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Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. Unfortunately, the US, it's let's just say... a bit behind in that department. If you ever hear such music on the radio, or even in the street, let me know (for instance, in Australia, I heard great Trance in even a waterslide park of all places, and in Europe you can easily get EDM/Trance on broadcast radio). At least that was very true when I wrote this around year 2000. With San Francisco and San Jose nearby, I've had some opportunities to see some great EDM/Trance DJs. Back in the early 2000's, they sadly played club music in the US that was nowhere close to the hits they had composed and were known for, but over the years, as Trance started becoming more popular, those DJs finally started playing their good tunes in the US too, and maybe from 2004 on, it's only been getting better.

Since 2004 (it's now 2016), the good news is that Trance has grown quite a following in the US, and places like the SF Bay Area, and while Trance has been declared dead a few times in the last 10 years, it's still going strong here, and we're lucky to have at least one or two big Trance parties per year, so yeah! Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, I'm thankful of the friends I made there.

Over time, I've seen many of my favorite DJs across the world, whether it was locally, in New York City, Canada, Australia, and of course Ibiza, and at Halloween 2004, I finally attended some great local parties that proved that you could get the good stuff locally too (even if all the artists came from other countries :-)). Popsicle Halloween 2004 was really the beginning of great music parties in the San Francisco Area, and thankfully things have gotten even better since then

Over the years, I also got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once, and my last hobby has been to work on lights for my shirt and pants:



You can find all the pictures here

Table of Content for clubbing:

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2018/12/14 Trance Family SF Xmas Party: Cold Blue at Halcyon SF
π 2018-12-14 01:01 in Clubbing
This was a great year for Trance in San Francisco, time to top it off with a party.









Video summary:

2018/11/23 Dreamstate Socal, California's Manageable EDC
π 2018-11-23 01:01 in Clubbing
So, you're thinking I've gone crazy already, but follow my reasoning: EDC Vegas is awesome, but 3 days is gruesome, never mind from 19:00 to 06:00 or somesuch (usually not back at the room before 07:30 and sleeping by 08:00 just to get up again between 14:00 and 16:00 for another round). It's like an 8h timechange overnight for 3 days, and even if you use "help" to stay awake, that doesn't really work 3 days in most cases.
This is why Dreamstate Socal is a great event: 2 days is more manageable, and it was nice to have it start as early as 16:30 and end at 02:00, making it less of a timeshift. It was also nice to walk back to my hotel room in 20mn as opposed to spending 75-120mn getting back from EDC to a room.
The lineup was solid, with 3 stages (one being psytrance), it was impossible to get bored.

Nicely decorated venue:





Plenty of people were lit:



my sonic hedgehog found a friend :)
my sonic hedgehog found a friend :)




Great to run into friends again:









Day #1:
























Video summary of day #1:

And that was it for Day #1, after some well needed sleep, I was there bright and early at 16:30 for Day #2 and Niko's set that was starting earlier than originally planned:














we ended with Gareth Emery's laserface
we ended with Gareth Emery's laserface







Video summary of day #2:

And just like this, after 18h30 over 2 days, it was over. It may not quite be EDC, but honestly the lineup and the music were great, and it was a lot easier/cheaper to attend. Heartily recommended. Hopefully I'll see you all for the next one:


2018/11/21 Paul Van Dyk back at 1015, Folsom
π 2018-11-21 01:01 in Clubbing
It's now been ages since I first saw PvD at 1015 in 2001 and then he was back at 1015 in 2004. It was great to see him again there. Not only that, but my friends Blurr and Triode, as well as Sonic Fuzion were also spinning that night. All 4 rooms were going:




Taj was next, just before PvD
Taj was next, just before PvD


basement was also banging
basement was also banging



PvD was next at midnight
PvD was next at midnight



and just like that, it was over after 2h
and just like that, it was over after 2h

Blurr took back over for the rest of the night
Blurr took back over for the rest of the night

Video summary:

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2018/11/03 Pendulum at Mezzanine, SF
π 2018-11-03 01:01 in Clubbing
While it's not my main music, I have a soft spot for Drum and Bass, especially since I first listened to Pendulum on essential mix more than 10 years ago.

Sadly, Pendulum started playing late (00:30) for only 90mn's worth, a bit underwhelming to say the least, but the set was good, using good old vynil no less.
Thankfully, Steven Ross, Kowta, and Dirtyphonics before him, gave good set too:






By 00:30, Pendulum finally showed up





It was a good set, glad to have seen him for the first time in SF.

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2018/10/26 Nepture Project at F8 Nightclub for Halloween
π 2018-10-26 01:01 in Clubbing
Just one day from Aly and Fila at 1015, Neptune Project did a 7H set at F8 Nightclub. I was not able to do the whole 21:00 to 04:00 due to the previous night and a conference I had to go to the next morning. Yet, I stayed much longer than planned due to how good the set was (not counting my friends playing in the secondary room, and those sets didn't suck either).




Main Room:





Aweome sets, I got home way too late, thanks to all ;)

Video summary:

2018/10/25 Aly and Fila at 1015 Folsom
π 2018-10-25 01:01 in Clubbing
Aly and Fila's Fadi, came to 1015 on a thursday night. It was not an ideal time for many, but eh, better than nothing at all. To be fair, I didn't love his set, but nice to see my TFSF peeps, including my friends who DJ'ed in other rooms:





DJ Blurr playing in the other room
DJ Blurr playing in the other room


Martin Cisco
Martin Cisco


Fadi
Fadi


Video Summary:

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2018/08/20 Bill Graham Dreamstate SF
π 2018-08-20 01:01 in Clubbing
It's been a year since the last Dreamstate in San Francisco. I couldn't wait... Jennifer was able to join me on the 2nd day, hopefully it was fun enough for her too:


TF represent, as always
TF represent, as always



The lineup was solid, with two rooms even. Day #1:

















Day #2:












As always, it's about the people:


my friend Aaron
my friend Aaron















Very nice neopixel backpack, based on my code. Well done:



It was a great time, 'till next time.

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2018/08/10 Trance Family SF evening at Mezzanine
π 2018-08-10 01:01 in Clubbing
It was supposed to be Paul Oakenfold playing for us, but sadly he called in sick that day, so a few local DJs stepped in for us, and DJ Mars took over the lead spot for the night. While I didn't love what he played, it was nice to see my friends and DJ Blur playing the 2 hours before that.






While it was not the night it was supposed to be, it was still good times.

2018/07/28 Phoria 4 Year Anniversary at F8 Nightclub
π 2018-07-28 01:01 in Clubbing
Niko Zografos, who recently got to play at a State of Trance, honoring all of Trance Family SF, organized a 4 year anniversary party for Phoria 4 with a great Trance lineup.

It was fun to go out again and enjoy the music in a new club I had never been to: F8 nightclub in San Francisco. They setu pa bad ass laser that DJ Blur was having a fun time playing with :)

















Video summary:

2018/07/06 Jordan Suckley, Alex Morph at Great Northern
π 2018-07-06 01:01 in Clubbing
Nice lineup at Great Northern, good night:










Alex Morph did a powerful set
Alex Morph did a powerful set







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