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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, including Armin more than once:



You can find all the pictures here

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2004/09/24 Tiësto @ Central Park
π 2004-09-24 08:02 by Merlin in Clubbing

When I learned that he was going to be there at the same time than me, by sheer luck, that was really great news.
It's hard to summarize how it went, but when I got there around 18:30 (having missed the first half hour due to the engineering meeting I attended before that), and it the mix was already going strong. After it got dark, they started the video projectors, and had some nice displays for them.
Tijs just went on mixing good tunes, including his own Traffic, Just Be (click next and previous for 2 other ones), and many others well known ones like ( 1 , 2 , ...).





I was in the second and then first row in front of the stage, so I had a fairly good view :) I also remembered I was carrying my jukebox mp3 player and that it had a recorder function, so for the hell of it, I figured I'd try to record the show. The biggest problem is not saturating because of the heavy bass, so I turned gain all the way off, and put the player in my pocket to further shield it from the heavy noise. The result is something that isn't of great quality (mono and not awesome sound), but it's still something you can listen to if you'd like ( 150MB download ).
When his performance was nearing its end, he handed out some posters of the show . My hand was there, but the 4 that were cms from my hand went around me, including two to a lady next to me (I guess she was cuter than me :) Things were crazy then already, but they got worse when he signed a few vinyls and threw them in the audience :)





I think one of the things I like about Tijs, is how it's obvious that he's having a great time and enjoying himself too (too many other DJs have a way too serious look on their face, which kind of detracts from the enjoyment part). You can get a glimpse at the event by looking at the pictures and videos with excerpts from some of his best songs.
Anyway, this was really an epic show in my opinion, and definitely the best performance I saw from him (or any other DJ for that matter), and he finished with his well known Adagio for Strings remix . So yes, I am very happy that I just so happened to be there :)


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