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Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. When I started in the 1990's, the US was a bit behind in that department.
Still, 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.
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

As a matter of fact, after another 10 years (2015 and beyond) 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.
Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, we've been getting more big trance parties every year, including many top DJs that come visit us what feels like every other week now (as of 2018-2019), and through those events, I made many friends in Trance Family SF. Thanks to you all.

Over those years, I 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 (version 3) and (version 4)



You can find all the pictures here

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2019/12/07 Triode and Marlo at our last TFSF Event at Mezzanine
π 2019-12-07 01:01 in Clubbing
Unfortunately, Mezzanine is not allowed/able to renew their lease, so they are closing forever at the end of the year. This was our last TFSF event with them, going out in style with Triode and Marlo. Too bad, as the venue had gotten quite nice:


I was at my company's Xmas party that night, but ducked out early to attend the most of the event, and it was worth it :)

Triode opened early at 21:00 and played all the way to midnight:





Marlo then took over at midnight and finished the night:






Triode and Marlo during Triode's Castles in the Sky mix
Triode and Marlo during Triode's Castles in the Sky mix



2019/11/30 Ophelia Records at Mezzanine with Special Guest Seven Lions
π 2019-11-30 01:01 in Clubbing
So, I'm Seven Lions fan, and figured it would be interesting to see his friends play at Mezzanine, but honestly it was very much a mixed bag, both in music type (a bit all over the place, including the crowds, some were rowdy), and DJ'ing skills.
Seven Lions wasn't technically on the schedule, so we didn't have an expect him to play a lot, but were hoping for at least 1-2H, and in the end, it was only 30mn, which was disappointing.

A few pictures:



Finally, Seven Lions came for a quick tease around 01:00 and went to hide again :) The guys who were playing there (not even sure if they were actually playing), didn't mix anything. It was just a track after another with no transitions whatsoever in between. Sigh...



Finally, he took over the decks at 01:15, for some nice tracks and proper mixing. It was quite nice, but way too short, especially with some of the substandard DJs that played just before:

Oh yeah, the VJ was not a star either
Oh yeah, the VJ was not a star either




Video summary:

2019/11/23 Dreamstate Socal 2019: we have Trance, and we have Triplets!
π 2019-11-23 01:01 in Clubbing
Dreamstate in SF did not happen this year, which is unfortunate as two dreamstates are better than one :) , that being said we still had Dreamstate Socal, which only got better this year. This year was my 3rd Dreamstate Socal, and my only regret was not having started to go earlier.

Dreamstate Socal at the NOS in San Bernandino has a lot more room than Bill Graham in SF, which allows for multiple stages (4 of them 2 years ago, and 3 these last 2 years). To be honest, 3 stages are enough given that each timeslot often had multiple DJs I wanted to go see. The big change this year was the much better psytrance stage, which accompanied with the great DJs, gave lots of opportunities to listen to good psytrance.
So, psytrance, I know, it's a bit of a niche market, but with some DJs like Astrix, Vini Vicci and Blastoyz, I've grown fond: high energy triplets grow on you, especially with so many psy remixes of great tracks. If you want a sample, see Blastoyz at this year's transmission:

Anyway, back to Dreamstate Socal, great production this year, more DJs than you could see and enough eye and ear candy to fill two great nights:

welcome back, we missed you
welcome back, we missed you

luckily Jennifer was able to join me this year. Yeah!
luckily Jennifer was able to join me this year. Yeah!


