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:
Armin Only in San Jose, 15mn from where I live? OMG, really? My last Armin Only was in 2007 in Holland, and I had to fly there, so needless to say that I bought the tickets 6 months early when they went on sale, and I was definitely looking forward to it.
This Armin only was only 5h instead of the crazy 9h30 he did in 2006, but honestly it was better because it was 5h of great tunes one after another, no filler songs.
Once you add the live artists and performances, it was pretty fantastic. You can see a summary here:
Next, a few auto-awesome pictures from G+:
And then the real pictures, many courtesy of the 30X zoom on my point and shoot camera:
And before I ever had the time to get bored, it was over. A great evening, really: