Rank 1 is a Dutch trance group, formed in the Netherlands in 1997. Widely regarded as one of the originators of the Dutch trance sound, the group have produced a number of dancefloor hits since their conception. Although the two members of the group (Benno de Goeij and Piet Bervoets) had worked together before, Rank 1 (a name first used in 1999) was their first project with commercial success.
In September 2000, they performed the track “Many Miles Too Soon” live at Trance Energy as a tribute to the late Miles Stutterheim, younger brother to Duncan Stutterheim, one of the founders of the Dutch event organiser ID&T. A year later this track was released as “Such Is Life”, with added vocals by Shanokee and chosen as the anthem of Sensation 2001, the first edition where visitors were asked to appear dressed in white.
A year later they released “Awakening” as the single preceding their debut album “Symsonic”. The album was released with a CD containing downtempo versions of “Airwave” and “Such Is Life” as well as a some brand new tracks including the title track, a short version of “The Citrus Juicer”, “T.T.C.”, “Passage To The Unknown”, “Still In My Mind” and more. The album also included a DVD with a few videoclips of their singles up till then as well as their live performance at Trance Energy 2002.