The decors were great and the VIP areas were shiny:









If you didn't bring your own lighting, they had you covered:



Closest to the entrance was the well improved psytrance stage (the sequence). The visuals were fantastic:


And the vision, the indoor venue, while too small for the crowds, had fantastic lighting and lasers too:

there is no such thing as too many lasers
there is no such thing as too many lasers

woot!
woot!

but getting in at times, was 'challenging', some likely got in after the set they wanted, was over :-/
but getting in at times, was 'challenging', some likely got in after the set they wanted, was over :-/

The Dream (mainstage) was quite well done too:


of course they also had a few lasers, because why not? :)
of course they also had a few lasers, because why not? :)

Lots of VJ equipment to run all of this:





and great view from the VJ booth
and great view from the VJ booth

It was great to run into friends as usual, some I not met in person yet (only online). Bryan Kyes does a very nice radio show, Emergency Medical Trance, check it out. I recommend EMT 10, one of my favourites for its nice sample of psy in the 3rd hour

thanks for the music Bryan
thanks for the music Bryan

For the LED/tech nerd that I am, it was great to see more people with LED panels, some were able to use some of the code that I published online and make their own improvements on top:

well done Rory
well done Rory


nice improved animations on Denny's totem
nice improved animations on Denny's totem


nicely done, not easy to make a good gif in only 64x64 pixels
nicely done, not easy to make a good gif in only 64x64 pixels


and even without LED panels, there were other nice totems:





So, let's go on to the DJs for Day 1:



unfortunately the DJ lighting was busted on day 1 in the sequence, so you couldn't see the DJs
unfortunately the DJ lighting was busted on day 1 in the sequence, so you couldn't see the DJs



it had been years since I last saw Johan Gielen in 2004, sweet!
it had been years since I last saw Johan Gielen in 2004, sweet!





I do hate tall flags though, they've ruined so many of my pictures
I do hate tall flags though, they've ruined so many of my pictures

30X zoom taken from pretty far in the crowd, hence slightly grainy
30X zoom taken from pretty far in the crowd, hence slightly grainy





Haliene came to sing with Ferry, but unfortunately she was not high up and didn't get to sing much. Give her a higher stage to stand on next time
Haliene came to sing with Ferry, but unfortunately she was not high up and didn't get to sing much. Give her a higher stage to stand on next time

and Aly and Fila to close the night
and Aly and Fila to close the night



Day #1 Video Summary:

The next day, we had a meet and greet where many artists were nice enough to come see their fans. Thanks to Rachel for getting me a spare ticket after mine was invalidated:






After a bit of rest before the next big evening, came day #2:



cool outfits
cool outfits


hard to capture persistence of vision on camera, but nice when it works
hard to capture persistence of vision on camera, but nice when it works

sweet
sweet



whoever you are in there, you rock for having taken all those pictures
whoever you are in there, you rock for having taken all those pictures

psyduck is overlaoded
psyduck is overlaoded





Then it was time for some tripets, vini vici and blastoyz, and they were both great:





7 lions even came to say hi
7 lions even came to say hi

I went back to catch the 2nd hour of Above and Beyond, which I had found a bit disappointing the last times I saw them, including ABGT 350. They were however excellent this night:



that was indeed my thought after the gorge and ABGT, but they made us wrong this time, thank you
that was indeed my thought after the gorge and ABGT, but they made us wrong this time, thank you

I finished the night with Abraxis. Seven Lions didn't mix dubstep in like I was hoping for, but it was still an enjoyable set:

still poor lighting on that stage, sorry
still poor lighting on that stage, sorry

and just like that, it was over, after 18 incredible hours
and just like that, it was over, after 18 incredible hours

Day #2 Video Summary:

Also, those 2 days was one more chance to complete my DJ and Trance singers picture collection :)




Thanks to my friends who were there to share the evenings with me and Jennifer for joining me:




'till next time:


2019/11/01 Ferry Corsten at Pure Nightclub
π 2019-11-01 01:01 in Clubbing
After seeing Ferry Corsten just 2 weeks prior at ADE's This is Trance, and Prague's Transmission just before that, we got lucky enough to have in the Bay Area:

















Ferry was super nice as usual, and took pictures with his fans, luckily, after 5 tries around the world, I was one of the lucky winners this time :)


Video Summary:

