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, including Armin more than once:
On top of the pictures in this page, you can find more on Google Photos.
Thanks to my coworker Aaron, I didn't miss out on a great trance event within driving distance from home, and oh boy was it a good lineup. I was complaining 10+ years ago that getting good trance in the US was nearly impossible, but things really have improved for the better in the last years, and we're getting more than one EDM festival a year with a good/great trance lineup (although it wasn't Beyond Wonderland last year, that one sucked Trance-wise, but Future Sounds of Egypt in San Jose was quite good).
Cannot argue with this logic :)
straight, and to the point :)
Is EDM/Trance becoming a religion? :)
I went to see Trance, and I found Jesus
Just like I went to see EDM at Shoreline some months back, and found Jesus there
Jesus seemed to be a nice guy, maybe I've been unfair to him all these years :)
Kind of funny that I'm starting to run into the same people, which is not surprising, considering. It was actually quite cool that DJ Blurr spotted me in the dark the first night and recognized me from 15+ years ago when I started going to 1015 and then Ruby Skye.
Very cool to have DJ Blur recognize me in the crowd and say hi, he goes back to my 1015 days in early 2000's and Ruby Skye after that
it was nice to run into other blinky people :)
As for the event, it was a solid lineup. The room was a bit small, but the lighting was great, and the music was not stupidly loud to a point where all you could hear was the bass anymore (I'm looking at you FSOE SJ). Really this was about as good an event as it could have been.
Here's a 2H summary video of the best bits:
Here are pictures from Day #1 (Ram, Sean Tyas, Vini Vici, Jordan Suckley, Simon Patterson, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, and Markus Schulz):
And Day #2 (Neptune Project, Solarstone, Fleming & Lawrence, Bryan Kearney, John O'Callaghan, Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate, and Gareth Emery):