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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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2007/07/08 Blank and Jones at Ruby Skye
π 2007-07-08 18:46 by Merlin in Clubbing

This summer, we got many trance DJs in San Francisco (not counting a monster set from AvB in Los Angeles). There were unfortunately more DJs and parties than I was able to attend, due to other prior travel plans, but the first party I was able to attend was Blank and Jones at Ruby Skye (in case you hadn't noticed yet, that's pretty much where everything is now, 1015 is pretty much dead after years of bad customer service, crappy decors, searching their customers like you would thieves, and not giving a rat's ass about having their main DJ start at any pre-set time, up to you going home without even seeing the supposed main DJ).
Anyway, back to Ruby Skye and Bland and Jones, while I knew their music quite well, I had never had the opportunity to see them play live. Now, play is a big word because they pretty much plugged in a Mac, and apparently pressed play. While I might be wrong, it didn't look like they were mixing songs live. Then again, while this isn't much of a performance anymore, I suppose I don't mind too much as long as the music is at least good (which it was).
All in all, it was a good evening.









And here's a link to the rest of the pictures and videos of Blank and Jones at Ruby Skye

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