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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:



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2005/05/27 Armin Van Buuren, at Ruby Skye, finally :)
π 2005-05-27 00:24 by Merlin in Clubbing
Man, I had been waiting for this for so long. It might be silly to say, but I really can say that my life is complete now, I have seen all my favourite DJs (also top techno DJs in the world), spin live.
Needless to say that I'm a big fan of Armin, and while I've been disappointed by some of the top DJs some nights, Armin sure didn't disappoint: his first hour and a half, he just spun great tunes, some of the recent favourites on his weekly The State of Trance radio show.
But I think the best part was just how nice and cheerful he was. While he's been spinning for a long time, and has done many many hours and sets worldwide, he still had a huge grin on his face and was having a great time (I would not say the same thing of someone like Paul Van Dyk, or especially Sasha for instance)
Armin's set was more than 3H, but I had to bail a bit past 3 so that I could get home without ending up in a ditch or climbing the center divider after having fallen asleep. I thought the set had gone a bit downhill after the 1.5H mark anyway (which is just as well for people who only stayed at the beginning)
The cool part though was that I was able to shake his hand and give him a note thanking him for all the great music he's been spinning for so long. It's a lot easier at Ruby Skye than at Amnesia where the DJs are totally out of reach.

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