When you listen to the music of Key4050 — the newly formed duo comprising trance titans John O’Callaghan and Bryan Kearney — you get an immediate sense of their deep creative bond. And if you’re one of the lucky headliners to have experienced one of their rare performances, then you’ve witnessed that collaborative spirit IRL.
Officially formed in 2015, Key4050 sees O’Callaghan and Kearney joining forces to take trance into the future. Individually, both artists have already blazed many trails in the international trance community throughout their respective careers: John O’Callaghan, known to die-hard fans around the world simply as JOC, is the founder and head of the seminal trance label Subculture, while partner Kearney heads up the reputable Kearnage Recordings.
Both hailing from Ireland, the two genre giants have known each other and have been making music in the same circles for more than 15 years— which means that, in many ways, Key4050 has been in the works for just as long. (In fact, the name Key4050 dates back to their early collaborative days, when O’Callaghan was living in a Dublin apartment that required a key code to enter the building. That code: Key4050.)
The first official inklings of Key4050 came in 2016 via their debut track “Dinklebot.” One year later, Key4050 made its official worldwide premiere at Dreamstate SoCal 2017.