The Thrillseekers

For other uses, see Thrillseeker (disambiguation).
The Thrillseekers
Background information
Birth name Steve Helstrip
Also known as En Motion, Insigma, Rapid Eye, Morpheus and Hydra
Born (1973-10-24) 24 October 1973
York, England
Genres Trance
Occupation(s) DJ, record producer
Instruments Synthesizer, drum machine
Years active 1999–present
Labels Adjusted Music, Neo, ATCR, Vandit and Positiva

The Thrillseekers (born Steve Helstrip)[1] is the name of an English trance DJ, record producer and remixer.[2] He has been at the forefront of the trance genre since the release in 1999 of his critically acclaimed track "Synaesthesia".

Helstrip has worked under the guises of En Motion, Insigma, Rapid Eye, and Hydra. He is also prominent for his work in remixing, having remixed work by Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Timo Maas, Sonique, Chicane, Blank & Jones, and Seb Fontaine. He owns his own record label, 'Adjusted Music'.


Steve started out making trance music while working for the computer games developer, Manic Media.[3] Whilst living in Chipping Norton, on the Oxfordshire border,[4] with a relatively basic home studio he constructed "Synaesthesia".[5] Signed and released by Neo Records in 1999 at the height of the trance explosion, it went on to sell over 12,000 copies on its initial release and peaked at #28 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] Besides the original instrumental version, there was also an adapted version with vocals written and performed by Sheryl Deane. This version, known as "Synaesthesia (Fly Away)", entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 27 and was featured in the 2001 film The 51st State. Synaesthesia gained international recognition and was heavily supported by his peers in the industry, including Paul van Dyk and Paul Oakenfold.[6] The follow-up single was "Dreaming of You", which was released on Data Records in July 2002.[7]

Helstrip is also a DJ, who has performed at Ministry of Sound, Creamfields, Godskitchen and Gatecrasher. Just twelve months after he first put needle to vinyl, he found himself invited to play at Paul van Dyk's birthday party.[8] In 2004, The Thrillseekers entered DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs poll, before going on to break into the top 50 (landing at no. 45) in 2006.

Following the collapse of Neo Records in 2003, Helstrip took charge of his catalogue by launching his own label Adjusted Music. With demand for re-releases of "Synaesthesia" and "Affinity" (which originally came out under his Hydra moniker), both tracks were brought back out in 2004. As well as releasing his own records, Helstrip also sought out fresh talent for Adjusted. He signed the club hits "Safe to Dream" by the Russian act, Evolve, and "Alone Again" by the transatlantic duo Deep Voices. His remix of the former was followed by the "By Your Side" release. The track was championed by Paul van Dyk and Pete Tong.

Artist collaborations have played an important part in Helstrip's production career. Immediately following the success of "Synaesthesia", Helstrip went on to launch a new moniker for the Ministry of Sound subsidiary, Incentive. En-Motion was born with "Truth" in 2000, and "Getting Away with It" followed in 2002. In the adjoining years he also partnered collaborations with Andy "Pulser" Perring as Insigma ("Insigma" / "Open Our Eyes" / "Avalon") and with Tim Stark under the name Rapid Eye ("Never Going Back" / "Circa-Forever"/ "Stealing Beauty" / "Santa Cruz" / "Absolut").

In late 2005, The Thrillseekers released the compilation album, Nightmusic Volume 1, and Volume 2 appeared in 2007. This led to a five-month world tour of Thrillseekers.

A week before the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Helstrip was on a week-long tour in Japan. Shortly after the earthquake & tsunami, Helstrip produced a track called "Song for Sendai" released on 8 April 2011. The song was available exclusively through Beatport, and it was announced that all proceeds from the track would be donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Within 3 days of its release, it became The Thrillseekers' #1 song on their Beatport page. The track also garnered a lot of attention by being played on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance, Above & Beyond's Trance Around the World, and many other trance radio shows.

On July 25, 2016, Aly & Fila's Future Sound of Egypt released "Amber", the first single from Hydra since Affinity (2003).[9] It reached 1# on Beatport Trance and 27# on Beatport Main. Amber is the first single to be taken from his album debut, Escape, which will be released in late 2016.[10]


Studio albums

DJ Mixes


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As Hydra:

As Morpheus:


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  1. 1 2 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 559. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. "The Thrillseekers at Discogs".
  3. "The Thrillseekers". MTV. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  4. The DJ list. "The Thrillseekers". The DJ list. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  5. Slipper, Daniel. "The Thrillseekers Interview". Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  6. "The Thrillseekers". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  7. Raven (9 May 2002). "Interview: Steve Helstrip (The Thrillseekers)". Groovanauts. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  8. Taneka, Taku (27 January 2009). "The Thrillseekers: Consistent synaesthesia". inthemix. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  9. Hernandez, Cristina (9 August 2016). "The Thrillseekers captures classic trance's magic with 'Amber' under alter ego Hydra". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  10. We Rave You (26 July 2016). "The Thrillseekers pres. Hydra – Amber". We Rave You. Retrieved 12 August 2016.

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