1984 – present (34 years)
There is more than one artist that goes by this name:
* The Essence is a Dutch rock band formed in 1984. The Essence signed to Midnight Music after a year of gigging. In 1986 the collaboration resulted in the release of their debut album "Purity" preceded by the 12" single "Endless Lakes", which were both received very well, especially in Holland and Germany. A track very popular with the radio- and club-DJ's was "The Cat", which was remixed and released as a second 12". 1987 saw the release of the follow-up album "A Monument of Trust" and the single "A Mirage", a catchy tune that made the top 10 in Spain. It was then, that The Essence started to tour Europe extensively, building up a strong and faithful following in amongst others, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
The popularity of the band continued to grow with the release of the third album "Ecstasy" in 1988. The videos of the singles "Only For You" (1989) and "Like Christ" (1990) got regular airplay on MTV. The group recorded their fourth CD "Nothing Lasts Forever", a powerful and dark concept album, released November 1991, making its way to an ever growing following around the world, including Japan and the USA.
A "best of.." CD was released by Cherry Red Records in 1994 entitled "Dancing In The Rain", accompanied by the single "A Mirage '94 - The Mixes". The following year, a coverversion of "A Mirage" by Spanish group "Esquema" was again a hit in Spain.
1996 saw the release of the fifth studio-album 'Glow', on CNR international records, receiving great critical acclaim and more than ever proving the original and international potential of the band.
The years after that , the band started touring where they frequently played
Spain, Italy and the UK. The band also started to do outside projects on an individual basis, that varied from writing, producing to even playing with other bands.
In the meanwhile the band has written enough material to record an new album that will see the daylight somewhere in 2007.
* The Essence is also the name of a breakbeat and hardcore project. The Essence only released one single, "Jawz (There's No Escape)". The single was self-published by the group. The musicians behind The Essence are unknown.
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