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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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2005/08/21 Tiësto in Concert, LA
π 2005-08-21 23:39 by Merlin in Clubbing

A new entry on my clubbing report page

To make up for not going to Ibiza this year, and when I found out that Tijs would do a tour in the US, under the name of his world famous concerts in Holland, which I regretted not having attended, I knew I had to go. It was also a good opportunity to go visit my friend Jennifer who lives there.
Since it wasn't quite clear how the seating and viewing would work out, I ended up getting a couple of VIP tickets, which while somewhat overpriced for what was being offered in return, were a good way to just know that we could go anywhere and choose the best vantage point.

The arena got reasonably full half way through the concert, but strangely enough half the people weren't there when it started. What a waste...
Anyway, while after looking at the size of the stage, I was a little bit dubious of how much this would resemble his historic concert in Holland last year, I was still pleasantly surprised, especially when a couple of well known trance voices: Kirsty Hawkshaw of "Just Be", and Jes Brieden of Motorcycle, as the Rush Comes, and Waterfall came on stage and sung live to their track (and on key, no less).
All in all, it was a good evening: good lighting, nice stage appearances (although inferior to TIC1 and very inferior to TIC2), but 4H for such a concert was just too short compared to the 8-9H he did in Holland. Yet, for those of us who can't just randomly fly to Holland for a concert, it was well worth it.

The pictures and videos are here














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