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).
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.
Since 2004 (it's now 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! Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, I'm thankful of the friends I made there.
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:
I can't believe last time I was at DNA Lounge was in June 2002, some 16 years ago, for the Mozilla (now firefox) browser source code release party (some old bad pictures here.
I even have an old (now embarassing) picture with JWZ, the owner of DNA Lounge from 2001.
In my defense, DNA Lounge doesn't play the kind of music I normally enjoy (although I'm sure I missed some days I'd have liked), but this time was different: psytrance is fun to listen to from time to time, and if you add regular trance with my friends Blurr and Sonic Fuzion, that seals the deal :)
DNA Lounge sure changed a lot since last time I went. I was much amused by the ATM machine JWZ likely hacked:
4 different rooms, including happy hardcore, which I had never heard in a club so far (but used to listen to eons ago), was fun: