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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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2006/05/26 DJ Tiësto @ Ruby Skye
π 2006-05-26 23:40 by Merlin in Clubbing

Tijs started playing some time past midnight, and overall I thought he did an ok job, but I having listened to what Armin and other DJs played at Asta the night before, I would have much rather been there. I guess it doesn't mean that Tijs was bad as much as I tend to prefer Armin's music nowadays.
That said, it was still quite a nice party, especially with the cool decors work that Ruby Skye did, it was really pretty. The sound, however, I found that I couldn't hear the melody as much as the bass...
Oh well, it was still nice to be there though.

A few pictures are below, and you can also look at the rest of the pictures of Tiësto at Ruby Skye that night











2006/05/23 Scored a ticket to Tiësto @ Ruby Skye's 6y anniversary party / COG1 thieves
π 2006-05-23 12:23 by Merlin in Clubbing



By the time I heard about it, it was sold out. They decided to do an encore the next day, but by then I'd be hiking somewhere, not really within distance of SF :)
Luckily, I just was able to buy a ticket from a coworker who couldn't make it.
It will be interesting as I will have to wake up by 09:00 the next morning to go hiking for the 3 day weekend, but eh, sometimes you just have to go for it. This should be a great party :)
(BTW, this is not crazy, the alternative I considered was to fly and take the train to Den Haag to go see Armin for his 250 ASOT episode at Asta, but ultimately, it was a bit dodgy timewise and I wasn't too sure I'd be back by friday, or in what state :)


In other news, the guys from cog1 marketing stole this picture from my web site and put it on their web page as part of the rotating gif . I sent them an Email asking for reasonable compensation, and of course they haven't replied yet.
I have better things than to sue them, but in times where the recording industry sues their customers left and right, if their promoters start stealing pictures from their customers without paying royalties, there is a problem.


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