See more images for Ferry Corsten at Pure Nightclub
2019/10/20 ADE 2019 Day #5: Trance Orient Express
π 2019-10-20 01:01 in Clubbing
For the last might of ADE, the parties were more limited given that most people went to work on monday morning. In the ADE schedule, I found Trance Orient Express, which was supposed to be psytrance, so it seemed interesting. I didn't really love the fact that it was far out of town 50mn bike ride at night, so I went or a 25mn cab instead.
I ended up near an abandonned church, I had to walk the rest of the way as cars were not allowed to proceed to the end:


a church turned night club, that was a new one for me...
a church turned night club, that was a new one for me...


dB meter to make sure it doesn't bother the neighbours too much :)
dB meter to make sure it doesn't bother the neighbours too much :)





I was there at 22:00 when the event started, but unfortunately it was very uninspiring minimal techno for hours that eventually turned into something that was slightly better, but nowhere close to what I'd call psytrance. I'm not sure if it got better eventually, but I bailed around 02:30 and went to bed to get a few hours of sleep before my flight back to SFO.
In highsight, that night was totally skippable but oh well, given how good all the other nights were, that wasn't the end of the world.

2019/10/19 ADE 2019 Day #4: Luminosity's This Is Trance at Panama, Amsterdam
π 2019-10-19 01:01 in Clubbing
Just 2 days after Shine with John OO Flemming, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Paul Van Dyk, it was time to go back to Panama. The afternoon did have a boat party with Aly & Fila, but by Day #4 of crazy partying, I just didn't have the energy to go, and rested during the afternoon.

This is Trance was expected to be the big party of the week, I was definitely looking forward to it, and it was a great lineup:

  • Dimension
  • Andy Moor
  • Giuseppe Ottaviani
  • Aly & Fila
  • Ferry Corsten
  • John O'Callaghan
  • Bryan Kearney
  • Video summary:

    I arrived early when the room was virtually empty, and Dimension warmed things up:



    the room filled up quickly
    the room filled up quickly

    Andy Moor was next:



    By then, the room was banging, and Giuseppe Ottaviani took over, with a live 2.0 show:




    After a banging set, Aly & Fila took over:






    Then, was time for Ferry Corsten:






    Panama had nice dancers with laser, that was pretty cool:





    From there John O'Callaghan took over:







    Bryan Kearney took over from there, however he wasn't my favourite, too hard for my taste:





    But Panama had a second room, where other DJs were playing good trance too, so I hoped back and forth between the two rooms:




    And by almost 06:00, it was mostly over and time to go to bed for some sleep :)


    2019/10/18 ADE 2019 Day #3: Solarstone & DJ Orkidea, Pure Trance Boat Party
    π 2019-10-18 01:01 in Clubbing
    For Day 3, there were multiple party options available. Solarstone and DJ Orkidea were my favourite in the list, even with the small downside that you were stuck on the boat for the whole night, even if you ran out of steam. So, the answer was not to run out of steam :)

    The boat was on the docks behind Amsterdam's central station:


    The boat wasn't super big, but it was fun to have a party on a boat, it was my first such party:


    and I met some TFSF friends
    and I met some TFSF friends


    On the boat itself, it wasn't a great sound system or a great lighting system, but given that it was a boat, they were good enough :)




    The only thing that pissed me off is that they used the stupid token system, forced you to buy 4 tokens as the minimum amount (almost $15), and that a token was required to use the toilet. Really? They already make money on the water/beer/whatever on the way in, do they really need to make money again when it comes out?
    That aside, it was a good party, Solarstone and DJ Orkidea made sure to play great music for us for the 7 hours we were on that cruise:




    Also the weather was kind of frigid outside: it was nice to snap a few shots:



    And they were both nice enough to take a nice picture with me, thank you:



    Thanks for the party and the trip in Trance memory lane, here is a video summary

    2019/10/17 ADE 2019 Day #2: ASOT 936: 8H ADE Special in the Armada Studio
    π 2019-10-17 01:01 in Clubbing
    OMG, where do I begin? This was not supposed to happen, but it did last minute due to a friend I now owe a huge favour to :) I missed the first 2H because I was 1.5H away when I got my ticket, but given that it was 8H long, there was still plenty to enjoy. After some train issues and stopping by my hotel to pick up my LED outfit, just in case (and turns out it was a good call), I biked the 22mn to the studio, which is somewhat out of town:





    finally, the studio!
    finally, the studio!



