Black Hole Recordings, founded in 1997, started with the release of Tiësto’s hailed “Magik” mix compilations. The instant success of the series made it possible to expand, and in 1998 Black Hole Recordings added two new labels to their imprint: “In Trance We Trust” and “Songbird”, which became the label of choice for Tiësto’s “In Search of Sunrise” series.
By 2001 another label was added to the roster: “Magik Muzik”. Initially used for Tiësto’s singles, the sub label expanded quickly and also released material from other artists. Throughout the early days of Black Hole Recordings many now famous DJs and producers got their first break to release a DJ mix compilation. Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, DJ Montana, Cor Fijneman, Johan Gielen and Ton TB were amongst them, and up to this day a lot of new talent takes the first steps in the industry on Black Hole Recordings. Due to the success of series like “Space Age”, “Magik”, “In Trance We Trust” and most notably “In Search of Sunrise”, the star and reputation of the label rises quickly and the million-selling mix-compilations of Tiësto turn Black Hole Recordings into one of the biggest independent electronic dance labels; always on top of the game and true to its credo “Captivate, Communicate and Celebrate”!
Menno de Jong is primarily known as a Trance DJ and producer with an international following. Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, de Jong was born on March 17, 1984 and was interested in music — classical as well as modern — at a young age.
Being classically trained on the piano and incredibly passionate about music led to him taking up DJing and producing in his early teenage years. he first established himself as a producer with the release of ‘Guanxi’ on the British label Anjunabeats in 2004. In the years that followed he took the Trance scene by storm with singles such as “Tundra”, ‘Last Light Tonight’, ‘Spirit’, ‘Turtle Paradise’, ‘Never Lose The Magic’, ‘Place In The Sun’ featuring the vocals of Ellie Lawson and many more. This resulted in him being championed by the genre’s leading DJs including Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk. Numerous remixes for tracks such as ‘Mark Otten – So Serene’, ‘Karen Overton – Your Loving Arms’, ‘John O’Callaghan ft. Ria – I’ll Follow’ and the classic ‘Hydra – Affinity’ also proved popular within the Trance community.
He went on to perform at major clubs and festivals worldwide, including Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, A State Of Trance, Amnesia Ibiza and Amsterdam Dance Event and over the years developed an unwitnessed agility in performing, equally talented in delivering prime time sets as well as marathons lasting as long as 10 hours.
After working with a wide selection of leading labels Menno eventually signed with Black Hole Recordings in 2013, where he started releasing tracks on the legendary In Trance We Trust imprint. Arguably some of his biggest releases to date followed amongst which melodic masterpiece ‘Any Other Day’, the club anthem ‘Creatures Of The Night’ featuring Canadian vocalist Noire Lee, ‘Solicitude’ together with UK’s rising star Adam Ellis and more recently the Tech and Psy influenced ‘Abhyasa’.
As a result of this strain of successful releases Menno was asked to become A&R manager of In Trance We Trust, becoming the face of a label with one of the richest histories in the genre and providing a platform for future Trance stars alike.