GMS – 10 Essential Tracks
Originally formed in 1994, G.M.S (Growling Mad Scientists) current members are Bansi Quinteros & Riktam Matkin, Dutch music producers based in Ibiza. The former members of the band were Sebastian Claro, and Yakov Biton from Israel, who left the group after the completion of the “Chaos Laboratory” album in 1997.
Riktam and Bansi met in high school in Amsterdam when they were 14 years old. Both were passionate about electronic music, so the duo chose to leave school and seek their path in the club scene. After DJ’ing in the Dutch scene for two years, Riktam and Bansi traveled to Goa and experienced a musical “enlightenment” with the early ongoing Goa-Trance movement. After returning to Amsterdam in 1995 from another trip to India, they both started making music, thus creating G.M.S.
After a few early singles, G.M.S. published its highly acclaimed 1997 debut album “Chaos Laboratory” on Alien News Records, which was recorded with former member Sebastian Claro. The album helped establish G.M.S. as one of the most innovative and talented acts in the Psy-trance scene and only hinted of what was to come. In 1997, Riktam and Bansi relocated to Ibiza, from where they got inspired to produce the 1998’s second album “The Growly Family” released on Tip Records.
G.M.S popularity grew also outside the Psy-trance scene, with Hollywood taking note of the band in 2004 by licensing some tracks for “Man On Fire” starring Denzel Washington
In 2000, Riktam and Bansi formed Spun Records together with Seth Hoffman and released during the same year their third full length album “G.M.S. vs. Systembusters”. In 2002, the “No Rules” album was released on Spun Records and in 2003 “The Remixes” (a remix album featuring the biggest names of the scene, including Infected Mushroom and Hallucinogen). In 2005, G.M.S released their last album on Spun Records “Emergency Broadcast System”. In 2008, G.M.S left Spun Records to further concentrate on their own careers and in 2009, they decided to create a new label called Starbox Music, in order to release all of their music from their own various bands. During the same year, they released “The Remixes Vol 2” album on Starbox Music.
G.M.S have participated in numerous bands throughout the years and among them are : 1200 Micrograms, Alien Jesus, C.R.M.B., Electric Scientists, GLO, Growling Machines, Growling Mad Synchro, Growling Moon Spirits, Growlmonizer, Harmonix, Inner Reflextions, Riktam & Bansi, Soundaholix, Sound Farmers, Spacedrifters, Systembusters, Twisted Allstars and Zorba.
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It’s also worth noting that G.M.S won the Psy-Trance award twice (in 2001 and 2009) at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, Spain. Moreover, G.M.S popularity grew also outside the Psy-trance scene, with Hollywood taking note of the band in 2004 by licensing some tracks for “Man On Fire” starring Denzel Washington and again in 2005 on another Tony Scott film called “Dominoe”.
In between their intense tour schedule that regularly finds G.M.S. performing in Europe, Asia and North America, Riktam and Bansi today still manage to constantly refine their live show and pushing their sound to the next level making G.M.S one of the most in-demand live electronic acts in the world.
Trancentral has prepared for you 10 essential G.M.S tracks.