    Obviously, I couldn't resist a few pictures:




    Lots of DJs came by:








    Halyene even dropped by to sing live
    Halyene even dropped by to sing live



    Initially, I just wore a regular shirt, as I was a bit self conscious about the LED shirt in the studio, and it being a bit too 'flashy' on he live stream. Eventually, though I asked Armin what he thought, and his answer was "sure, that would be fun, go ahead", so I did :)


    Andrew Rayel seemed delighted :)
    Andrew Rayel seemed delighted :)

    people on the live stream were apparently quite amused to see my outfit
    people on the live stream were apparently quite amused to see my outfit

    Here's a quick video summary I took from inside the studio:

    Of course, there is the official broadcast:

    Saying how awesome this experience was, is hard to put in words, especially for an episode that lasted so long. I definitely owe a huge debt of gratitude for this one, thank you!

    2019/10/17 ADE 2019 Day #2: John OO Flemming, Alex M.O.R.P.H., Paul Van Dyk at Shine, Panama, Amsterdam
    π 2019-10-17 01:01 in Clubbing
    The evening was a bit longer than that, but I missed the beginning because I was at the ASOT Studio until 22:00, and then had a 30mn bike ride from there to Panama by the Amsterdam central station.
    The security was nice enough with my led outfit, but as minuses, and it seems to be widespread in Holland: - pay to use toilets (argh) - lockers you pay for (ok, that one is fair enough) - trying to enforce that you can't bring water in, because they want to sell you 20cl (so small!) glass bottles that cost more than beer or energy drinks per volume (OK, that is plain sad). - and some places even add a stupid token system

    DJ lineup:

  • Saad Ayub
  • John OO fleming
  • Paul Van Dyk
  • Alex M.O.R.P.H.
  • Jordan Suckley
  • Lostly

  • there was a secondary room
    there was a secondary room

    Video summary of the night:

    I arrived in time for John OO Fleming's set, which was quite enjoyable, and it's always fun to see John with his huge smile :)




    Alex M.O.R.P.H. was next, and he went for it:







    he nicely took a picture with me at the end
    he nicely took a picture with me at the end

    Paul Van Dyk was next. Sadly part of his set was plagued with sound cutoff issues that took a while to fix. On the plus side, he got some nice dancers with lasers:









    jordan Suckley was next, but his hard trance was not my favourite, and I had seen him 2 weeks prior in San Francisco, so I went to get some much needed sleep after following a bit of his set :)


    Panama was probably the best club in Amsterdam. It's not huge, but it's well equipped. For one, they have a decent laser setup:



    the lasers nicely did not make a hole in my hand
    the lasers nicely did not make a hole in my hand

    I always enjoy looking at the visual control setups:



    Despite the sound issues, it was a good night with top DJs. Glad that I went.

    2019/10/16 ADE 2019 Day #1: Orjan Nilsen / 12 DJs at Club Mystique
    π 2019-10-16 01:01 in Clubbing
    For the first day, it was already a one of kind night, with 12 DJs playing at Club Mystique in downtown Amsterdam. All of them played a 30mn set as guests in Orjan album release party.

    The lineup was impressive:

  • 22.00 - Fingerling
  • 22.30 - Maryn
  • 23.00 - Rodg
  • 23.30 - Ben Gold
  • 00.00 - Ashley Wallbridge
  • 00.30 - Ruben de Ronde
  • 01.00 - Orjan Nilsen
  • 02.30 - Mark Sixma
  • 03.00 - KhoMha
  • 03.30 - Nifra b2b Fisherman
  • 04.00 - Exis
  • 04.30 - Dennis Sheperd
  • Here is a video summary:











    Ruben was nice enough to take a picture with me again :)
    Ruben was nice enough to take a picture with me again :)







    That was already a long night, and it was only day #1 :)


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