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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). At least that was very true when I wrote this around year 2000. 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.

Since 2004 (it's now 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! Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, I'm thankful of the friends I made there.

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 :-)). Popsicle Halloween 2004 was really the beginning of great music parties in the San Francisco Area, and thankfully things have gotten even better since then

Over the years, I also got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once, and my last hobby has been to work on lights for my shirt and pants:

You can find all the pictures here

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2005/02/28 Live From Netherlands, this is Armin Van Buuuuuuren....
π 2005-02-28 15:08 by Merlin in Clubbing

Current Music: AVB - ASOT 186 (live from Armin's home)
Current Mood: Good

I've often been missing the live broadcast since it's in the middle of my work day, but I made a point to listen to it today since out of 180 continuous weeks, I only barely caught one on the original radio station (Id &T; ), until it got cancelled there for some weird reason.

Anyway, Armin is now playing out of ETN.FM , from his home, and it is being broadcast over the internet to thousands of listeners worldwide (pretty cool use of technology BTW, 10 years ago people would have looked at you weird if you told them that you'd be able to do that. ETN can broadcast over the internet to 40,000 simultaneous listeners).
It's kind of fun (albeit a bit distracting) to read live comments about the tracks and responses from Armin while he's doing the mix and announcing the tracks.

Random comments from Armin on irc during the mix:
  • In my opinion, this genre needs a new name and then we all love it again. Trance is now considered cheesy, just because it's trance. When I made Blue Fear they called it "club music".
  • Shit man, all this discussion about trance, about progressive, what the hell! To me it's still dancemusic
  • Let's talk about music, wether you call it trance, progressive or your moms cake.
  • A state of trance doesn't say the show is about trance, but it puts you in a state of trance. lol

thump, thump, thump :)

And don't forget what happens every time you listen to ASOT

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