Claus Terhoeven (Nic Chagall) and Stefan Bossems (DJ Bossi) make up the German Trance duo that is Cosmic Gate. Both of these men are extraordinary artists on their own, building up incredible careers together and apart from each other as DJs and producers.
Nic Chagall in particular, is a native from Krefeld, Germany. He’s helped co-found the Essential Cuts Studio, otherwise known as E-CUTZ, helped as an integral part to many trance projects, and has created many popular remixes as Nic Chagall. He’s well known as a talented producer, who is one of the most creative and eclectic in the EDM scene. He achieved a lot of his major international success from his single Monday Bar and then What You Need, which helped him gain the respect of other top DJs like Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, and Armin Van Buuren. His innovative producing is seen in the uniquely Rock-esque guitar riff in What You Need, which also made it stand out among other trance tracks. His other tracks are also very unique in terms of sound style, but he still manages to hold onto the emotional qualities that define Trance.
As one half of Cosmic Gate, he’s helped put them into #19 and #24 in DJMag‘s Top 100 for 2009 and 2010, respectively. Since forming in 1999, they’ve released singles like Exploration of Space and The Drums. Their music has transformed over the years. Their tracks that once showcased a more hard-hitting Trance, are now more subtly energetic songs.