From their very first drumbeat, through to ‘Materia’ – their 2017-released long-player, Cosmic Gate have proved to be the perfect meeting of musical minds. A chance encounter in a Cologne recording studio almost two decades ago set Nic Chagall and Bossi on course to becoming Germany’s most successful and enduring electronic music duo. Their original productions have taken them to the highest reaches of download charts & streaming lists, whilst their remixography eclectically includes everyone from revered Hollywood composers like James ‘Avatar’ Horner to scene standouts like Armin van Buuren. Nic & Bossi’s behind-decks-brotherhood has provoked critical mass in a now uncountable number of countries. They’ve sold out arenas, dominated electronic music capitals, spun at a near A-to-Z of major festivals and 10 years into their career became the highest climbers on DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart. Driven by their critically applauded albums, club-quake singles (‘Falling Back’, ‘Yai (Here We Go Again)’, ‘So Get Up’, ‘Not Enough Time’ et al) and scene-defining classics like ‘Be Your Sound’, ‘Fire Wire’ and ‘Exploration of Space’, their place on dance music’s sidewalk of fame has long since been laid.
As DJs, kinetically feeding off each other’s creativity and energy, Cosmic Gate continue to take floors to supernova globally. In North America they’ve smashed the EDC, Ultra, Electric Zoo, Dreamstate and Nocturnal festivals. Road-blocking clubs and events including Bal En Blanc, IleSonique, Space (in both Miami and New York) and Governors Island, NYC has become their S.O.P. Notably, in 2015, they also headlined one of Toronto’s famed Guvernment club’s finale shows. Floors have similarly felt their pressure in hotspots worldwide. Tomorrowlands in Belgium and Brazil, ASOTs worldwide, Prague’s Transmission, Creamfields and SW4 in the UK, Electronic Family, Ultra Europe and Stereosonic, Australia are just some of the most significant ones. Their WMC/MMW Miami Sunset Cruise is now the stuff of clubbing legend; they sold out a 2000 capacity solo show in Honolulu and the summer of 2017 will mark the third year of their Cream Ibiza residency.
In their homeland, Cosmic Gate has maintained a consistently high level of mainstream success, charting no fewer than 7 top 40 singles. Further afield ‘Fire Wire’ announced the pair’s arrival, becoming a pan-European smash in the process.
Albums have, and continue to play a substantial part in their production career. Most recently that’s been evidenced by Chapter.One of their ‘Materia’ longplayer, which was released in the first month of 2017. It was the album mothership for a clutch of new Cosmic Gate singles and releases. Among them were ‘Fall Into You’, the Beatport #1 ‘am2pm’, ‘Edge Of Life’, and ‘Dynamic’ (“melody and grit in equal proportions” said DJ Mag’s 8/10 review). Following their ‘Start To Feel’ long-player (more info below), the release, which scored a MIXMAG Album of the Month plaudit, represented an “impressive”, “roots-return” to their original sound. Upon its release the first chapter of ‘Materia’ met with comparable sales success, hitting iTunes’ top 10 in 9 countries and reaching the #2 spot in both the United States and Canada.
The period 2015 – 2016 saw Cosmic Gate continue to embrace the collaboration medium through a number of high-profiles co-production projects. Among them was ‘Embargo’, which was the result of studio time shared with Armin van Buuren. The track was subsequently featured on the latter’s 2015 ‘Embrace’ album. A year later Nic & Bossi teamed up with Ferry Corsten to record ‘Event Horizon’. Drawing substantial praise from fans, DJs and press alike, it topped Beatport’s Trance chart in October of 2016.
Released in the summer of 2014, Cosmic Gate used their sixth album ‘Start To Feel’ to inspire fans to experience electronic music in a “deeper, wider, more complete way”. It’s first single – the Eric Lumiere-sung ‘Falling Back’ — was described as “9.5/10” scoring “anthem in a can” by the UK’s DJ Mag. Further singles including ‘So Get Up’ (4 million+ YouTube views), Yai (Here We Go Again’) and ‘Fair Game’ cemented its reputation. Upon release, the album hit the iTunes’ top 10 in the US, Canada, Germany and Russia. A MIXMAG 9/10 rated release, ‘Start To Feel’ was hailed as “audio chemistry and production physics in their most quantum forms”. It also catalysed the Start To Feel bus tour, which famously saw Nic & Bossi perform 13 shows in just 16 days, coast-to-coast across North America, playing to over 20,000 fans.
In 2011 the duo released ‘Wake Your Mind’. It produced ‘Be Your Sound’, a single which MIXMAG suggested “finally unseats ‘Fire Wire’ as Cosmic Gate’s best-known-for track”. With its official video topping 12 million views on YouTube, it bagged an IDMA nomination in 2012, (with the JES-sung ‘Flying Blind’ following suit a year later).
Cosmic Gate’s album movements began with ‘Rythm & Drums’ (in 2001), ‘No More Sleep’ which followed a year later and ‘Earth Mover’ in ’06. The latter was the album platform for the club hits ‘Analog Feel’, ‘Should Have Known’ and the IDMA-nominated ‘I Feel Wonderful’. ‘Sign of the Times’ arrived 3 years later, bringing the vocal anthem ‘Body of Conflict’, a further IDMA-nod for ‘Not Enough Time’ and spurred (a then near unheard of) 43-place leap up DJ Mag’s Top 100 chart. It also edged the pair towards a more open-plan electronic music style (later to fully manifest in ‘Wake Your Mind’ and ‘Start To Feel’).
Cosmic Gate’s Wake Your Mind marque was subsequently spun off into a number of other areas. WYM Radio is a comprehensively formatted show, which features Nic & Bossi airing and discussing their most highly rated tracks of the week. It’ll also encompass first-listen music premieres and tunes from the deeper side of the CG psyche. The show – which is broadcast on Sirius XM, DI.FM and many other stations – also features comprehensive info on up-and-coming gigs, Nic & Bossi’s Big Bang track of the week and a host of other features, latterly including the ThrowBack weekly classic and their Private Playlist tune. In the spring of 2017, the show will reach its 150th episode. Since 2013, Wake Your Mind Records has been the label base for all of Cosmic Gate’s releases. It’s also served as a dais for Cosmic Gate to sign and release music from other artists. Of late, tracks from producers like Maor Levi and Steve Brian, as well as Nic Chagall’s own solo material have featured. Latterly, the Wake Your Mind Sessions compilations have also come to play a part in the WYM make-up, with the second in the series being released in March of 2016.
Remixes: Over their production lifetime, Cosmic Gate’s remixes have become almost as illustrious as their productions. In essence a blow-by-blow of A-list artists, Nic & Bossi have lent their studio know-how to releases by Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, Above & Beyond’s OceanLab project, Markus Schulz, Deadmau5 and Ferry Corsten. They rewired John O’Callaghan’s mega-seller ‘Find Yourself’ to breathtaking effect and produced remixes of veteran trance producer Vincent De Moor’s ‘Fly Away’ and ‘Carte Blanche’ (Veracocha). In early 2010 Atlantic Records US approached them to remix James Horner’s ‘I See You’ — the main theme from the film Avatar. This run culminated in Nic & Bossi being nominated for Best Remixer at the 2010 IDMAs. Most recently they put remix hands on Gareth Emery’s ‘Long Way Home’ release and Kaskade’s Late Night Alumni side project, reworking ‘Sapphire’ for Ultra Records USA.