Marc's Public Blog - Clubbing and Trance
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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Electronic Music Guide
The Electronic Music Guide is a pretty complete site that lists more kinds of electronic music that you knew existed (ignore the introduction, just click on the music genres on the left).
The author clearly hates most of the music I like (including the entire trance section), but the categorization of all the genres is pretty incredible work, and some comments are hilarious:
"if there is anyone who is responsible for the complete and thorough pussification of trance, making it offensively lame to the point where not only newbie ravers but also their soccer moms could enjoy it, it's Robert Miles .... This isn't trance, this is like that crappy background music on the TV listings channel that tells you what's playing on the other channels"
"good god, does this ever suck. The way megatrance producers shamelessly crash in on a particular sound is insulting sometimes. How can anyone take this trite, derivative garbage seriously?"
"Epic Trance is the gateway genre in the world of rave for most people, so if you have any form of music to blame for raves hitting the mainstream, this is it. Right here, And that, my friends, really, truly, terribly sucks. There must be a word to describe the pain one feels when witnessing (or hearing rather) something once pure and brilliant completely sold down the river ... The average attention span, way too ritalin-freaked to pay attention to the slow, brooding trance in its original form,..., and that's why all your trance crackers are reading this right now"
Is it bad if those descriptions go above the trance genres that I happen to like? Does that make me a bad person? :)|
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