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 went there the day before after work to see what it was going to look like before the festival started:
They used an octocopter to take pictures or video, cool:
That would not be a bad job to be paid for :)
I went on sunday which seemed to have more Trance artists. In hindsight, I should likely have gone Saturday too, but oh well...
I soon went to see Cosmic Gate:
I went to walk around a bit after that:
Next was Gareth Emery:
Here's a quick video of Concrete Angel, a favourite from their track:
Went to checkout the night tent which looked like weird 3D with their difracting glasses:
Next was Zed's Dead, which I followed for a while. I'm not a DnB fan, but actually this was quite interesting and hard not to beat your head to the beat eventually :)
And to finish the night, I had to pick between Tiësto and W&W, rising Trance stars. I went to see Tiësto for just a few minutes, but since he's stopped doing Trance many years ago, so I spent the rest of the night seeing W&W:
A few of their better tunes, including the finale:
It was a very good, and 10mns from home no less, can't beat that. Looking forward to next year.