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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, here are some pictures with Johan Gielen (2004), Paavo and Tony (2014), and Armin at Ruby Sky in 2005, 2007, and 2009:



You can find all the pictures here

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2004/11/26 ATB at 1015
π 2004-11-26 00:00 by Merlin in Clubbing
You can see more pictures from the evening in the pictures of ATB at 1015)
Man, I guess, this was an awesome past 30 days: so many great DJs, so who would be better to close it up, than ATB?
Because I'm a moron, I showed up around 00:45, expecting the set to start around 01:00, but ATB started at 00:30. Doh!!!
Either way, I still got most of it, and he did an awesome job mixing great tracks, working the crowd up by taking the mike, and just doing a great set for us.

There are also a few video clips







2004/11/19 Johan Gielen at 1015
π 2004-11-19 00:00 by Merlin in Clubbing
(see the evening in the Picture library)
If you asking "who is he?", it's because you don't know the European Techno Scene. I had the chance to find out who he was and see some awesome sets he did through at Trance Energy via some videos downloaded from the net.
So, when I heard he was coming to 1015, I couldn't wait to go, and it's only on that night that I found out that it was his first time in the US apparently. On one side, it was a bit weird to not have full house, but the crowd that was there did love him, and what is there not to love. Not only did he play great tracks, but of the DJ's I've seen, he was the most willing to play with the crowd, shake hands, pause for pictures will spinning and so forth.
He just seemed like the nicest guy who (obviously) really enjoyed his job too.

His set was from 01:00 to 04:10, and it didn't matter how tired I was because his music just made me stay. On top of that, he even shook my hand, took a picture with me, and give me a signed picture. What more could I have asked for?
Hopefully, more people in the US will soon find out who he is, because he sure deserves it.












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