‘Cocoon’, ‘7
Seconds’ and ‘Eclipse’, as well as remix work like their rewire of Rachael Starr’s ‘To
Forever’ put their career into orbit. More recently tracks like ‘Daydream’ and ‘I Love
Your Face’ have found favour with the dance press. Rating ‘Daydream’ a rare 9.5
out of 10, DJ Mag hailed it was “intoxicating” and “incredible”. ‘I Love Your Face’
meanwhile was a Single of the Month in the magazine, with a floor effect that was
“little short of atomic”.
Equal in impact have been their artist albums: 2008’s ‘Consumption’ (Soundz
Recordings), ‘Around The World’ (through Black Hole in 2010) and 2011’s ‘The
Secret’ (Moonbeam Digital). Without doubt Russia’s most prodigious electronic
dance music export, Moonbeam’s music has been brought to dancefloors through a
host of world-class imprints over the course of the last decade. Black Hole, Armada
Music, Ultra, Coldharbour, Kickin’, Spinnin’, High Contrast and the esteemed German
label, Traum Schallplatten have all seen releases of the brother’s music.
In 2012 Pavel and Vitaly passed their 200th Moonbeam production milestone. In
November of 2012 they released ‘You Win Me’, which featured the vocals of Aelyn.
The track was the first to be taken from their forthcoming album ‘The Random’ and
was also the landmark 500th release on Black Hole Recordings.
The Moonbeam Film Studio: Moonbeam are every bit as much dedicates of vision
as they are sound, regularly synergizing the two. The video production and graphics
studio of their creative organization has thus far produced 30 of the group’s music
videos, as well as others for acts like A*S*Y*S* and Sol Noir. Their bespoke visuals
are now acknowledged as being a major contributing factor to their on-stage appeal
– all part of the Moonbeam experience.
2013’s ‘The Random’ represents the studio’s first feature length film, with an original
soundtrack written, composed and performed by Moonbeam.
Moonbeam Digital: Exhibiting their go-getting musical approach, the Khvaleev
brothers established the Moonbeam Digital label in 2005. This formed a platform
through which they could take full creative control of their highly original music
output. Subsequently it also offered an outlet for other talented and likeminded
producers. Thus far this has generated many a key release in their own career and
that of others. Included among them are ‘Hate Is The Killer’ (which was remixed by
fellow Russian EDM emissary Arty), regular vocal muse Avis Vox’s, ‘Doors Opened
Inside’, Matvey Emerson’s debut album, and Moonbeam feat Blackfeel Wite’s
own ‘Your Wind Is In My Hands’.