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:
I love this City was an electronic music festival that was originally supposed to be in SF, and then conveniently got moved to Shoreline, just across my office. That made me run out of excuses for not going, so I did :)
Crowd Surfing with a liveboat, why not? :)
and a free cake thrown in the spectators
duck sauce, why not?
and that was it for night #1
Back for more the next day. I forgot to mention that it was a perfect time to try the features of my new Panasonic TZ30 , including the 28X optical zoom (for smaller pictures) and finally a working panorama feature:
Dyloot plays great trance
Jaguar Skills, whom I didn't know had nice DnB
and finally came time for Tiesto:
that was a 40x zoom picture from the back lawn, not bad for a compact camera
David Gueta was next, not my favourite though:
And then was time to go home, I jumped the back fence to get a shortcut through shoreline back to google and my car :)
All the performances weren't to my liking, but some definitely were to my taste, and overall it was worth having gone, especially when it was so close and not in the middle of the night.