“Transcend the ordinary.” Illuminor: A musically symbiotic partnership, in every sense of the word.
In a remarkably short time, Michael Ware and Joe Benger have propelled themselves from humble beginnings to one of the most dynamic young collaborations to emerge from Australia.
Michael, a classically trained pianist and DJ/producer of over 10 years, had already managed to etch his name into the EDM scene with his remix of Imogen Heap’s “Headlock”, receiving fervent airplay from various DJs. In 2009, he won Sean Tyas’ “Melbourne” remix competition, which on release shot to the Top 10 on the Audiojelly dance charts.
Meanwhile, Joe established himself a true electronic artist, supporting some of the biggest international names to grace Perth’s shores. Joe’s talent as a DJ and producer soon garnered the attention of Afterhours.fm – who offered him a residency and a highly coveted time slot to showcase his refined taste in electronic music. Armin van Buuren wasn’t far to follow, playlisting Joe’s material on his “A State of Trance” radio show.
Illuminor was soon forged on a foundation of great friendship and a love for the purest melodic compositions. In 2010, Illuminor went live – fully harnessing Michael’s classical and contemporary experience and Joe’s painstaking attention to detail. The two rocketed to establish themselves as a household name in Western Australia’s club scene whilst also tackling the almighty festival circuit, playing headline slots at Creamfields and Stereosonic, alongside heavyweights Deadmau5, Skrillex, Armin van Buuren, Dash Berlin, Ferry Corsten and many more. Shortly thereafter the boys were honoured in being asked to warm up for Above & Beyond, alongside Anjunabeats stalwarts Jaytech and Mat Zo on the 2011 and 2012 “Group Therapy” world tours.
The two also buckled down in the studio, producing original tracks which translate perfectly to their live performances. Their ever-growing catalog of original work and remixes are regularly supported by the likes of Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Paul Oakenfold, Markus Schulz, Kyau & Albert and many, many more. Having defined the Illuminor sound to the world, the pair were then invited to continue their cultivation of forward thinking melodic dance music by Afterhours.fm, where they launched “Symbiosis Radio,” a monthly radio fixture which now draws thousands of loyal listeners each month.
Defined by a deep appreciation for the finer melodic arts, the pair bask in the opportunity to share what they believe in and love with their ever-growing audiences.
With an electric start to their careers, and a myriad of exciting forthcoming projects, their audience can always trust that Illuminor will deliver a breathtaking and unforgettable experience!