Harpaul Alberto Kohli (better known as Ori Uplift) — the owner and CEO of Abora Recordings and host of the weekly Uplifting Only radio podcast on DI.fm, iTunes, & Spotify — was born in Washington, DC, in 1980, to a father from India and a mother from Ecuador. In 2010 he started up a trance project called Trance Tehillim. In part through that he became friends with the then-owner of Abora Recordings, who ended up giving him the entire Abora label in the summer of 2012. Ori took over and became owner and CEO.
Upon taking over ownership, Ori’s goal was to grow the orchestral/emotional uplifting genre, create another scene for it outside the club world, and bring it to a large and growing audience across the globe. He focused on recruiting talented staff, finding orchestral uplifting artists with much potential, and to have the staff and 'talent coaches' help develop the artists’ skills so that they could become top producers.
Since then, Abora has blossomed into the world's top label for orchestral emotional uplifting trance, and has sprouted successful sublabels in many other trance genres, now totaling 13 labels/sublabels, including Edge EDM, Driftmoon Audio, Silent Shore Records, Levitated Music, and more. It was rated the world’s #8 trance label in the Trance Podium 2014 Awards and was listed as one of the 6 best trance labels by Trance for Infinity.
Abora has enjoyed success in the broader EDM music world too: Since 2012, Abora has won the Future Favorite on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance 13 times, more than any label except Armin's Armada itself.
Meanwhile, Ori’s weekly Uplifting Only radio podcast, which aims to be the definitive and leading show for the orchestral uplifting genre, has developed a devoted and passionate fan base.
Further, Uplifting Only was rated the #8 "Best Radioshow/Podcast/Cloudcast" in the Trance Podium 2014 Awards, and was ranked one of the top five trance podcasts for working out by Trance Hub (ranking first for yoga and pilates).
Ori’s success has now started extending to live gigs: He has closed for Aly & Fila, has performed with vocalists Caro Sosa and Erika Faries, and was the “Main Headliner” at the 2015 Trancervatory festival in Ecuador.
Ori has also ranked well on the Beatport charts. Two of his mixcompilations based on his Uplifting Only show reached the #1 spot on the Beatport release charts (trance and chillout), and two more have reached #2 on the trance charts. A total of 7 of his mixcomps or mixes have reached the top 5 on the Beatport charts.
It’s no surprise that Trance Hub named him one of six "Artists to watchout for". You'll be seeing more and more of him as he focuses on uplifting the general public with beautiful euphoric uplifting melodies and sounds!
1. SounEmot - In Search of Freedom (Pink Pig Intro Remix) / Illusion Vibes
2. Metta & Glyde, Yoshi & Razner - Connecting Minds / FSOE
3. NyTiGen & AFTERUS - Free Fall / 2Rock
4. Daxson - Before It's Lost / FSOE
5. Darren Porter & Neev Kennedy - Live And Love Again / Amsterdam Trance Records
6. Paipy & Cathy Burton - One Step (Extended Mix) / Amsterdam Trance Records
7. Davey Asprey - Anything For You / ASOT
8. C-Systems - Atlantis / ASOT
9. Re:Locate, Simon Anthony & Sue McLaren - Distant Calls / Amsterdam Trance Records
10. Maratone & Roxanne Emery - Learn To Fly (Mhammed El Alami Remix) / Abora
11. Sam Fletcher, Ruslan Aschaulov - Valentina (Howlex Remix) / Your Melodies
12. Transaphonic - Tachyon Theory / Ablazing
13. Vikram Prabhu - Heaven / Redux Magic
14. Grande Piano - When the Cannons Go Silent (Calvin O'Commor Remix) / Endlessky
15. Inrayzex & Josie Sandfeld - Kept Us Alive / Suanda Voice
16. MakeFlame & Dj Frost - Acid Rain 303 / Ablazing
17. Oscilater & Super Luminal - Spring&Summer / Beyond the Stars Reborn
18. Paul Cry & 3Xodus - We Still Hope / Abora
19. Paul Cartwright & The PhoeniX - Feel the Moment / Synchronized Next
20. Derek Ryan - THRIVE / Ascent
21. Icarus Project - Beyond The Horizon / Beyond the Stars Reborn
22. Paul Cartwright - Don`t Let Me Down / Synchronized Next
23. Victor Special & Insight - Spring Colors / Last State
24. Leon Bogod - Reminds Me of You / Abora
25. Alexander Popov, Luminn, DEXTER KING - Constancy (Talla 2XLC Remix) / Interplay
26. Mhammed El Alami - Healing / ASOT
27. Adam Taylor & Tara Louise - Life / Subculture
28. Will Room & G Summers - Reflections / Redux Magic
29. Masaru Hinaiji - Spring Sign / Sounds of the Stars
30. Anto Cortez - The Final Journey / D.MAX
31. Ciro Visone & Semper T. - Matter of Heart / Synchronized Melodies
32. Luke Terry & Helen Sylk - A Lighter Shade of Blue Reprise / Digital Society
33. Night Sky - Aitne (Orchestral Trance Mix) / Time Leap Essential
34. CO1N & Darkingz - Mermaid's Tears (Orchestral Mix) / Aerodynamica
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