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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).
Since 2004 (it's not 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!
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.

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 :-).

Over the years, I also got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once:



You can find all the pictures here

Table of Content for clubbing:

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2018/04/15 Jean Michel Jarre @ San Jose City National Civic Theatre
π 2018-04-15 00:00 in Clubbing
Like I was saying in my previous post, I've been a fan of Jean Michel Jarre since the 1980's when I was a teenager. Along with Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre is one of the founders of Electronic Music. The two of them were popular before anyone else was even around doing any EDM.

Well, after never having managed to see JMJ live in all these years I was listening to his music in France, I now get to see him twice in less than a year. His last show was less than a year ago at the Berkeley Greek Theatre. It feels so weird to see him twice in such a short time when I had never seen him in the last 30 years before that.

A few pictures:














great show, fun to see it again
great show, fun to see it again

2018/03/31 Pure Trance Volume 6 @ Great Northern, SF
π 2018-03-31 00:00 in Clubbing
Great trance lineup:
  • 21.00 - 23.00 Gai Barone
  • 23.00 - 00.30 Robert Nickson
  • 00.30 - 02.30 Solarstone
  • 02.30 - 04.00 Factor B
  • The room was indeed packed for this sold out event, and the addition of lasers was a very nice bonus:








    2018/03/17 Gareth Emery's Laserface at Bill Graham, San Francisco
    π 2018-03-17 00:00 in Clubbing
    Awesome super duper show. More lasers = more awesome, never mind the great trance music Gareth's and Kristina Sky's before that.







    starting them young, good on Gareth Emery
    starting them young, good on Gareth Emery

















    2018/03/02 Above and Beyond A Bill Graham Theatre in SF
    π 2018-03-02 00:00 in Clubbing
    It had been a while since I had seen Above in Beyond in San Francisco doing club music (did see them last year for their Accoustic II tour which was great, but different for sure).

    Sadly, despite the huge venue and amount of people, they only played 2H (compared to Armin or Tiesto who would do much longer sets in a specially rented venue like this), but still those 2 hours were really good, so there's that :)







    it must hurt when the head gets sliced off
    it must hurt when the head gets sliced off


















    Video summary:

    2018/02/25 Great Northern Crystal Method
    π 2018-02-25 00:00 in Clubbing
    [izu:Crystal Method at Great Northern for Opel 16th anniversary]

    Opel had an anniversary celebration at great northern with Crystal Method, pioneers in electronic music, as well as my friend DJ Blur playing in another room, so it was a good reason to go.


    Syd Gris from Opulent Temple, opening up the main room
    Syd Gris from Opulent Temple, opening up the main room







    Finally, it was time for DJ Blur in the top room (which was hot as balls like he said, it needs more AC):




    While the main room finally got Crystal Method. He played some last classics, including some from the late 90's. However, he seemed to be high on something, but I wasn't able to say what :)




    A really cool thing was the silent room outside, where you could listen to the DJ with headphones

    you got the wireless headphones here
    you got the wireless headphones here






    See more images for Great Northern Crystal Method
    2018/02/08 Andrew Rayel at 1015 Folsom
    π 2018-02-08 00:00 in Clubbing

    the calm before the storm
    the calm before the storm



    Andrew took a lot of pictures with fans
    Andrew took a lot of pictures with fans






    Then came Andrew for his set in the main room:









    Martin Cisco in the front room also did a very nice set, I quite enjoyed it too:



    Quick video summary:

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    2017/11/24 Dreamstate Socal
    π 2017-11-24 00:00 in Clubbing
    I elected to miss Dreamstate Socal last year to spend time with family, but I figured I'd give it a try this year.
    I was totally not going to be driving to or from LA during thanksgiving. Flying southwest to a nearby Ontario airport was actually a decent option, but I elected to fly my own butt there and fly directly to San Bernandino's now defunct military airport, which therefore has a very nice long runway as well as a great FBO (folks in charge of transient traffic, parking and refueling).

    From San Bernandino's airport, it was a short lyft ride to the crappy hotel I ended up at but was walking distance to the venue (I figured it would be better to avoid driving and parking issues even if in the end it wouldn't have been too much a problem).

    I got a VIP ticket, so getting in wasn't too bad. I did get a puzzled security person when he saw all my electronics to run my shirt and pants, but in the end, he let me in nonetheless. The main issue was the poor information on where around the (big) block, the entrance was located. The first night, a lot of people (myself included) walked around for 15mn around in search of the entrance.

    my shirt and pants worked fine those 2 days
    my shirt and pants worked fine those 2 days

    Once in, they did a good job with the stages, albeit they were a bit small compared to the number of tickets sold. Even with a VIP ticket, I just couldn't get in an enclosed stage with limited capacity on the 2nd day.
    The Lineup was solid...



    the VIP area had a nice light tree
    the VIP area had a nice light tree


    I think I fit right at home, there :)
    I think I fit right at home, there :)




    they tried to sell me a new pair, but I was already equipped :)
    they tried to sell me a new pair, but I was already equipped :)

    DJ Tech equipment:






    Pictures with people:







    thankfully I wasn't the only person lit up, I found some 'colleagues' :)
    thankfully I wasn't the only person lit up, I found some 'colleagues' :)






    Day #1 DJs:









    ATB
    ATB







    Hi Armin! :)
    Hi Armin! :)

    hard to get pictures where you can actually see them :)
    hard to get pictures where you can actually see them :)



    PvD was there to finish the night
    PvD was there to finish the night

    almost rare to see him smile like this :)
    almost rare to see him smile like this :)


    Day #1 Video highlights:

    After a good first night, I walked back to my crappy hotel (really motel quality) for some well deserved sleep and rest. I then came back the next day around 18:00 for round two:

    Ruben de Ronde, one of Armin's buddies
    Ruben de Ronde, one of Armin's buddies











    Armin came back the 2nd night to play on his own|
    Armin came back the 2nd night to play on his own|



    Day #2 Video highlights:

    And just like that, it was over. A great two days, and it was nice to be able to fly home and avoid the horrible sunday after thanksgiving traffic.

    See more images for Dreamstate Socal
    2017/08/26 Trance Family SF at Great Northern
    π 2017-08-26 00:00 in Clubbing
    After the loss of Ruby Skye, it was great to have another venue along with Verso (and 1015). It's conveniently located close to the freeway and plenty of street parking.
    The venue was also very laid back, which was duly appreciated.

    The main room is not huge, but of reasonable size. The top floor room is much smaller though. I'm also afraid that many people may not have noticed the stairs to it, in the back.
    The decors have potential, they put work into them, but I think they'll have to put more work into driving them during the performances (lights and lasers were present, but didn't feel used too much). The good news is that, it'll be easily fixed :)

    The lineup was solid:

  • Taj
  • Orkidea
  • Ferry Tayle
  • Jordan Suckley
  • Airwave
  • Gene Xander
  • Alastair james
  • Jonn Connor
  • Christopher Terrance
  • Oscow
  • Martin Cisco
  • I was only able to stay awake long enough to stay until 03:00, and here are some pictures below:







    Orkidea
    Orkidea



    Ferry Tayle
    Ferry Tayle


    Jordan Suckley
    Jordan Suckley




    Airwave
    Airwave










    40mn summary of most of the night (22:00 to 03:00):

    2017/08/11 Seeing Andrew Rayel at Ministry of Sound, London
    π 2017-08-11 00:00 in Clubbing, Greatbritain2017
    While randomly looking at Google Maps on my phone for an upcoming trip to London, I got a reminder to go check out Ministry of Sound, a legendary club for anyone who's been listening to essential mix back to the early 2000's when many trance mixes were played, and some came from that club.

    The small problem, was that going to a club all night between a 12h+ day of sightseeing and 4 more such days right after that, was not the best timing ever, but at the same time, it was not an opportunity I wanted to miss. So, after leaving the V&A Museum when it closed at 22:00, I went straight to Ministry of Sound which was opening at 22:30, and only got back to bed around 03:00 or so. I was not in good shape the next day, but so be it :)

    Ministry of Sound is an interesting club, it's not huge, but has 4 different rooms, with the main room being totally packed when Andrew was playing. Sadly, as a state of affairs in London, and the radical inclusion, they end up having to search everyone everywhere to pretty severe extremes. They had TSA style gates with full searches, making getting in a lot less fun...
    Anyway, once in, I had a good time, and glad I went despite what it cost me in lost sleep :)















    Here's a video summary with good trance bits:

    2017/07/14 Trance Family SF 7th Anniversary at 1015
    π 2017-07-14 00:00 in Clubbing
    It was 17 years since the first time I went clubbing in SF, at 1015 no less. Honestly, most of my experiences at 1015 back then were not great: stupid lines, super crowded inside because the venue's main room was too small, and sadly some of my favourite DJs were playing kind of boring sets compared to the great music they made back then.

    When Ruby Skye opened, I went and never looked back. But TFSF7 was all about a trip in memory lane and nostalgia, and 1015 was a great place considering it had 4 different rooms were different DJs could battle with their best sets (and they were good). Thankully attendance was just within the venue's capacity (on purpose or not), so it was packed but not crazy crowded.

    And the sets were just great. DJ Blur brought back awesome tunes back to back, I could tell he worked on that set before showing up :) and then the other rooms were quite good too, including some hard trance and psytrance which I had never been able to get before. You kind of have to be in the mindset for it, it's not quite melodic trance, but I was in the mindset last night and it was a lot of fun.

    Thank you to all the DJs who came to play, and this guy giving great light shows:





    nice outfit :)
    nice outfit :)







    Awesome psytrance
    Awesome psytrance





    Stay down! :)
    Stay down! :)



    40mn summary of the night (21:00 to 05:00):


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